Shakespeare Festival St Louis - In the Schools

Education Tour

A performance of Shakespeare by our touring ensemble will dazzle your students, inspiring them to read, respond, reflect, discuss, and write. Our touring productions, workshops, and study materials have a 14-year legacy of success, including awards and accolades from educators throughout Missouri and beyond. Learn More

2015 Touring Productions

Thursday, February 5 – Sunday, April 26, 2015

Performances include a post-show Q&A with the actors.


Adapted and directed by Tom Martin (Approx. 50min. Grades 5 – 12.)
Antony and Cleopatra tells the epic, intriguing, and enchanting tale of a Roman general caught under the spell of history’s most stunning and powerful queen. Will Marc Antony neglect his duties, his friends, and the empire he loves for a lavish and passionate life with his Cleopatra? Or will he remain committed to be a part of the backstabbing, political collective that now rules Rome? Themes highlighted: love, honor, gender roles, war.


Adapted and directed by Shanara Gabrielle (Approx. 50min. All Ages.)
Two gentlemen, Valentine and Proteus of Verona, are best friends. But when they arrive in the city of Milan, they both find themselves in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia. Hilarity ensues when Proteus’ first love from Verona, Julia, disguises herself as a man and becomes his page! What will become of these two- or seemingly three- gents as love is professed, secret plans are made and friendships are betrayed? Themes highlighted: love, transformation, loyalty, generosity.

2015 Student Workshops

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 Antony and Cleopatra and The Two Gentlemen of Verona 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.

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.

To 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.

• 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. • Mix & match: we can present workshops and performances in any combination.


One performance or workshop: $495
Two or more same-day activities: Save 10%
Beyond 50 miles of St. Louis: Mileage, lodging, and per diem fees apply
Financial assistance is available; please contact us.
NOTE: The Festival is proud to be a part of the Missouri Arts Council’s Missouri Touring Program, which provides substantial funding support for school and community performances. Visit MAC online for details and grant guidelines. For assistance in applying, contact us.


To bring the tour to your school or community, please contact Catie Gainor at or 314-531-9800 ext. 106. Learn More