A Thing or Two About Shakespeare

As we gear up for our 2014 Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program, we’ve dubbed May “Education Month” at Shakespeare in the Ruff. Each week in May, our Youth Development Coordinator, Lois Adamson, brings us a new education-focused blogpost for our audience of teachers, artist educators, students and actors alike.

To kick things off, we bring you a special education edition of A Thing or Two About Shakespeare and share some things the Bard has taught us.


Everything I need to know, I learned from Shakespeare. Or so says Blake McCarty of the New Victory Theater in New York, who lists the 50 best life lessons he learned from Shakespeare. Two lessons that particularly resonated with us.

11. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet, 4.5)

13. “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.” (Romeo and Juliet, 2.3)

The full list can be found here.


English poet and spoken words artist, Kate Tempest, reminds us in this poem, My Shakespeare, of all we owe to him and how often without knowing we find his words coming out of our own mouths each and every day.

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Next up: on May 8th, teacher Shawn Rocheleau shares some insights (and an awesome lesson plan) about igniting a love of Shakespeare in his high school students.


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