"Last January, I was invited to attend a Young Shakespeareans class.  As I have a BA in Theater and had performed in Shakespearean plays several times over the years, I thought I might get a kick out of seeing what they were doing with 4th and 5th graders in underprivileged neighborhoods in South Los Angeles.


As the students filed into the room, it was clear how excited they were to be participating. The enthusiasm from the teachers, the students, and the liaison teacher was so infectious, that I jumped into the warm-ups myself almost immediately. After that session, I volunteered to assistant teach - I was hooked.


What I was able to be a part of was incredible. I saw students struggle, embrace, and find  a confidence that they never had before. I saw kids who were shy or socially awkward be included as part of a team where their role was valued. I saw other children set goals like aiming to get a bigger part, succeed and expand their talents. And at performance time, I was blown away by their commitment and talent.


I also witnessed parents seeing their child do things they never imagined they could. I was constantly being told by parents how much they loved the program, how glad they were that their child was able to participate, and how they hoped their younger children would be able to get into the Young Shakespeareans when they got to 4th and 5th grade.


This program is clearly transformative for the students, but it transformed me as well. Opening these children up to new and exciting experiences is a reward you just cannot measure. You are tied to them, and you hope that you have changed their lives for the better. You become invested in their community, their families, and their school. And if you’re like me, you commit to the program for the future and helm their first fundraiser, so you can hire more teaching artists and expand into more schools, because all children deserve this kind of experience.                                                    Mary Elizabeth Caverly

Our partner schools are all LAUSD Title 1 schools located in Los Angeles -

most of our students are ESL and in fact for many, only Spanish is spoken at home.

Our curriculum is carefully designed, calibrated, and very rigorous.  

The Program requires a commitment of approximately 70 hours

teaching time over a 12 week period between January and May.

 We value our Teaching Artists and are committed to their continued success

in our program, and demonstrate this with high-quality training, compensation,

networking opportunities, and support.  And, since it is incumbent on us to

model the attitudes and behavior we seek from our students,

we actively pursue awareness, respect, clarity, and kindness.  

If you derive joy from igniting and inspiring childrens'

curiosity, growth, and potential,

please submit a cover letter and resume reflecting

your teaching, acting, directing, and/or production experience.  


"If I Can Do Shakespeare, I Can Do Anything!"

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