School Programs


All programs are FREE

Workshops, performances, coaching, & scene studies for Santa Barbara County Public Schools, Grades 2 - 12. Sponsored by UCSB Humanities & Fine Arts & the Bren School and in association with the Department of Theater & Dance. Questions? Email Heather Stanford <>

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ACTING SHAKESPEARE - click to view workshop video

In-class workshops, grades 2 - 12

  • All workshops complement your curriculum
    • General introduction to Shakespeare’s theatre and / or
    • Specific focus on plays on your syllabus
    • Useful way to introduce a Shakespeare studies unit
  • Interactive workshops invite students to explore personal connections to Shakespeare’s language & stories
    • Single visits or extended residencies, up to 10 weeks
    • 30-90 minute scripts can be prepared for your class’ needs
      • Script edited to suit grade level & size of class
  • Highly inclusive:  affirms students’ multiple intelligences
    • a role for everyone, not just those with strong reading skills


Heather Stanford can visit an acting class or rehearsal studio to coach students for your school’s productions.


  • Schools matinees include post-show discussion with cast & director
  • Preview visits to schools - please indicate interest when booking seats

School Matinee schedule for 2017-18:

  • King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by Irwin Appel 16 & 17 November 10 AM - noon (16 November sold-out)
  • The World of Extreme Happiness - by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig 23 February 2018, 10:30  SEATS AVAILABLE

Unwanted from the moment she’s born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a steppingstone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.

  • STAGING THE DAFFY DAME - directed by Department Chair Risa Brainin 9 March 2018, 10:30   SEATS AVAILABLE

In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latina theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega. Personalities collide onstage and off as the company grapples with the issues of race, class and gender raised by the play. As opening night approaches, national politics start to invade the personal lives of the company, revealing the question: Can love truly have the power to overcome differences and lead to a new kind of knowledge?


Available February, April, & May:  UCSB actors bring Shakespeare scenes to your school.  Using your students’ feedback, the actors rework scenes on the spot, demonstrating that there is more than one way to play Shakespeare.

“Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World”

Available 28 April - 2 June:  UCSB actors perform Shakespeare scenes & monologues woven together with information about his life and theatre in a fast-paced blend of low comedy and high tragedy.  Runtime can be adjusted to your schedule - 30-50 minutes. Suitable for all ages.


UCSB faculty member and Shakespeare & Company teaching artist HEATHER STANFORD will conduct teacher development workshops in your schools, exploring new ways of bringing Shakespeare’s plays to life in the classroom as well as the rehearsal hall.


Workshops & Residencies for grades 2 - 6

Residencies can consist of a single visit, in which the class will explore either Shakespeare’s theatre generally or one play in particular, or a multi-visit residency, in which the class may create a performance project.

Questions? Contact Heather Stanford -