Grants bringing Shakespeare to classrooms
The Great River Shakespeare Festival of Southeast Minnesota has been awarded a ten thousand dollar grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help bring the arts to local rural communities.
Part of the NEA grant will go toward the Shakespeare in the Schools program, which bring actors and directors to community classrooms. Actors visit local schools and work with students on scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. The program also provides schools with an option for after-school rehearsals. Over three weeks, participating students rehearse an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s works and perform for the public.
The GRSF received the grant through the Arts Engagement in American Communities program.
Elsewhere, the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida has announced the receipt of a one hundred thousand dollar grant from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. Part of this support will go toward the theatre’s Conservatory, which sends second-year students to training sessions in London to focus on a classical stage repertoire. After their return, the students enter Asolo’s New Stages Tour acting company and tour schools with abridged and adapted works of Shakespeare.
The Conservatory company reaches an audience of nearly fifteen thousand over a two-month period in the fall.