Program History: 2004-2005

In 2004-2005, 21 theater companies participated in Shakespeare in American Communities, providing high-school and middle-school students in underserved schools and communities throughout the United States with high quality, professional prodctions of Shakespeare's plays. Participating theater companies received matching grants to help support performances and educational activities in their community, state, or region for students from at least ten schools.

2004 - 2005 Statistics

States reached 28
Communities reached 27
Performances 675
Educational activities conducted by theater companies 1,551
Total audience reached 243,201
Total children reached 195,997
Theater companies engaged 21
Schools reached 1,054
Educational toolkits distributed 18,000

Participating Theater Companies

  • Alaska Theatre of Youth, Eccentric Theatre Company, & Edgeware (Anchorage, AK) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI) performed Twelfth Night and Othello
  • Asolo Theatre, Inc. (Sarasota, FL) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Company (Atlanta, GA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Cincinnati, OH) performed Twelfth Night
  • Hartford Stage Company (Hartford, CT) performed Othello
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, ID) performed The Taming of the Shrew
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (Bozeman, MT) performed Romeo and Juliet
  • The People's Light & Theatre Company (Malvern, PA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Perseverance Theatre (Douglas, AK) performed Macbeth
  • San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA) performed King Lear
  • Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA) performed Julius Caesar
  • The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (New Orleans, LA) performed Macbeth
  • Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA) performed The Winter's Tale
  • The Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, DC) performed Macbeth, Pericles, and The Tempest
  • The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ) performed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and Henry V
  • The Theater at Monmouth (Monmouth, ME) performed The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Utah Shakespearean Festival (Cedar City, UT) performed The Taming of the Shrew
  • Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Winter's Tale
  • Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, CT) performed The Comedy of Errors