33rd Annual Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival
Over 5,000 students from across the metro-area celebrated the works of Shakespeare at the Denver Public Schools 33rd annual DPS Shakespeare Festival at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on April 28, 2017.
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 Shakespeare 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 kicked off with opening ceremonies followed by a parade to the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This year’s theme play was Much Ado About Nothing. Please visit shakespeare.dpsk12.org for more information. 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 Center 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.