Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES 2008-2009 SHAKESPEARE FOR A NEW GENERATION GRANTS

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies will receive grants to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2008-May 31, 2009. Part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation targets middle and high school students, introducing young people to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program already has benefited more than one million students and their teachers with live performances and educational activities.

"The NEA's Shakespeare initiative not only introduces millions of Americans to the English language's greatest writer, but it also brings the experience of professional theater to many students who have never seen it before," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "I am delighted that through Shakespeare for a New Generation, we have benefited not only students, but also their teachers, as well as provided employment to numerous actors and theater professionals."

Each of the participating companies, 11 of which are new to the program, will present productions of selected Shakespeare plays with accompanying educational activities to at least 10 schools in their communities. These activities may include in-school residencies, workshops, or post-performance discussions. Companies receive grants of $25,000 each to support the project for a total federal investment of $1,000,000.

For the complete release and a list of participating theaters please go to http://www.arts.gov/news/news08/Shakespeare.html
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