StageIt! Shakespeare
Bring the Bard to Your Classroom


Staging a play can be an exhilarating creative process!
Get your kids on their feet speaking and moving and watch the characters come alive.

1) Define the roles:

The Director

The teacher is the director who coaches the students’ speech and movement while directing them through movement pathways that ensure actors can be seen.

The teacher/director uses:

  • Acting Tools for instruction about the plot synopsis, cast of characters, and paraphrasing. Acting scripts are used to rehearse the play.
  • Professional Development Guide and Directing Tools for tips about the play and the theater making process.
  • Free downloads from the STAGEiT! website that include paraphrasing worksheets, culminating performance program template, and other resources.
2) Determine what the director needs:

For teacher/directors without theater experience, we recommend:

For teacher/directors with experience:

The Actors

Students are the actors who interpret how their characters speak and move based on clues in the Acting Tools. A student-friendly introduction guides students through the play and includes some basic theatrical concepts to encourage their interpretations.

The student actors use:

  • Acting Tools that include paraphrasing worksheets (also available for free download) to explore new vocabulary that get students acting like a Shakespearean in no time. Developmentally and age appropriate acting scripts enable students to interpret characters in astonishing new ways.
3) Determine what the actors need:

For each student/actor, we recommend:

4) Pick a play:


“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” but not for long! Hamlet will avenge the murder of his father by his Uncle Claudius, who has recently married Hamlet’s mother. This madness has method in it! Twelve characters.

Henry V

King Henry claims the French throne and wages war with his “band of brothers”. Victories in Harfleur and Agincourt eventually lead him to woo the French princess in the light hearted conclusion. Some scenes in French with translations provided. Twenty-one characters.

Julius Caesar

“Beware the ides of March” warns the soothsayer from this famous tragedy. Caesar is loved by the populace but those closest to him plot his gruesome demise. In this tale of betrayal, even Caesar’s beloved Brutus turns from friend to butcher. Ten characters.


Villainous Iago convinces Othello that his wife is romantically involved with a charming lieutenant in Othello’s army. The green-eyed monster of jealousy devours Othello's soul to tragic ends. Nine characters.

5) Order your STAGEiT! materials
Literacy rich school plays for every child on Earth.
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