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Arts Midwest: Shakespeare in American Communities

Deadline: February 8, 2018

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

Arts Midwest invites proposals from theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit.
Applicant theater companies must propose to:

  • Perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors: The purpose of this program is to give students exposure to a live theatrical performance. If the production is abridged (a shortened version), it must maintain the theme of the play and offer students the opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s text. Performances may be held in the theater company’s facility, a school, or a community venue, but must be conducted in partnership with schools.
  • Conduct related educational activities for students: Activities must be led experienced teaching artists or actors with strong credentials and training. Activities must take place in conjunction with the Shakespeare production. Examples of these activities include workshops, in-depth pre- or post-performance discussions/talkbacks, seminars, and curriculum-based residencies.
  • Reach 10 or more middle or high schools with a performance and educational activity(ies): The majority of schools must educate underserved students whose access to the performing arts is limited by ethnic background, economic conditions, disability, geographic location, or other barriers. This may include schools in rural or urban communities or in federally recognized tribal communities.

Amount: Up to 40 awards of $25,000 each will be awarded. Applicants must provide a non-federal match of 1:1.

Eligibility: Theater companies that are a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or unit of state or local government; have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the past five years; have a minimum of three years’ experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high schools; and that compensate all professional performers and related or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation.

Link: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/shakespeare/apply

Note: An optional notice of intent to apply is due December 15, 2017 (not required or binding).

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