international shakespeare center santa fe

A Shakespeare Festival just for high school teens!

Immerse yourself in the power of language,
increase your self confidence,
learn to swear like an Elizabethan,

develop critical life skills,
draw a sword,
and bring Shakespeare’s words to life
with clarity and emotion.

Students will produce short scenes in a festival performance, and in the process will develop skills in critical thinking, close reading, literary analysis, public speaking, dance, voice, stage combat, and Shakespearean staging.


Each school delegates three to five students who will rehearse ten- to fifteen-minute Shakespeare scenes.

Rehearsals are supervised by ISC staff—
there is no burden on teachers.

Rehearsals are after school, one afternoon a week, for each of the schools.

The rehearsal period includes instruction in text
and performance from ISC leaders and visiting artists.

Rehearsals begin in September, with performances in December 2019.

Monologues are interwoven in the scenes. As high school seniors need to prepare classical audition pieces, this training is an additional benefit to participating students.

The ISC is working with local educators and renowned Shakespeareans to celebrate Shakespeare with high school students. 

Starting in August, participating students from New Mexico high schools will work with professional Shakespearean actors and directors to hone their performances of short scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, which they will present at the Youth Shakespeare Festival in December 2019. Guest artists will be announced. 

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