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

2019 Touring Productions

January 29 – April 14, 2019
Performances are 50 minutes long, followed by a Q&A with the actors for up to 20 minutes.


The Last Cupcake
Written by Nancy Bell; directed by Michael James Reed (recommended for grades K-5)

If the Baker doesn’t pay the bills quick, the Bill Collector will close the Bakery! While he frantically tries to bake enough cupcakes to keep his business open, he has to contend with a very demanding birthday boy and some magically-appearing fairy tale characters. Worst of all, one of his cupcakes comes to life and starts all sorts of trouble!  A folktale set in the modern world, with plenty of laughs, a little bit of math, and a gentle message about sharing resources. Inspired by two traditional folktales, The Magic Porridge Pot and The Gingerbread Man. Themes: Kindness, Sharing, Economic concepts of scarcity, consumption and production.

Download the Study Guide here.

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

The mysterious prophecy of three witches inspires Macbeth and his wife to gain the crown at all costs. Corrupted by extreme ambition and unchecked power, Macbeth stops at nothing to achieve his goals, murdering first the King, and then anyone who will stand in his way. Despite his own growing doubts about the morality of his actions, he heedlessly drives himself to his own inevitable destruction. A play about an evil ruler and the heroic citizens who ultimately prevail against him. Themes highlighted: power, ambition, courage, fate vs. free will, appearances vs. reality.

Download the Study Guide here.

Public Performances



Thursday, April 4 – 6:30 P.M.
Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63123

Saturday, April 6 – 2:00 P.M.
Poplar Bluff Library
318 N. Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO

The Last Cupcake


The March 30 performance has been canceled due to actor illness.

Saturday, March 30 – 2:00 P.M. 
Central Library – St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103










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

2019 Student Workshops

To Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare –

Limited Availablity, please call for more information. 

Using key principles of character education, our teaching actors will guide students through hands-on, experiential activities to explore the moral dilemmas of a variety of characters. Students will construct understanding around ethical and civic values such as respect, integrity, courage, justice, perseverance, and self-discipline within the context of both folk tales and Shakespeare’s plays.

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) –

Limited Availablity, please call for more information. 

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.

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.


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: $595
Week-Long Residency: $2,500 (assumes 4 visits, price subject to class size)
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 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.

Click here to pay for your 2019 Education Tour performance.


Ted Drury




Craig Ester is thrilled to join Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Education Tour. Craig hails from Detroit Michigan and is an alumnus of Cass Technical High School where he studied with Tony Award-winning educator Marilyn McCormick. He is also an alumnus of the BFA Acting Program at Ball State University, and the Mosaic Youth Theater. Craig has been able to workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Stratford Festival of Ontario. He wants to thank the cast for their dedication to telling these stories and educating students. He especially wants to thank his family and friends for their undying love and support. Recent professional credits include Othello (Othello) with Little Door Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro) with Shakespeare Royal Oak, King Lear (Edmund) with Portable Folio Productions, Macbeth/Romeo and Juliet (Macduff/Seyton/Lord Capulet) with Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s Education Tour.

Frankie Ferarri




Karl Hawkins is delighted to be returning to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis! after 2018’s In The Park (Romeo & Juliet), In The Works (The Thousand Natural Shocks; A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness) and In The Schools (2018 Education Tour). A St. Louis native, Hawkins holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University. Selected credits: Julius Caesar (Anniston Shakespeare Project), The Tempest (St. Louis Shakespeare), District Merchants (New Jewish Theatre) and In The Heights (R-S Theatrics) To Thine Own Self Be True!

Jeanitta Perkins has fond memories performing Shakespeare In The Streets with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in Maplewood and Downtown and is excited to make her Education Tour debut! She has been blessed with the opportunity to work with The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Metro Theater Company, St. Louis Shakespeare, The Black Rep, Union Avenue Opera, and Ozark Actors’ Theatre. Ms. Perkins is a voice actor with NOW Talent Management and a nationally certified optician by trade. Her 6-year-old son has made his acting debut in a Laclede Gas commercial. Jeanitta Perkins is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and is committed to providing a quality theatrical experience to children of all ages!


Joanna Battles (Director, Macbeth) is thrilled to be back working for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Educational Tour. In the past three seasons of the Ed Tour, she directed Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet. Joanna serves as Associate Professor of Voice & Speech at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where she directed Chekhov’s Three Sisters this past fall. Recent St. Louis credits include Voice and Text coach for Shakespeare Festival STL’s, Romeo & Juliet; and Dialect Coach for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s productions of Born Yesterday and Nonsense & Beauty. Joanna is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework™, and received an MFA in Acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep.

Nancy Bell (Playwright/Literary Manager) 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 Blow, Winds. Her play for families, Found at Sea, was part of the Festival’s Education Tour and played at Powell Hall in 2016 with live accompaniment by the St. Louis Symphony.

Emily Clinger* (Stage Manager) returns for her eighth 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.

Kareem Deanes (Sound Designer)

Lisa Drewel (Props Master) is pleased make her Prop Master debut with the Shakespeare Festival’s Education Tour. Previously, she draped costumes for Shakespeare Festival’s  Into the Breeches. Lisa has worked at Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Draper and Stitcher, and Costume Shop Manager at Stages St. Louis, St Louis University, Shakespeare Festival in the Park, respectively.

Patrick Huber (Scenic Designer, The Last Cupcake)

Michael Pierce (Fight Choreographer, Macbeth) is an actor, stage combatant, and teaching artist in St. Louis, and is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors. Recent Fight Direction credits include She Kills Monsters at St. Charles High School. Michael has taught with the Shakespeare Squadron in years past. Thank you to Ashley, who is always there to give me perspective.

Michael James Reed (Director, The Last Cupcake) is a Shakespeare Festival veteran, having appeared as an actor in Forest Park in Romeo & Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Antony & Cleopatra, Henry IV & V, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew. In the Streets, Michael was seen in Good in Everything, and at the Pulitzer in Loves Labor. For the Education Tour, Michael appeared in the 2016 Education Tour with Julius Caesar and Found at Sea and in 2017 in Romeo & Juliet and A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness (which also run during the In the Works festival).

Michele Friedman Siler (Costume Designer) is returning to the Shakespeare Festival after most recently designing the 2018 Educational Tour productions of A Most Outrageous Fit of Madness and Found At Sea as well as the St. Louis Theatre Circle nominated Into the Breeches! Recent St. Louis credits include New Jerusalem, Never The Sinner, Intimate Apparel, Yentl, Shlemiel, The First (St. Louis Theatre Circle Nominee) for New Jewish Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire (St. Louis Circle Theatre Nominee) for The Tennessee Williams Festival, The Tempest, Cardenio, The Heir Apparent (St. Louis Theatre Circle Nominee), Hamlet, Coriolanus, for St. Louis Shakespeare,…

Peter and Margery Spack (Scenic Design, Macbeth) recently designed scenery for Shakespeare in the Streets: Blow Winds, Romeo & Juliet in the Park, Heisenberg and Safe House at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Intimate Apparel, Never the Sinner, Life Sucks and New Jerusalem at The New Jewish Theatre. Upcoming designs include The Play that Goes Wrong for at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Circus Flora. As Studio Spack Environment Design, Margery and Peter also design corporate theater, product reveals, broadcast news, trade show environments, and private events. They both have BFAs from Webster University and reside in their hometown of St. Louis.

Trace Turner (Assistant Director, Macbeth)


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.