Program History: 2009-2010

In 2009-2010, 36 theater companies participated in Shakespeare in American Communities, providing high-school and middle-school students in underserved schools and communities throughout the United States exposure to high quality, professional productions of Shakespeare's plays. Participating theater companies received matching grants to help support performances and educational activities in their communities, states, or regions for students from at least ten schools.

2009-2010 Statistics

States reached 37, plus District of Columbia
Communities reached 890
Performances 710
Educational activities conducted by theater companies 2,764
Total audience reached 200,286
Total children reached 189,267
Theater companies engaged 36
Schools reached 1,496
Educational toolkits distributed 10,000

Participating Theater Companies

  • A Noise Within (Glendale, CA) performed Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III.
  • The Acting Company (New York, NY) performed Romeo and Juliet.
  • Actors' Shakespeare Project* (Somerville, MA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream and Othello.
  • African-American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA) performed Othello.
  • Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Montgomery, AL) performed All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet.
  • American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI) performed The Comedy of Errors, Henry V, and The Winter's Tale.
  • Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (Baltimore, MD) performed Hamlet.
  • Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (Bloomsburg, PA) performed Hamlet.
  • California Shakespeare Theater* (Berkeley, CA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Denver, CO) performed Othello.
  • Georgia Shakespeare Festival (Atlanta, GA) performed Macbeth.
  • Greenbrier Valley Theatre (Lewisburg, WV) performend Macbeth.
  • Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival* (Cold Spring, NY) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream. 
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, ID) performed Othello.
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis, IN) performed Romeo and Juliet.
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival* (Louisville, KY) performed The Tempest.
  • Lantern Theater Company (Philadelphia, PA) performed Henry IV: Part I.
  • Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (Bozeman, MT) performed Romeo and Juliet.
  • The Nashville Shakespeare Festival (Nashville, TN) performed The Tempest.
  • The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (High Point, NC) performed Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR) performed All's Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hamlet.
  • Park Square Theatre Company (Saint Paul, MN) performed Othello.
  • The People's Light & Theatre Company (Malvern, PA) performed King Lear.
  • Saint Louis Black Repertory Company (Saint Louis, MO) performed Romeo and Juliet.
  • San Francisco Shakespeare Festival* (San Francisco, CA) performed Hamlet.
  • Seattle Shakespeare Company (Seattle, WA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Shakespeare & Company* (Lenox, MA) performed Romeo and Juliet.
  • The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet.
  • The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (New Orleans, LA) performed The Comedy of Errors.
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC) performed As You Like It, Henry V, and Richard III.
  • Sonoma County Repertory Theater (Sebastopol, CA) performed The Tempest.
  • Theatre for a New Audience (New York, NY) performed Measure for Measure.
  • Trinity Repertory Company (Providence, RI) performed Twelfth Night.
  • Utah Shakespearean Festival (Cedar City, UT) performed The Taming of the Shrew.
  • The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar.

*Through additional contributions from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice, Shakespeare for a New Generation broadened its reach during the 2009-2010 cycle. These funds supported these six highly-qualified theater companies across the country that had partnerships with the juvenile justice system to bring theater activities that focused on Shakespeare to at-risk youth.