One Woman Hamlet: Shake(speare) the Stigma on Mental Health parallels the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Kate’s journey as a creative dealing with mental illness. Come prepared to laugh, cry, and break some stigma as Kate tells you her story using Shakespeare, puppetry, and music. Brought to the screen by a female identified team, this is not your average Hamlet.

Poster Design by Drew Shirley

One Woman Hamlet was originally created as a theatrical production, which would tour into Chicago public schools via the show’s partner Hope For The Day (, an organization that achieves suicide prevention through mental health education and outreach, these plans were put on hold due to Covid-19. Over the past year, suicide rates have skyrocketed and the isolation and instability we are all facing is proof that we are in need of more content that speaks to mental health and the stigma that surrounds it in our communities. Which is why Kate, and the award-winning and professional film team of Kseni Avonavi, Ayesha Abouelazm, and Brian Naughton have come together to create a filmed version, where Kate speaks directly to you in your home. The hope is to either offer this filmed version to Chicago schools, or to continue to tour when it is safe to do so.

The Details

  • The show will be offered for free in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Cinema Femme’s Mission

“Cinema Femme is a platform for emerging female-identifying and non-binary filmmakers. To support these filmmakers we showcase their short films, provide education through features with womxn and non-binary in film, and offer mentorship between seasoned and emerging filmmakers. We are vocal about the need for women, women of color and LGBT+ representation onscreen and behind the lens. We believe that together we can change the industry for the better.”

Please go to the Cinema Femme website to learn more! Reading the articles on their platform has become my favorite lunchtime treat!

  • Tickets will be available right here starting on May 12th. Free with the option to donate. 
  • The filming of One Woman Hamlet has been completely funded by the fans and community members of the project.