Montana Shakespeare in the Parks
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) is a touring company based in Bozeman, MT whose mission is to make quality, live theatrical productions of Shakespeare and other classics accessible to communities in Montana and surrounding states with an emphasis on underserved, rural areas who would not otherwise have this opportunity. All performances are offered free, making Shakespeare in the Parks accessible to everyone. The company's oldest educational program, Shakespeare in the Schools, complements the education of young people by providing a complete production of one of Shakespeare's plays along with related workshops that enhance their understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's works. In 2008, the Company introduced Montana Shakes!, a program designed specifically for elementary schools which provides an entertaining and interactive introduction to Shakespeare at a time when students are most receptive to learning. MSIP is an outreach program of the College of Arts and Architecture at Montana State University.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will present a touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Executive Artistic Director Kevin Asselin, as part of their Shakespeare in the Schools program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, talkbacks, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 49 schools from Montana and Wyoming.