Dear Fellow Shakespeare Friends:
Firstly, we hope that you and your families are all well and staying safe. It has been a difficult year for everyone.
As you know last year we, like many organizations had to make some tough decisions. We postponed our touring production of Romeo and Juliet and hoped that we could have a tour this spring in 2021. That turned out to not be possible, so we are looking ahead again to see when we can resume in-person performances. We are hoping to do this in the spring of 2022.
Our Artist in Residence program though has begun to bloom after the long winter of COVID, and we are doing some outside residencies this spring (2021).
There is still online Shakespeare programming for you and your students, all free of charge, which we hope you will access.
If you know us well then you know we have been engaging students in the works of William Shakespeare for the past 25 years. Over that time, we have served nearly 150,000 students. In 2019 nearly 7,000 students saw a professional production of Hamlet or participated in our award-winning artist-in-residency programs, where professional actors work with teachers and students to perform his works. Our plan is to serve this numbers of students once again, post-pandemic.
Often in my life working on the plays of Shakespeare, I have found his words a balm to my spirit, and I know a lot of you have too. He guides us with his wisdom in times of joy and tragedy, like the following from As You Like It.
“And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything”