CYSE Summer Company presents

Crossing Boundaries...

Geographic, Demographic, Artistic

Building Community: the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble

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Uniting 300+ students from over 40 high school teams!

Battle of the Bard 2016

The Bard

& the Teenage Brain

Why Shakespeare was Written for Teenagers

Be Not Afraid of Greatness

Empowering Students | Changing Lives

In their own words...

Studying Shakespeare

Actually Makes You Smarter


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Our flagship performance company, the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble is open to high school students throughout the Chicago area.


A year-long festival of Shakespeare slam events open to high school teams across the Chicagoland region


Shakespeare workshops, residencies, and learning opportunities for students & their teachers during the school day

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Chicago Youth Shakespeare
4044 N. Lincoln Ave. Suite 107
Chicago, IL 60618


The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i