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Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

» Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

Our 2019 festival will take place February 15 & 16, 2019.

The Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival is an annual event hosted in the spring by Chapman University's Department of Theatre. All California high schools are invited to participate. The festival consists of Scene, Monologue and Design Presentations on one day and workshops on another day. We ask that schools attend both days to get the full impact of the program. Advanced registration is required. All presentations are to be drawn from the first folio of William Shakespeare.

Our goal is to provide high school students with an opportunity to experience and learn more about performing Shakespeare. To emphasize the festival's focus on education, we offer actors' and design workshops. We award theatrical books and certificates for outstanding monologues, outstanding scenes and individual performances within scene presentations and outstanding designers.


+ - Registration Details

Participation in Chapman University's 'Shakespearience' carries no charge to your students or school.

Students work with Shakespearean cliniciansStep 1: Festival Registration

If you wish to attend the festival it is important that you complete the registration early in order to secure a place in the festival.

You will also let us know if your school can attend both days, number of participants, and workshop preference.

After you register, we will contact each school by e-mail to confirm acceptance into the festival and direct them to the online presentation form. Entrance to the festival is determined on a first come, first serve basis.  We will use online registration dates as the guideline in order to determine whose entry arrived first. We will establish an alternates list – as schools often have to cancel at the last minute - thus making room for other schools to be added.

Step 2: Festival Presentation

Information Form
If your school is accepted, you will be directed to a site to submit your presentation information form online. The link to this form will be sent to you via e-mail upon your acceptance to the festival.  This form specifies your entries, student names, play selections etc.  This information will be printed in the program and on the adjudication sheets, so please be accurate and update as needed.

+ - Contact Us

Shakespearian actor reads verseThomas Bradac
Shakespeare Festival Director

Phone: (714) 744-7016
Fax: (714) 997-6798

Joann King
Shakespeare Festival Coordinator

Phone: (714) 744-7001
Fax: (714) 997-6798

Mailing Address:
Chapman University
College of Performing Arts
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
Attn: Joann King

Registration will open December 3, 2018.