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A Shakespeare Festival just for High School Teens in Santa Fe


The 2018 Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe is underway with nine schools in Santa Fe and Espanola participating, as well as an entry of students from Upstart Crows of Santa Fe who are either members of the company or students wishing to participate in the Festival from unaffiliated schools. Participating this year are: Academy for Technology and the Classics, Capital High, Eldorado Community School, Mandela School, McCurdy School, New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Indian School, and Santa Fe Prep.

Our visiting artists include Stage Fight Director Ambrose Ferber, New York actor, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art trained Ariana Karp, and our special visiting guest artist this year is Ben Crystal.  Students who are part of the program receive free tickets to the International Shakespeare Center's production of King Lear at the Adobe Rose Theater, free tickets to Ben Crystal's public event in Santa Fe, and receive a special workshop in site-specific theater from Ariana Karp. 

Our Youth Shakespeare Festival trains teens to speak Shakespeare, use a sword,
dance a coranto, swear like an Elizabethan, fight like a villain,
and drink from tankards and flagons.

Students produce short scenes in a festival performance and in the process develop skills in critical thinking, close reading, literary analysis, public speaking, voice, stage combat, and Shakespearean staging.

This year the Festival will be held at Meow Wolf!

Teachers: The Upstart Crows and their staff are always pleased to come to your school and present the program to you and your students. Festival programming is all-inclusive - you provide the students and the space, we will provide the staff and activities. We are happy to discuss support for English and Drama classes for any part of the school year. 



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