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. In 2015, in collaboration with Intermountain Opera Bozeman, MSIP began producing professional, non-touring musical theatre productions for its local audience. MSIP is an outreach program of the College of Arts and Architecture at Montana State University.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks in Bozeman, Montana presented 29 performances of a touring production of The Merchant of Venice directed by Executive Artistic Director Kevin Asselin, as part of their Shakespeare in the Schools program. The company provided 211 related educational activities, including workshops, talkbacks, and a study guide. They reached 11,220 students from 48 schools located in Montana, Washington, and Wyoming.