Education Outreach

Shakespeare Alive!

Shakespeare Alive! Workshop at the Newberry Library
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 11am - 2pm

Newberry LIbrary, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago.

High school students!  Come for an exciting, immersive 3-hour workshop and learn how to make Shakespeare come alive in your performances. Facilitated by actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, you will learn tools and techniques for unlocking emotion and meaning in Shakespeare’s text. The workshop will culminate in readings from John Gielgud’s radio adaptation of “Hamlet.” No experience required!  Lunch will be provided - and it’s all FREE.   Register by October 20.

For more info and to register call 312-255-3610, email,or visit

By Bus: #22 and #70 stop at the Newberry’s front door on Walton Street.

Other convenient bus lines include the #66 (Chicago route), #36 (Broadway route), and #156 (LaSalle route).

By Subway: Nearby stations include Red Line “Clark/Division,” Red Line “Chicago Avenue” and Brown Line “Chicago Avenue.”

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago would like to bring its long-running education outreach production of “50-Minute Hamlet” to your high school. Write us a letter explaining why you and your classmates would like to see “50-Minute Hamlet” at your high school. Please include the name and phone number of your English or Performing Arts teacher. All letters must be received by November 30,2016. Winners will be announced in December and performances given in early 2017.Adapted by Jeff Christian, “50-Minute Hamlet” presents Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy. Utilizing just two actors,“50- Minute Hamlet” contains many of The Bard's most famous lines and speeches while retaining much of his saga's pathos,poetry and passion. Performances can be given in a school auditorium, classroom or other venue at the school. No special lighting or scenery required. All entries should be mailed to the“50-Minute Hamlet” Contest at the address below.

50-Minute Hamlet Contest
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago
P.O. Box 25126
Chicago, IL 60625

Shakespeare Project Ambassadors
Attention teachers:  Actors from the Shakespeare Project are available to visit Chicago-area high schools that have not previously participated in the National Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the English Speaking Union.  Actors will meet with teachers and students, brief them on the competition, and demonstrate monologues and sonnets.  To schedule a no-cost school visit and learn how to set up your school’s competition, email  


For more information on the competition, visit:



50-Minute Hamlet
Adapted by Jeff Christian, “50-Minute Hamlet” presents Shakespeare’s most
enduring tragedy. Utilizing just two actors, “50-Minute Hamlet” is the perfect in-classroom accompaniment to students' study of the play that illuminates the play's most important scenes and characters. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago has presented it to numerous Chicago area schools since its premier in 2002. It has won the acclaim of students and teachers alike each time it has been presented. Now booking performances for September and October 2016.  Email:  Or call:  773-710-2718.