The Shakespeare Competition cultivates the art of theatre, dance, and music by providing active observation of peer and professional performance, educational creations based on Shakespeare’s works, and personal evaluation by working professionals.
October 5-7, 2023
The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University are thrilled to host the forty-seventh annual Shakespeare Competition. We look forward to seeing you!
2022 Shakespeare Competition Video
Thank you and congratulations to all the schools and teams that joined us for our competition last year! We look forward to seeing you again at this upcoming competition!
Please check back frequently for updates.
February 16, 2023
Thank you so much for all of your feedback regarding the 2022 competition. We have reviewed feedback from you, SUU, the USF Education team, and others to better learn how we can improve the competition experience. As a result of the feedback, we have made several substantive changes to the competition and revised the “Rules and Regulations” to reflect both large and small changes. Please note that the revised document is attached here. I know it is a very long document, but would plead with you to read it in its entirety.
Also attached is a letter to superintendents asking for their help with transportation. If transportation is a concern in your district, please feel free to share the attached letter with your superintendent.
We attended a meeting with the Lodging Association of Cedar City to express concerns about hotel room costs, minimum night stays, and booking policies that might preclude students from participating in the competition. Our comments were well received and we are hopeful that prices and policies will be more accommodating.
Some of the bigger changes we have made to the competition are as follows:
We will not have a finals round in 2023.
Divisions have been realigned. (See revised rules and regulations for details)
Scoring will be numeric only with the old ranking system only utilized to break ties and that will happen in the tabulation room. Judges will no longer rank students 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc…in a round. The numeric scores do that on their own.
Competition events will be held Thursday-Saturday.
Acting Individual Events (monos and duo/trios) will have their first round on Thursday evening, second round on Friday evening, and third round Saturday morning
Workshops will be returning. These will only happen on the Saturday of the competition.