"I know for a fact that this was the first play to make me really think about my life."
–Student, Jacobs High School, Algonquin, IL

"In all my years as an educator, in ALL of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater's education programming from the 1990's to today, these have been some of the most enjoyable and rewarding years of my teaching career."
–Teacher, Orr Academy, Chicago

Serving more than 40,000 teachers and students each year, Team Shakespeare is one of the most comprehensive and highly respected arts education programs in the country. Chicago Shakespeare Education programming is committed to empowering students and teachers alike to unlock Shakespeare and other challenging texts in the English curriculum. We aim to make complex language accessible, achievable, fun, and enlightening for all our school partners. Our program unites the skills of theater artists and classroom educators to bring Shakespeare to life in the school curriculum—through live performance, opportunities for students to perform Shakespeare, professional learning for educators, and comprehensive teaching resources.

By working directly with teachers to meet the needs of their classrooms—in-person or virtual—we have been able to create a community of educators who are well-versed in drama-based techniques and strategies that help readers of all levels, including diverse learners, engage with complex pieces of literature.




The Jentes Family

Major Team Shakespeare Supporters

AllstateHelen Brach FoundationComEd an Exelon CompanyCrown Family PhilanthropiesLloyd A. Fry FoundationKimberlee HeroldIllinois Tool WorksKPMGMazza FoundationOld National BankPolk Bros FoundationNeal and Jennifer ReenanThe Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust

Additional support provided by: Butler Family Foundation, Fifth Third Chicagoland Foundation, The Malott Family Student Access Fund, Pritzker Foundation Team Shakespeare Fund, Ropes & Gray LLP, Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Segal Family Foundation Student Matinee Fund



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