Setting The Stage for Learning

Free Resources for Teachers

Free educational resources for English, Social Studies, Science, Drama, and Elective classes

LATW’s Setting the Stage for Learning brings free audio recordings of important stage plays to middle and high schools around the world, harnessing the power of professional theatre to deepen students’ understanding of complex literature and subject content.

New Resource:  Extensive curriculum guide for Spill, Leigh Fondakowski’s extraordinary docudrama that brings the 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion to life through personal stories of those affected.

At-home Learning Resources for Schools affected by Covid-19:

For educators experiencing distance and online learning, LATW is offering an expanded collection of 25 education titles listed below.

Enroll today! We will send a link to enable you and your students free streaming access, along with an introductory educator guide for how to use our recordings in remote learning settings and in your classrooms and the Spill Curriculum Guide. 


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As You Like It

By: William Shakespeare

Rosalind is banished from court and follows her exiled father into the untamed Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, she engages with fools and philosophers adrift in the woods, and ultimately falls in love.




Chavez Ravine

By: Culture Clash

The controversial history of Chavez Ravine, the immigrant community that once existed on the site that is now Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.



Cyrano de Bergerac

By: Edmond Rostand

The dandy with a prominent nose is confident in battle, but relentlessly self-doubting in love, and is unable to express his devotion to the beautiful Roxane.




An Enemy of the People

By: Henrik Ibsen

When a small town relies on tourists flocking to its baths, will a report of dangerously polluted waters be enough to shut them down?




The Grapes of Wrath

By: John Steinbeck

The story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a better life in California.



The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

By: Peter Goodchild

A dramatization of the 1925 trial about the right to teach evolution in school, based on the original transcripts.




By: William Shakespeare

Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his beloved father's death at the hand of his uncle Claudius — but Hamlet's spiral into grief and madness will have permanent and immutable consequences for the Kingdom of Denmark.


Hold These Truths

By: Jeanne Sakata

During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government's orders to forcibly remove and incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast.


The Hound of the Baskervilles

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Did a supernatural hound cause the death of Sir Charles Baskerville? Or is the famous Baskerville curse simply a cover for more sinister goings on?


The Importance of Being Earnest

By: Oscar Wilde

Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Earnest, “that name which inspires absolute confidence.


John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night

By: John Ball

In the Heat of the Night pits a visiting black detective from California against a small Alabama town simmering with anger over desegregation. 


Jane Eyre

By: Charlotte Brontë

Orphaned Jane journeys from a harsh childhood to become the loving caregiver of a child at the manor of the mysterious Mr. Rochester.


Judgment at Nuremberg

By: Abby Mann

At the conclusion of World War II, German officials are put on trial for crimes against humanity.  



By: William Shakespeare

When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

By: William Shakespeare

The marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta becomes entangled with actors, fairies, and magic potions.


The Mountaintop

By: Katori Hall

April 3rd, 1968, room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, MLK and a motel maid form an unlikely friendship during the wee hours of his final night.

Oedipus the King

By: Sophocles

A Greek king unwittingly kills his father and marries his mother.


Pride and Prejudice

By: Jane Austen

The dour Mr. Darcy is anything but popular with the Bennets, especially when he fancies a member of their clan. And as Elizabeth reluctantly deals with Mr. Darcy’s advances, their romance seems destined to fail.



By: George Bernard Shaw

An irascible speech professor takes on a Cockney flower girl as a pet project.


Romeo and Juliet

By: William Shakespeare

Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families.



By: Leigh Fondakowski

Real-life stories of the human and environmental toll of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. 


Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers

By: Geoffrey CowanLeroy Aarons

The trial following The Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers had huge repercussions on the 1st Amendment's parameters.


Twelve Angry Men

By: Reginald Rose

On a sweltering day, a dozen jurors argue the fate of a young man accused of murder.


A View from the Bridge

By: Arthur Miller

Longshoreman Eddie Carbone’s niece falls in love with a Sicilian immigrant, turning Eddie’s affection for his niece into an obsession.


Zoot Suit

By: Luis Valdez

Chicano playwright Luis Valdez masterfully uses the Sleepy Lagoon murder case to examine the Chicano Zoot Suit Culture of the 40’s.



Enroll today! We will send a link to enable you and your students free streaming access, along with an introductory educator guide for how to use our recordings in remote learning settings and in your classrooms. 


Please contact us with any questions at
Important: we do not sell, trade, share or transfer your personal data to any third parties.

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Women Who Made A Difference

L.A. Theatre Works celebrates the 100th Anniversary of universal suffrage with three outstanding plays about the continuing struggle for equality.

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