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Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

» Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

February 16 & 17, 2024

The Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival for high school students is hosted annually each spring by Chapman University's Department of Theatre. Students spend two days on scene, monologue and design presentations and participate in workshops. This event is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience and learn more about performing Shakespeare. 

The festival is FREE for schools and students to attend; however, space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. We ask schools to commit to attending both days of the festival to benefit from the full program. All presentations must be drawn from the first folio of William Shakespeare. Certificates are awarded for outstanding monologues, outstanding scenes, and individual performances within scene presentations and outstanding designers.

We hope you'll join us!

  • Admission
  • FAQs
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  • Apply Early!

    Space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. We limit the number of participating schools to 25. Schools may be placed on a waiting list and may be offered a spot based on availability and their original application date.

    Step 1: Complete the Application Form

    Access the application link on this page to indicate your interest and submit your school information. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2023.

    Step 2: Await Confirmation

    Applications are reviewed in November. A festival admission confirmation e-mail is sent in early December to each school accepted into the festival, along with a link to complete the registration process.

    Step 3: Register

    Follow the provided registration link to submit your student names and specific entries and preferences (monologues, scenes, designs, workshops), and to get instructions for parking passes. Accuracy is important when completing the form because this information is also included in the final program and on adjudication sheets.

  • Q: What is the festival format?

    A: The 2024 festival is held in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024.

    Students participate in workshops and compete in monologue, scene, and design presentation categories.

    Q: How many students from my school may participate?

    A: Workshops can accommodate up to 25 students. For the competition categories, schools may present up to two monologues of no more than two minutes each; two scenes of no more than eight minutes and a maximum of 15 students each; and four designs with one student per design.

    Q: What is the deadline to apply to the festival?

    A: Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2023.

  • Email:

    Mailing Address:
    Chapman University
    College of Performing Arts, Department of Theatre
    One University Drive
    Orange, CA 92866
    Attn: 2024 HKB Shakespeare Festival

    Festival Team

    Tamiko S. Washington
    Chair, Department of Theatre

    Drew Chappell, PhD
    High School Coordinator

    Stephany Elliott
    Department Assistant



Festival Information

We welcome all participating schools in the audience during presentations. 

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