One Woman Hamlet: Shake(speare) the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

Starring Kate Marie Smith


October 29, 2022 @ 7:00pm

First performed and independently-produced by Kate Marie Smith in January 2020 (and later captured on film in 2021), One Woman Hamlet: Shake(speare) the Stigma on Mental Health dives into the mind of Kate, as she uniquely parallels the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with her own journey dealing with depression and anxiety. Come prepared to laugh, cry, and break some stigma as Kate tells you her story using Shakespeare, projections, puppetry, and music. This is not your average Hamlet.

Outside of her career as an award-winning performer and producer in Chicago, Kate is also a trauma-sensitive trained yoga teacher and she has over 200 hours of extended and certified mental health education. She has been privileged enough to use this training to teach trauma-sensitive prenatal yoga in Cook County Jail through Yoga For Recovery, and to educate teachers in their 200 hour level certification on the importance of trauma sensitivity in the world of yoga. For the past six years Kate has worked on developing One Woman Hamlet in conjunction with her own journey around depression and anxiety. It was created alongside The Hope For Us Network and with the support and advice of professional mental health counselors.

Writer: Kate Marie Smith

Director: Drew Shirley

Producer: Kasey O’Brien

Running Time: 75 min.

Category: Drama, Storytelling, Music, Puppetry, Multimedia, Classic, Performance Art