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Chicago Shakespeare Slam

Teams representing high schools from across the region collaborate to celebrate the power of language—and their own voices—in the annual Chicago Shakespeare SLAM. Here’s how it works:

Each team, comprised of two to eight students, attends a Saturday workshop in the fall where they learn skills in text work, character building, staging, and–most importantly–come together as a SLAM community.

Then, back at their school rehearsals, each team prepares two performance pieces to be performed at one of the Regional Bouts. First, teams stage the “Scene Round,” a scene that they’ve selected from any of Shakespeare’s plays–cut, staged, and rehearsed. Next, teams stage the “Dream Round,” a devised, “remixed” performance piece inspired by a community shared text that explores a particular character, theme, or story that they want to tell in an original and creative way.

The top-scoring teams advance to perform in the Final Bout, which takes place on Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s stage, with the entire SLAM community gathering to celebrate and support their fellow performers.

Teachers, want to participate in SLAM for the 2024/25 school year?

Students, does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Send your teachers a link to this page!




Kimberlee S. Herold