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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Annual event brings Shakespeare to 600 middle and high school students

The annual Shakespeare Scene Festival will be held in UALR’s University Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts on Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14.

UALR Shakespeare Scene

The festival, held both days from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

This year it will feature 15 different performances, with players ranging from fifth graders to high school seniors. Approximately 600 students are expected to visit UALR over the two-day festival.

The Shakespeare Festival brings students from central Arkansas schools to campus to celebrate learning through the performance of Shakespeare.

Sponsored by the UALR Departments of English and Theatre and Dance, the festival was founded by Roslyn Knutson in 1998 and inspired by a workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

To see a schedule of performances and to find out more about the festival, visit

Questions should be directed to the festival’s director, Dr. Kris McAbee,