Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Since its inception in 1972, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has garnered a reputation for staging productions of Shakespeare’s plays that are vibrant, artistically innovative and, above all, crystal clear. As the largest Shakespeare festival in the Southeast, ASF is in a unique position to showcase the works of the Bard to diverse audiences who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience Shakespeare. Broadway musicals, children’s productions, American classics, and world premieres round out the annual offerings. The Southern Writer’s Project, the company’s new play development program, was founded in 1991, and has produced 28 world premiere plays and workshopped 90 new works. When ASF relocated to Montgomery in 1985, the theatre undertook the charge to make the arts – through education and personal experience – an integral and consistent part of students’ lives. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s first effort to reach students occurred as soon as it opened with student-matinee performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. To date, ASF’s education initiatives and dramatic productions have enriched the lives of over a million students.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Alabama Shakespeare Festival will present a touring production of As You Like It directed by Director of Education Greta Lambert, as part of their SchoolFest outreach program. The company will provide related educational activities, including talkbacks, workshops, and study guide. They anticipate reaching 20 schools from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.