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Shakespeare Alive!

The mission of the Shakespeare Alive! educational outreach program is to promote active engagement with the works of William Shakespeare. By doing so, we hope to nurture respect for the power of language, encourage the examination of complex ideas, fire imaginations, and deepen understanding and tolerance for the richness of human experience.

Summer Camps

June 3 - 13 (Two Week Camp)

Quinn Wilson's Discover Film Making Camp for Young Adults and Students Grades 7 & Up

June 3 – 7 and 9 – 13
Times: 3 pm - 8 pm on June 3 & 4; 9 am - 1:30 pm on June 7; 9 am – 3 pm on ALL Other Days 
Registration Deadline: May 23
Cost: $350 ($295 for registration before May 9)
Learn the art and industry of filming in this two-week hands-on camp! The camp is structured around student groups creating their own short film, while learning some about the history and business of the film industry. We will spend full days on screenwriting, pre-production, production, and post-production for our own short films, while learning about how the industry tackles the same steps. The camp will culminate in a screening night (Friday, June 13 at 7:30 pm in the Center for the Visual Arts Room 118) where campers along with their families and friends gather to view the films created and learn about careers in the industry. Camera equipment and editing studio are provided, however students can bring their own equipment if they desire. Participants must provide their own lunch and snack. Water and refrigeration will be provided.


June 16 - 20 (One Week Camp)

Michael Vetere's Creative Drama and Acting Camp for Students Grades 1 - 12

June 16 – 20
Time: 9 am - noon
Registration Deadline: June 5
Cost: $200 ($170 for registration before May 23)
The Creative Drama and Acting Camp at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival provides a foundation of the art of theatre using creative dramatics and/or puppetry for children entering grades 1 through 12. Through participation in the camps, students will learn about elements of drama including but not limited to character, settings, relationships, conflict, and design. Students in grades 10 through 12 will focus on acting for the stage. After completing the program, students will demonstrate a stronger social awareness, develop skills in empathy, refine their creativity, and formulate an appreciation of the art of theatre and Shakespeare.

Camp Classrooms are grades 1 - 3, 4 - 6, 7 - 9, and 10 - 12.

See brochure for complete information and registration.

 Modern Shakespeare for Modern Youth

Join us for a three-week summer school course at the Regional Alternative School featuring a one-week workshop with the Q Brothers and Shannon Matesky. See flyer for more information.


Schools and Community Tour


Fresh off the heels of a successful fall tour of Romeo and Juliet, the ISF Touring Company brings its exciting and theatrical "guerrilla Shakespeare" approach to Shakespeare's beloved comedy, As You Like It.

Once again, 8 actors will play all the parts in a 40-minute abridgment that can adapt to any space and includes a lot of audience interaction. As You Like It is a story of mistaken identity, love and adventure. Rosalind has been exiled from her uncle's court, and flees to the Forest of Arden disguised as a boy named Ganymede. It is in this magic forest that Ganymede meets and teaches Orlando how to woo Rosalind. The touring company is available to perform As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, or both!

The troupe is now booking performances for schools and community institutions for the Spring. The company tours on Fridays beginning March 21 and finished on May 2.

Q & A session follows the show - students learn about the arts, theater, acting, Shakespeare, and college.

The cost is $200. Some schools are full-pay, some reduced-funding, and some we need to do for free. Tell us which you are when booking.

For more information and to book a show, please contact 
Dick Folse at (309) 438-8697


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Theatre for Young Audiences Production

The Festival's Theatre for Young Audiences Productions are 45 minutes of family-friendly entertainment performed Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 am on the Ewing Manor grounds. Admission is FREE but we require a reservation. Please call the ticket office at (309) 438-2535 to make a reservation today! This year's production of Shake, Shake, Shake Your Shakespeare by Nancy Steele Brokaw opens on June 11th.

Sharing Shakespeare Access Program

Sharing Shakespeare Program - The Illinois Shakespeare Festival has a program for free tickets to main stage performances available to under-represented and under-resourced populations. The program, called 'Sharing Shakespeare', works with non-profits and social service agencies to identify groups who are good candidates. There are 600 tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

Shows are available on:

Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 pm (Ewing Theatre) - Anthony and Cleopatra

Saturday, July 19 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Anthony and Cleopatra

Sunday, July 20 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Elizabeth Rex

Saturday, July 26 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Elizabeth Rex

Sunday, July 27 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Much Ado About Nothing

Saturday, August 2 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Much Ado About Nothing

Sunday, August 3 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Anthony and Cleopatra

Wednesday, August 6 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Elizabeth Rex

Friday, August 8 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Anthony and Cleopatra

Saturday, August 9 at 1:30 pm (CPA Theatre) – Much Ado About Nothing

Interested agencies should contact Brandon Burling at (309) 438-3586 or OR Dick Folse at (309) 438-8697 or

 Supporting Shakespeare Alive!

For more information on how you can support the Shakespeare Alive! educational outreach program, please contact Dick Folse at 309-438-8697.

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