Perhaps not everyone can be an actor, but we believe everyone can learn to understand Shakespeare's language, intellectually and emotionally. Our goal is to help inspire and inform artists, audiences, and students through creative theater productions and workshops of the highest quality.
We've already provided workshops and lectures for public and private schools, colleges, civic organizations, and other groups.
Our educational projects have included:
- Sasha Dobson’s 2010 Arts Are Basic program for Lincoln Public Schools students, using a scene from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to show how actors prepare for performance.
- Full houses at the Swan Theatre for Preview Nights, with Lincoln-area students and teachers attending and discussing the final dress rehearsals for Flatwater's productions of Richard III, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra.
- Helping 28 teachers from across the United States learn how to bring the excitement of stage performance to Shakespeare classrooms. Flatwater Education Director Stephen Buhler and Artistic Director Bob Hall joined the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a Teaching Shakespeare Institute in June 2008. Participants in the Institute attended the closing performance of Flatwater's The Taming of the Shrew.
- A visit to the Zoo School in Lincoln, Nebraska, featuring actor Julie Kinkennon Johnson.
- A presentation about film versions of Macbeth, hosted by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and co-led by Dr. Stephen S. Hilliard of the Department of English.
- A panel discussion on Measure for Measure featuring Dr. Shirley Mason, professor emerita of Theatre Arts at UNL, and Dr. Anne Cognard of East High School in Lincoln.
Our Youth Education programs center on fully staged adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. In 2006, versions of The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet were presented at the Swan Theatre in Lincoln, making use of the sets used for the main productions of each play; these shows were followed by Love's Labor's Lost in 2007, The Taming of the Shrew in 2008, Julius Caesar in 2009, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2010. All these shows continued our mission of increased gender balance in roles and in casting for young people. For more information, see our Youth Program page.