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All year long we provide programming for students 11-18 to engage with Shakespeare as critical thinkers and creative makers. Our two flagship programming are:

Shakespeare Squadron

Spring 2021 Adaptive Version

  • Feb 15 – Apr 24, 2021
  • Mondays and Thursdays,  6-8p
  • Two Saturday Masterclasses (Apr 17 &  April 24)
  • For students 11-18

Building on a successful hybrid model of online and in-person, socially distant sessions piloted in our Summer Camp, the Festival’s teaching team will engage young artists in a 10-week series. Students will create, write, and perform an original theater piece by responding to a Shakespeare play. Original pieces will be workshopped/edited in collaboration with COCA students and local theater professionals in student-led, masterclass-style workshops. The semester will end in a culminating performance and/or reading of original work. This hybrid model is designed to ensure safety while helping students find ways of engaging with Shakespeare that best suit their interests and learning style. 

Register for Squad


Camp Shakespeare

This summer camp will include both virtual and in-person classes led by experienced Festival Teaching Artists include training in voice, movement, acting technique, and textual analysis.

Emphasis will be placed on ensemble building and on the cultural significance of performing Shakespeare’s plays for a modern audience. The camp will lead to a final performance that will be based in social distancing and bringing the words of Shakespeare into the current moment. This session is limited to 20 campers and is suitable for ages 11-18. Please contact if adam@stlshakes.org if you have any questions or need technological assistance for your student.

Summer 2021 coming soon!