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Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

» Henry Kemp-Blair Shakespeare Festival

February 17 & 18, 2023

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 advance registration is required. 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!

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  • Register Early!

    Entrance is based on a first come, first served basis and space fills up quickly. Register early to secure your place in the festival.

    Step 1: Complete the Registration Form

    Access our registration link on this page to sign up and provide your information (specific entries, student names, monologues, scenes, designs, etc.) and workshop preferences. Accuracy is important because this information is also included in the final program and on adjudication sheets. 

    Once the festival is full, schools may be placed on a waiting list and may be offered a spot based on availability and their original registration application date.

    Step 2: Await Confirmation

    A confirmation e-mail is sent to each school accepted into the festival, along with parking passes and instructions. Workshop placements will be e-mailed in early February 2023.

  • Q: What is the festival format?

    A: The 2023 festival is held in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023, and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

    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 sign up for workshops?

    A: The deadline to sign up for workshops is in January 20, 2023.

  • Drew Chappell, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director
    Phone: (714) 628-7330

    Tamiko S. Washington
    Associate Professor
    Chair, Department of Theatre
    Phone: (714) 628-7325

    Mailing Address:
    Chapman University
    College of Performing Arts, Department of Theatre
    One University Drive
    Orange, CA 92866
    Attn: Drew Chappell

Festival Information

We welcome all participating schools in the audience during presentations. 

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Registration closes January 20, 2023