Bard Bash 2022
THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in-person and via livestream on April 24th to celebrate the Bard's birthday with CYS! The one-night-only event featured the CYS Ensemble in a live performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Revised [and Revised Again!] at Uncommon Ground, Edgewater, and all proceeds went to support CYS programs.
CYS Macbeth: a Play & a Film!
For those who missed seeing one of our sold-out performances of Macbeth at Writers Theatre, do not despair! CYS was fortunate to offer our young artists the opportunity to create a cinematic version of Macbeth, while simultaneously preparing our production for live performances on the stage.
Our recently released (minor) motion picture offers virtual audiences a distinctly different experience from the staged production. The film was shot by Kyle Hamman of KBH Media, assisted by CYS Ensemble members, Sydney Gralike and Isabel Dudas - both film students at DePaul University. Watch the film on our YouTube channel!
And - just for teachers, in addition to our virtual production of Macbeth, we've created a comprehensive packet of hands-on learning resources to use in the classroom. Check it out here!
The Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble's 2021-22 Season was made possible in part by grants from the following funders:
Set on a modern day college campus, CYS's Othello examined issues of systemic racism, sexism, and abuse, through a contemporary lens that spoke directly to young adults. The production featured the collaborative work of nine youth actors and six contributing youth artists, Ticketed performances and community outreach events were held at Raven Theatre, The School of Theatre & Music at UIC, and Writers Theatre of Glencoe. Following each of the performances, audiences engaged with the Ensemble in some amazing conversations about race, gender inequality, and the impact of theatre and the arts on issues of social justice.