Aquila Theatre Company

Location: 
New York, NY
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Aquila Theatre Company's mission is to bring innovative, challenging and high-quality classical drama to the widest possible audience. Since 1991, Aquila has staged bold and relevant works that empower audiences to appreciate classical plays as live, visceral, and above all entertaining. Aquila invigorates the art form, educates and builds audiences, and makes Shakespeare and classical drama accessible and relevant to Americans today. They tour extensively to an average of 60 communities through the United States each year from September to April with a repertory of two plays, including education programs, as well as producing shows in New York. Past productions have included: A Female Philoctetes (2014); Twelfth Night and Fahrenheit 451(2013-14); The Taming of the Shrew, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Herakles (2012-2013); Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest (2011-12); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Six Characters In Search of an Author (2010-2011); As You Like It and An Enemy of the People (2009-2010). Aquila Theatre Company works closely with teachers and educational directors to develop workshops that connect students directly to live theater, and additionally runs Shakespeare Leaders, an innovative after-school program for middle and high school students. Aquila is also known for it’s national public programming, including the ground breaking YouStories and Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives programs.

For Shakespeare in American Communities, Aquila Theatre Company will present a touring production of The Tempest directed by Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-show discussions, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 100 schools from 60 cities in 30 states across the nation.