The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane
Founded in 1993, The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is professional theatre company in residence at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Festival's dual mission is to educate and to entertain, with a focus upon the works of William Shakespeare. Through an annual season of plays, arts-in-education outreach programming, and the training of students and teachers, this professional theatre uses the works of Shakespeare to serve New Orleans and the south Gulf state region. In its first twenty years, the Festival has reached over 66,000 theatergoers with its summer performances. Productions are fully professional, performed in conjunction with Actors’ Equity Association. Of equal importance to the Festival is its mission to educate. The Festival offers an Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, Shakespeare on the Road, a touring "informance" that includes excerpts from more than 10 of Shakespeare’s plays and the Annual Production for the Schools; a full professional staging of one of Shakespeare’s plays. This is performed as a field trip opportunity for 3000-5000 middle and high school students. Play-specific resource materials are provided to each school and students are invited to stay after the show and have a TalkBack session with the actors and director. These performances are often the only opportunity these students have to see full-length live professional theatre. No other such program is available to students in Louisiana and schools return year after year. As the Festival enters its twenty-first season, the staff and Board of Directors take great pride in continuing to serve the community with this unique cultural resource.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane will present student matinees of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Managing Director Claire Moncrief, as part of their Annual Production for the Schools program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-performance discussions, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 65 schools from Louisiana.