Shakespeare Around The USA.

19th January

Twelfth Night
Junior Theatre’s 72nd Season, 2019-2020
Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines, the quick-witted Viola, who assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Merriam Webster's Word of the Year is ‘they,' the gender neutral pronoun used in place of 'he' or 'she.' The themes of gender frequently appear in Shakespeare’s plays and are part of the plot in Twelfth Night. San Diego Junior Theatre's production will explore gender identity through Shakespeare’s text and gender-fluid casting.
Post-show talkbacks on Saturday, January 18th featuring the cast, Mick Rabin from the Department of Youth Advocacy, Junior Theatre Teaching, Artist Sarah Siegal, and Cris Sotomayor, Youth Services Manager of San Diego LGBT Community Center.
Recommended for ages 13 and older.
Info: 619-239-1311, Box Office: 619-239-8355
San Diego Junior Theatre, 1650 El Prado #208, Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101.

21st January 6:30pm
Open Readings of Shakespeare.

Twelfth Night [Part Two]
We recast after every scene. All skill levels and interest are welcome.
 One benefit of reading Shakespeare out loud is sharpening your cold reading skills, whether you're an actor or someone who just enjoys speaking and hearing the wonderful poetry and sparkling language! This Readings take place on the third Tuesday of the month at Barnes & Noble, Escondido.  Please check our website  We recast after every scene. The benefit to you when you read Shakespeare out loud is you sharpen your cold reading skills whether you're an actor or someone who just enjoys speaking and hearing the wonderful poetry and sparkling language.
Barnes & Noble. 810 W Valley Pkwy · Escondido, CA

22nd January 6:30pm
Annual Membership Meeting

San Diego Shakespeare Society
Annual Member Meeting! The meeting is open to all paid-up members, and new members can join on the spot!
Come out for the fun! Meeting fellow members is a GREAT way to get more involved with the Society, whether as an actor in future projects, to volunteer,
or perhaps to join the Board someday! Don't miss it! It's for you and it's FREE!
There'll be FREE T-shirts, door prizes, and refreshments! Plus, you might even spy William Shakespeare himself!
Join us in Coronado (we've timed it: it's only a 5-minute-drive past Balboa Park!), where we'll share:
•    Highlights from 2019
•    A preview of what's ahead in 2020
•    Our election of new Directors
And our guest speaker is Walter Ritter, co-founder of Write Out Loud and our producing partner for the 2020 Student Shakespeare Festival!
RSVP and let us know you'll be there!  Questions about membership? Please email us at:
Coronado Public Library,  640 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Public Library, The Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 522-7390 Fax: (619) 435-4205

4th February


These free readings take place at 6:30 - 8:30 PM on the first Tuesday of each month. Please explore our website at for the complete  monthly schedule of readings for 2020. The readings are directed by skilled Shakespeare experts from the San Diego Shakespeare Society. We are gender-neutral and we recast after every scene so everyone who wants to can read. Just listening is OK too. Some benefits when you read Shakespeare out loud are to sharpen your cold reading skills whether you're an actor or someone who just enjoys speaking and hearing the wonderful poetry and graceful language. You will also meet others who share your interest in Shakespeare and theater. It's fun!
2020 Readings
February : Hamlet, led by Thomas Haine
March and April: Cymbeline, led by Charles Riendeau
May and June: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, led by Patricia Elmore Costa
July and August; King Richard the Second, led by Darryl Woodson
September and October:  Measure for Measure, led by TBD
November and December: Twelfth Night, led by Jeffery Swain
Darryl Woodson,
President, and Director of readings.
Coronado Public Library, The Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 522-7390 Fax: (619) 435-4205

23rd February
Acting Shakespeare Workshop

with dramaturg and teacher Gideon Rappaport.
at the Coronado High School

12th April

Shakespeare in Denver
Festival for students now celebrating their 34th year

The Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival is the largest and most successful all school celebration in the country; declared a National Demonstration Site for the Teaching of Shakespeare by The U.S. Department of Education, and the Folger Library in Washington D. C. 1330 Fox Street. Second Floor South Denver CO. 80204 Phone 720.423.8278 Fax 720.423.8279

18th April 10:00 to 4:00pm

15th Annual Student Shakespeare Festival

 The San Diego Shakespeare Society is proud to present:

 The Student Shakespeare Festival is held on various open-air stages in  beautiful Balboa Park,in the Casa Del Prado area.Hundreds of students from K-12 representing San Diego City and County schools, perform 10-minute scenes, sonnets, music,and/or dance from Shakespeare's plays.Truly a sight to behold
Over 400 San Diego County school children from ages 8 to 18 will create their own costumes, build their own props, and memorize their lines from Shakespeare for a 10-minute scene on stages placed along the Prado. Great fun.
Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2125 Pan American Rd E
San Diego, CA 92101.
Check out last years event.

23rd April

William Shakespeare’s Official Birthday
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The most famous of all English playwrights was born 23rd April 1564 (officialy) and died on St Georges Day.
His birthday is (usually!) celebrated on 23rd April in Stratford-upon-Avon.



23rd May
10th Annual Shakespeare Challenge.

City Hearts will hold its 10th Annual Shakespeare Challenge for students in LA County who have been studying Shakespeare. They will perform scenes and monologues before a panel of encouraging judges at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. The Shakespeare Challenge utilizes Shakespearean drama to inspire students in the study of history, culture, vocabulary, literacy & stagecraft, as well as to promote skills in creative movement, group cooperation, teamwork and conflict resolution.
Organizers are currently looking for businesses and organizations that would be able to donate prizes for the competition. You can give almost anything related to Shakespeare, stickers, dolls, books, Acting, Drama, and also general School Supplies.
We hope that you will consider supporting City Hearts and this year’s Shakespeare Challenge.
For more about all of the City Hearts programs visit
If you are able to donate prizes to the Shakespeare Competition, please contact Rebecca at

The Desert Branch of the English Speaking Union (ESU) will be holding it's Annual High School Shakespeare Competition
at the Shadow Hills High School in Indio, CA. Preliminary presentations are at 9:30 a.m. Final presentations and selection of winners at 1:00 p.m. For information and to RSVP, email us to or call us at (760) 862-5505 Details from: Rick Cherry : (760) 862-5505

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