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Cal Shakes is an excellent resource for educators. We offer a variety of Professional Development trainings for both classroom teachers and Teaching Artists.

“Cal Shakes provided us with a teacher’s workshop that we attended as well as in-class workshops with talented teaching artists for our kids. It was the single most amazing teaching experience of my life; I’ve never seen kids so engaged. The high-level reading had them bursting with pride, the Bard’s bawdy words had them rolling with laughter, and the experience of traveling together in their community had them cooperating with each other and acting very grown-up.  They really grew with this experience—and I did as well.” —Jana Maiuri, English teacher at Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland

  • Educator Night
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher’s Guides
  • Ticket Discounts
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Educator Night

Join us this season for an in-depth look at how you can bring William Shakespeare to life in your classroom!

Workshop Includes:
• One-hour workshop on arts-integration tools through the lens of that evening's production
• A delicious light reception for educators
• Ticket to that evening’s performance of King Lear

King Lear - September 17, 2015
67pm      Workshop
7pm         Reception
8pm         Performance

Tickets are just $25 for educators of any grade level or subject. You will be asked to provide the name of your educational institution when purchasing. Educator Night tickets can be purchase thru the box office at 510-548-9666. Please purchase and RSVP your space no later than TUESDAY, SEPT 15th.

For additional questions, please contact Beverly Sotelo, Artistic Learning Programs Manager, at

Made possible in part by support from Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Professional Development for Classroom Teachers

Our trainings offer teachers easy-to-replicate theater-based strategies that can be used in core curriculum. Trainings are available as part of in-service days at school sites, in the evenings, and on weekends. Past workshops have included a workshop for pre-K through first-grade teachers to teach games to encourage creativity and verbal development, district-wide sessions on Shakespeare in the classroom, and school-wide hands-on experiences in arts-integration games and exercises that can immediately be used in lesson planning.

Professional Development workshops include training by seasoned teaching artists as well as an extensive packet detailing goals, state standards, the specifics of the exercise, and reflection questions.

We also bring in renowned professional trainers from across the country to give workshops. Past workshops have included “From Story to Stage: The Drama in Classroom Literature” with Rosalind Flynn and “Habits of Creative Engagement” with Eric Booth, both co-produced with Cal Performances and the Berkeley Unified School District.

To receive up-to-date notices about workshop opportunities for classroom teachers and teaching artists, click here to subscribe to our email list, or update your preferences by checking the box for “Artistic Learning” on our e-list page.

Teacher's Guides

The Complete
Teacher's Guide
for A Midsummer
Night's Dream

View, print, and download
the Teacher's Guide here.

Hamlet Teacher's Guide

The Complete
Teacher's Guide
for A Raisin in the Sun

View, print, and download
the Teacher's Guide here.

Hamlet Teacher's Guide

The Complete
Teacher's Guide
for A Winter's Tale

View, print, and download
the Teacher's Guide here
or on Scribd

Hamlet Teacher's Guide


The Complete
Teacher's Guide
for Hamlet

View, print, and download
the Teacher's Guide here
or on Scribd

Hamlet Teacher's Guide


The complete
Teacher's Guide
for The Tempest

View, print and download
the Teacher's Guide here
or on Scribd


Download activities from The Tempest Teacher's Guide:

View all Cal Shakes Teacher's Guides online at Scribd:

Download Teacher's Guides for Past Shows
The Taming of the Shrew
Much Ado About Nothing Teacher's Guide
John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven Teacher's Guide
A Midsummer Night's Dream teacher's guide
Romeo and Juliet teacher’s guide
Twelfth Night teacher's guide
Pericles teacher's guide
King Lear teacher's guide
Richard III teacher's guide

Ticket Disounts

As part of Cal Shakes’ mission to foster arts education, we offer ticket discounts to teachers and teaching artists who work directly with students in the classroom. We offer a 50% subscription discount to K-12 teachers at an accredited educational institution and members of Teaching Artists Guild. Tickets are available in select pricing sections for Tue–Thu night performances or Saturday matinees.
To learn more click here, or contact the box office at 510.548.9666 or


To buy tickets to Educator Night, contact Marketing & PR Manager Marilyn Langbehn at 510.809.3293 or

For more detailed information about Educator Night and questions about other Professional Development opportunities, contact Director of Artistic Learning Clive Worsley at 510.548.3455 x113 or