YSF 2019 Visiting Artist Devon Glover

This year’s YSF visiting artist is Devon Glover The Sonnet Man. Devon returns to Santa Fe to work with students from 8 schools and the Upstart Crows. Workshops at the Shakespeare Reading Room included demonstrations of hip hop Shakespeare from Devon, acting games and text work. Actors learned out to turn their soliloquies into EKG charts of their actor’s emotions.

This was the first time participants from all the schools met and got to do acting games together and try out their monologues. Pizza, salad, and drinks helped with the bonding and all had a great time with Devon.

YSF 2018 at Meow Wolf

Ten Shakespeare clubs, seventy actors, seventeen plays, including sword fights, Elizabethan song, and dance took over Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return on December 1, 2018 for a day packed with Shakespearean comedy, tragedy, and romance.

Here’s just some of our feedback:

A million thanks for the work you put in to making this happen. I had a wonderful wonderful time.  - Rowan Soeiro, ATC student

Awesome, thank you so much!  - Simon O’Brien NMSA parent

Simply amazing work! Than you so much for doing this with our kids! - Davita Ritchie, teacher, Capital High School

Thank YOU so much!! My son Mateo Amador had an absolute blast. Thanks for your time and dedication!  - Cristina Macias, parent

"Saturday was incredible. I do not know how you pulled that off, but thank you. I had four family members take the tours and they all loved it.  They were blown away. - Mike Root, parent

A packed house at the Shakespeare Open Mic, November 2018

The 2018 Youth Shakespeare Festival’s Open Mic Shakespeare fundraiser was an amazing evening. With students from all our nine schools, plus members of Upstart Crows of Santa Fe performing, the restaurant was packed with friends and family members. I think we may have shocked the staff, who were figuring on a relatively quiet night. At one point, the line to order went out the front door and into the street.

The actors did a wonderful job with their scenes and speeches and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Il Vicino for their exemplary service and support!


Nine Schools + the Crows to perform in the 2018 Festival!

This year we have nine schools taking part in the Youth Shakespeare Festival: Academy for Technology and the Classics (where we have so many students involved that we need to visit them on two separate days each week), Capital High School, Eldorado Community School, Mandela School, McCurdy School in Espanola, New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe Prep.

Ariana Karp and Caryl Farkas have been visiting schools since late August and students are at work on their scenes.


Ben Crystal to be the 2018 Visiting Artist

Ben studied English and linguistics at Lancaster University between 1995 and 1998, before training as an actor from 1998 to 1999. After leaving drama school he studied methods from the theatre companies Complicite and Frantic Assembly, particularly under Annabel Arden and Monika Pagneux.

In 1999 he began to write Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion with his father, and they've since written four books together, including the "Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare", shortlisted for the Educational Writer of the Year Award in 2016.

He appeared in the 2006 summer season at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and while there began writing Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard, published in 2008.

In 2014 he and his theatre company (Passion in Practice) were awarded one of the inaugural Owle Schreame Awards for innovation in historical theatre, specifically for their work on Original Shakespearean Pronunciation in performance

He has raised Shakespeare productions and events in collaboration with the Shakespeare's Globe, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Shakespeare Society, the Savannah Music Festival, the British Council, the British Library, the ESU, the Sharjah Book Festival, and produced his own productions under Passion in Practice.


2018 Festival at Meow Wolf!

This year we are excited to announce that the Festival will take place within the Meow Wolf installation! Imagine Juliet's "Gallop apace" speech performed in Morgan Pastore's bedroom in the House of Eternal Return. Or the opening scenes from The Tempest, performed in the black light undersea tunnel...

Audience will be led through the installation to see student actors presenting their scenes and speeches.

Where, when, who—Our first Youth Shakespeare Festival details!

The participating schools in the 2016 Youth Shakespeare Festival will be Santa Fe Indian School,  New Mexico School for the Arts, Academy for Technology and the Classics, and Santa Fe High School.

The culminating festival is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe.

The show is open to the public and includes a performances by Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, as well as a performance by Devon Glover, The Sonnet Man. Tickets are $5.