Program Details: Open to the public

Will Power Festival

Each year, elementary students from Boulder County perform Shakespeare on the CU Boulder campus. Throughout the school year, students rehearse in their classrooms, prepare costumes, and learn about Shakespeare from Colorado Shakespeare Festival teaching artists. On the day of the Will Power Festival, students arrive on campus in costume, march in a celebratory parade, and perform scenes from a Shakespeare play on the indoor University Theatre stage. Performances are free and open to the public.

2020 Will Power Festival: May 11
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Featuring Friends School, Whittier Elementary, Crest View Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, Douglass Elementary, and Boulder Community Montessori

10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Welcome Ceremony and three school performances (University Theatre)
11:30-12:15 lunch break (Shakespeare Gardens)
12:15-1:30 three school performances and closing ceremony (University Theatre)

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Norlin Quadrangle
  • University Theatre

In Colorado

  • Boulder

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Jensen Family

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Program Contact

Heidi Schmidt
Assistant Director of Outreach

Program Categories


  • Education (K-12)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Theatre

Program Types:

  • Community Event
  • Field Trip
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Public Performance


  • Alumni/Parents/Friends
  • Families
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL
  • Teachers - Elementary School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.