DPS Shakespeare Festival

Save the Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

The Opening Ceremonies are held at 15th & Arapahoe at 10 a.m. Everyone will then parade down the 16th Street Mall to the DPAC. The performances are held there from 10:45 a.m. until 4:15 pm. We hope to see you there!

33rd Annual Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare 2Over 5,000 students from across the metro-area will celebrate the works of Shakespeare at the Denver Public Schools 33rd annual DPS Shakespeare Festival at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

The DPS Shakespeare Festival is the oldest and largest student Shakespeare festival in the country, and perhaps the world, and includes thousands of students and teachers from schools all across the region.

The day-long ShakeShakespeare Photo 2014speare Festival, held in downtown Denver, provides a forum for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to perform sonnets and scenes from the works of Shakespeare, as well as to demonstrate dance, vocal and instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time. The Festival will kick off with opening ceremonies followed by a parade to the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Performances throughout the day will be held on multiple stages. This year’s theme play is Much Ado About Nothing. Please visit shakespeare.dpsk12.org for more information about auditioning, workshops and other resources for educators. For more pictures, please visit https://www.facebook.com/DPSShakespeareFestival.

The nationally recognized festival is one of only two sites to have received the coveted Folgers Library Shakespeare Stewardship Award.

“Simply studying Shakespeare in the classroom is in it of itself a rich lesson in literature, culture, language and politics. And having the opportunity to stage or act in a production of Shakespeare’s works at a world-class venue like DCPA takes those lessons a step further, giving students a chance to experience the thrill and personal rewards of creative expression, which is such a critical part of a well-rounded education.” – DPS Superintendent, Tom Boasberg

Thank you for your partnership Denver Center for the Performing Arts!

The Denver PrintCenter for the Performing Arts is proud to partner with the Denver Shakespeare Festival. Our 30+ years in the community offers a common history. Our focus on great theatre classics provides a shared vision. And our commitment to engage youth through theatre education motivates us with a unified purpose. Together we will combine history’s greatest plays with passionate teachers and inspired young actors to expose thousands of students and spectators to the joy of live theatre.