The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Center Valley, PA
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The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is the official Shakespeare festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and provides direct access to a unique aesthetic experience: first-rate professional productions in the context of a summer festival and an academic-year touring program. Their summer season consists of six full-scale productions, with a central focus on Shakespeare plays, supplemented by classic and contemporary plays, and a children's play. Since 1992, they company has produced 26 different Shakespeare plays and has entertained more than 650,000 patrons from 50 states. Their commitment is to reach the widest possible audience, including children, through the staging of professional children's theater; serving as a cultural center for the region by partnering with individuals and community, corporate, governmental, and arts organizations for the greater good; and inspiring an ever-increasing range of artists, artisans, theatergoers, and arts leaders by providing exceptional learning opportunities in language, artistry, and skill-building. The Linny Fowler WillPower Tour provides great access to the arts by bringing live, professional productions of Shakespeare's plays to middle- and high-school students through half- or full-day schedules and includes workshops, an 80-minute performance of a Shakespeare play, and a talkback with the acting company giving students the opportunity to anchor their personal connection to Shakespeare and to express their newly expanded thinking.

For Shakespeare in American Communities, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presented touring performances of Macbeth directed by Gina Lamarella, as part of their Linny Fowler WillPower educational program. The company provided related educational activities, including post-performance talkbacks, workshops, and a study guide. They reached more than 14,800 students from 50 schools located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.