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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.

Schools and Community Tour


The ISF Touring Company brings its exciting and theatrical "guerrilla Shakespeare" approach to Shakespeare's great works: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and 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. Let us know which show(s) your school would like to see.

The troupe is now booking performances for schools and community institutions for the Fall. The company tours on Fridays beginning October 10 and finishing on December 5.

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

Scheduled Performances

Friday, October 17 at 8:45 am (until 11 am: 2 shows) - George Evans Junior High School (Megan Novotney, sponsor) - performing As You Like It

Friday, October 31 at 10 am - Joy In Learning @ Lewis Auditorium at the Urbana Free Library (Yael Gertner, sponsor) - performing As You Like It

Friday, November 7 at 11 am - Thomas Metcalf School, Hayden Auditorium (Megan Masterman, sponsor) - performing As You Like It

Friday, November 14 at 2 pm - Chiddix Junior High School, Cafeteria (Ann Spence, sponsor) - performing Romeo and Juliet

Friday, November 21 at 8 am, 9:05 am, and 9:55 am - Bloomington Junior High School (Mary Passini, sponsor) - performing Othello (full shows at 8 and 9:05, scenes and discussion from 9:55 - 10:25)

Friday, November 21 at 12:45 pm - Woodland High School in Streator, IL (Shae McKee, Sponsor) - performing TBD

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  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.

2014-10-21T08:34:11.081-05:00 2014