Educational Tour: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

2020/2021 Educational Tour

Starring Gustavo Flores, Raquel McKenzie and Benjamin Harris

Virtual Educational Tour available NOW. Including a live talk back with your class and the entire Complete Works team. Schedule your viewing and your educational experience now.

Please contact Susan Freestone @

AZ Gives Day and Two Gentlemen of Verona

Meet the Cast of Two Gentlemen of Verona!


Join us on April 6th at 7pm(PDT) for the launch of our digital fundraiser of Two Gentlemen of Verona for Arizona Gives Day. Stay tuned at intermission to hear our 2021-2022 Season Announce by core company member, Beau Heckman.

Valentine Stephen Hohendorf
Proteus Arthur Langley
Julia Joi Fletcher
Silvia Bronwyn Doebbling
Duke of Milan Keath Hall
Lucetta Angela Kabasan
Launce Jeff Deglow
Speed Victor Yang
Thurio Ben Harris
Sir Eglamour Jim Coates
Antonio Beau Heckman
Host Dayna Donnovan
Outlaw 2 William Buckley
Outlaw 3 Gustavo Flores
Crab Dog
Panthino/Outlaw 1 Brandon Caraco
Musicians Noah Brown

Flachmann Seminar - Two Gentlemen of Verona April 10th, 2021

The Flachmann Seminar

Seminars this season will be taught by Dr. Susan Willis, dramaturg of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Willis was an observer at the BBC while it produced “The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon”. Since 1985, she has been the resident dramaturg and a director at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and hosts the adult education series “Theatre in the Mind”. She has also worked with its play program, The Southern Writers Project and is a member of the faculty of Auburn University.

“Southwest Shakespeare’s Flachmann Seminars with Dr. Susan Willis are as interesting and informative as the lectures and workshops on Shakespeare I’ve attended at London’s Globe Theater, the British National Archives, and the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford and London. Susan’s knowledge and humor make Shakespeare’s plays more interesting and accessible for novices as well as devotees. After teaching Arizona students for many years, I am thrilled that students, teachers, and Shakespeare lovers of all descriptions have the opportunity to attend a Seminar of this quality in our home state. We are indeed fortunate to have the Southwest Shakespeare Company in the Valley of the Sun.” – Kathy Phares Farris

April 10th @ 10:00 AM (Public/Educators)

To purchase your ticket. and to register for the seminar, please contact

“I’ve found the Flachmann Seminars to be revelatory! Each one I’ve attended has added an uplifting, behind-the-scenes dimension to the play; my entire theater experience is enhanced. I benefit from the erudition of the dramaturge, Susan Willis, whose encyclopedic knowledge of Shakespeare takes my breath away, and from fellow participants who often pose questions that can become key points of interest for me.” – Felicity Wilson

Attending a Seminar

Delving deeper into the Bard’s works gives one a greater understanding of the play. The seminars also give you a sneak peek behind the scenes as you will meet the designers, mingle with the actors, possible tour of the set and stage and have a special talk back with the actors.

Seminars are from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (With breaks throughout)

The location for the 2020/2021 Season Seminars: Virtual Platform provided on Zoom

Reservations are required. The fee for the seminar is $25 for non-subscribers. To get a virtual ticket to Two Gentlemen of Verona, please click on

You can pay for the seminar online by clicking the link above or call 480-435-6868 to reserve your spot.

Bard Club Members

Admission to the seminar is included in Bard Card memberships.

Season Subscribers

Admission is not included in your season subscription, however you can purchase a seat by clicking the button above.

Educators and Students

Because SSC understands the value of bringing Shakespeare alive to students and has the desire to assist teachers with simplifying this task, we encourage all  teachers to attend SSC Flachmann Seminars. The seminars offer learning techniques teachers can take  directly back to their classrooms.  Attendees will receive expert knowledge of the production and most districts accept this as 10 re-certification credits. Educators will receive a certificate upon completion of the day. Please check with your district to receive professional development credit. The course is $20 and the certificate for professional development is an additional $15

Please contact Susan Freestone at to book your ticket. This is a virtual classroom an you will be given a link at booking.

For Educators, please contact to purchase your tickets and information.

Story Time Classics LIVE! A Novel Experience

Story Time Classics LIVE! A Novel Experience 

Monday - Friday at 11am (MST) Hosted by Beau Heckman and special guests. Streamed live on Youtube and Facebook. 




  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • Sherlock Holmes: THE VALLEY OF FOUR by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Sherlock Holmes: THE SIGN OF THE FOUR by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Jan 28th-Feb 3rd, 2021)
  • Sherlock Holmes: HOUNDS OF BASKERVILLE by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Jan 15th-27th,2021)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Dec 28th - Jan 11th, 2021)
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Dec 22nd-24th, 2020)
  • The Polar Express, A Kidnapped Santa Claus, Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe (Dec 21st, 2020)
  • Little Piccola/ The Legend of the Christmas Tree/ The Boy With the Box (Dec 17th,2020)


Educational Virtual Readings

Enjoy some of our classic readings from the summer of 2020 pandemic. 


