Shakespeare and Social Justice Theater
Our annual city-wide high school cast is composed of a more than a dozen ethnicities–an authentic mirror of Buffalo.
Starting in Monday and Thursday ACTING and Shakespeare classes, young people begin to build the skills that will get them onstage. In 3 hours a week, our theater classes lift up the values of ensemble, creativity, risk-taking and joy!
In April, auditions for our annual Shakespeare play occur and draw from BPS high-schools. After auditions, the rigorous and demanding rehearsal process begins.
Annually, we produce a full-length Shakespeare play, complete with modern revisions and twists that keep Shakespeare alive, full of grit and resilience….just like our teens.
Our Shakespeareans learn powerful life skills:
- how to work collaboratively,
- how to take direction,
- harnessing one’s courage,
- learning from mistakes,
- and embodying someone else’s story, which is the foundation of empathy.