CPS Shakespeare!


November 1 - 2, 2013

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly


The Play

2013 marks the eighth annual production of CPS Shakespeare! with twenty-one students, nine teachers, and eleven CPS high schools participating in this year’s ensemble. After well over one hundred hours of rehearsal with New York guest director Kirsten Kelly and Chicago-acclaimed fight director Matt Hawkins, alongside members of CST’s Education team, and with assistant director and CPS English teacher Sandra Shimon, our CPS Shakespeare! Othello ensemble will stage its unique and personal vision of Shakespeare’s story, including bilingual passages translated by members of the ensemble. Each performance is immediately followed by talkbacks with the cast.



Gallery: 2013 CPS Shakespeare! Othello on the Map

Gallery: 2013 CPS Shakespeare! Othello

Video: NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Features CPS Shakespeare


More to Explore

Hear from our Students

Students share about building an ensemble, connecting to Shakespeare’s story and finding their own voice.
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Hear from our Teachers

"I witnessed how the program changes the lives of our young people. I’ve incorporated a great deal of our work into my classroom."
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The Power of the Process

The most exciting aspect of the entire process is to see someone’s choice develop into a huge theatrical moment onstage.
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The Players

Creative Team

Kirsten Kelly Director

Sandra Shimon Assistant Director

 Movement and Voice Director

Bob Kuhn Costume Designer

Aaron Porter Lighting Designer

James Savage Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Cassandra Westover Properties Master


Zoë Batista Student

Matthew Casillas Student

Ed Cisneros Teacher

Friday Davis Student

Mauro Garcia Student

Michelle Garcia Student

Jenny Gonzalez Student

Roberto Gurrusquieta Student

Erika Jacques Student

David Lopez Student

Zhanelle Mitchell Student

Paloma Navarro Student

Ashley Nuñez Student

Kimberly Perez Student

Brenda Salazar Student

Silvana Sanchez Student

Taleah Thomas Student

Isabel Trujillo Student

Mercedes Valladares Student

Michael Watkins Student

Ryan Watts Student

Deainera Wellington Student

Razan Almiladi Teacher

Lillian Kass Teacher

Samantha Mondro Teacher

Vince Pinelli Teacher

Gina Miski Teacher

Maria Rivera Teacher

Dan Rutkowski Teacher

Sandra Shimon Teacher

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