Because of this support, our company leveraged additional funds that allowed us to hire classroom educators and expand our program
-Sherri Young, executive director, African-American Shakespeare Company
African-American Shakespeare Company's The Tempest(2014-2015). Photo by Lance Huntley, courtesy of African-American Shakespeare Company.
During 2014-2015,African-American Shakespeare Companyin San Francisco, California presented four student matinees of The Tempest directed by Nancy Carlin and co-director Artistic Director Peter Callendar. The company provided 39 related educational activities, including workshops and a study guide. They reached 573 students from 10 schools located in California.
The physical theater masterclass was thought provoking and related to the curriculum the students have been working on. Everyone was very receptive and engaged during all of the activities.
-Teacher, Raleigh, NC
During 2014-2015, Aquila Theatre Company in Katonah, New York presented 29 performances of a touring production of The Tempest directed by Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez. The company provided 29 related educational activities, including workshops, post-show discussions, and a study guide. They reached 4,145 students from 62 schools located in Alabama, California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Photo by Richard Termine, courtesy Aquila Theatre Company
I will use the language used in the play to help me when I read Hamlet for English next year.
During 2014-2015, Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota presented 32 student matinees and evening performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Artistic Director Joe Dowling. The company provided 74 related educational activities, including workshops, presentations, post-play discussions, and a study guide. They reached 7,779 students from 115 schools located in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Photo by Dan Norman, courtesy of the Guthrie Theater
None of us were really familiar with the play. The students described the paly as hilarious and awesome and a lot better than Romeo and Juliet.
-Teacher, Clinton Prairie High School, Frankfort, IN
During 2014-2015, Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana presented 50 student matinees of The Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Tim Ocel. The company provided 20 related educational activities, including workshops, post-show discussions, and a study guide. They reached 3,755 students from 62 schools located in Indiana.
Photo by Zach Rosing, courtesy of Indiana Repertory Theatre
As I watched the play, I could remember reading the paly and the way the actors brought the characters to life helped me understand the meaning.
-Student, Fairview High School, Fairview, TN
During 2014-2015, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival in Nashville, Tennessee presented 14 student matinees of Twelfth Night directed by Artistic Director Denice Hicks. The company provided 53 related educational activities, including workshops, residencies, seminars, post-show discussions, and an Educator’s Guidebook. They reached 3,040 students from 42 schools located in Tennessee.
Photo by Rick Malkin, courtesy of The Nashville Shakespeare Festival
The students discovered just how much body language can inform the relationship between characters and help complement the text.
-Jeremy Rabb, actor (Stephano) and teaching artist
During 2014-2015, A Noise Within in Pasadena, California presented 26 student matinees of Julius Caesar directed by Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodrigues-Elliot. The company provided 19 related educational activities, including workshops, post-show discussions, and Classics Live! Learning Resource Center. They reached 4,006 students from 74 schools located in California.
Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy of A Noise Within
The energy was magical – before the show began the air was electric. The students were at the edge of their seats filled with excitement and anticipation.
-Michele Weathers, managing director, PlayMakers Repertory Company
During 2014-2015, PlayMakers Repertory Company presented 40 student matinees of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Producing Artistic Director Joseph Haj and co-director Shana Cooper, as part of their Educational Student Matinee Series. The company provided 22 related educational activities, including workshops, post-show discussions, and a study guide. They reached 729 students from 10 schools located in North Carolina and Virginia.
Photo by Jon Gardiner, courtesy of PlayMakers Repertory Company
I loved the experience. The play was funny, and I was interested the whole time. I never got bored.
-Student, Manhattan School for Children, New York, NY
During 2014-2015,Epic Theatre Ensemblein New York, New York presented 10 student matinees and evening performances of Measure for Measure directed by Co-Founder Ron Russell and Artistic Director Melissa Friedman, as part of their Shakespeare REMIX after-school program. The company provided 67 related educational activities, including workshops, residencies, and a study guide. They reached 801 students from 12 schools located in New York.
Photo by Mark Harris, couresty of Epic Theatre Ensemble
I can't tell you what an important experience the Bowmer Project is for my students. Despite living only an hour or so away from a world-class theater company, most of my students have never been to Ashland. The project is one of those experiences that truly opens them up to another world of possibilities.
During 2014-2015, Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon presented 55 student matinees of The Comedy of Errors directed by Kent Gash; Much Ado About Nothing directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz; Pericles directed by Joseph Haj; and Richard III directed by James Bundy; The Tempest directed by Tony Taccone; and The Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Sarah Rasmussen. The company provided 80 related educational activities, including workshops, backstage tours, prologues, post-show discussions, and teacher training. They reached 759 students from 36 schools located in California and Oregon.
Photo by Jenny Graham, courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Festival
"By intermission, the students were hooked and at the end they had really enjoyed the whole experience."
-Teacher, Bethlehem Catholic High School
During the 2014-2015 season, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, Pennsylvania presented 35 student matinees and performances of a touring production of Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, and Troilus and Cressida, as part of their WillPower education program. The company provided 51 related educational activities, including workshops, talkbacks, and a study guide. They reached 13,798 students from 45 schools located in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Photo by Lee A. Butz, courtesy Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival