About Shakespeare in American Communities
Shakespeare in American Communities is a theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Through grants to theater companies that produce Shakespeare’s works, this program supports high-quality productions and educational activities in middle schools, high schools, and juvenile justice facilities throughout the United States. Arts Midwest accepts proposals annually starting with an intent to apply in January and deadline in mid-February.
One hundred and twenty theater companies and organizations across the United States have taken part in Shakespeare in American Communities since the program’s inception in 2003. Selected companies have presented 34 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, as part of the Schools program. To date, the program has supported more than 14,500 performances and 54,000 educational activities at more than 11,500 schools and juvenile justice facilities in 4,700 communities in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 granting cycle, for activities occurring between August 2023 and July 2024.
In June 2022, Arts Midwest announced the recipients of $1.17 million in Shakespeare in American Communities grants, with $1 million going to 40 professional theater companies partnering with schools, and $170,000 going to nine organizations working with students in the juvenile justice system. These performances and educational events will take place between August 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023.
Shakespeare in American Communities: Schools
This opportunity is open to 501c(3) professional theater companies that have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the last five years. Companies should have a minimum of two years experience providing both performances and related educational activities for middle and/or high school students.
Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice
This opportunity is open to 501c(3) theater companies or organizations that have two years’ experience partnering with the justice system and engaging young people in theater education programs that illuminate the works of Shakespeare.
Shakespeare in American Communities Stories + Updates
Now accepting applications: NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities
Oct. 20. 2022
Applications are now open for our two national grants programs: the NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities.
Announcing the 2022-23 Shakespeare in American Communities Grantees
Jun. 1. 2022
Arts Midwest today announced the recipients of $1.17 million in Shakespeare in American Communities grants, with $1 million going to 40 professional theater companies partnering with schools, and $170,000 going…
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