Welcome to SHAKES@HOME: our new digital platform updated each week with engaging, original content from our artists, educators, and staff. Whether you are hungry for culture, seeking a little motivation or a momentary escape, you can turn to us for inspiration, community—and a little fun along the way. Together, let’s connect, learn something new, and bring the Bard home! Explore the categories below:
SPOTLIGHT ON SHAKESPEARE
This Memorial Day, we join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in honoring our armed forces. Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and scholar Stuart Sherman discuss the soldier’s role in Shakespeare’s plays, through the lens of her Tug of War saga.
Chicago actor Robert Schleifer shares an evocative interpretation of Sonnet 145 (“Those lips that Love's own hand did make...”) in American Sign Language alongside the text, as part of our ongoing Living Room Sonnet Series.
Pre•Amble Scholar Dr. Rebecca L. Fall helps make sense of the nonsense in Shakespeare’s complex and witty comedy, Love's Labor's Lost, in the fifth episode of our new podcast, ASIDES.
Get a front row seat to this past winter’s Chicago Shakespeare SLAM Final Bout! After countless hours of rehearsals and workshops, 500 high school students, friends, and families filled The Yard to cheer, dance, and geek out over Shakespeare.
Dive into our archives with a playlist of memorable moments from Chicago Shakespeare musicals through the years. Ranging from Sondheim classics to summer family musicals, let us sing out and lift your spirits through song.
A stellar line-up of special guests celebrated our namesake’s 456th birthday with a 30‑minute tribute to the Bard hosted by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Creative Producer Rick Boynton. Stream the event on-demand now!
We’ve gathered some of our favorite Chicago Shakespeare moments in a video playlist to help lift your spirits during these uncertain times. Go ahead: take the stage, “speak the speech,” and sing along!
Our namesake wrote a lot about food—he even baked some characters into it! Discover recipes with actor/chef John Tufts (Nell Gwynn, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Tug of War) from his new book, Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare's Table.
From classic hits to pop favorites, we've put together the perfect playlist just for you. Kick off your weekend with Shakespeare-inspired songs we’ve been playing on repeat. (We think the Bard would tune in, too.)
All you need is love—and a knockout playlist! Inspired by our upcoming production of As You Like It set in the '60s, these hits by The Beatles will keep you rocking until we "come together" again.
We’ve long welcomed to our stages the ABLE Ensemble—an artistic collective for young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental differences. Tune in to the first episode of their new web series re-imagining The Comedy of Errors.
NBC‑5 profiles Stream & Study, our new free education initiative launched in response to unprecedented challenges in the transition to remote learning. Educators get access to stream our 2017 Romeo and Juliet and comprehensive teaching materials, tailored to now‑virtual classrooms.
Leading civic and cultural figures paint a vibrant portrait of how Shakespeare comes alive in Chicago through theater, opera, ballet, improv, and contemporary art.
Your critical support is what allows us to continue to be of service to our community—something we are finding dramatic new ways to do now, when there is so much need. With a gift of any size, you play an invaluable role in bringing Chicago together through the arts.
In partnership with UIC, our production team is mobilizing people across the city to sew thousands of desperately needed patient face masks for hospitals—and providing a source of income to skilled costume artisans at the same time.
We salute our teachers! ABC-7 highlights Stream & Study, our new free remote learning program. Educators get access to stream our 2017 Romeo and Juliet and comprehensive teaching materials, tailored to our now‑virtual classrooms.
CREATE & LEARN
For the students in your life—whether you are a teacher practicing remotely, or a family helping children learn at home—these drama-based activities will engage students with complex texts—and have fun in the process!
Parents, engage your children—away from the screen—with print-at-home (and fun to look at) activity pages, inspired by a few of our favorite summer family musicals. Let’s learn, create, and play together!
“The game is afoot”—flex those mental muscles with interactive diversions inspired by Shakespeare and our productions. Try your hand with digital jigsaw puzzles, mad libs, and word searches for the whole family.
Our teacher handbooks are NOT JUST FOR TEACHERS! Each offers historical background, play summaries, a glimpse into a production’s design—and dozens of active, up-on-your-feet activities for anyone who could use some creative fun with Shakespeare!
THE ART OF CRAFT
Looking to spruce up your space? Assistant Properties Supervisor Persephone Lawrence-Wescott demonstrates how to transform a piece of furniture with simple DIY reupholstering techniques that you can try at home.
After emigrating from Argentina as a teen, actor Melisa Soledad Pereyra (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2018) had her first encounter with the Bard and was "enthralled by the music of the words alone."
Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a yearlong celebration of the Bard’s life and work, encompassed more than 800 events across our city. Here, a cadre of “City Desk 400” writers share their reflections on this international festival’s productions.