What can Shakespeare teach a middle school girl about becoming a future congresswoman? A lot, it turns out.

Girls at The Viola Project not only play all the great Shakespearean characters, they build courage and comeraderie. The Viola Project inspires girls to think about women’s place in history and in today’s world, and challenges them speak up and change it for the better.

At the Viola Project, I saw the women leaders of tomorrow and I can happily report the future is in good hands.
— Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

10 people I met in 2016 who give me hope for 2017
Chicago Tribune's Heidi Stevens included TVP Artistic Director Skyler Schrempp as one of the top 10 inspirational people she met in 2016.

Shakespeare, with a generous helping of girl power
The Viola Project was featured in the Chicago Tribune during summer of 2016.

Just Be. There is no question.
The Viola Project was featured by Small Forces, which aims to inspire the best in human spirit and promote good work in the world through stories of people making a positive impact in their communities.

Biggest-Ever Shakespeare in the Parks Season Brings Theater to the Masses
"Named for the smart, resourceful, funny, romantically challenged teenage heroine of Twelfth Night, the Viola Project uses Shakespeare to drive discussions about the issues facing young women."

Shakespeare 400 Celebration
In partnership with Chicago Public Library and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Viola Project will hold three free workshops in summer 2016 at libraries across the city.

Beauty Isn't Only Skin Deep
"Change is happening locally in Chicago as well. As an example, The Viola Project is empowering young girls from 10-16 to use their voices, learning through Shakespeare."

Shakespeare camp for girls expands to Oak Park
Chicago Tribune article about summer 2015 programming

Chicago Community Trust - From Donor to Grantmaker With the Young Leaders Fund
"At this year’s reception, a student from The Viola Project brought new life to a familiar soliloquy from The Merchant of Venice. In the Elizabethan era, the role—like every role—would have been performed by a male actor. But it gained new depths in the hands of this girls’ empowerment project, which uses Shakespeare to unite and inspire young women ages 10 to 16. The Viola Project will use the grant to expand their program into a South Side neighborhood."

The Country's First Literacy-Focused Coworking Space Just Opened in the West Loop
"Members include... The Viola Project, which has adolescent girls explore Shakespeare as a means to spark conversation about issues in their own lives."