Theater company eligibility requirements

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit 501c(3) organization, a unit of state or local government.
  • Applicant must have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the past five years.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of three years’ experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high schools.
  • Applicant must be a U.S.-based theater company that compensates all professional performers and related or supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation. (This requirement is in accordance with the regulations issued by the Secretary of Labor in part 505 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Part 505 does not provide information on specific compensation levels.)
  • Applicant must have a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number, which is free to obtain. Look up your DUNS number .
  • All applicants and potential sub-recipients of Federal funds must have and maintain an “active” registration in* (System for Award Management) until the application process is complete, and if selected, throughout the life of the award.
  • Applicant must be able to comply with the Federal policies and legal requirements, statutes, and regulations as stated in the Assurance of Compliance .

* registration is free but will take time to complete. Secure or renew your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline. You will need to opt-in to have it viewable in the public search. You may need to update your organization’s registration if you completed it for the Shakespeare in American Communities application in previous years. If you have issues completing your registration, please contact us at [email protected].

Project requirements

In order to fulfill the goals of Shakespeare in American Communities, theater companies must:

  • Conduct programming between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.
  • Perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors. It is not required that the actors be part of an Equity contract. The purpose of this program is to give students exposure to a live theatrical performance. If the production is abridged (a shortened version), it must maintain the theme of the play and offer students the opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s text. Performances may be held in the theater company’s facility, a school, or a community venue, but must be conducted in partnership with schools.Productions inspired, written, or loosely based on Shakespeare’s text or play do not meet the intent of the program and do not qualify.
  • Conduct related educational activities for students. Activities must be led by experienced teaching artists or actors with strong credentials and training. Activities must take place in conjunction with the Shakespeare production. Examples of these activities include workshops, in-depth pre- or post-performance discussions/talkbacks, seminars, and curriculum-based residencies.
  • Reach 10 or more middle or high schools with a performance and educational activity(ies).The majority of schools must educate underserved students who access to the performing arts is limited by ethnic background, economic conditions, disability, geographic location, or other barriers. This may include schools in rural or urban communities or federally-recognized tribal communities.