Collected Scenes from the Works of William Shakespeare
Coordinated by Christy Burgess
“All the world’s a stage!"
Have you ever imagined a cooking show starring Titus Andronicus? Or that the Two Gentlemen of Verona are two-stepping line dancers? Or that Cleopatra has some mad video game skills?
If you thought you knew Shakespeare, think again!
Over the course of one magical weekend, dozens of actors from throughout the community—neighbors, friends, and young and old alike—take to the stage with their own unique spin on some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Two different performances, each offering a series of ten-minute scenes, are sure to inspire and delight the entire family.
Join us, and you’ll discover why ShakeScenes continues to be one of our most popular events!
All performances are free of charge but tickets are required. Order here.
When: Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m.
Where: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame
ShakeScenes was created specifically to give area actors and directors the opportunity to immerse themselves in “playing” Shakespeare.
We believe that providing an active and immediate experience around some of the greatest plays in the English language can help foster a love of Shakespeare that will last a lifetime.
Under the supervision of ShakeScenes Coordinating Director Christy Burgess, scene directors are usually educators from local grade schools, high schools, colleges and directors of area civic theatres.
These individuals cast and direct their respective scenes as well as facilitate costumes, props and sometimes even fight choreography! Actors hear about acting opportunities through their educator or director but anyone interested in performing who does not have a director is encouraged to contact Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.
No actor will be turned away!
All members of the ShakeScenes company attend acting workshops taught by local and national theatre artists, enjoy a lecture presentation on the current Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Mainstage and Young Company productions, receive a certificate of achievement and a commemorative shirt, participate in a final performance of their scene in front of live audience, and finally, see a dress rehearsal of the Mainstage production.
Are you ready to join the fun? Find out how to apply by checking out our Play a Part page.