Welcome to SHAKES@HOME: our digital platform updated regularly 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
Actor Phoebe González, who most recently appeared as Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, shares her interpretation of Shakespeare's Sonnet 14 (“Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck...”), as part of our Living Room Sonnet Series.
Chicago actors are refining their audition technique with a free weekly webinar from Casting Director Bob Mason via Zoom. Each Monday, Bob coaches three artists through Shakespeare monologues. All are welcome to observe and dive deeper into an actor’s process.
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.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s “asides”—when characters speak directly to the audience and pull them into the story—this podcast dives deeper into our work with valuable insights from our team of scholars. Binge all five episodes of Season 1 now!
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.)
From open air...to on the air! This 30-minute TV program brings your favorite summer tradition to the small screen, featuring illuminating interviews with artists, community leaders, and partner organizations, memorable moments from past years’ tour productions, and highlights of summer 2020’s inventive virtual experience.
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.
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 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!
Named after the opening acts in Shakespeare’s day, 18 local artists take the virtual stage, performing in a variety of vibrant, multicultural traditions—from spoken word poetry to West African Dance, hip hop, mariachi, flamenco, and more. Stream the entire collection now!
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!
Explore a new-to-you Chicago neighborhood! Get to know the 18 parks we visit every summer and get involved with the many grassroots organizations leading vital initiatives in each community. Plus, support a small business with our cast and crew recommend neighborhood eats!
To respond to the unique challenges facing schools navigating the complexities of remote learning, our Team Shakespeare education program—one of the most comprehensive and highly respected in the country—moves online this season. Director of Education Marilyn Halperin shares how “necessity became the mother of invention.”
There has never been a more critical time for the creative sector. Arts Alliance Illinois has provided a simple way for you to make a difference by reaching out to your representatives and urging them to support a Relief Policy Agenda for the Arts.
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.
Leading civic and cultural figures paint a vibrant portrait of how Shakespeare comes alive in Chicago through theater, opera, ballet, improv, and contemporary art.
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.
CREATE & LEARN
For the students in your life—whether you are a teacher practicing remotely, or a family helping children learn at home—these ready-to-use activities will engage students with complex texts—and have fun in the process!
Gizmology (the mad “science” of gizmos) is all about making things out of other things. Cassandra Westover throws down the gauntlet in this challenge. You just need some promising old “junk” around your home inside or out, simple tools—and, most important, your creativity.
Try your hand at bringing the stage to the page with a Shakespeare-inspired coloring book for all ages created by the artisans on our production team. There’s no limit to the magic you can create!
“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.
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 ART OF CRAFT
Ever wondered what it would be like to walk into an attic filled with armor, ballroom gowns, and doublets and ruffs? How a 3,000-pound wall "flies" away? How a ghost light got its name? Now's your chance as we lift the curtain and take you backstage!
Amir Abdullah—who performed the title role in our 2018 abridged production of Macbeth for 30,000 students—provides insight into how exhilarating live theater can be: “It’s like being on a roller coaster...you don’t know where it’s going to take you.
In 2021, we join Lyric Opera in presenting Blue, chronicling the tragedy of a Black police officer’s family when their son is killed by another officer. Librettist/Director Tazewell Thompson shared, "I add my voice to those of the characters singing in the opera, and to those of the real families suffering great losses."
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.