San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco Shakespeare Festival was established in 1983 with a mission to make the works of Shakespeare accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, geography, economic status, or level of education. These plays are experienced in a communal setting from outdoors to a classroom to the theater. The Festival's flagship program, Free Shakespeare in the Park, brings free professional productions of the Bard's greatest plays to 25,000 people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area annually. Shakespeare's genius is accessible to an additional 75,000 youths each year through three extensive arts education programs: Shakespeare On Tour, a statewide in-school touring program that has served over 2 million students since its inception in 1988; Midnight Shakespeare, which offers at-risk youth in underserved communities the opportunity to learn communication and performance skills and develop literacy, self-discipline, tolerance and teamwork; and Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, which are two-weeks long and provide an opportunity for youths to study Shakespeare's plays in a fun, supportive atmosphere while learning the skills necessary to perform them.

For Shakespeare in American Communities, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will present a touring production of As You Like It directed by Education Program Manager Steve Muterspaugh. The company will provide related educational activities, including playshops and study guide. They anticipate reaching 140 schools from California.