Program History: 2011-2012

In 2011-2012, 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.

2011-2012 Statistics

States reached 40, plus District of Columbia
Communities reached 1,001
Performances 620
Educational activities conducted by theater companies 2,921
Total audience reached 187,914
Total children reached 174,314
Theater companies engaged 36
Schools reached 1,749
Educational toolkits distributed 7,000

Participating theater companies

  • A Noise Within (Glendale, CA) performed Twelfth Night
  • The Acting Company (New York, NY) performed Julius Caesar
  • Aquila Theatre Company (New York, NY) performed Macbeth
  • Actors' Shakespeare Project (Somerville, MA) performed Twelfth Night
  • African-American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA) performed Julius Caesar
  • American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI) performed The Taming of the Shrew  and The Tempest
  • Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (Bloomsburg, PA) performed Julius Caesar
  • California Shakespeare Theater (Berkeley, CA) performed The Taming of the Shrew
  • Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX) performed The Tempest
  • Denver Center Theatre Company (Denver, CO) performed The Taming of the Shrew
  • Epic Theatre Ensemble (New York, NY) performed Macbeth
  • Folger Theatre (Washington, DC) performed Othello
  • Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN) performed Much Ado About Nothing
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, ID) performed Macbeth
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis, IN) performed Julius Caesar
  • Lantern Theater Company (Philadelphia, PA) performed Romeo and Juliet
  • Marin Theatre Company (Mill Valley, CA) performed Othello
  • Montana Shakespeare in the Park (Bozeman, MT) performed As You Like It
  • Nashville Shakespeare Festival (Nashville, TN) performed Julius Caesar
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR) performed Julius Caesar, Henry IV: Part 1 and Part2, Love's Labor's Lost, and Romeo and Juliet
  • The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University (Center Valley, PA) performed Romeo and Juliet
  • The People's Light & Theatre Company (Malvern, PA) performed Cymbeline and Romeo and Juliet
  • PlayMakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill, NC) performed Henry IV: Part 1 and Part 2 and Henry V
  • Portland Center Stage (Portland, OR) performed Cymbeline
  • The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO) performed The Comedy of Errors
  • Saint Louis Black Repertory Company (Saint Louis, MO) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Seattle Shakespeare Company (Seattle, WA) performed Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet
  • Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA) performed Macbeth
  • The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) performed Romeo and Juliet
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC) perfromed Much Ado About Nothing and The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, NJ) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Theatre for a New Audience (New York, NY) performed Much Ado About Nothing
  • Trinity Repertory Company (Providence, RI) performed The Merchant of Venice
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival (Cedar City, UT) performed A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA) performed The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, CT) performed The Winter's Tale