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Chicago Youth Shakespeare is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to provide Shakespeare education, outreach, and performance opportunities to Chicago area high school students.
Founded in 2013, CYS currently serves over 1600 students from more than 40 public, private, & parochial high schools throughout the Chicago area. Dedicated to teaching & learning Shakespeare through performance, CYS programs provide young adults with a deeper understanding of Shakespeare, of themselves, & their connections to others, while reinforcing 21st Century Skills for academic achievement. CYS serves our mission to promote student empowerment, scholarship, & community-building across diverse lines through three central programs: 1) The Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble (CYSE) - our flagship performance company open to high school students throughout the Chicago area 2) Battle of the Bard (BOTB) In partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, BOTB is a region-wide series of Shakespeare slam events open to high school teams throughout Chicagoland. 3) CYS in Schools - Shakespeare workshops & residency programs for students & their teachers during the school day