Serving 4th - 12th graders since 2011

Burning Coal Theatre is committed to the community, and educational theater. Shakescenes aims at making it clear to kids and teens that the writing of William Shakespeare is accessible, fun and a great way to learn and play in language. For more information about the program and how your classroom can join in, see below or email us at 

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 relevant today.  Shakespeare was a master of language.  He brought more new words into the English language than any writer before or since.  By introducing students to Shakespeare at an early age, it helps debunk many preconceived myths that the Bard is boring, musty and hard to understand. The interactive, fun nature of Shakescenes clears roadblocks in their future education by making students enthusiastic and curious about Shakespeare.

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.  FEE:  $900 per week.

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 DreamRomeo & 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.  Fee:  $1,250 (or $2,000 for two consecutive performances)

Residency and Performance
If you have trouble choosing, why not have both our teaching program and single performance complement one another as you open the works of Shakespeare to your students on a fun, interactive level!  Fee:  $1,450 (or two consecutive performances for $3,000)

NOTE:   As the pandemic subsides (touch wood), Burning Coal will be conducting Shakescenes both live OR virtually, at the discretion of the school.  The virtual performance includes a filmed and smartly edited live performance followed by a live talkback with 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