Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools

Education Tour 2017

2017 Touring Productions

Monday, February 6 – Sunday, April 16, 2017



Adapted and directed by Joanna Battles
In the ancient Roman Republic, Julius Caesar’s growing power and popularity with the common citizens cause great distress among other politicians, notably Brutus and Cassius, who conspire with fellow Romans to assassinate Caesar. But how will this weigh upon the conspirators, and how will Caesar’s friend Mark Antony react? The virtues of heroes are tested, alliances are fragile, and superstitious prophecies spell doom for all of Rome as “the dogs of war” are unleashed. Themes highlighted: honor, ambition, patriotism, morality. Recommended for grades 6 – 12. Click here to download our resource guide.


By Nancy Bell; directed by Rick Dildine
When a young girl named Marnie can’t sleep, she and her father turn to the works of Shakespeare to weather the storm outside, as well as the tempest brewing between her parents—her father is moving out. Using selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, and Pericles, Marnie’s bedroom is transformed into Shakespeare’s worlds, from a magical fairy kingdom to epic seascapes (and pirates!). In this fun and adventurous theatrical experience, Marnie and her father illustrate the enduring importance of family bonds that cannot be broken. Themes highlighted: love, transformation, loyalty, generosity. Recommended for grades 2- 5. Click here to download our resource guide.

2017 Student WorkshopsTo Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s characters have got grit! Using key principles of character education, our teaching actors will guide students through hands-on, experiential activities to explore the moral dilemmas of some of the Bard’s most infamous characters. Students will construct understanding around ethical and civic values such as respect, integrity, courage, justice, perseverance, and self-discipline within the context of Shakespeare’s plays.Speak the Speech: Playing with Shakespeare’s Language

Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed! Students will engage in a theatrical approach to understanding poetry, prose, rhythm, and sound. By playing with the language of the Bard, students will unlock the character clues and story details packed into some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.Shakespeare: See it! Read it! Write it!Now that you have seen the play, you can write your own. Through storytelling techniques and physical theater activities, students will use the themes from Julius Caesar and Found at Sea to create a mini-play in their own words. Using performance as an entry point to the literary arts, our teaching actors will help students build their literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

CastGabriela DiazGabriela Diaz is a recent graduate of Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Her previous credits include Tempest (Nymph), Dogfight (Ruth Two Bears), The Pajama Game (Carmen), Remnants of a Dream (Patricia/Rosa), Marisol (Marisol), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Morgana), and Alice in Wonderland (Mock Turtle).


Mitchell Ferguson has professional credits in Of Thee I Sing (Jenkins), Dancing at Lughnasa (Michael), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Oklahoma! (Curley), Rock of Ages (Dennis), Columbinus (Jock), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Mr. Fox), Treasure Island (Blind Pew), among others. In addition to his career as an actor/teaching artist, Mitchell is a singer/songwriter. He has released five albums over the last three years and toured the United States multiple times with his bands

Erika Flowers
was most recently seen in All Shook Up (Tent Theatre), Hair (Missouri State University), and Cucumbers (Missouri State University). Erika attended Missouri State University in Springfield, MO in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre education.


Britteny Henry is thrilled to be joining the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour. She was most recently seen in New Kid (Mom) with Metro Theatre Company, and The Heir Apparent (Lisette) with St. Louis Shakespeare. Her favorite credits include State Fair (Emily Arden), Dearly Departed (Delightful), 9 Parts of Desire (Umm Ghada), Chicago (June), The Underpants (Louise Maske) and Twelfth Night (Feste).

