Oak Park Festival Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with The Viola Project again this summer in the efforts to bring not one, not two, but THREE truly amazing weeks of programing and education to the Oak Park community!

A long time fan of Oak Park Festival’s family friendly Shakespeare productions, The Viola Project is a Chicago based organization that uses the works of William Shakespeare to unite and empower girls so they may grow up to be whoever they want to be…even Hamlet.  As seeing live performance is an integral part of any acting camp, The Viola Project is very excited that campers from both Chicago and Oak Park will get a unique opportunity to experience YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III as both actors, audience members and creative team.


The Viola Project welcomes all youth ages 10-16 who culturally identify as girls and women.  Our students are welcomed regardless of their race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability.  

We do not turn away youth who require financial assistance!  Please email SCHOLARSHIP to to get your application started or click here to fill out a scholarship application!

All camps run from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted.

Oak Park camps are located in Austin Gardens: 167 Forest Avenue Oak Park, IL 60301

Superhero Shakespeare Camp! (Oak Park)

June 25-29

“Lord what fools these mortals be!”

Are you counting down the days until Wonder Woman 2 comes out? Shakespeare’s plays are also filled with superheroes – and super villains! From Prospero’s magic to the Weird Sisters’ spells, Shakespeare is full of mutants, magic, and mayhem!  Whether you’re a mischievous fairy like Puck, or a misshapen monster like Caliban, we’ve got a role for you. Join us as we combine powers to play all of the great roles Shakespeare wrote — maybe even create a few characters of our own!

Rebel Girls Fight Back (Oak Park)

July 9-13

“Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?”

This summer we’re offering our first EVER intensive five day fight camp!  Whether you’re inspired by Last Jedi’s Rey or you have a serious devotion to Joan of Arc, this camp will teach you how to fight for glory, love and honor…or at least make it look like you’re fighting!  We’ll pull from Shakespeare’s greatest fights from Macbeth vs Macduff to Montagues vs Capulets.  And what’s more, we’ll be teaching touch consent as the basis for great stage combat so everyone can remain safe, brave and in control of their bodies.

Shakespeare Comedy Camp (Oak Park)

July 16-20

Early Bird discount available through February 28th!

“Would that my horse were as fast as her tongue…”

Get your comedy on in this week-long camp on funny ladies spanning from Shakespeare to Chicago! Although women were not allowed on stage in Shakespeare’s comedies, the Bard had the wit to know that ladies can be every bit as shrewd, goofy, ill-mannered, and hilarious as their male counterparts. We’ll take a cue from Beatrice, Rosalind, and our Merry Wives (to name a few) to prove that girls can hold their own in comedy. Join The Viola Project as we explore the age-old tradition of women in comedy while celebrating the great comediennes of today’s Chicago!

charitablestack_green_642x378Indoor space for the Oak Park camps are generously being provided by the 19th Century Club.

Registration for the camp can be purchase through the Viola Project website, or by contacting them directly at email:, phone: 1(773)-349-2685 For additional information and any question please contact:, phone: 1 (773)-349-2685

The cast of OPFT"S TWELFTH NIGHT at a pre-show discussion with the Viola Project

The cast of Oak Park Festival Theatre’s TWELFTH NIGHT at a pre-show discussion with the Viola Project


Oak Park Festival Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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