The Shakespeare Schools Festival was launched in 2010, to strengthen the link between the Arts and Education, at its core, the festival is an educational program, aimed at improving language and social skills through the Performing Arts. We aim to unite children from diverse backgrounds in Southern Africa and empower them to transform their lives, using the unique power of theatre and the works of Shakespeare as the vehicle. Since it’s inception, the festival has become Africa’s largest Shakespeare youth drama program and has worked with over 490 schools, 9000 youth, 670 teachers across the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Alongside our annual Festival, we offer training programs for teachers, young learner directors, casts of the schools in preparation for their performances at the festival. We are committed to reaching children with special educational needs, from diverse socio and economical backgrounds. Whether we’re engaging with young people in a theatre, school hall or classroom, our creative approach to education unlocks their potential. With us, young people change their attitude to learning
Our objectives include but are not limited to the;
- Promotion of life skills, social cohesion and ambition.
- Promotion of educational entertainment, especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.
- To provide a unique cultural and creative experience to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
Our values are a statement of intent. They embody the visceral, energetic and ambitious way in which we work to fulfil our mission
Our team behind the scenes
Meet our passionate team who make the work we do possible at the Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSFSA)
– proudly brought to you by Educape Trust.
We continue to make Shakespeare relevant in South Africa…
…by encouraging the schools to explore ways of creating unique productions analysing of the current events, cultural representation of various communities, as well as translating scripts into African languages.
Since 2009, SSFSA has showcased…
The festival has built the capacity of 926 teachers as drama and performance arts directors,
105 guest and student directors and 95 volunteer directors and facilitators.
Over eleven years the festival has attracted a combined audience of 29 578 people around the country.
The SSFSA is fully interactive
We provide guidance and resources through scripts, training, framework and feedback, allowing Learners and
Educators to successfully direct and perform Shakespearean plays from the first line to the final bow.