Education Outreach

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:

Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Actors from The Shakespeare Project will facilitate four workshops for high school students at the Niles Public Library. Students will receive assistance on selecting a Shakespeare monologue/ sonnet that is right for them and then receive coaching on the presentation of their pieces. Whether the student is preparing for the National Shakespeare Competition or just looking to get better acquainted with the Bard, these workshops will help the student gain insight, confidence and growth in their understanding of Shakespeare and their overall presentation skills.  Limit of 8 students per workshop.  Must be in grades 9-12.  Pre-registration required.  Register at Nles Public Library.   847-663-1234

Workshop dates:
October 12, 2015  6:30pm - 8:30pm
November 16, 2015  6:30pm - 8:30pm 
December, 14, 2015  6:30pm - 8:30pm
January 25, 2016   6:30pm - 8:30pm




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 February and March 2016.  Email:  Or call:  773-710-2718.