During the 2017-2018 school year, our This Wooden O program grew again – partnering with 49 public elementary (including 17 Title 1 elementary schools), and 12 middle and high schools, sending teaching artists to conduct workshops in 138 classrooms.


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This Wooden O:  The Actor’s Approach to Shakespeare

For over a decade, This Wooden O has been our flagship arts-integration program. Using the actor’s approach to Shakespeare, Warehouse Theatre teaching artists work with elementary, middle, and high school students to bring Shakespeare’s words off the page and into action. Not only are these workshops fun and engaging for students and teachers like, they are designed to meet state standards for each grade and subject.


Shakespeare is the center of the curriculum for 3rd graders in the Gifted and Talented program. The Warehouse Theatre has designed a standard curriculum to introduce 3rd graders to Shakespeare’s characters, stories, and themes. In this 2 hour workshop, students explore different archetypes, analyze and interpret text, and make connections between these classic tales and their modern lives.


In most English Language Arts classes, students read Shakespeare’s plays, but there is so much more to studying Shakespeare! We give students a new way to encounter, appreciate, and understand these complex texts.

In a Wooden O workshop, students:

  •      get out of their desk and engage with the text
  •      speak the lines aloud with action and intention behind them,
  •      “physicalize” relationships, themes, and poetic structure
  •      connect characters and stories to their lives today

Teaching Artists customize curriculum to the specific play, characters, and themes that the particular class is studying, so each workshop is tailor made to fit individual student and classroom needs.

Examples of past curriculums have included: assigning blame and defending choices for characters in Romeo and Juliet; the trial of Iago from Othello; connotation, denotation, and playing with words in Macbeth; close-reading and physicalizing text in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and exploring metaphor in Hamlet.    

Thanks to generous funding, we are able to offer subsidies for Title One and under-served schools. Contact Mallory Pellegrino ([email protected]) for details.

Regardless of the subject, our staff works with teachers to create a unique, curricular-tied experience for students customized to the individual needs of each classroom.  Contact Director of Education, Mallory Pellegrino to bring The Warehouse Theatre to your school, afterschool program, or home school organization. Or call 864-235-6948.