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 15-year legacy of success, including awards and accolades from educators throughout Missouri and beyond. Learn More

2016 Touring Productions

Spring 2016

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


Adapted and directed by Shanara Gabrielle (Approx. 50min. All Ages.)
Available for booking February through April 2016.
Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy set in an enchanted forest outside ancient Athens. You never know what you will find in a world of young lovers, amateur actors, lords & ladies… and magical fairies. Falling in and out of love can be difficult, especially when Puck pulls the strings! Themes highlighted: love, nature, magic, trust. LEARN MORE


Adapted and directed by Joanna Battles (Approx. 50min. Grades 7 – 12.)
Available for booking February through April 2016.
Many consider Hamlet to be the greatest play in Shakespeare’s canon. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is visited by his father’s ghost, who charges his son with avenging his murder. Melancholy and a bit mad, Hamlet devotes himself to revenge, but at what cost? Family relationships, poison, betrayal, secrecy, and sword fights are in store in this exciting production of one of the Bard’s greatest tragedies! Themes highlighted: loyalty, mortality, supernatural, family. LEARN MORE


Directed by Bruce Longworth (Approx. 50min. Grades 2 – 6.)
Available for limited preview bookings, fall 2015.
New this year! 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 and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Marnie’s bedroom is transformed into Shakespeare’s worlds, from a magical fairy kingdom to epic seascapes. In this fun and adventurous theatrical experience, Marnie and her father illustrate the enduring importance of family bonds that cannot be broken. A version of Tales of Shakespeare will be performed as part of the St. Louis Symphony’s Family Concert series on February 21. LEARN MORE

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

2016 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 A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet 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.


Hamlet, Midsummer OR Workshop: $550
Tales of Shakespeare: $475
Save $50 on each additional activity.
Beyond 50 miles of St. Louis: Mileage, lodging, and per diem fees apply
Other fees may apply. Some financial assistance is available; please contact us.


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