Chicago Shakespeare Slam: Final Bout

December 11, 2017

CST's Courtyard Theater


The Program

This year, Chicago Shakespeare Theater launches a new education program—the Chicago Shakespeare Slam—for teams representing fifty high schools from across the Chicago region. Saturday workshops kick off the program in the fall, where students and teachers learn and practice the building blocks of performing Shakespeare. Then, back at their respective schools, teams comprised of 2 to 8 students prepare two performance pieces to be showcased at a Regional Bout: the first, a scene from any play in Shakespeare’s canon that’s of interest to the team; and the second, a creative exploration inspired by one play that the entire Slam community is focusing on that year—the same play that CST is abridging and staging for our student audiences. The top-scoring teams at Regionals advance to perform in a Final Bout on Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater stage—with the entire Slam community there to cheer them on.

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 explores 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, meeting with cast members of our Midsummer Night’s Dream production, and over summer break enjoying Shakespeare performed in the parks. 

2017 Participating Schools

Alcott College Prep, Chicago Morgan Park Academy, Chicago
Benet Academy, Lisle Multicultural Academy of Scholarship, Chicago
Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago Mundelein High School, Mundelein
Canterbury School, Fort Wayne Niles North High School, Skokie
Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park Noble Street College Prep, Chicago
Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago O-School, Chicago
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Chicago Oak Park & River Forest High School, Oak Park
Crystal Lake South High School, Crystal Lake Ogden International High School, Chicago
De La Salle Institute, Chicago Orr Academy High School, Chicago
Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, Chicago
Eric Solorio Academy High School, Chicago Prosser Career Academy, Chicago
Fenton Community High School, Bensenville Proviso West High School, Hillside
Francis W. Parker School, Chicago Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields
Gallery 37, Chicago Ridgewood High School, Norridge
George Washington High School, Chicago RTC Medical Preparatory High School, Chicago
George Westinghouse College Prep, Chicago Senn Arts High School, Chicago
Glenbrook South High School, Glenview Simeon Career Academy High School, Chicago
Homewood Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor Sullivan House High School, Chicago
Huntley High School, Huntley Taft High School, Chicago
Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, Chicago
John Hancock College Prep, Chicago Warren Township High School, Gurnee
Kenwood Academy High School, Chicago Waukegan High School, Waukegan
Lincoln Park High School, Chicago Westmont High School, Westmont
Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago  




Video: Chicago Shakespeare Slam: Finals Bout

Gallery: Team Workshop - Chicago Shakespeare SLAM


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Education Team

Slam 2017

Marilyn Halperin Director of Education, Ray and Judy McCaskey Education Chair

Molly Truglia Learning Programs Manager

Jason Harrington Education Outreach Manager

Roxanna Conner Education Associate

Héctor Alvarez Educator Artist

Jenny Avery Educator Artist

Ann Douglas Educator Artist

Jerrell Henderson Educator Artist

Kevin Long Educator Artist

Emily Ritger Educator Artist

Donovan Diaz Emcee

Sarah Ruggles Emcee

Patrick Budde DJ

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