Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools

Education Tour

2018 Touring Productions

Monday, February 5 – Sunday, April 15, 2018

Performances are 50 minutes long, followed by a Q&A with the actors for up to 20 minutes.


Adapted and directed by Joanna Battles (recommended for grades 6-12)

Despite their families’ mutual hatred, young Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet innocently fall in love. Torn between familial loyalty and their passion for each other, these “star-crossed” lovers devise a tragic plan, ultimately forcing the reconciliation of their feuding families. Themes highlighted: Family, Love, Loyalty, Forgiveness

Download the Study Guide here.

A new play inspired by The Comedy of Errors
Written by Nancy Bell; Directed by Gary Wayne Barker (recommended for grades K-5)

A cross-country family road trip adventure inspired by the wacky mistaken identity hijinks of The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of twins from two different vacationing families get mixed up and it’s up to the kids to find their way back to where they belong. A fast-paced, silly and heartwarming quest for belonging and the perfect summer vacation. Themes highlighted: Resilience, Identity, Family

Download the Study Guide here.

Staging Requirements:
• A 20′ x 20′ clear stage or performance space (floor), at least 10′ clearance • At least one functional electrical outlet
• Two dressing rooms/private spaces for the performers • Adequate space for the audience to sit comfortably

2018 Student Workshops

Character Education– Identity and Difference

Shakespeare’s characters are robust and multi-dimensional. They have similarities and differences, just like we do! In this interactive workshop, our teaching actors will use the key principles of character education as a springboard for constructing understanding around the topics of identity and difference.

Trippingly on the Tongue: Playing with Shakespeare’s Language

Get ready to get on your feet because Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be performed! Through the use of voice and movement, students will engage in a theatrical approach to understanding poetry, prose, rhythm, and sound.

Shakespeare: See it! Read it! Write it! (Week-Long Residency)

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 the play 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.
*Ask about how this residency can be designed as a single, stand-alone session (50 minutes).

Workshop Details:
• Limited to 90 students per session (in three groups of thirty). • Three separate spaces are required where students can move about freely.
• Multiple workshops can be scheduled to accommodate your entire student body. • Workshops can stand alone—it is not necessary to pair them with a performance.


Generous support from the Festival’s sponsors and individual donors allows us to offer activities and performances at a discount of over 50% the actual cost.

One performance or workshop: $565
Two or more same-day activities: Save 10% on total price
Beyond 50 miles of St. Louis: Mileage, lodging, and per diem fees apply


For questions and tour booking, contact Education Assistant Emily Clinger.

The Festival is proud to be a part of the Missouri Arts Council’s Missouri Touring Program, which provides funding support for in-school performances. Visit for details and guidelines. We would be happy to assist you with your application.


Erika Denise Flowers-Roberts was most recently seen in Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Heidi) at Metro Theater Company, Julius Caesar (Mark Antony, Calpurnia) and Found at Sea (Marnie) with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour, and All Shook Up (ensemble member) at Tent Theater. Erika graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in speech and theater education and is now teaching with COCA.

Karl Hawkins is excited to be joining the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour. Karl is a recent graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. He was recently seen in Cardenio: Shakespeare’s Lost Play (St. Louis Shakespeare) and In The Heights (R-S Theatrics). Favorite credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Middletown (Mechanic) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino). To Thine Own Self Be True!

Jesse Emanuel Munoz is super excited to join the festival once again. Favorite credits include Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), In The Heights (RS Theatrics), Peter and the Starcatcher (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico (The Jades). Jesse is a 2016 graduate of the Webster Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

Michael James Reed* is a Shakespeare Festival veteran, having appeared in The Winter’s Tale, Antony & Cleopatra, Henry IV & V, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew (in the Park), Good in Everything (in the Streets), Loves Labor (at the Pulitzer), and the 2016 Education Tour with Julius Caesar and Found at Sea. He’s performed locally at the MUNYNew Jewish Theatre, Hot City, Upstream, St. Louis Actors Studio, and numerous times at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Theatre Circle Award winner…

Jen Sinnen’s professional credits include tours with The National Theatre for Children and Missoula Children’s Theatre, as well as After Orlando at The Uppity Theatre Company, and Big Love performed at the Festival Teatro de la Habana in Havana, Cuba. Other favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix), Trojan Women (Talthybius) and Slasher (Christi). She also recently wrote and performed a one-woman show entitled Things [un]said. Jen is a graduate of Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Creative Team

