Monday, December 11, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. 

in the Courtyard Theater 

Teams representing high schools from across the region collaborate to celebrate the power of language—and their own voices—in the seventh annual Chicago Shakespeare Slam. SLAM is, more than anything, an ensemble program—building community, within a school’s team, and among the many teams participating from across the entire region.   

Here’s how it works. Each team, comprised of two to eight students, attends a Saturday workshop in the fall where they learn skills in text work, character building, staging, and—most importantly—come together as a SLAM community. Back at their school rehearsals, each team prepares two performance pieces to be performed at one of three Regional Bouts. First, teams stage the “Scene Round,” a scene that they’ve selected from any of Shakespeare’s plays. Next, teams present the “Dream Round,” a devised, remixed performance piece inspired by a shared text that explores a character, theme, or story that they want to tell in an original and creative way.   

This year’s shared text is the tragic romance Romeo and Juliet. A tale of love found and tragically lost. A story where young love fights to survive in a divided community. A text with powerful moments of feeling and play, creating an exciting landscape for students’ imaginations to explore. The top-scoring teams advance to perform in the Final Bout on Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s stage with the entire SLAM community gathering to celebrate and support their fellow performers.   

SLAM 2023 Participating Schools

Francis W. Parker School, Chicago
Intrinsic Schools – Belmont Campus, Chicago
Kennedy High School, Chicago
Kenwood Academy High School, Chicago
Lincoln Park High School, Chicago
Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago
Little Village Lawndale High School, Chicago
Mundelein High School, Mundelein
New Trier High School, Winnetka
Niles North High School, Skokie

Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park
O-School, Chicago
Round Lake High School, Round Lake
Senn Arts High School, Chicago
Sullivan House High School, Chicago
Taft High School, Chicago
Tri-Point High School, Cullom
Universal School, Bridgeview
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago
Warren Township High School, Gurnee


“I stand onstage & it’s OK to just be myself!”

Watch SLAM 2022 Performances

SLAM 2023 Education Team

Nora Carroll, Interim Director of Education
Roxanna Conner, Education Consultant
Grace Grindell, Learning Programs Associate
Mersedez Hoover, Education Programs Associate
Devin Christor, Educator Artist
Charence Higgins, Educator Artist & Emcee

Kevin Long, Educator Artist
Jarrett King, Educator Artist
Sonya Madrigal, Educator Artist
Kenesha Reed, Emcee
Arik Vega, Emcee
DJ Beats – Enrique Arroyo, DJ


   Run Time: 3 hours

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AllstateNeal and Jennifer ReenanKimberlee Herold


The Jentes Family

Major Team Shakespeare Supporters

ComEd an Exelon CompanyCrown Family PhilanthropiesLloyd A. Fry FoundationIllinois Tool WorksKPMGOld National Bank Connie and Don Patterson Polk Bros FoundationRopes & Gray LLP Shakespeare in American Communities The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable TrustRobert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation


Additional support provided by: Helen Brach Foundation, The Malott Family Student Access Fund, Mathew and Gloria O'Meara, Pritzker Foundation Team Shakespeare Fund, Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Segal Family Foundation Student Matinee Fund, Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

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