Vento Shakespeare Festival
April 2018

Annual program

Every year, the successful and popular Pistarckle Theater invites private, public, and parochial schools of the Virgin Islands to participate in our annual Vento Shakespeare Workshops & Festival. The mission of the Festival is to educate, engage and entertain students on the literary works of Shakespeare.

With the help of their teachers and a well-trained Shakespearean scholar, students can learn about Shakespeare while experiencing on-stage performing and dramatic arts.

The 2017 Vento Shakespeare Festival was sponsored by VENTO CHARITABLE TRUST, THE VIRGIN ISLAND COUNCIL ON THE ARTS,  AUVEN THERAPEUTICS, AND BOLONGO BAY BEACH RESORT 

2017 Participants included 10 schools: Lockhart Elementary School, Virgin Islands Montesorri School & Peter Gruber International Academy, Bertha C. Boschulte, Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Gifft Hill School, Charlotte Amalie High School, The Moravian School, Pearl B. Larsen, and St. Croix Educational Complex.  In all, there were 119 students and 10 teachers participating. The audience at host location Nisky Moravian Church was also packed with visitors, including various members of the community, parents and students from non-participating schools.  

The 2017 Winning team - for a third year in a row - was the St. Croix Educational Complex.  Judges included Patricia Hawkins Pierre, Jessica John-Baptiste, Rosalyn Rosiygnol, Ann Creque, Tisha Lennard, Frank Bartolucci, and Nicola Emerich. Festival organizers included Shakespeare Scholar/Guest Artist Zach Schwartz,  Master of Ceremonies Pamela New, and Pistarckle Theater's Founder/Artistic Producer Nicola B. Emerich.

If you are interested in registering your school for 2018, please email pistarckle theater at education@pistarckletheater.com for information and 2018 registration forms.

The 2018 Vento Shakespeare Festival will be held in April 2018. Please email Pistarckle Theater if you are interested in registering your school to participate in 2018