Thursday, April 25, 2019

#NEShakesEDTalks: Theatre in Shakespeare's Time

Today we're looking at what it was like to be in the audience for a play in Shakespeare's Day!


Join us each Thursday for a new topic! And visit our social media sites (@NEShakespeare) and website to keep up to date on the events and activities planned!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday!

It's Shakespeare's Birthday and that means that across the state, today is #TalkLikeShakespeare Day! Enjoy the holiday by having fun with Shakespeare's language!
Visit and Nebraska Shakespeare's social media (@NEShakespeare) for how to talk like Shakespeare, videos, activities, games and more throughout the day!
And with Shakespeare On The Green just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start or renew your membership for VIP seating, parking, and more great perks when you see All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet this summer! 

#NEShakesEDTalks - Special #TalkLikeShakespeare Day Edition!

We've got a special #NEShakesEDTalks video this week giving you a running start on #TalkLikeShakespeare day with a few tips for speaking the speech!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

This week's #NEShakesEDTalks video: Who IS Shakespeare!

We're coming up on Shakespeare's Birthday on Tuesday (it takes a big cake to hold 455 candles!), so what better time to look at the man himself? Check it out!

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with us by participating in #TalkLikeShakespeare day all day long! 

Need some advice on how to Talk Like Shakespeare or some inspiration into how to make your day a little more Shakespearean?  Pop over to  We'll hook you up!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Meet the Instructors for Camp Shakespeare!

Camp Shakespeare classes are filling up fast, but there is still time to work with these amazing theatre artists!

We pride ourselves on not only giving students hands-on experience with Shakespeare's work, but also real insight into being a performer. Our instructors are working theatre professionals, touching down in Omaha for two weeks to create an unforgettable Shakespeare experiences for students - let's meet this year's instructors!

Matthew Olsen is excited to be returning for a fifth season with Nebraska Shakespeare and his first year with Camp Shakespeare as the Players Instructor. Among Matthew's many previous roles with Nebraska Shakespeare are Don Pedro (Much Ado), Banquo (Macbeth), Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew), Hamlet (Hamlet), and Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet).

Other credits include Thomas in Venus in Fur; Rudolph in The Matchmaker; Dell in Both Your Houses; Lee in True West; Frank in The School for Lies; and John in Oleanna. Matthew is an actor, director, and educator based out of Minneapolis. He holds an MFA in Acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory. You can catch him as Nick Chopper in the upcoming production of The Woodsman at the BLUEBARN. 

Colleen Kilcoyne is excited to return to Nebraska Shakespeare as the Apprentices Instructor, having last appeared in the Shakespeare On The Green production of The Tempest. Colleen is an educator, performer, and playwright native to Omaha. Colleen graduated from Creighton University with a BFA in Theater Performance. Favorite performance credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Creighton), Percy Talbott in The Spitfire Grill (Creighton); and Gingy in Shrek the Musical (Rose Theater).

Colleen has worked as a Teaching Artist for organizations such as the Rose Theater, Omaha Girls Rock!, Ollie Webb Center. Inc, Shakespeare Behind Bars, and the National Association of Play Therapy, India. She is currently a Special Education Teacher for Chicago Public Schools and studies with The Second City and Chicago Dramatists.

Raydell Cordell III is back for his sixth year as Jesters Instructor.

Raydell worked as an actor with Nebraska Shakespeare in multiple summer and touring productions in addition to numerous appearances in productions throughout the community. Some of his favorite productions include: King John and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Nebraska Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird at the Omaha Community Playhouse, The Christians at BlueBarn Theater, The Reluctant Dragon at the Rose Theater, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Twelfth Night at University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Raydell has a BA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, worked for Westside Community Schools at Westbrook and Loveland Elementary for ten years, and participated in workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. "Who Jests the Best? Jesters Jest the Best!"

Anna Jordan is joining Camp Shakespeare's five-timer club this year, as one of the Camp Co-Directors!
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2015, where she played the title role in Hedda Gabler. She has appeared in Nebraska Shakespeare’s tour of As You Like It, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream—a collaboration with the Omaha Symphony—and served as assistant director, actor, and Camp Shakespeare Co-Director for multiple seasons On the Green.

From 2016-2017 Anna was an actor-educator with RESPECT and is currently a Disney Musicals in Schools teaching artist with Omaha Performing Arts. Most recently, Anna appeared in the world premiere of Van Gogh and Me as Adeline Ravoux, as Curious George in Curious George and the Golden Meatball (The Rose Theater), as Caroline in I and You, and you can catch her soon as Nimmee in The Strangemen Theatre Company’s The Woodsman at the BLUEBARN Theatre.

Ezra Colón joins Camp for the first time as Co-Director. Ezra recently moved to Omaha from Albuquerque, NM, where he was a company member with Duke City Repertory Theatre. Some of his favorite Duke City Rep productions include Death and the Maiden, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 39 Steps, and Oedipus the King. He was also a resident actor at the Barter Theatre, where he performed in over 40 productions in the span of 5 years. His favorite Barter roles included Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty, Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast, and Hamlet in Hamlet.

For Nebraska Shakespeare, Ezra directed the touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and has been seen on the Shakespeare On The Green stage as Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, the Fool in King Lear, Hubert in King John, and Seyton in Macbeth, among other roles. Ezra has a B.F.A. in Performance from Columbus State University and is part of Actors Equity Association.

With this great line-up of Educators, the only thing missing is YOU. There's still time to join the 2019 class for Camp Shakespeare - Click HERE to register today!

Questions about Camp Shakespeare? Contact Director of Education, Katie Becker Colón at

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

What to expect at Timon of Athens

We sat down with Sarah Lynn Brown to talk about this weekend's performance of Timon of Athens! Take a look:


Join us at Gallery 1516 on Saturday, April 6 at 2 PM. The performance starts at 3 PM, but join us early to view the art, meet the cast and staff, and enjoy a glass of wine.

Click HERE to learn more.

#NEShakesEDTalks: Iambic Pentameter

Check out today's video on Shakespeare's use of Iambic Pentameter!

Try your hand at writing like Shakespeare by submitting to our Sonnet Writing Contest by April 23rd! Click HERE to learn more.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Now accepting submissions for the 22nd Annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Contest

Submit your Sonnet By April 23! 

The 22nd Annual Sonnet Writing Contest starts today. There is no entry fee for participants. Winners receive prizes or free tuition to Camp Shakespeare as well as reserved seating for Shakespeare On The Green!

Middle School Division Guidelines

The contest is open to all middle school students. Contest winners and will receive:
  • A scholarship to Camp Shakespeare
  • Reserved seating at Shakespeare On The Green for the winner and his or her teacher.
  • The winning entry will be published in the souvenir program for Shakespeare on the Green and read by a Company member On The Green.

High School Division Guidelines

The contest is open to all high school students. Contest winners and will receive:
  • A scholarship to Camp Shakespeare
  • Reserved seating at Shakespeare On The Green for the winner and his or her teacher.
  • The winning entry will be published in the souvenir program for Shakespeare on the Green and read by a Company member On The Green.

Adult Division Guidelines

First prize in the Adult/Post Secondary Division receives:
  • A Shakespeare On The Green gift.
  • Reserved seating at Shakespeare On The Green.
  • The winning entry will be published in the souvenir program for Shakespeare on the Green and read by a Company member On The Green.

Visit our website to learn more or submit a sonnet.