PROJECT38

Each school year for PROJECT38, CSC collaborates with 38 different area schools, giving each school one of the 38 plays in Shakespeare’s canon. The program culminates in the PROJECT38 Festival at the end of the school year. a multi-day celebration in which all the students will gather, and share what they’ve created with each other, their schools, family and friends and with the community at large.

 

Thursday, April 20

Location: Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9-11:30am

Liberty Junior High School- a sitcom version of The Comedy of Errors

Gilbert A. Dater High School- Visual artworks surrounding the themes of Othello

Spring Valley Academy- learn the rules of love with a board game of Love’s Labour’s Lost

Aiken High School-Mistaken identity and misplaced love confuse the characters of Twelfth Night

12-2:30pm

New School Montessori- presents a live rendition of Hamlet

Lakota West High School- presents a radio play of Much Ado About Nothing with live sound effects

3-5:30pm

Covedale Elementary School- stages a classical version of Antony and Cleopatra

Batavia Middle School- Can Shakespeare's sonnets of love explain the chaos of Black Friday shopping?

Campbell Regional JDC- focusing on Marc Antony’s eulogy speech, this video features artistic representation of Julius Caesar

6-8:30pm

Kings High School- A Taylor Swift cover band returns from tour and romance ensues in Much Ado About Nothing

Sycamore High School- two friends struggle through betrayal, love, and infidelity in The Winter’s Tale

South Dearborn High School- King Lear struggles as a 1940’s gangster in NYC

Friday, April 21

Location: Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9-11:30am

Lakota East Freshman Campus- The mannequin challenge meets puppet show in this version of The Taming of the Shrew

Milford High School- This soap opera/mockumentary highlights the absurdity in A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Withrow High School- presents comedic scenes from As You Like It

12-2:30pm

Dixie Heights High School- an original film version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona

St. Joseph Academy- An original animated film of The Tempest

Lockland High School- presents a movie trailer for a modern take on Macbeth

3-5:30pm

Highlands High School- Armed only with brains and high heels, can Mariana trick Angelo to become his bride in Measure for Measure?

Mother of Mercy High School- witness BUCKETS OF BLOOD in this Titus Andronicus film

Butler Tech School of the Arts- presents an alternative telling of Richard II

5-6:30pm (Ballroom or Rehearsal Room TBA)

Shakespeare's Globe Adult Workshop- Hands on acting workshop for adults with practitioners from Shakespeare's Globe.
RSVP Required*

6-7:30pm (Stage)

Cincinnati Shakespeare's Groundlings Juniors- After their smash-hit production of Pyramus & Thisby, The mechanicals of Athens tackle some of Shakespeare's lesser known works with their signature style.

Cincinnati Shakespeare's Groundlings- Explore the darker hues in love’s palette with selections from Shakespeare’s most notable tales of love, loss, betrayal, and obsession.

8:00pm

Shakespeare's Globe Story Telling Performance- watch the Bard come to life with this interactive one-man version of the Tempest presented by Shakespeare's Globe.
These productions encourage students and audiences to explore Shakespeare’s enduring narratives not just as listeners, but as storytellers, too.

Saturday, April 22

Location: Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9-10:30am (Ballroom)

Shakespeare's Globe Teacher Workshop “Women in Shakespeare”- Hands on acting workshop for teachers and educators with practitioners from Shakespeare's Globe.
RSVP Required*

9-11:30am (Stage)

Oak Hills High School- Fairies run amok in this unique interpretation of A Midsummer’s Night Dream

Gallatin County High School- The tragedy and comedy of Troilus and Cressida on That 70’s Show

Simon Kenton High School- Romeo and Juliet with a combination of dance and visual art

12-2:30pm

Anderson High School- adapts Hamlet to the JFK assassination with a Pink Floyd soundtrack

Leaves of Learning- Coriolanus presented as modern Americans warring with Scottish Highlanders (WITH SWORDS!)

3-5:30pm

St. Michael’s Homeschool Co-op- Henry VIII meets and disposes of his wives

Hyde Park Elementary School- presents a video collection of Shakespeare’s best scenes

Lebanon High School- adapts King John to "The Office" in a modern take on the power struggles, misunderstandings, and follies of dealing with a hierarchical regime.

5-6:30pm

Shakespeare's Globe Student Workshop- Hands on acting workshop for students with practitioners from Shakespeare's Globe.
RSVP Required*

7-8:00pm

Shakespeare's Globe Story Telling Performance- watch the Bard come to life with this interactive one-man version of the Henry V presented by Shakespeare's Globe.
These productions encourage students and audiences to explore Shakespeare’s enduring narratives not just as listeners, but as storytellers, too.