Michael James Reed*
is a Shakespeare Festival veteran, having appeared in Antony & Cleopatra, Henry IV & V, Twelfth Night and Taming of the Shrew (in the Park), Good in Everything (in the Streets), and Loves Labor (at the Pulitzer). He’s performed locally at the MUNY, New Jewish Theatre, Hot City, Upstream, St. Louis Actors Studio, and numerous times at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Theatre Circle Award winner as Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream). New York theatre credits include La Bete (original Broadway cast)

Emily Clinger

Emily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her sixth year with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour. Locally, she has stage managed at Upstream Theater, The New Jewish Theater, Winter Opera St. Louis, and The Playhouse at Westport. Regional credits include Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, The Old Creamery Theatre, Charleston Stage, Triad Stage, and Heritage Repertory Festival. Emily is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
*denotes member, Actors’ Equity AssocationCreative Team


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Joanna Cole Battles* (Director, Julius Caesar) currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice & Speech at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. As an actor, favorite credits include: Pride and Prejudice (Swine Palace); On the Verge (Public Stage); The Long Christmas Ride Home (Trinity Repertory Company); Sylvia (American Heartland Theatre); Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V (Trinity Repertory Company); Departure (Irish Arts Center); Twelfth Night

Rick DildineRick Dildine (Director, Found at Sea) is Artistic and Executive Director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Since his arrival in 2009, Festival attendance and revenue have grown over 30 percent and the organization has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Excellence in the Arts Award from the Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis and the Exemplary Community Achievement Award for the State of Missouri. Dildine was named 2014…

Nancy Bell

Nancy Bell (Playwright in Residence) Nancy is the author of all four previous Shakespeare in the Streets adaptations: The New World, Old Hearts Fresh, Good in Everything, and The World Begun, which received a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Outstanding New Play, 2015. Her play for families, Found at Sea was part of the Festival’s Education Tour this year, and played at Powell Hall with live accompaniment by the…

Peter and Margery Spack (Scenic Design) made their Shakespeare Fesitval St. Louis debut this year with with Tales of Shakespeare. Recently, they have designed scenery for Safe House and Freud’s Last Session at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; The Sunshine Boys, Shlemiel the First, Old Jews Telling Jokes and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding at The New Jewish Theatre. They work in broadcast news,…

Jennifer ‘JC’ Krajicek (Costume Designer, Julius Caesar) JC is an Alum of Webster University’s Theatre Conservatory. For the past twelve years she has designed, coordinated, and constructed costumes for the St. Louis Black Rep, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Muny, Mustardseed Theater, Metro Theatre Company, St. Louis Shakespeare, Talent Plus, and the Missouri History Museum. JC has become one of St. Louis’ known artisans and has been recognized by…

Michele Friedman Siler (Costume Designer, Found at Sea) most recently was involved in St. Louis productions of Intimate Apparel, Yentl, The Good Doctor, Shlemiel, The First (St. Louis Theatre Circle Nominee) for New Jewish Theatre, The Heir Apparent, Hamlet, Coriolanus, for St. Louis Shakespeare, The Kiss, Bashir Lazhar, The Death of Atahualpa (Kevin Kline Award nominee),

laura-skroskaLaura Skroska (Props Master) is excited to be joining Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for the first time. Laura studied technical theatre at Northwestern University and SIU-Edwardsville, and received her MFA in Painting from Fontbonne University. Laura also works as Assistant Technical Director for the New Jewish Theatre. Other recent credits include Properties Designer for the 2016

Michael B. Perkins (Sound Designer) has been active with SFSTL as a teaching artist, performer, and graphic designer since 2007, when he joined the Education Tour. Since then, he has taught for the Festival’s numerous education programs, including Shakesp

Michael B Perkinseare Squadron, summer camps, residencies, and workshops. Recently, he joined the Festival full-time as the Education & Community Programs Manager.

Jef Awada (Movement Director)
is a director and teacher. Directing credits include Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights for St Louis Shakespeare Co. and Fables for Metro Theater Co. His recent production of Big Love at Webster University performed at the Havana International Theatre Festival in Cuba in the Fall 2016. He is an associate professor at Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts where he teaches clown, commedia dell’arte, and movement for actors.

Max Friedman (Assistant Director, Julius Caesar)
is in his final semester at the Webster Conservatory where he will earn a BA in Directing. Most recently, Max worked as a General Production Intern for The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park. He has assistant directed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and New Jewish Theatre, among others.


*denotes member, Actors’ Equity AssocationSponsorsShakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Bayer Fund sponsors Education Tour visits to rural communities. The Education Tour also receives generous support from the Saigh Foundation, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, and First Bank.