CSF in the Schools

  • "Master constable, you go not the way to examine."

    Dogberry (Crystal Eisele), Don John (Joan Dieter), Verges (Tessa Nelson) and the friar (Sean Scrutchins) in the school tour of Much Ado About Nothing.
  • "Pray thee, fellow, peace."

    Dogberry (Crystal Eisele) silences Don John (Joan Dieter) in Much Ado About Nothing.
  • "He was wont to speak plain and to the purpose."

    Benedick (Sean Scrutchins) shares his thoughts with the audience in Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Post-show workshops

    Students participate in a hands-on theatre workshop following the performance.

Shakespeare and Violence Prevention

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is proud to collaborate with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the Department of Theatre & Dance at CU-Boulder to present a Shakespeare and Violence Prevention program, with thanks to generous funding from CU Outreach, White Wave Foods, Haynes and Boone LLC, the Boulder Arts Commission, an agency of the Boulder City Council, the CU College of Arts and Sciences, the CU School of the Arts, ASCI, the OAK Foundation, and ONE Lafayette. Since 2011, the program has visited more than 52,000 Colorado schoolchildren. Appropriate for grades 3-12.

Twelfth Night

Spring 2015 dates: February 10-April 10

NEW! Fall 2015 dates: September 29- November 6

Download study guide for Twelfth Night

The shipwrecked Viola, believing her twin brother drowned, decides to make a fresh start—dressed as a boy. Meanwhile, in the Countess Olivia’s household, everyone decides to play a trick on the haughty butler, Malvolio, by convincing him that Olivia is in love with him. When the joke goes too far, Malvolio promises his enemies, in his final lines of the play, to be “revenged on the whole pack of you.” What will Malvolio do next? What happens when a joke gets out of hand? This play raises questions about bullying, power imbalance, and the cycle of violence.    

PBS NewsHour segment on CSF's Shakespeare & Violence Prevention tour:

Cost: $600 (half day) or $1200 (full day)

Subsidies available for qualified schools
Add-on workshops are available for an additional $100 (up to four workshops may be held at one time)
A half day program ($600) lasts approximately two hours and includes: 

  • Comprehensive study guide 
  • 50-minute performance (250 students max)
  • Brief post-show talk-back with actors
  • Three 50-minute classroom workshops about violence prevention (30 students max per workshop)

A full day program ($1200) includes:

  • Comprehensive study guide 
  • 50-minute performance (250 students max--a 2nd performance can be arranged in lieu of 3 workshops)
  • Brief post-show talk-back with actors
  • Up to nine (9) 50-minute classroom workshops about violence prevention (30 students max per workshop, held in three rounds)


A full day program begins with a 9am performance, followed by three rounds of workshops (from 10-10:50, from 12-12:50, and from 1-1:50)
A full day program can include a second performance in lieu of one round of 3 workshops
A half day program begins with a 9am performance, followed by three workshops from 10-10:50. (Afternoon programs begin at 1pm, with workshops from 2-2:50)
Schedules can be adjusted to suit your school. Please contact us and we'll create a schedule that works for your school. 

How do I book the tour?

Email csfedout@colorado.edu or call (303) 492-1973 with the following information:

  • Requested tour date (no Mondays)
  • Specify whether you prefer a full or half day (and morning or afternoon preference)
  • School name and location

In the News

Channel 8 Boulder's Inside Boulder News: Anti-Violence School Play

KGNU Interview: Morning Magazine, March 7, 2014

PBS NewsHour 2013 video: "To Bully or Not to Bully: Using Shakespeare in Schools to Address Violence" and  "Anti-Bullying Lessons with the Bard"

Daily Camera 2013: "Elementary students learn to employ anti-violence strategies through Shakespeare"

Westword: "The battle against bullying begins with the Bard"

9News video: Colorado & Company Interview

Denver Post 2011: "Shakespeare gives the latest strategy in anti-bullying in schools"

Daily Camera 2011: "Colorado Shakespeare Festival uses 'Twelfth Night' to talk about bullying"

Special thanks to The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Safe2Tell, Safe Communities~Safe Schools and the Department of Theatre & Dance. This project is supported by the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee, the Boulder Arts Commission, the OAK Foundation, and the Fund for Arts and Sciences Community Involvement (ASCI).

Want to help?

You can make a donation directly to CSF Education! Gifts to Education provide tuition scholarships for camps and theatre classes, and subsidies for schools performances and workshops.

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