SHAKESCENES is series of classes, a performance, or both.  Founded in 2011, Shakescenes introduces 4th through 12th graders to the works of William Shakespeare, emphasizing through games, exercises, and performances the universality of Shakespeare and how these stories are still relevant today.  Shakespeare was a commander of language.  He introduced more new words into the English language than any writer before or since.  By introducing students to Shakespeare at an early age, it debunks many of the students’ preconceived myths that Shakespeare is boring, old, musty and hard to understand. The interactive and fun nature of Shakescenes serves to clear roadblocks in their future education by making students enthusiastic about Shakespeare.  It gives them an understanding that language is fun and, most importantly, it can make them curious about language!

Shakescenes Packages

One Week Residency
Includes five days of class instruction, activities, games, and discussions (up to three consecutive hours a day) with a trained professional theatre artist.

Shakescenes Performance
Burning Coal’s troupe of four professional actors (plus the instructor) come to your school and perform  a variety of scenes from Shakespeare’s most famous works, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and The Tempest as part of an interactive show! This 50 minute performance is open to the entire student body and is narrated by a trained professional theatre artist, with a discussion following the performance.

Residency and Performance
If you have trouble choosing one, have both our residency teaching program and single performance compliment one another as you open the works of Shakespeare to your students on a fun, interactive level!

NOTE:   Because of the pandemic, Burning Coal will be conducting Shakescenes virtually this year, including a filmed live performance followed by a talkback with the cast and instructor.

If you would like to bring Burning Coal’s Shakescenes program to your school, contact us at 919.834.4001 or email our trained professional theatre artist at