Chicago Shakespeare Slam: Final Bout

December 11, 2017

CST's Courtyard Theater

“We OWN this space!”

As each team takes the stage, the students introduce their school name followed by the now-familiar chant, “…and we OWN this space!” And they do. For those five minutes of performing Shakespeare,  that stage becomes theirs.  Shakespeare becomes theirs. It was our fight choreographer, movement coach, and later the program’s director, Matt Hawkins, who first introduced our CPS Shakespeare! students to the power of this wonderfully simple phrase—a rally cry that conquers (almost) every nerve. As a student owns Shakespeare’s words—and shares them—they find their voice and build self-confidence in the process.

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