Revolution Shakespeare

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action

Revolution Shakespeare, based in Philadelphia, PA, invites audiences to experience the variety and vitality of Shakespeare's works with bold and honest productions at little to no cost for patrons.


Our mission is to bring Shakespeare’s work to life in your school with workshops tailored to your classroom needs. We provide digital study guides, in class performances, stage combat workshops and exercises that align with your curriculum.
— JESSICA DALCANTON, Education Director

Partner with Revolution Shakespeare and forge a connection to our local professional productions, to create a fun accessible approach to the Bard!

Revolution Shakespeare has had fantastic success revolutionizing Shakespeare in public and charter schools from 2013 to today! We dispatch professional theatre practitioners to classrooms and assemblies around Greater Philadelphia to provide a positive, insightful, and artistic approach to a Shakespearean repertoire. We work with each school’s schedule, curriculum, budget, and students’ skill level, to create a tailored, focused experience from middle school to college. At these schools, creativity is sparked, stage combat is practiced and a new love for Shakespeare is born. We work with some amazing schools! Every school we have worked with continues a relationship with us– a true testament to our work. The Baldwin School, Central High School, Haverford, and Project Learn School have all embraced and financially supported our workshops, and will continue to do so in the future. 

Along with our in-class presentation, we provide digital study guides to help teachers introduce the play and bring the text alive through activities and dramaturgical analysis of characters, culture and themes using music, history and visual art/design components.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation, Revolution Shakespeare is fulfilling its commitment to bringing the Bard's work to life in schools, public readings, and performances.

Our workshops have reached students from:

The Baldwin School
Shipley School
Strawberry Mansion
Arcadia University
Montgomery County Community College


8th graders at Upland Country Day School explore Shakespeare's best literary insults with Revolution Shakespeare.



Jessica DalCanton is a powerhouse of theater expertise and educational know-how. Her energy is positively intoxicating. She can move a blasé middle-schooler to exuberant participation by her ready smile and impressive bag of tricks. This is what she did for our Project Learn School You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown cast this past spring. Her warm-up activities were fun for the kids, but at least as important was the activities’ efficacy in readying the cast for the work of putting together the best show possible. In addition, Jess worked one-on-one with whomever needed individual instruction, never knowing who she might be working with on any given day. In typical Jess style, she jumped in with both feet. The kids loved working with her, and that connection showed clearly through their willingness to tiptoe, then confidently step outside their comfort zone and push themselves beyond what they thought they could do. We were so lucky to have had Jess work with us. Without her, our show would surely not have been the success that it was. She’s a consummate professional.
— Liz Ben-Yaacov, Project Learn
Everything went incredibly well, and we can’t wait to have Revolution Shakespeare back in the fall!
— Matt Cloran, Director of Theatre at The Haverford School

If you are interested in our education program and want to find out more, contact Jess at