School Year Opportunities

The CDH Theater Department is in constant motion, from curricular
classes and showcases to production stage crew, rehearsals, and


Shakes Fest 2016

We know what we are, but know not yet what we may be.

Shakes Fest is a non-competitive Shakespearean festival that invites 
the Twin Cities' teens, area high school English classrooms, Speech
teams, Drama clubs, and anyone interested in participating. Our
featured shows this year will be
Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer
Night's Dream
. Haply we will all be met!



Interested? Contact Us

Ann Frances Gregg ( or Katie Kreitzer
(, or call the CDH Theater Office
at 651.696.3333

Festival Details

This year's Shakes Fest takes place on Saturday, January 16 from 11 am - 4 pm

  • 4 Mixed Performance Rounds
  • An All-School Showcase
  • Team Categories - Romeo & Juliet (Drama) or A Midsummer Night's Dream (Comedy)
  • Solo Category -  Actors may choose 1 or 2 monologues from any of Shakespeare's works
  • Possible Theatre Workshops: 
    • Shakespeare-inspired stage combat
    • Elizabethan design, music, & dance

Accessible Shakespeare

  • Embrace the Heart of the Art – No competition, costumes, or props
  • Connect to Compelling & Complex Characters
  • Engage in Stories of Identity & Dreams
  • Compliment Curriculum – Use as a Lesson Unit
  • Build Community in Your School & Among Twin Cities’ High Schools

Our Inspiration

High School Shakes was inspired by the California Shakespeare Festival hosted by the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC). The festival is featured in the film Shakespeare High with Kevin Spacey (