All workshops are held at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr from 10-4 unless otherwise noted. 

All workshops are held at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr from 10-4 unless otherwise noted. 

Workshops and Events


Thanks to all who joined us for a great 2013-2014 season of workshops! 

Upcoming Workshops

Stay tuned for next season's workshops!

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In the meantime, check out our exciting summer camps

Previous Workshops This Season

IAGO - October 19, 2013

“What’s he then that says I play the villain?”  So says Iago, Shakespeare’s most dastardly creation.  Conniving, manipulative and most of all charming, Iago is an unparalleled bad guy with a knack for poisoning minds and ruining lives.  But why?  Professional actors have searched for his motives for four centuries and now it’s your turn!  Find your inner villain, but find yourself before the day is over!


GRATITUDE AND GRACE - November 2, 2013

Break bread with the Viola Project this November as we find things to be thankful for!  Shakespeare’s plays are filled with war mongers, murderers and villains, but they are also filled with peacemakers,  saviours and heros.  Fight feuds with Benvolio, give selfless gifts like Antonio, and learn to see what’s truly valuable as King Lear.  But most of all, find your own sense of gratitude!

RELATIVELY CRAZY - December 7, 2013

“O what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!”

As we delve into the holiday season, let us take pause to look at some characters that had some really crazy families!  Literally and figuratively, madness is an on going theme in Shakespeare’s plays.  This workshop will give you new perspective on how absolutely normal your family is.  Trust us.


A Winter's Toast! December 15, 5-7pm
from 10.00

"If all the year were playing holidays,
To sport would be as tedious as to work;
But when they seldom come, they wished-for come..


Join us as we celebrate the coming winter at the Red Lion, The Viola Project's favorite British pub!  Enjoy light appetizers and a performance of some of our Viola Project veterans!  

SIBLING RIVALRY - January 11, 2014

"We came into the world like brother and brother,

And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another."

Shakespeare’s plays are filled with brothers, sisters and LOTS of twins!  We’ll look at all things concerning siblings, the good, the bad and the ugly!  Act with a friend or bring your brother or sister for such great pairs as Viola and Sebastian, Katherina and Bianca and more!  Enroll with your sibling and get $10 off!

At City Lit from 10am-4pm


THE TEMPEST - February 8, 2014

"O how beauteous mankind is, O brave new world that has such people in it!"

Join the Viola Project and City Lit as we do a mini workshop and experience a professional production of Shakespeare’s late play on magic, forgiveness and letting go! Dinner and tickets included for students!  Families are encouraged to join us for dinner and the show!


At City Lit from 3pm-11pm


Registration deadline: Feb 1, 2014.


Family Tickets and Dinner for The Tempest, Saturday, February 8th
from 25.00

Join your daughter for dinner and The Tempest on February 8th!  We'll meet some actors, have a bite to eat and then watch a play together!  If you have dietary restrictions, please make sure we know ahead of time so that we can accommodate you!  Meet your girls at City Lit at 6:15, the show is at 7!

Registration deadline: Feb 1, 2014.


There are no small parts, only small actors!  So the saying goes, but what if Peter from Romeo and Juliet had his own play?  What if the Boy from Henry V was able to soliloquize to the same extent that Hamlet can?  Explore Shakespeare's servants, soldiers and ladies in waiting and find out what goes on when Kings and Queens are moving mountains.

At City Lit from 10am-4pm

Registration deadline: March 1st



The bard may be 450 but his plays have never been more fresh, more important or more surprising!  Join us for our annual birthday bash as we honor the man, the legend, the master William Shakespeare.  As Will turns a new half century (and as we turn 10!) join us for our absolutely favorite best scenes ever.  And cake.

At City Lit from 10am-4pm



Join us in celebrating The Viola Project's 10th birthday and Shakespeare's 450th!

When: SUN APRIL 27TH 5PM - 8PM

            4115 N RAVENSWOOD
            CHICAGO, IL 60613

What: drinks, appetizers, dessert and Shakespeare


adults over 21-  $50 in advance, $75 day of event

children - $25 in advance, $30 day of event

please contact Cate Gillespie at with any questions

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MOMS OF AVON V - May 3, 2014

Join us for our fifth annual mother daughter workshop!  This mini workshop is designed to get girls and their moms on stage acting together!  Whether you are a professional actress or like to be behind the scenes, this is a great day to discover something new about your daughter. Tuition covers both mother and daughter.

Workshop at City Lit from 12-4 


DADS OF STRATFORD - June 7, 2014

We loved having the dads come in, so we’re inviting them BACK!  Dads and daughters will work and act together to bring to life some of Shakespeare’s most lovely family scenes.  No experience necessary! Tuition includes both father and daughter


Workshop from 12-4 at City Lit