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The All-Stars use Shakespeare’s Theatre to inspire, entertain, and educate diverse audiences through live performances  and workshops.   Our professional actors and teaching artists present professional theatrical productions that enliven Shakespeare’s plays for veteran theatre-goers and new audiences alike.  We strive to present Shakespeare in a fresh, accessible way by suiting “the action to the word, the word to the action.”



The shakespeare All-stars Proudly present

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The Shakespeare All-Stars is a touring theatrical ensemble dedicated to making Shakespeare accessible and entertaining to students (and grown-ups!) of all ages, backgrounds, and prior knowledge of Shakespeare. This year, we are excited to offer a full, 75-minute touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to schools in the Chicagoland area! Give your students a theatrical and educational experience they won’t forget – and get them hooked on Shakespeare in the process!


One of Shakespeare’s most beloved & well-known comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect show to bring Shakespeare to your students! Our fast-paced 75-minute production will keep your students – and teachers! – engaged and laughing at some of the Bard’s finest work. Our basic performance package includes our performance of Midsummer and a Q&A session with the actors after the performance. Your students can learn more about the show, Shakespeare, life as professional actors, and more! We also offer workshops, led by our experienced teaching artists, that enhance the educational experience. For more information about workshops, look below in our workshop section!

Play Summary: Three storylines interweave as four young lovers run into an enchanted forest in the name of true love. The fairies intervene with magic and more than a dash of mischief! In the forest, a group of amateur actors rehearse a hilariously bad play. As the King and the Queen of the Fairies are quarreling, the King of the Fairies, instructs his sprite, Puck, to turn one of the foolish players into a donkey, and the Fairy Queen, falls madly in love with him!!


The All-Stars inspire, entertain, and educate diverse audiences through live performances, workshops, and school programs. We enliven Shakespeare’s plays in a fresh accessible way by suiting “the action to the word, the word to the action.”

In addition to our production of Midsummer, the Shakespeare All-Stars offer in-school residencies, workshops, and our customizable Shakespeare Shorts!, an hour-long performance comprised of some of Shakespeare’s best scenes and can include scenes from play you are teaching.

LEARN MORE about our residencies, workshops, or Shakespeare Shorts!

Contact Arin Mulvaney at or 773-289-2374.


Suit the Action to the Word  Students explore Shakespeare’s language by bringing the words to life. This workshop helps students comprehend complex text by discovering hints within the dialogue through literary devices such as iambic pentameter, alliteration, and irony. By exploring the text out loud and using gestures, students gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s characters, plots, and themes.  Recommended for Drama and English classes.

Do You Bite Your Thumb at Me?  Students learn how professional actors begin choreographing fights for the stage, starting with the golden rule of stage combat: safety first, safety second, safety last! This workshop will teach your students a handful of basic stage combat moves while practicing safety, eye contact, body control, and partner work (also, safety!) Students will have the opportunity to perform a short fight scene using Shakespeare’s text to drive the action. Recommended for Drama and P.E. classes.

Shakespeare in Modern Day  Students look at modern adaptations of Shakespeare and the impact his work has on our culture. This workshop will delve into various literary and artistic forms that have been inspired by Shakespeare’s collection of work, such as: poetry, novels, films, dance, theatre, and language. Recommended for Drama, English, and Social Studies students.

Each of our workshops is taught by one of our professional teaching artists, all of whom have experience working with students K-12. We can work with the curriculum you are currently focusing on in the classroom.


For pricing, booking, or other inquiries, please contact our Artistic Director, Arin Mulvaney, at! We look forward to hearing from you, and introducing your students to the wonderful world of Shakespeare!

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