Shakespeare in American Communities Program

Posted by National Endowment for the Arts on December 5, 2016

Arts Midwest Invites Proposals for Shakespeare in American Communities Program

Shakespeare in American Communities, a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings performances and educational activities to audiences across the country. The program reaches middle- and high-school students in underserved schools across the United States with high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies for the performance of works by Shakespeare in middle- and high-school settings between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018. Grants will be awarded to up to forty theater companies in support of performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of ten schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit. The standard grant award is $25,000, and grants must be matched on a dollar-to dollar basis.

Applicants must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), U.S.-based theater company that compensates all professional performers and related or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation; have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the past five years; and have a minimum of three years’ experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high school audiences.

Complete program guidelines and application instructions are available at the Shakespeare in American Communities website.


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