Colorado Shakespeare Festival in the Schools (Shakespeare & Violence Prevention)

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CSF Education and Outreach


The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) in the Schools troupe tours schools throughout the school year, generally in the fall and early spring. Past productions have included Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. All performances conclude with classroom workshops about violence prevention.

In 2021-22, the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention program is hybrid, and will include pre-recorded performances and virtual or in-person workshops.

Twelfth Night: grades 3-5
Julius Caesar: grades 6-12

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is proud to partner with the CU Boulder Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the Department of Theatre and Dance, and is grateful for generous funding from the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement. After your students view our actors in a pre-recorded performance (filmed on the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre), our actors will facilitate in-person or virtual workshops that focus on violence prevention. CSF actors guide workshop participants through hands-on activities that encourage students to be upstanders. The workshops and study guides incorporate the latest research on effective anti-bullying practices from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. This CSF in the Schools program uses Shakespeare as a tool for understanding an issue that is relevant to students of all ages.

The program includes:

  • Study guide
  • Abridged performance (pre-recorded link shared in advance of your workshop)
  • Brief post-show talk-back with actors (including an overview of Safe2Tell)
  • Classroom workshops related to violence prevention (max of 30 students each.)

Ways to book the CSF in the Schools tour

  • Visit our website to determine which package best suits your school.
  • Use this form to submit a request.
  • Email or call 303-735-1181 with the following information:
    • Requested tour date
    • Specify number of students you’d like to include in the program
    • School name and location
  • 2021-22 Shakespeare and Violence Prevention


    Online Resource


    10/5/2021 - 4/15/2022

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee


    Additional Info

    The 21-22 school year will be a hybrid program for schools. Schools will view a pre-recorded performance of CSF actors, performing Twelfth Night or Julius Caesar, filmed on the Mary Rippon Outdoor Stage. Following a viewing of the filmed performance, students can participate in a virtual or in-person violence prevention workshop with CSF actors.

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Research Centers

  • Center for the Study & Prevention of Violence (CSPV)

Program Partners

  • CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement
  • Boulder Arts Commission
  • Safe2Tell

Audiences Served

  • At-Risk Youth
  • Rural Communities
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL
  • Students - Middle School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Students - High School
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School