Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1987, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is a resident professional Shakespeare company serving 70,000 youths and adults annually. The company is dedicated to performing the plays of Shakespeare with an economy of style the focuses energy and resources on three essential elements: script, actors, and audience. Their production style is informed by contemporary American culture while maintaining the integrity and depth of these plays. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is equally committed to engaging and educating the broadest possible audience for Shakespeare and classic theater through innovative and interactive programs that promote lifelong learning through the arts. Education programs include in-school workshops, residencies, and a touring production for middle and high schools; a Shakespeare summer camp for children ages 8-14; pre- and post-show enrichment activities for families and general audiences; apprenticeships and internships for college students and recent graduates; and professional development opportunities for educators, early-career theater artists, corporate executives, and their employees. More than 25% of their in-school programs take place in in underserved and low-income communities.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will tour Much Ado About Nothing (Spring 2014) directed by Associate Artistic and Education Director Christopher V. Edwards, as part of their Access Shakespeare program. The company will provide related educational activities, including residencies, post-show discussions, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 10 schools from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.