Chicago Youth Shakespeare’s Summer Company program is a rigorous, six-week Shakespeare intensive open to high schools students (including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors) throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Summer program students learn advanced acting techniques and innovative methods for “unpacking” and personalizing Shakespeare’s words to make them their own. CYS welcomes visiting artists from Chicago’s professional theatre community to lead masterclasses in a variety of performance techniques, including clown, stage combat, improv, devised theatre, Commedia dell’ Arte and more. Summer Company students also travel off-site for community exchange workshops with other Chicago-based summer youth programs, and to explore some of the city’s best cultural resources.The rehearsal process focuses on ensemble collaboration and creative discovery, culminating in an exciting week of Shakespeare performances.
*[Schedule and locations will vary during the final “production week”, of the program to accommodate touring performances.]