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Deadline: December 7, 2018

Arts Midwest: Shakespeare in American Communities

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. Two opportunities are available:

  • Schools: Grants will support professional theater companies across the nation to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for 10 or more middle and/or high schools and conduct related educational activities for students between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
  • Juvenile Justice: Grants will support theater companies and organizations across the nation to engage youth within the juvenile justice system with the works of Shakespeare through theater education programs between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. Juvenile offenders are defined as youths (18 years or younger) who have been found guilty in the juvenile justice system of committing a delinquent act and the system may include juvenile facilities or detention centers, educational schools/programs specifically for juvenile offenders or incarcerated youths, court-appointed programs, short- or long-term treatment centers, transitions centers, etc.


  • Schools: Grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to up to 40 applicants. Applicants must provide a non-federal match of 1:1.
  • Juvenile Justice: Grants of $20,000-$25,000 will be awarded to 6-10 applicants.


  • Schools: 501c(3) professional theater companies that have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the last five years and have a minimum of two years’ experience providing both performances and related educational activities for middle and/or high school students.
  • Juvenile Justice: 501c(3) theater companies or organizations that have two years’ experience partnering with the justice system and providing Shakespeare and theater education programs for this population.

A theater company who is eligible for the Schools program may submit an application for the Juvenile Justice program if they meet the requirements. There must be no overlapping programming or costs between the applications and budgets.

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

Note: The December 7, 2018 deadline is for the required letter of intent. Full applications are due on February 14, 2019.

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