CYS Summer is here!
Visit our beautiful new home at The Hairpin Arts Center
The CYS Youth Company Summer Program is our 5-week high school Shakespeare Intensive followed by a week of performances throughout the Chicago area! Download the CYSC Summer Program Flyer or Join our mailing list for more information on our Summer Youth Company performance schedule.
CYS hosts week-long Shakespeare immersion
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Oak Park River Forest High School wins 1st place in the Battle of the Bard Team Shakespeare Competition, and takes home a big check for $1000 to support literary and arts programming at their school.Thank you to all of the students, teachers, judges, and volunteers who helped make the inaugural Battle of the Bard such an inspiring day of Shakespeare performance and team spirit! [View the photo album]
Happy 450th Birthday!
Some birthday thoughts on the Bard from CYS's favorite Shakespearehead:
William Shakespeare is 450 years old today, and has there ever been a writer (even if he was Marlowe, Francis Bacon or the Earl of Oxford) with a greater impact on literature worldwide? Shakespeare (and I do believe William Shakespeare, son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden of Stratford wrote “Shakespeare’s plays”) influenced writers and thinkers from Goethe and Victor Hugo, to Julius Nyerere, the founding President of Tanzania, who translated “Julius Caesar” into Swahili, and Nelson Mandela, whose only book during his imprisonment on Robben Island, was the Complete Works of Shakespeare, distributed among the prisoners. continue
A Very Special Thank You... to our wonderful workshop clinicians from the Backroom Shakespeare Project for sharing your love of Shakespeare with our students! Kevin Crowley, Audrey Flegel, Sarah Fornace, Kelley Ristow, Sarah Taylor, and Samuel Taylor: CYS ♥ YOU!