“While we unhesitatingly aver that our teaching artists are the best in the city, we would never be so presumptuous as to claim they’re the best in the world,” said Jeremy Dubin, director of creative education at CSC and PROJECT38 artistic director, in a statement. “So we’ve brought in the best in the world. The Globe was incredibly excited when they learned about PROJECT38.”
The free, public festival aims to present student interpretations of plays from Shakespeare’s 38-play canon. This past fall, the Globe sent two practitioners to run a series of workshops for the PROJECT38 teachers and teaching artists. Building off that momentum, this year’s festival will have two more Globe practitioners in residence, running workshops for students, teachers, and even interested members of the public.
One of the practitioners is also an official Globe Storyteller, and throughout the festival will be giving storytelling performances of some of Shakespeare’s plays. Storytelling performances will include Macbeth, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.
During the past academic year, actors from the CSC resident ensemble spent more than 250 hours working as teaching artists to develop student interpretations. The resulting performances will give students the chance to perform in Cincinnati’s newly renovated Memorial Hall theatre. Students will present works in a range of mediums, from traditional performance to music, dance, visual art, makeup design, and film.
Additional free performances and workshops will occur in Washington Park on April 23, in celebration of the Bard’s birthday. Last year, the PROJECT38 Festival drew more than 5,000 people.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.