Gary Wayne Barker (Director, A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness) An active STL actor/director, Gary most recently directed Dancing at Lughnasa for Mustard Seed Theatre and Intimate Apparel for New Jewish Theatre. Gary’s local acting highlights include The Immigrant (Milton) and Driving Miss Daisy (Boolie), for which he won Kevin Kline Awards for Supporting Actor. Regional (selected): The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Avalon Theatre Company, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Upstream Theatre, Ozark Actors Theatre. …

Joanna BattlesJoanna Cole Battles (Director, Romeo and Julietis thrilled to be back working for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Educational Tour. In the past two seasons of the Ed Tour, she directed Hamlet and Julius Caesar. Joanna serves as Associate Professor of Voice & Speech at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Recent St. Louis credits include the role of Hamlet in 2016’s Shakespeare in the Streets: Remember Me in Maplewood; …

Nancy Bell (Playwright) is SFSTL’s playwright-in-residence, and the award-winning author of all six Shakespeare in the Streets adaptations: The New World, Old Hearts Fresh, Good in Everything, The World Begun, Remember Me, and the yet-to-be-produced Blow Winds. Her play for families, Found at Sea, was part of the Festival’s Education Tour last year, and played at Powell Hall in 2016 with live accompaniment by the St. Louis Symphony. She is also the author of Venus, a finalist for the Next Generation New Play Prize, 2012; and co-author of Present Tense, winner of the LaBute Playwriting Festival, 2013…

Emily ClingerEmily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her seventh 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 Actor’s Equity Association and a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. Please help her cat become an internet sensation by following him on Twitter @askdrWadsworth

Nikolas George Brown* (Assistant Stage Manager) joined the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis team in September as an intern prior to ASMing the Education Tour. Nik is honored to also be the mainstage ASM for Romeo & Juliet! Thank you to each and every Festival staff member for all their hard work! He graduated in May from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a degree in Stage Management. Selected credits include: Off-Broadway: Romeo & Juliet at Classic Stage Company, Little Shop of…

Jennifer ‘JC’ Krajicek (Costume Designer, Romeo and Juliet) 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 the Kevin Kline Awards and St. Louis Theater Circle Awards with multiple outstanding costume design nominations. She is an adjunct professor for the Theatre department at UMSL, and works as Season Costumer for Winter Opera St. Louis.

Michael Pierce (Fight Choreographer) is an actor, teaching artist, and stage combatant. Past stage combat work includes Macbeth and Julius Caesar with St. Louis Shakespeare (fight assistant), and teaching multiple sessions of SFSTL’s advanced teen actor training program, the Shakespeare Squadron. Michael recently performed in Titus Andronicus (Chiron) with St. Louis Shakespeare, and Music of the Goddess (Glitch) at SATE’s Aphra Behn Festival. Much love to Ashley, John, and Liz.

Laura Skroska (Props Master) 
is excited to be returning for her second SFSTL Education Tour. Laura studied technical theatre at Northwestern University and SIU-Edwardsville, and received her MFA in Painting from Fontbonne University. Laura is currently the Assistant Technical Director for the New Jewish Theatre. She has also worked as Props Master for Union Avenue Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Mustard Seed Theatre, and Gateway Center for Performing Arts. In addition, Laura has worked as a Scenic Painter for Fontbonne University, Mustard Seed Theatre, and New Jewish Theatre. She would like to thank her husband and family for their support.

Peter and Margery Spack (Scenic Design) made their Shakespeare Festival St. Louis debut this year 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, trade show environments, private events, and theatrical design. Clients include Anheuser Busch, ESPN, Audi, Ford, The Huffington Post, CNN, Bloomberg, Lincoln Center, the 9/11 Memorial Benefit, The Guggenheim Museum New York and MoMA. They both have BFAs from Webster University and reside in their hometown of St. Louis.

*Denotes member, Actors’ Equity Association


Shakespeare 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.

Education Tour visits to rural communities are sponsored by The Bayer Fund.

The Education Tour also receives generous support from the Gateway Foundation, Saigh Foundation, UMB Bank, and First Bank.