By Roadtrip Nation

Marilyn Halperin


My road in life has been direct.
Calls her path "entirely circumlocutious"; years ago, would've never imagined she'd be running a theater.
After school, she did a year of soul-searching; reached the point of studying the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, searching for jobs she liked.
The first thing that caught her eye was volunteer administration-she directed a volunteer program at the Morton Arbortoreum for 11 years.
Started volunteering at a small theater called the Shakespeare Repertory on the side.
Gradually experienced a shift in priorities; realized she was more excited for the volunteer work at the theater than she was for her actual day job.
Made it her goal to turn the Repertory-now the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre-into a permanent institution in Chicago.
Says there were highs and lows along the way, but all of the emotion made her feel more certain that she'd found her passion.
Under her guidance, the Theatre developed a Shakespeare-centric classroom curriculum, now one of the country's most respected arts-in-education programs.
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Director of Education and Communication

I help students and teachers learn through experiencing Shakespeare in our youth-engagement programs.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Being Creative

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Washington, D.C. - Chicago

Washington, D.C. - Chicago

Continuing in Washington DC, the US team visits Paul Goble, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Next they interview William Albert Allard, photographer for National Geographic. Then it's off to Chicago to interview Marilyn Halperin, Director of Education and Communications of the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.