Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
Since 1985, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (formerly Shakespeare Festival/LA) has been a vibrant hub of education programs, professional productions, and special events. Each production is set against a local backdrop to reflect the diverse cultures, history, landscape, and people of the community. The education department offers community-based programs for teenagers that combine job training and professional development with academic enrichment, human relations training, and hands-on arts experiences. Through participation in these programs, youths gain an increased capacity for economic self-sufficiency, confidence in an academic setting, conflict-resolution skills, and an appreciation for diversity. The Will Power to Schools program offers classroom-based methods for educators to help students connect with Shakespeare in exciting ways.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles will present student matinees A Midsummer Night’s Dream (March 2014) directed by Associate Artistic Director Chris Anthony, as part of the WillPower to Schools program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-performance talkbacks, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 30 schools in Los Angeles.