Anti-Bullying Program

Shakespeare and Violence Prevention

 In-school, anti-bullying program | 5th-8th grade

Designed by Colorado University’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence in collaboration with Colorado Shakespeare Festival, this anti-bullying curriculum uses a 50-minute abbreviated live performance of Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" to open up a dialogue on day-to-day violence. Following the show, our teaching artists and actors conduct hands-on anti-violence workshops in classrooms, connecting the play’s themes with student’s real-life, present-day scenarios, fostering empathy, critical thinking, and problem solving.

 Twelfth Night

The shipwrecked Viola, believing her twin brother drowned, decides to make a fresh start—dressed as a boy. Meanwhile, in the Countess Olivia’s household, everyone decides to play a trick on the haughty butler, Malvolio, by convincing him that Olivia is in love with him. When the joke goes too far, Malvolio promises his enemies, in his final lines of the play, to be “revenged on the whole pack of you.” What will Malvolio do next? What happens when a joke gets out of hand? This play raises questions about bullying, power imbalance, and the cycle of violence.

In the News:

East Oregonian 2016: The Bard Takes on Bullying

 

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Book a Show:

A half day program lasts approximately two-three hours and includes: 

  • Comprehensive study guide 
  • 50-minute performance (250 students max)
  • Brief post-show talk-back with actors
  • Three 50-minute classroom workshops about violence prevention (30 students max per workshop)

A full day program includes:

  • Comprehensive study guide 
  • 50-minute performance (250 students max--a 2nd performance can be arranged in lieu of 3 workshops)
  • Brief post-show talk-back with actors
  • Up to nine (9) 50-minute classroom workshops about violence prevention (30 students max per workshop, held in three rounds)

Schedule: 

  • A full day program begins with a 9am performance, followed by three rounds of workshops (from 10-10:50, from 12-12:50, and from 1-1:50)
  • A full day program can include a second performance in lieu of one round of 3 workshops
  • A half day program begins with a 9am performance, followed by three workshops from 10-10:50. (Afternoon programs begin at 1pm, with workshops from 2-2:50)

 

All Schedules can be adjusted to suit your school.

Please contact us to discuss pricing and to create a schedule that works for your school.  


Would you like to support our Anti-violence and Anti-bullying Outreach Program? 

From our signature four-day intensive "Living with Shakespeare" program which brings Shakespeare alive in the classroom, to anti-bullying workshops to our summer theater camps, we are always striving to enrich the minds of our local student populations. Your gift will go directly towards bringing Shakespeare and the arts to local young people.