Arts Midwest Announces 2018-2019 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants

Arts Midwest today announced the recipients of $1 million in Shakespeare in American Communities grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies from 27 states and the District of Columbia. Participating theater companies will present plays by William Shakespeare to student audiences along with educational activities including in-school residencies, workshops, and post-performance discussions. Performances will take place between August 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019.

16th Year to Feature Female Directors, Underserved Audiences, and Innovative Youth Programming

Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a current Shakespeare in American Communities grantee. Photo by Liz Lauren
Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a current Shakespeare in American Communities grantee. Photo by Liz Lauren

The awards mark the sixteenth consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has introduced 2.9 million middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare through performances and educational activities.

For more information, visit the Shakespeare in American Communities website.

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