We are passionate about educating the next generation of literature lovers and theater-goers.

Each month, we publish a plethora of teaching materials - completely free to you! Click on a play below to access a week-by-week guide that you can use to educate your students in fun and interesting ways. Please reach out to our Program Manager, Alexi Carr, if you have any questions or requests: education@santacruzshakespeare.org.

Interested in bringing your students to see Shakespeare?

Santa Cruz Shakespeare is excited to offer our annual Student Matinee Week Program in August of 2021! We are proud to present two productions for our Student Matinee Week: “The Agitators” by Mat Smart, and “RII” by William Shakespeare and conceived and adapted by Jessica Kubzansky. For more information on each play, visit our 2021 Season Page.


Performance Dates:

  • “RII” on Tuesday, August 24 at 10AM
  •  "The Agitators" on Wednesday, August 25 at 10AM
  •  "The Agitators" on Thursday, August 26 at 10AM
  •  "The Agitators" on Friday, August 27 at 10AM



Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Comedy of Errors

Lesson plans and resources on one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies!

Twelfth Night

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, this romantic comedy uses gender and performance to engage audiences with questions about the nature of love and desire.

The Tempest

In one of his last plays, Shakespeare explores the relationship between art and magic, power and anger, and freedom and forgiveness.

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare writes about leadership, friendship, and morality and how far one might go if one's motives are strong enough.

Romeo and Juliet

Get the low down on Shakespeare’s most iconic love story, details, lesson plans & activities!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A very creative and original play, Shakespeare intertwines the lives of fairies, lovers, and mechanicals in this magical romp around the forest!


In Shakespeare’s bloody classic, medieval Scotland plunges headlong into chaos, where no head is safe, least of all one that wears the crown. Who has earned the right to rule, and who will be undone by grasping at power?