Shakespeare is often the first exposure to acting that high school students get in a traditional educational setting. However, young women often miss out on meaty and satisfying roles in these earliest experiences with drama. There are just more roles that are rich, diverse, deep, and, frankly, better for men than there are for women. This is true inherently in theater, but especially in classical theater where even female roles were originally written to be played by men, and men are predominantly the main characters. As a result, the roles that high school girls get to play are not as challenging to them as those played by men in high school. If women were allowed to play the roles that were created originally for men, what kind of
self-actualization and exploration is possible for these young artists and young women? What happens if we turn the ancient practice of all-male casts around to all-female casts?

Find out in the full report below:
Shakespeare Girls’ Camp