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Audience Enrichment

Chicago Shakespeare’s Rowe Lifelong Learning Series encompasses our growing audience enrichment programs. Engagement with scholars, artists, and the Theater’s staff provide thoughtful points of entry—and those who wish to dig deeper will enjoy another lens through which to understand the plays on our stages, and the art-making behind them.



A team of scholars presents free pre-performance lectures on select Saturday and Sunday matinees. These half-hour talks by scholars examine the play through the a historical context, as well as the interpretive choices made by the director, design team and acting ensemble.


Post-show Discussions

These entertaining and informative discussions are offered following most weekday matinees, and after Saturday morning matinees of Short Shakespeare! Audience members have the opportunity to discuss the play, the production, and more with actors from the cast directly following their performance. 


Adult Learning Programs

Shakespeare doesn’t have to be intimidating! Our Demystifying Shakespeare Series is an interactive course in which learners begin to understand foundational structures in Shakespeare’s plays. If you’d like to be the first to hear about this offering, and others, sign up today: