A Noise Within
A Noise Within’s mission is to produce world-class performances of the great works of drama in rotating repertory with a resident company; to educate and inspire the public through programs that foster an appreciation of history’s great plays and playwrights; and to train the next generation of classical theater artists. A Noise Within’s vision is to support and promote classic theatre as an essential means for its community to confront the universal human experience, expand personal awareness, and challenge individual perspectives. The company is committed to theater that is relevant in content and approach and accessible in both the physical proximity and the conception of the work. Access to live professional theater and quality arts education is intrinsic to the company’s mission, and they dedicate more than 30% annually to programs that have served more than 200,000 students across 24 school districts and five counties since its founding. Annually, they average 120 performances each season and 15 to 18 week-day student matinees to accommodate school groups. Educators bring students to regular performances and they comprise an average of 32% of the inter-generational audiences. Classics Live! education programming reduces barriers to the experience of live theater for educators and learners of all ages and from all walks of life. Each year, A Noise Within awards more than 2,000 scholarships for high-need students to participate in the Classics Live! experience. Scholarships include free tickets and busing, attendance at live performances, in-class workshops, post-show discussions, curriculum support for teachers, and access to the Classics Live! Learning Resource Center.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, A Noise Within will present student matinees of Julius Caesar directed by Julia Rodrigues-Elliot and Henry VIII directed by Timothy Douglas. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-show discussions, and Classics Live! Learning Resource Center. They anticipate reaching 40 schools from California.