"This experience has changed my life. Period."
–Student at Gage Park High School (CPS)
"I know now that I can teach the most difficult text, to any student, because that is what we do here."
–Teacher, Prosser Career Academy (CPS)
Each year, this transformational program invites CPS high school students and their teachers from across the city into our rehearsal room to create a completely original Shakespeare production. Through a five-week intensive rehearsal process under the guidance of a full team of professional CST artists, this intergenerational ensemble works together to prepare a fully designed production, culminating in two performances on Chicago Shakespeare’s mainstage in the Courtyard Theater. CPS Shakespeare! develops students’ literacy skills as it builds confidence, empowering our city’s teens to approach life’s challenges with bravery and self-assurance.
2014 marks the ninth annual production of CPS Shakespeare! with twenty-six students, nine teachers and ten CPS high schools participating in this year’s ensemble. After well over one hundred hours of rehearsal with New York guest director Kirsten Kelly and Chicago-acclaimed fight director Matt Hawkins, alongside members of CST’s Education team and with assistant director and CPS English teacher Sandra Shimon, our CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream ensemble will stage its unique and personal vision of Shakespeare’s story, including bilingual passages translated by members of the ensemble, on November 7–8, 2014 in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater.