Chicago Shakespeare Slam: Final Bout

December 10, 2018

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare


The Program

Teams representing fifty high schools from across the Chicago region come together this fall to celebrate the power of Shakespeare and their own voices in CST’s second annual Chicago Shakespeare Slam.

Following a Saturday workshop, each team, comprised of 2 to 8 students, prepares two performance pieces to be performed at a Saturday Regional Bout: first, a Shakespeare scene selected by the team; and, second, a creative exploration inspired by a single play that the entire Slam community focuses on together—this year, Macbeth, the play that CST will stage for tens of thousands of students next winter. The top-scoring teams advance to perform in a Final Bout, which takes place on December 10, 2018, in Chicago Shakespeare’s new theatrical venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare.

The Chicago Shakespeare Slam is, more than anything, an ensemble program—building community, first among the members of a school’s team and, subsequently, between the many schools’ teams participating across the entire region. Together, students 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.

2018 Participating Schools

Addison Trail High School, Addison
Air Force Academy High School, Chicago
Alcott College Prep, Chicago
Benet Academy, Lisle
Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago
Carl Sandburg High School, Orland Park
Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago
Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village
Fenton Community High School, Bensenville
Foreman High School, Chicago
Francis W. Parker School, Chicago
George Washington High School, Chicago
George Westinghouse College Prep, Chicago
Glenbrook South High School, Glenview
Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts, Hammond, IN
Homewood Flossmoor High School, Flossmoor
John Hancock College Prep, Chicago
Kennedy High School, Chicago
Kenwood Academy High School, Chicago
Lincoln Park High School, Chicago

Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago
Multicultural Arts School, Chicago
Mundelein High School, Mundelein
Niles North High School, Skokie
Noble Street College Prep, Chicago
Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park
O-School, Chicago
Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, Chicago
Prosser Career Academy, Chicago
Proviso West High School, Hillside
Racine Creative Center, Racine, WI
Rich Central High School, Olympia Fields
Rickover Naval Academy High School, Chicago
Round Lake High School, Round Lake Park
Senn Arts High School, Chicago
South Shore International College Prep, Chicago
Sullivan House High School, Chicago
Taft High School, Chicago
Warren Township High School, Gurnee
Wolcott School, Chicago




Video: We own this space!

Gallery: Chicago Shakespeare Slam: Autumn 2018


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Slam Goals

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“We OWN this space!”

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Education Team

Slam 2018

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

Molly Truglia Learning Programs Manager

Jason Harrington Education Outreach Manager

Sara B.T. Thiel Public Humanities Manager

Héctor Álvarez Educator Artist

Jarrett King Educator Artist

Kevin Long Educator Artist

Emily Ritger Educator Artist

Emilio G. Robles Educator Artist

Andy Fleischer Emcee

Cage Sebastian Pierre Emcee

Aurora Real de Asua Emcee

Patrick Budde DJ

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