8:00pm

Miami University Hamilton- presents a screening of their original film version of Cymbeline

Sunday, April 23

Location: Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9-10:30am (Stage)

Riverview Elementary School- The Two Noble Kinsmen character models are created in collaboration with NKU’s theatrical makeup department

Campbell Regional JDC- focusing on Marc Antony’s eulogy speech, this video features artistic representation of Julius Caesar

9-10:30am (Rehearsal Room)

Shakespeare's Globe Student Workshop- Hands on acting workshop for students with practitioners from Shakespeare's Globe
RSVP Required*

9-10:30am (Ballroom)

Shakespeare's Globe Teacher Workshop “Justice and Mercy”- Hands on acting workshop for teachers and educators with practitioners from Shakespeare's Globe
RSVP Required*

12-2:30pm

Ursuline Academy- Richard III presented as group chats between the Lancaster and York families

Notre Dame Academy- Falstaff gets himself into some shenanigans with The Merry Wives of Windsor

DePaul Cristo Rey High School- students debate the themes of The Merchant of Venice and their relevance today

3-5:30pm

Walnut Hills High School- a wealthy man learns who his true friends are in Timon of Athens

Blanchester Middle School- People flee their zombie infested planet in this version of Hamlet

Mercy Montessori School- with a mix of Shakespeare and Improv, Helena stalks her love in All’s Well That Ends Well

Sunday, April 23

Location: Washington Park, Great Lawn
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

11am-12:00pm

Shakespeare's Globe Story Telling Performance- watch the Bard come to life with this interactive one-man version of Macbeth presented by Shakespeare's Globe.
These productions encourage students and audiences to explore Shakespeare’s enduring narratives not just as listeners, but as storytellers, too.

12-2:00pm

Stage Combat Workshop- Open to students of all ages- come ready to learn the basics of sword fighting and to participate in our choreographed melee (flash mob style) encompassing all participants in a epic battle in Washington Park! 
RSVP Required*

2-3:00pm

Shakespeare's Globe Story Telling Performance- watch the Bard come to life with this interactive one-man version of the Twelfth Night presented by Shakespeare's Globe.
These productions encourage students and audiences to explore Shakespeare’s enduring narratives not just as listeners, but as storytellers, too.

Shakespeare's Globe

Questions? Contact Kristen.race@cincyshakes.com

Shakespeare's Globe Partnership

PROJECT38 has gone international!  CSC has partnered with none other than Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. The Globe was incredibly excited when they learned about PROJECT38, and this past fall sent out two of their practitioners to run a series of workshops for our P38 Teachers and Teaching Artists, equipping them with knowledge, insight and exercises to take with them into the classroom throughout the year.  The experience was simply too amazing not to share, and so during this year’s festival we will have two more Globe practitioners in residence, running workshops for students, teachers, and even interested members of the public. One of the practitioners is also an official Globe Storyteller, and throughout the festival will be giving Storytelling performances of some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.

*How to RSVP

Spaces in the Globe workshops are limited and priority is given to PROJECT38 students and teachers.  To inquire about openings and to RSVP to any of the workshops, email kristen.race@cincyshakes.com.

The Storytelling performances are free and open to the public and no ticket or RSVP is needed!

 

 

WHAT is PROJECT38?

CSC’s game changing educational initiative for high school students.

HOW does it work?

Actors from Cincinnati Shakespeare's resident ensemble go into 38+ schools as teaching artists. Each actor is paired with one or two schools and they work WITH a group of 5-35 students over a 9 month academic year to develop and co-create interpretations of one play from Shakespeare’s 38 play canon.

WHY do we do PROJECT38?

The learning benefits are massive. Rather than just read the script  and hear a lecture, students actively create, perform, make, act, write, think, solve problems, map out a plan AND learn more about the genius of Shakespeare.

  • For one school, Shakespeare comprehension grades increased 4X.
  • Overall academic performance among the participants improved by 47%
  • And, students saw a 75% improvement in attitude, confidence, motivation, and willingness to speak in public.

How MUCH does it cost the school and how can I support the program?

CSC offers PROJECT38—including the free festival—at NO COST to the students, teachers, schools or the community. We are fortunate to receive generous support from individuals, foundations and corporate partners covering about 60% of our direct costs. You can support us online here.

Attention Teachers! Considering applying for PROJECT38?  
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

What is PROJECT 38?

PROJECT 38 is an arts education initiative that celebrates Cincinnati Shakespeare’s strong working relationship with schools and their recent completion of the 38 play canon.  It will culminate in the PROJECT 38 festival at the end of the school year which will become a multi-day celebration in which all the students will gather and share what they’ve created with each other, their schools, family and friends and with the community at large.

What will our PROJECT38 project be?

Anything you and your students want it to be! With 38 different schools coming together, we want to bring together a festival of 38 specialized and individual projects as unique as every group. This way, every year is a completely new, unique, and personalized festival.

Will my students be able to watch/see other schools’ productions and projects?

Yes! With a weeklong festival presentation, there will be various projects going on throughout a seven day span. We highly encourage each school to attend, view, and celebrate in the successes of the 37 other groups.

How much will PROJECT38 cost my school?

Absolutely nothing. This project can be as simple as a monologue from one student on a bare stage or as extravagant as a fully realized projection. However, please understand that support from CSC will be in the form of a teaching artist or more in your classroom to assist in your process as well as small financial assistance. We can do a lot with a little!

Does my school’s project have to be theatrically based?

Absolutely not. In fact, we want to see a broad range of projects. Do you have a group of singers? Great! A group of visual artists? Wonderful! What about a home-ec class that wants to make a recipe for Titus’ pie? That works too! We want to see as many different and unique approaches to these 38 stories as possible.

How often will I have a CSC artist visiting my school?

That depends on your project. We understand a full production requires more support than a student who prepares a monologue. The exact time commitment will be determined after the projects are decided.

Additional questions?

For information about how to support or get involved with PROJECT 38, please contact Kristen Race, Education Associate and PROJECT38 Coordinator at kristen.race@cincyshakes.com