We are Chicago Youth Shakespeare (CYS): a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting Shakespeare's timeless works into the hands of 21st-century teenagers. CYS is committed to providing a safe space for young artists of all backgrounds, and to fostering a diverse community of creative and compassionate global citizens.
In less than 5 years, CYS programs have impacted over 7000 students, from more than 60 different schools across the Chicago metropolitan area. CYS has granted over $85,000 in need-based program scholarships, helped Chicago teens raise thousands to support arts programming in public schools, and we bring free Shakespeare performances and learning opportunities to hundreds of new students each year.
CYS is literally changing lives. But don't take our word for it...
ask our students
My knowledge of Shakespeare, theatre, acting, myself, and the world we live in grew drastically! I learned more than I could have ever imagined. - CYSE student
Othello heads to Writers Theatre on February 25th for a special, one-night-only event!
This was up there with the best Shakespeare I have ever seen. I experienced the story through a young person's point of view which totally moved me. They brought humanity to every part, with nuances and colors and levels and a human understanding that defied their age and experience.
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