2019 Festival:  April 10-13, 2019

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.

View the list of participating schools and students online here.

Wednesday 4/10

Deer Park Jr. Sr. (15) (Romeo and Juliet)
Lockland High School (20) (Cymbeline)
Gallatin County H.S. (30) (Two Gent. of Verona)
Deer Park Jr. Sr. (10) (Much Ado About Nothing)
Scott High School (45) (Tempest)

Workshop: Comedia in Shakespeare with Brandon McCoy

FKaT (30) (Henry VI)
Liberty Junior H. (30) (Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Highlands High School (45) (Love’s Labor’s Lost)

Workshop: Ensemble Building with Kahla Tisdale

Covedale Elementary (30) (As You Like It)
South Dearborn H.S (45) (Merry Wives of Windsor)
Walnut Hills High School (45) (King Lear)

Thursday 4/11

St. Joseph Academy (30) (As You Like It)
Dixie Heights High School (30) (Timon of Athens)
Batavia Middle School (15) (Two Noble Kinsmen)
New School Montessori (60) (Romeo and Juliet)

Workshop: Creating Character with A.J. Baldwin

SCPA (30) (Much Ado About Nothing)
Sycamore High School (30) (Richard II)
Spring Valley Academy (15) (Taming of the Shrew)
Aiken High School (30) (Titus Andronicus)

Workshop: Think with Quill and Ink with Jude Walker

CSC Act I (30)
CSC Groundlings Jr (45) (The Tempest)
CSC Groundlings Jr (45) (Comedy of Errors)

Friday 4/12

Lakota East High (60) (The Winter’s Tale)
Butler Tech (30) (Much Ado About Nothing)
Withrow High School (15) (Macbeth)
Lakota West High School (60) (Henry IV)

Workshop: Combat for the Stage with Gina Cerimele-Mechley

JPII Rhapsodic Play. (60) (Comedy of Errors)
Mouth of the Wolf (60) (Comedy of Errors)

Workshop: Intro to Physical Theatre with Katie Mitchell

St. Raphael Coop (45) (Pericles)
Holmes High School (10) (Merchant of Venice)
Fairview Clifton G.L.S (60) (All’s Well That Ends Well)

Saturday 4/13

Days of Wonder (45) (Coriolanus)
West Clermont H.S (60) (Measure f. Measure)
Walnut Hills H.S. (45) (King Lear)

Workshop: Fists of Fury with Carlton Warnberg

Mercy McAuley H.S. (30) (Julius Caesar)
Oak Hills High School (45) (Othello)
Days of Wonder (30) (King John-younger)

Workshop: Think with Quill and Ink with Jude Walker

CSC Groundlings (30) (Cymbeline)
Days of Wonder (30) (King John-older)
Leaves of Learning (60) (Twelfth Night)

Workshop Descriptions

Comedia in Shakespeare

Comedia in Shakespeare- Brandon McCoy
(Grades 8th-12th Grades, Adults)
Using the classic Comedia stock characters as an entry point to approaching Shakespeare’s plays and characters.

Ensemble Building

Ensemble Building- Kahla Tisdale
(All Grades, Adults)
Creating art and theatre takes an ensemble! However, it’s not easy to let go to the creative spirit sometimes. Join Kahla to learn about how to create a safe space that everyone feels comfortable sharing and creating. Explore through conversation, ensemble building games, as well as, viewpoints exercises

Creating Character through Physicality

Creating Character through Physicality- A.J. Baldwin
(Grades 7th-12th, Adults)
Sometimes Shakespeare doesn’t give us very much information about the characters we play. So how can we make a character that stands out from the rest and feel confident about our choices? We’ll explore energy centers, animals, gestures, and costume work to create developed characters. Come prepared to move and play!

Think with Quill and Ink

Think with Quill and Ink- Jude Walker
(All Grade Levels, Adults)
Calling all writers, dreamers and curious thinkers! Join published poet Jude Walker in learning how to fight writers block and find inspiration through the practice of sonnet writing. Through exercises and explorations, sharpen your writing skills Shakespeare’s way!

Intro to Physical Theatre

Intro to Physical Theatre- Katie Mitchell
(All Grades, Adults)
As we grow into adults, we tend to limit our bodies and their natural physical responses to things that otherwise we let loose as children. I’ve loved taking classes like this that encourage me to think like a child again and just play.

Fists of Fury

Fists of Fury- Carlton Warnberg
(Grades 7th-12th, Adults)
Have you ever wondered how the actors who play your favorite action stars and super heroes wage epic battles without actually getting hurt? In this fast paced workshop, you will learn how to safely implement stage combat techniques and create your own epic fight scene!

Stage Combat

Stage Combat- Gina Cerimele- Mechley
(All Grades, Adults)
Pick up a sword and fight your friends! Learn a choreographed sword fight as well safe combat techniques to add some spice to your next play!



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 Maggie Lou Rader at