National Endowment for the Arts Expands Shakespeare for a New Generation to Introduce More Students to Magic of Live Theater
Arts Endowment Announces Participating Theater Companies
May 12, 2005
Washington, DC - The National Endowment for the Arts today announced the participating theater companies for the third phase of its acclaimed initiative Shakespeare in American Communities and the second year of Shakespeare for a New Generation. With the number of companies involved in the program expanding from 21 in 2004 to 35 in 2005-06, 35 grants will be awarded totaling $975,000. Companies will receive matching funds to support activities targeting students from at least 10 schools in their communities, states or regions during the 2005-06 school year.
This new phase of the program will include theater companies that present full productions of the play and those that present Shakespeare's work through model education programs. Arts Midwest, a regional arts organization based in Minneapolis, is managing the program.
Mrs. Laura Bush commended the program's expansion. "Shakespeare for a New Generation brings the world of this great playwright to thousands of school children throughout the country," Mrs. Bush said. "As Honorary Chairman of the Shakespeare in American Communities project, I am delighted to see this effort expanded so that even more children will be able to experience the magic of William Shakespeare."
Since its 2002 inauguration, Shakespeare in American Communities has reached more than 550 communities with more than 1200 performances in areas as diverse as Monmouth, Maine; Douglas, Arkansas; and San Diego, California.
"We are delighted to broaden the scope of Shakespeare for a New Generation so that several hundred thousand more students will get the chance to see a great play in a great production," said Dana Gioia, Chairman of the Arts Endowment. "This program helps actors, students, teachers, and theater companies while improving the quality of education across the country. It is a model of both artistic excellence and grassroots accessibility."
The following 35 theater companies have been selected to participate in this next round of Shakespeare for a New Generation.
A Noise Within
The Acting Company
American Players Theatre
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Atlanta Shakespeare Company
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre
Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Long Wharf Theatre
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
Nevada Shakespeare Company
The Old Globe
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare & Company
The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
Shakespeare Festival of Dallas
Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis
Shakespeare Santa Cruz
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
The Theater at Monmouth
Trinity Repertory Company
Utah Shakespearean Festival
The Warehouse Theatre
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Yale Repertory Theatre
To enhance the educational impact of the program, the Arts Endowment will continue to provide learning materials, free of charge, to thousands of classrooms. Materials include a teacher's guide with lesson plans, two educational videos and a CD featuring interviews and recitations by leading actors and can be ordered free of charge by teachers at www.vpw.com/partner/shakespeare/.
Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest's history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org.
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