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January 2016: Life Goes On

by Celine Dirkes

Be Not Afraid of Greatness

Empowering Students | Changing Lives

In their own words...

Watch Us

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Crossing Boundaries...

Geographic, Demographic, Artistic

Building Community in Our Youth Ensemble

The Bard

& the Teenage Brain

Why Shakespeare was Written for Teenagers

Studying Shakespeare

Actually Makes You Smarter



Our flagship performance company, the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble is open to high school students throughout the Chicago area.


In partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Battle of the Bard is a region wide series of Shakespeare slam events open to high school teams throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.


CYS workshops and residency programs offer a variety of Shakespeare performance & learning opportunities for students & their teachers during the school day.

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    Celine Dirkes is a CYS Summer Youth Ensemble alum. She played Jaques in the 2014 production of “As You Like It”. Currently, she studies Theatre, English, and Creative Writing at Rutgers University, and is a student blogger for Rutgers Admissions.


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Chicago Youth Shakespeare
4044 N. Lincoln Ave. Suite 107
Chicago, IL 60618


The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i