The Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Nashville, TN
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Founded in 1988, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is a professional company that reaches over 21,000 people per year through performances and outreach. The company is best known for its annual Shakespeare in the Park productions, which draw 12,000 people per year. Its indoor productions every January at Belmont University's Troutt Theater reach another 6,000 people annually through both school matinees and public performances. Since 1992, the company has provided educational outreach programs including touring productions of Shakespeare plays and interactive in-school workshops. Other outreach activities include monthly community readings of Shakespeare's plays at the Nashville Public Library, an apprentice-actor training program for college and high-school students, and an in-residence program providing professional artists to facilitate school productions of the plays of Shakespeare.

For Shakespeare in American Communities, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival presented student matinees of Othello directed by Jon Royal that took place at the Trout Theater at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The company provided related educational activities, including workshops, residencies, post-performance discussions, and a Guidebook. They reached more than 2,900 students from 37 schools located in Tennessee.