Reading Selection:



Henry V  (Directed By Quinn Mattfeld)

Richard III (Directed by Irwin Appel)

Henry IV Part I (Directed by Ingrid Sonnichsen)

Henry IV Part 2 (Directed by Ingrid Sonnichsen)

Merchant of Venice (Directed by Irwin Appel and David Ira Goldstein)

A Midsummer Night's Dream  (Directed by Ty Defoe and to support Covid relief in Native Nations)

Julius Caesar (Directed by and Starring Tony Award Winning Trezana Beverly and benefiting ACMI)

Pericles; Prince of Tyre - (Directed by Beau Heckman)

2021 ESU Competition

English Speaking Union 2021 Competition
The English Speaking Union is a national organization that employs English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and goodwill by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members. The Monologue and Sonnet competition provides an opportunity for high school students to test their oration and acting skills at the school, branch, and national level for the opportunity to win scholarships and international training opportunities.


from Joshua Murphy! 
Contact us ASAP for any assistance you may need. 
Schools can enter 1 student per 1000 students (in student body) by March 5th, 2021. 
(Schools with fewer than 1000 students, may submit 1 semi-finalist)
Home Schoolers deadline is March 5th, 2021 and has a separate adjudication from the schools
Finalist will be chosen and announced on March 6th, 2021
About the Annual Competition:

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based educational program serving grades 9-12, or ages 14 – 18 years old. Since 1983, the competition has engaged more than 360,000 young people. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year. High school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: school, ESU Branch and national.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is aligned with modern educational practices.

Participating students will:

  • practice essential skills such as critical thinking, close reading and public speaking
  • work through all 6 levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, from recall to creation, increasing self-confidence through reading, analysis and performance of Shakespeare
  • have multiple points of entry to explore universal themes and are challenged to decode for themselves the complex beauty of Shakespeare’s language
  • work with teachers and peers in a student-centered program of experiential and cross-curriculum learning
  • meet local, state and national standards in English Language Arts and Drama.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition has been recognized by the Globe Center (USA), the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America and the American Academy of Achievement. 

New for 2021:
  • The ESU National Shakespeare Competition Finals will take place remotely following the same format it did in 2020. It is our hope that the competition can return to a live format once it is safe to do so. Please contact us if you need to use SSC Video equipment and Facilities at 255 S MacDonald Mesa, AZ 85201 by appt only with one driver and one coach.
  • Branch and School Competitions: Recorded Competition
    • Same format as 2020 National Semi-Finals. Students upload a video to YouTube and provide a link on the school winner form.
  • Send us a Youtube video link to
  • NO FEE to enter this Prestigious 2021 ESU Competition with its high stakes awards and prizes!

     2021 Prizes are as follows (due to COVID there is a possibility of delayed/substituted prizes)

  •      1st place: British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Conservatory Program
  •      2nd place: American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp
  •      3rd place: $1000 
Rules and Eligibility
Follow this link for all the rules, regulations, and criteria


The selections that contestants perform must meet the following criteria.


Students must select their monologue from the 2021 Monologue Packet (COMING SOON), provided by the ESU.

No alterations may be made to the monologues. They must be performed as written in the packet.The packet has been updated for the 2020-2021 season and now includes OVER 250 monologues from 120 characters in all 38 plays. The selections offer a variety of monologues, of 15 to 22 lines a piece; students may select whichever monologue they prefer, regardless of gender.  Selections have been taken from the Folger Digital Texts resource (


Sonnets must come from Shakespeare’s 154 sonnet cycle. These are all listed in the 2021 Sonnet Packet (COMING SOON) and are available at

Student Handbook

Documents and Forms

Polish up your Sonnets/Monologues
$100 for 45 minutes with Josh to aid your student(s) to review and receive Sonnets and Monologues Pointers
$600 in depth SSC Residency with Joshua Murphy teaching basic Shakespeare and more in depth Preparation and practicing Monologues and Sonnets.

Video Tips from Joshua Murphy

Click on the link below and get expert recording tips from SSC’c Core Company Member, Joshua Murphy.

Free Reading - Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson

What do you do when you're over-educated, under-employed and trying to beat the recession?

Take over a small island off the coast of South America, of course!

Monday, October 7
Doors: 7pm Reading: 7:30pm

The Nile Coffee Shop
105 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
(yes, the bar will be open!)

Join us for this reading, then come
see the original! MACBETH opens
at the Mesa Arts Center October
25. Special discount code for
tickets available at the reading.

PG-13 (adult content and language)