Chicago Shakespeare Slam

In Fall 2017, Chicago Shakespeare Theater launches a new education program—the Chicago Shakespeare Slam—for teams representing fifty high schools from across the Chicago region. Following a Saturday workshop, each team—comprised of 2 to 8 students—will prepare two performance pieces to be performed at a Saturday Regional Bout: a scene from any play in Shakespeare’s canon that’s of interest to the team; and a creative exploration inspired by the play that the entire Slam community will focus on that year—the same play that CST is abridging and staging for our student audiences. The top-scoring teams at Regionals then advance to perform in a Final Bout on Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater stage.

The Chicago Shakespeare Slam is, first and foremost, an ensemble program—building community, first among the members of a school’s team, and second between the many schools’ teams participating across the Chicago region. Together, we’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into a shared text—and do so through an infinite number of lenses crafted out of students’ own imaginations. The 2017 Chicago Shakespeare Slam community will focus on Shakespeare’s comedy of teen angst and love madness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After Regionals and Finals come to a close in December, the community will reunite in the winter to meet up with cast members of our Midsummer Night’s Dream production, on stage in The Yard. 

2017 Participating Schools

Alcott College Prep, Chicago

Benet Academy, Lisle

Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago

Canterbury School, Fort Wayne

Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park

Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Chicago

Crystal Lake South High School, Crystal Lake

De La Salle Institute, Chicago

Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village

Eric Solorio Academy High School, Chicago

Fenton Community High School, Bensenville

Francis W. Parker School, Chicago

Gallery 37, Chicago

George Washington High School, Chicago

George Westinghouse College Prep, Chicago

Glenbrook South High School, Glenview

Homewood Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor

Huntley High School, Huntley

Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park

John Hancock College Prep, Chicago

Kenwood Academy High School, Chicago

Lincoln Park High School, Chicago

Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago

Morgan Park Academy, Chicago

Multicultural Academy of Scholarship, Chicago

Mundelein High School, Mundelein

Niles North High School, Skokie

Noble Street College Prep, Chicago

O-School, Chicago

Oak Park & River Forest High School, Oak Park

Ogden International High School, Chicago

Orr Academy High School, Chicago

Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, Chicago

Prosser Career Academy, Chicago

Proviso West High School, Hillside

Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields

Ridgewood High School, Norridge

RTC Medical Preparatory High School, Chicago

Senn Arts High School, Chicago

Simeon Career Academy High School, Chicago

Sullivan House High School, Chicago

Taft High School, Chicago

Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, Chicago

Warren Township High School, Gurnee

Waukegan High School, Waukegan

Westmont High School, Westmont




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