Why Shakespeare?

Simply put, Shakespeare’s characters use language to get what they want. Studies have shown that during adolescence, young women tend to stop speaking out and articulating their needs.* We use some of the greatest words in English literature to help girls learn to speak up and speak out!


Why Girls-only?

Between elementary school and high school, girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys.** We believe that it’s easier for a young woman to take risks, make connections and be herself when she’s around other girls going through similar struggles.


Who can participate?

The Viola Project welcomes youth ages 10-16 who identify culturally as girls, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, or ability.


Isn’t a ten year old too young for Shakespeare?

Our staff is specially trained to teach Shakespeare’s work to younger students. Through specially designed language games and careful text work, The Viola Project prides itself on making Shakespeare accessible and enjoyable to girls as young as 10.


My daughter is very shy, but really wants to try theatre.  Is The Viola Project the right place for her?

Absolutely. Our teachers are deeply committed to creating a safe space for girls. We believe that girls can only fully experience their artistic potential when they are surrounded by a supportive ensemble and teacher. Our programming is structured to ease girls of all ability levels into the artistic process with joy and confidence.


How much does it cost and what do I need to host a Viola Project workshop?

Costs vary depending on the length of program and how specialized you would like it to be. Please email us with what what length of program you would like and whether or not you want to stick with a one play focus or have us design something fitting to issues facing your community. All we need to run a workshop is an open room! The Viola Project provides scripts and any other needed materials.


Does your program align with the Common Core?

Yes! Contact us for more details.


*     Cihonski, Deborah Ann, "The experience of loss of voice in adolescent girls: An existential-phenomenological study" (2003).
**   "Ban Bossy. Encourage Girls to Lead." Ban Bossy. Encourage Girls to Lead. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://banbossy.com/>