Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools

Shakespeare Festival TourCo. Presents:



February 24 – May 2, 2020

Performance Time: 90 minutes and include a Living Study Guide at the start.

Complete this form to begin the booking process: 

Written by William Shakespeare; Adapted and Directed by Tom Ridgely

One of Shakespeare’s final plays – and one of his greatest achievements – Cymbeline is a romantic adventure story on an epic scale. It tells the story of Innogen, the princess of Britain, who embarks on a dangerous journey to find her husband and through courage and ingenuity clears her good name.

Combining elements of comedy, tragedy, history and fairy tale, Cymbeline is not only a summation of Shakespeare’s incomparable career but a dazzling piece of showmanship that culminates in one of the most masterful final scenes of revelation and reconciliation in the canon.

Featuring an inventive and energetic company of six actors, the ShakespeareFestival TourCo’s production offers a fast-paced, easy-to-understand performance of this underappreciated gem that revels in all the unbridled theatricality of a writer pushing the boundaries of what a play can be.

Living Study Guide:

Instead of students entering a space and watching a show the students will be greeted by the actors and led through discussion and activity before the show begins to increase the audience’s performance literacy. How do we decipher, understand, and analyze a performance that you are unfamiliar with? How do we as audience members know which part of the performance is most important to understanding and enjoyment? The TourCo will walk audiences through skill level appropriate exercises and discussion topics to break down the mystique and foreignness of Shakespeare’s plays and language. The performance of the show that follows will be appropriately set up for the audience in a unique way designed to provide definitions, vocabulary preview, authorial information, and structural patterns.

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

For additional workshops or educational opportunities, please contact Allie Magee at 314-531-9800 ext. 113 or email.


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: $625
Discount for Returning Schools 2019 Rate ($595)
Beyond 50 miles of St. Louis: Mileage, lodging, and per diem fees apply


Complete this form to begin the booking process: 


For questions and tour booking, contact Marketing Manager Allie Magee by email or call 314.531.9800 ext. 113.

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.


Britteny Henry (Cymbeline/Guidarius) is very excited to be back on tour with SFSTL! Britteny is an actress and director well known to the STL theatre community. She was most recently seen on stage this past summer at Ozark Actors Theatre in King Lear (Goneril), and shortly before that she was director for the new Independent Theater Company (Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…), for which she is also the Artistic Director. Britteny has also toured with Metro Theatre Company as Mom in New Kid (2016), and most recently with Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles, visiting schools all over MO teaching kids the importance of brushing & flossing. Hi Mom!

Hannah Geisz (Innogen) fell in love with Shakespeare when this very education tour came to her elementary school. She is beyond thrilled to be working with a company so close to her heart, and would like to thank the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for inspiring her and now including her in their mission. Past Credits Include: My Fair Lady (Ensemble), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs), and Mary Poppins (Ensemble) with Ozark Actors Theatre. King Lear (Cordelia) with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 8-week Performance Intensive in London. Into the Woods (Sleeping Beauty/Teen Ensemble) with The MUNY in St. Louis.

Mary Heyl (Posthumus/Cloten) is a St. Louis native and has fond memories of seeing the SFSTL Education Tour’s production of The Tempest at her school when she was little. She is so grateful to be passing on her love of theatre with this production. She is a proud cast member of Comedy Sportz STL and production assistant for Theatre Unlimited at the Jewish Community Center. Some favorite roles include Cassio in Othello (Festival 56), Marmee in Little Women (Festival 56), and Brutus in Julius Caesar (Millikin University). Mary would like to thank Tom and Adam for this opportunity and God for the ability.  

Keating (Iachimo/Arviragus) is a theatre artist in St. Louis. Keating is the Co-Artistic Director of Poor Monsters and the Communications Director at ERA. They are so excited to be back at SFSTL after performing in Love’s Labors Lost in the park this past summer, and Into The Breeches in 2018. Recently, they appeared in Whammy (YoungLiars) and Well (Mustard Seed Theatre). Keating created and directed Classic Mystery Game (SATE) and Or What You Will, The Third (Poor Monsters). Much love to Janet and Freddie!

Halli Pattison (Pisanio/Guiderius) is thrilled to be performing with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. A recent graduate from Saint Louis University, some of her favorite roles include Eurydice (Eurydice), Célimène (The Misanthrope), and Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest).



Jenni Ryan* (Belarius/Queen) was last seen as Olympe de Gouges in The Revolutionists. Other favorite roles include M’Lynn (Steel Magnolias); Jen (John and Jen); Charlotte (Moon Over Buffalo); Sarah Daniels (Spinning into Butter); Shelby (The Spitfire Grill); Sarah (Time Stands Still); Faye (Chapter Two); Tessie Tura (Gypsy); Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying); Alex (On the Verge, or The Geography of Yearning); Ilona (She Loves Me); and Gloria (Grace & Glorie), which earned her a Kevin Kline Award. Member, AEA. Jenni is thrilled to be here to share some “Will” power.


Tom Ridgely (Director) has been the Executive Producer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis since 2018. A Drama Desk-nominated director, he has developed or presented work at the Public Theater, The Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Society, Red Bull and more. He’s worked with Tony nominees Sting, Sherie Rene Scott, Laura Osnes, Will Swenson, Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin and others, and his productions have won DFW Theater Critics Forum and ECNY Awards and been nominated for CT Critics Circle and BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards.

Emily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her ninth year with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Education Tour. Regional stage management credits include New Jewish Theater, Upstream Theater, Arrow Rock Lyceum, The Old Creamery Theatre, Charleston Stage, Triad Stage, and Heritage Repertory Festival. She recently made her directorial debut at The Playhouse at Westport. 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 Instagram @SirWadsworthSTL.


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.