Performing every year in January for two weeks, our Performance for the Schools shows have 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 gives young audiences a greater sense of the relevance and accessibility of the Bard along with the intense power of his language.

Finally, the Gavin Mahlie All Things Shakespeare Training Program has remained one of our most successful and popular offerings. Drawing talented high school students from all walks of life, All Things Shakespeare has continued to offer future actors a chance to spend their summers in intensive theatrical training that concludes with a fully-mounted production of one of Shakespeare’s plays.