Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach Program

Bring Shakespeare to your school

After one of our recent performances at Benson High School, teacher Ilsa Bruer of Benson said, “Portland Actors Ensemble was phenomenal to partner with, from the planning through the presentation. Their show gave my students the chance to see, hear and engage with Shakespeare, some for the very first time. The actors were entertaining and well prepared to perform . . . .”


Photo by Andy Lai

For inquiries and booking information, please contact:

Michael Godsey, Artistic Director

Email: info@portlandactors.com


Bring Shakespeare to your school

The mission of the Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach Program is to promote active engagement with the works of William Shakespeare in the Portland- and Southwest Washington-area school systems. By doing so, we hope to nurture respect for the power of language, encourage the examination of complex ideas, fire imaginations, and deepen understanding and tolerance for the richness of the human experience.

Our educational touring shows are approximately 50-minutes long, are based in Shakespeare’s works, and cover a vast array of topics.  These productions are meant to enhance and clarify teaching methods and to work within the Oregon and Southwest Washington school systems. These shows are suitable for grades 4-12 and are exciting, fun, and informative. They will keep your students laughing and discussing and thinking. Each show works equally as well in the classroom or the auditorium with all production elements already in place and feature some of Portland’s most talented artists. It is a stimulating way to bring language alive in the classroom.


The 2015/2016 Educational Outreach Productions

Written and directed by Douglas Lay, with original music by K. J. McElrath


Who was William Shakespeare and how has he changed all of us? A reader’s theatre presentation with three actorsrejoicing in the life of Shakespeare and his lasting impact on the world in the 21st century. Plays include; As You Like It, Richard III, Henry IV part 1, Hamlet, Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cymbeline and Sonnets.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES – Shakespeare’s Supernatural

Three actors perform a spine-tingling examination of Shakespeare’s ghosts, witches and superstitions from the Elizabethan era up to our modern times. Plays include; Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor, Troilus & Cressida, King Lear, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline.

SUFFERING FOOLS GLADLY – Shakespeare’s Clowns

A glimpse into the wild and wacky world of William Shakespeare’s most comic creation, the fool. Our funniest show yet with three actors employing monologues and scenes from his wittiest plays. Plays include: Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor.  

PLAY ON! Shakespeare’s Music

Shakespeare alludes to or includes the text of well over one hundred songs in his works. Music was an integral part of Elizabethan life, as it is today. Join us on this musical journey through the Bard’s most famous tunes presented by three professional musician/actors. Plays include; As You Like It, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cymbeline, Henry IV part two, Love’s Labours Lost, Othello, The Merchant of Venice and the Sonnets.

¬ANGRY SHREWS & MERRY WIVES – Shakespeare’s Women

A thrilling and educational examination into Shakespeare’s female characters as told in their own voices; through scenes & monologues from his celebrated works by three actresses. Plays include: Henry IV part 2, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, As you Like It, King John, Henry VI part 3, Coriolanus, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Two Noble Kinsmen.