Folger Shakespeare Library


201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-1094
County: Out of State


Dr. Peggy O'Brien

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To support SHAKESPERIENCE:NJ, a teacher training program serving five New Jersey middle and high school classrooms.

Organization Background

Folger Shakespeare Library is the world's largest Shakespeare collection--the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. The Folger's mission is to preserve and enhance our collection; make our collection accessible to scholars and others who can use it productively; and advance understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's writings and the culture of the early modern world. Henry Clay and Emily Folger founded the Folger in 1932 and located it in Washington, DC, considering it "a gift to the American people" that would take its place among the world's great cultural institutions. Today, the internationally recognized research library is a primary repository for material on the early modern period in Europe (1500-1750); a center for advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K-12; and an award-winning producer of arts programs, including theater, music, poetry, exhibitions, lectures, and family events.

Folger Education--the focus of this proposal--aims to cultivate a lifelong appreciation of Shakespeare's work to the broadest possible audience, believing that Shakespeare is for everyone, and that Shakespeare's works, period, and legacy are powerful vehicles for educating individuals of all ages. The Folger advances its role as a national leader in Shakespeare education by drawing as fully as possible on the library's resources, and through supporting the Folger's local programs and visitors with educational programs that serves as a national model. Director of Education Dr. Peggy O'Brien, an expert in Shakespeare education and the ways performance-based learning enhances students' abilities to read closely and understand difficult text, leads the Folger Education division. This NJ teacher training program is managed by Corinne Viglietta, Folger's Assistant Director of Education, who is an experienced classroom teacher that designs and executes all of our teacher professional development programs. Additionally, the Folger is working with Young Audiences of New Jersey to help lead our work in New Jersey, including recruiting and supervising teaching artists, while Folger staff leads all teacher professional development work.

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