WHO WE ARE
The Oberlin Children's Shakespeare Project (OCSP) is a not for profit children's theater based in Oberlin, Ohio. Founded in spring of 2014, OCSP is dedicated to returning Shakespeare to its original audience: EVERYONE! As we are fond of telling students, Shakespeare's plays were originally competing with bear bating and public beheadings as mass entertainment. Audiences could pay just one penny to stand in a dirt pit in front of the stage filled with the rowdiest audiences you can imagine! At OCSP we are committed to the idea that everyone-- regardless of age or education level-- can understand Shakespeare. Whether through after school rehearsals, summer acting intensives, or one-time workshops, we aim to foster a safe and creative space for kids to discover what Shakespeare's words mean to them.
Our Mission Statement:
The Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project is a children’s theater program dedicated to fostering literacy, confidence, and creativity in Lorain County youth. By engaging young people as actors in Shakespeare productions and traveling workshops, OCSP opens children’s imaginations, deepens their understanding of ethics and humanity, develops collaborative skills, and strengthens personal confidence.
The Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project is a nonprofit children’s theater dedicated to bringing Shakespeare performance to Lorain County youth. At OCSP, we witness first hand theater’s profound effects on young actors. Through artistic play, students learn to control their voices and bodies, channeling the frenetic energy of adolescence into artistic expression. Tackling Shakespeare’s complex language, they develop literacy skills and intellectual confidence. By studying Shakespeare’s plots in passionate, thoughtful, and sometimes-heated debate, students complicate their understanding of ethics and humanity. Whether in one-time workshops or semester long productions, OCSP students practice creativity, collaboration, and literacy as they discover Shakespeare’s words together.