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Now accepting applications: Shakespeare in American Communities

Are you part of a theater company that produces Shakespeare plays for young audiences? Or a nonprofit organization providing theater education for youths in the Justice System? Arts Midwest is now inviting applications for the 2021-2022 Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools and Juvenile Justice program.


Performance of Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Photo by Liz Lauren, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Shakespeare in American Communities connects youths across the country to Shakespeare’s plays by supporting performances and educational programs in schools and in the justice system. To date, 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.

Here are the 5 things you should know as you apply:

  • Organizations can access up to $25,000 to support Shakespeare educational programs for youths.
  • The deadline for a required intent to apply is December 3, 2020.
  • Eligible organizations are nonprofit theater companies.
  • Unlike previous years, school applicants will not be required to submit a work sample.
  • All applicants will be asked for a resilience plan that explains how they could pivot the proposed project to accommodate shifts in virtual or in-person programming.



Learn More and Apply



Film still from Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s socially-distanced, outdoor, four-actor production of Much Ado About Nothing. Courtesy of Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Shakespeare in American Communities is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.