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2020-21 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants Announced

$1.17 Million Will Support Virtual and In-Person Shakespeare Programming for Youth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Performance of Macbeth, with actor raising fist to the sky.
Performance of Macbeth cast, King Malcolm played by Lucy Buchanan; Belmont University’s Trout Theater in Nashville, TN. Photo by Katie Bruno, courtesy of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

Arts Midwest today announced the recipients of $1.17 million in Shakespeare in American Communities grants, with $1 million going to professional theater companies partnering with schools, and $170,000 going to organizations partnering with facilities in the juvenile justice system.

Now in its 18th year, Shakespeare in American Communities is a theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. By providing grants to theater companies that produce Shakespeare’s works, the program supports high-quality productions and educational activities in middle schools, high schools, and juvenile justice facilities throughout the United States. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these performances and educational events may take place virtually or in person between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has introduced more than three million middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. The program has supported more than 13,100 performances and 51,000 related educational activities at more than 11,000 schools and juvenile justice facilities in 4,500 communities in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

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List of Award Recipients

For more information, visit the Shakespeare in American Communities website.