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 and related educational activities for middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States.
One hundred and six theater companies across the United States have taken part in Shakespeare in American Communities since the program's inception in 2003. Selected companies have presented 33 of Shakespeare's 37 plays. To date, the program has supported 10,300 performances and more than 36,000 related educational activities at 9,100 schools in 3,900 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.