Theater at Monmouth
Theater at Monmouth was founded in 1970 and named the Shakespearean Theatre of Maine by the State Legislature in 1975. Their mission is to present innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays through professional productions that enrich the lives of people throughout Maine. Since its founding, Theater at Monmouth has produced expertly crafted, engaging productions in their three-month summer repertory season entertaining audiences from 36 states and through education tours annually reaching more than 15,000 students statewide. For more than 40 years, they have gone to great lengths (literally and figuratively) to bring great works of classic literature to students who have little to no access to the arts, who are geographically or economically isolated, and who are hungry for connection to great art and the artists who make it. Education tours crisscross the state from Rangeley to Lubec, Fort Kent to Kittery. In the past eight years, they have brought productions to each of Maine’s 16 counties. They seek to foster and strengthen partnerships between cultural organizations and the community; provide access to engaging arts experiences and arts learning; and promote the value of the arts throughout Maine. As Maine’s only professional theatre dedicated to Shakespeare and the classics, TAM is a critical contributor to the cultural life of the state.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Theater at Monmouth will present student matiness and a touring production of Macbeth directed by Heidi Handelsman. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, residencies, talkbacks, and a teacher resource guide. They anticipate reaching 22 schools from Maine.