The object of art is to give life a shape.
~ William Shakespeare
Invictus Theatre Co. truly believes that art can make the world a better place. That is why we are committed to outreach programs that bring the Chicago community together and create safe places for self-expression. The world we live in is ever-evolving which means our programs are too. We started our outreach programs with Shakespeare in the Courts (see below) and are looking to expand on that and other programs. If you have an idea for a program or a group you would like us to work with, please contact us.
Shakespeare in the Courts Chicago
Shakespeare in the Courts Chicago is a program that works on Shakespeare scripts with adolescents in the Cook County justice system for six weeks and ends with a final performance for the participants' friends, family, judges, and probation officers. For Invictus’s 2019/20 season, our Shakespeare in the Courts ensemble will meet in July and August 2019, and will perform The Tempest.
Our goal is to give our Shakespeare in the Courts ensemble an inclusive, positive, and consistent experience. Transportation is provided to and from the rehearsal and performance spaces, and in addition to Invictus educators running the rehearsals, professional designers work with our ensemble to provide performance elements such as costumes and props. Please consider supporting our 2019/20 season with a gift here.
Shakespeare in the Courts Origins
On our first day of Shakespeare in the Courts Chicago, in July of 2018, we had five participants who had never heard of Shakespeare. By the end of the session, they were all reciting the prologue from Romeo and Juliet.
This program was created through the help of the City of Chicago's 2018 Year of Creative Youth Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special
Events (DCASE) are designating 2018 the “Year of Creative Youth” with a new
Creative Youth Festival across the Millennium Park Campus (September 22, 2018),
performance opportunities for teens at many City of Chicago festivals and partner
events, cultural grants and convenings for youth arts organizations, a marketing
campaign and more—representing an over $2 million investment by the City of
“The Year of Creative Youth provides an incredible opportunity to support the
creativity and growth of artistic children across Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I am
proud to work with youth arts organizations and educators to launch new
opportunities that will inspire the next generation of artists.”
For more information about the Year of Creative Youth, click here.