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Shake It Up After School

Group of 15 kids in full costume doing jazz hands
Lowell Elementary Students in 2012


What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Undergraduates and elementary school students collaborate to produce a performance of an abridged Shakespeare play. Knowledge of Shakespeare is power in the form of cultural capital. This program improves access to that power for all.

Experience Gained

kids on bleachers, holding hands, raised hands to practice bow at the end of play

A great experience for designers, makers, and the all-around adventurous. Build skills in:

  • leadership
  • communication
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • time-management
  • advanced skills in reading and understanding literature
  • problem-solving
  • critical and creative thinking
  • K-12 outreach and coordination
  • non-profit management

Majors and Interests Needed

4 kids and 2 adults sitting around table practicing lines.
Taft Elementary 2012

We are looking for students interested in working with children (10-12 year olds) and a willingness to both work hard and have fun! Any/All majors welcome! This project might be specifically appealing to students in these majors:

  •  Art
  • Communication
  • Construction Management
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundation Studies
  • English
  • Information Technology & Supply Chain Management
  • Literacy, Language & Culture
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Teacher Education
  • Theatre Arts

VIP Coach Information

Boise State students helping kids practice lines
Taft Elementary 2012

Dr. Matthew Hansen is a Professor in the English department with a specialty in Shakespeare, service-learning, and the scholarship of engagement.  See his full profile.

Course Information

VIP  200-026, VIP 400-026, or VIP 500-026.
2nd 7 week course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
Meeting times TBD.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Matthew Hansen at or 426-1215 OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you.  Check out this document for tips on contacting a professor about joining a team.

back of room where people are sitting waiting for play to start. Stage is set up but empty.
Ashley Alexander Photo

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section 026 of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions on how to register.



Hear from past students working on this project