Chicago Shakespeare Theater
CST is a global theatrical force, known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, language and empathy for the human condition.Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. The Theater’s tradition of excellence and civic leadership has been honored with numerous national and international awards including the Regional Theater Tony Award, three Laurence Olivier Awards, and eighty total Joseph Jefferson Awards. CST serves as a partner in literacy to Chicago Public Schools, working alongside English teachers to help struggling readers connect with Shakespeare in the classroom, and bringing his text to life on stage for 40,000 students every year. And each summer, 30,000 families and audience members of all ages welcome our free Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour into their neighborhoods across the far north, west and south sides of the city.
Looking to get more involved? The Producers' Guild is a vibrant collection of young professionals committed to a thriving, world-class arts scene in Chicago. Along with its social angle—which includes sharing the Theater with friends and families and cultivating new CST fans—the Guild also offers a gateway into the full array of the CST activities. Whether you are passionate about acting, music or stage design; inspired by CST’s outreach to Chicago’s families and public schools; drawn to the amazing Shakespeare productions or offbeat World Stage performances; or just committed to being a steward of one of the city’s great cultural institutions—the Guild allows you to be part of these things in uniquely intimate and enriching ways.