Performing every year in January for two weeks, our Performance for the Schools program has reached more than 80,000 students and teachers from public, private and parochial schools across the Gulf South.

In the spring, the Festival collaborates with the New Orleans Chapter of The English Speaking Union to host the National Shakespeare Competition. Engaging high school students chosen from across the state, this competition awards the best presentation of a Shakespeare soliloquy and sonnet with an all-expense-paid trip to New York to compete in the national finals.

Throughout the school year, Shakespeare on the Road visits schools throughout Greater New Orleans. Laced with humor and action and containing excerpts from more than a dozen of Shakespeare’s works, this program exposes students to Shakespeare and theatre in an exciting and powerful way.

Finally, the Gavin Mahlie All Things Shakespeare Program has remained one of our most successful and popular offerings. Drawing talented high school students from all walks of life, ATS offers future theatre artists a chance to spend their summers in intensive training – working under our professional artists and technicians.