Become a Teacher Member!

For your brain. For your classroom. For your heart. Let us help you do the most important work on earth. 
For the first time, the very best of the Folger Shakespeare Library is at your fingertips, all of the time, no matter where you are. 


When you become a Teacher Member of the Folger Shakespeare Library, you join the Folger community in a special way, with membership both in the institution and in our robust teaching family, which stretches across the country and around the world. A Teacher Membership provides you with all kinds of benefits, including full, members-only access to Forsooth! The Folger Teacher Community, our new online home for teachers that is a reliable, dynamic source for practical teaching tools and multimedia; interaction with scholars, artists, and mentor teachers; and rich discussion with like-minded teaching colleagues. Through the Teacher Member level of this online community, the very best of the Folger is at your fingertips, all of the time. In addition to connecting you with our online home for teachers, your gift directly supports the work of Folger Education, guaranteeing that our experienced staff can continue to work with you to transform teaching and learning here at the Folger and in your classroom, and, in so doing, change the lives of students across the country.


Members-only access to Forsooth!: 
  • A set of curated lessons, videos, and other tools designed to introduce you to the Folger Method for teaching complex texts
  • A steadily growing bank of hundreds of downloadable Folger classroom resources on Shakespeare and other texts
  • Professional development sessions with scholars, expert teachers, Folger staff, actors, directors—streamed live and archived for viewing later 
  • Downloadable digital images of items from the Folger Collection 
  • Folger video and audio on a wide range of topics, including printing and editing Shakespeare, Shakespeare in performance, teaching Shakespeare’s language, Shakespeare and pop culture, and lots more 
  • Plus more to come, when you tell us what you need 
Members-only discounts: 
  • 10% off in the Folger Gift Shop every day (in person or online), plus 20% off during holiday shopping days 
  • $10 off single tickets to Folger Theatre performances 
  • $5 off single tickets to Folger Consort performances 
  • 50% discount on up to four single tickets to lectures and selected O.B. Hardison Poetry Series readings 

Invitations to gallery talks: World-renowned scholars who curate Folger exhibitions offer in-depth discussion, followed by an after-hours viewing of the exhibition 

Invitation to Member Appreciation Weekend

For more information, please read the full Teacher Membership brochure.


Complete this brief online form or call 202.675.0359. 

*A note on the process: Upon completion of membership registration, it may take up to 2 hours to be granted full access to this community. Additionally, if you already have a Forsooth! profile, you will need to re-log in to the community in order for your expanded access to take effect. If you have any questions, please contact us at