Performing every year in January for two weeks, our Performances for the Schools have reached more than 80,000 middle and high school students and teachers from public, private and parochial schools across 14 parishes.
In the spring, the festival collaborates with New Orleans Chapter of The English Speaking Union to host the National Shakespeare Competition. Involving high school students chosen from across the state, the competition awards the best presentation of a Shakespeare soliloquy and sonnet with an all expense paid trip to New York to compete in the national final.
Throughout the school year, Shakespeare on the Road (SOR) visits schools throughout the region. Laced with humor and action and containing excerpts from more than a dozen of Shakespeare’s works, this program gives young audiences a greater sense of the relevance and accessibility of the Bard along with the intense power his language.
Finally, the Gavin Mahlie All Things Shakespeare Training Program has remained one of our most successful and popular offerings. Drawing talented high school students from all walks of life, All Things Shakespeare has continued to offer future actors a chance to spend their summers in an intensive theatrical training that concludes with a fully mounted production of one of Shakespeare’s plays.