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Activating Shakespeare's Dream 

Educators can use these resources to enhance and expand curriculum. Whether you’re teaching remotely, working in a school, or homeschooling you will find engaging resources, videos, and live digital events that activate and enhance the BardWired experience.  

See below to learn more about our exciting new programming and start preparing for your journey into the magical forest.


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Diving into Shakespeare can be daunting. These activities, videos, and lessons are designed to kinesthetically connect students with the text and give them confidence as they explore the language and history of Elizabethan England and the work of the Bard himself.


8870_MND-Microsite_420x420-new2NEW.jpgThe Dream 

Immerse your students in the forest of Midsummer as they explore this classic story and its themes. These videos and discussion guides are created so that your students see themselves reflected in the characters and plot, ensuring they have an understanding of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy.

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Get to know the Athenian characters in our production through activities designed to unlock the themes of finding your voice and self-efficacy.


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Break free from the laws and constructs of society. Students will explore the scenic, costume, and film design of our production as they journey through our magical forest.


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Dive into the play-within-a-play as students explore what makes a play tragedy or a comedy.


With purchase of A Midsummer Night’s Dream participants can join one of our online events/webinars, during which classes and individual students will be able to send-in/message their questions for our cast and creative team. See below for the talkback dates.

*This is not an extra fee but will have limited space and availability.


Talkbacks are available for schools, classrooms, and digital learners on the following dates: 

  • Friday, November 13, 2020, 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 11:00am
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 1:00pm
  • Friday, December 4, 2020, 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 11:00am 
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 1:00pm

Sign up for the dates that work best for you as you register, or email [email protected] for more information. 


Check below for a detailed list of Florida State Standards that connect with grades 7th-12th.  These standards are hit by the combination of watching the production fo Asolo Rep’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream and using the online curriculum.


  • LAFS. 4-8.RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  •  LAFS. 4-8.RL.3.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

  • LAFS. 4-8.RL.1.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.


  • LAFS.910.RL.1.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


  • LAFS.4-8.L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.


  • LAFS.910.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).


  • LAFS.1112.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

  • LAFS.1112.RL.3.7

    Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)


  • TH.68.S.2.3 Analyze the relationships of plot, conflict, and theme in a play and transfer the knowledge to a play that contrasts in style, genre, and/or mood.

  • TH.68.H.1.5 Describe one’s own personal responses to a theatrical work and show respect for the responses of others.


  • TH.912.C.1.3 Justify a response to a theatrical experience through oral or written analysis, using correct theatre terminology.

  • TH.912.H.1.1 Analyze how playwrights’ work reflects the cultural and socio-political framework in which it was created.

  • TH.912.H.1.4 Interpret a text through different social, cultural, and historical lenses to consider how perspective and context shape a work and its characters.

  • TH.912.H.1.5 Respect the rights of performers and audience members to perform or view controversial work with sensitivity to school and community standards.

  • TH.912.H.2.1 Research the correlations between theatrical forms and the social, cultural, historical, and political climates from which they emerged, to form an understanding of the influences that have shaped theatre.

  • TH.912.H.2.2 Research and discuss the effects of personal experience, culture, and current events that shape individual response to theatrical works.

  • TH.912.H.2.6 Explore how gender, race, and age are perceived in plays and how they affect the development of theatre.

  • TH.912.H.3.2 Compare the applications of various art forms used in theatre production.

Want to start adding even more theatre into your curriculum? 

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