Shakespeare in American Communities, a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest, brings high-quality professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays to middle- and high-school students in underserved schools across the United States.
Arts Midwest currently is inviting proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students between August 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020. Grants will be awarded to up to forty theater companies to support performances and related educational activities for students from a minimum of ten schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit. The standard grant award is $25,000. Grants must be matched one-to-one from other sources.
Applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) theater company that compensates all professional performers and supporting professional personnel at no less than the prevailing minimum compensation; have produced Shakespeare or classically-based repertoire within the past five years; and have a minimum of three years' experience providing performances and educational activities to middle and/or high schools.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than December 7, with complete applications due by February 14, 2019.
Complete program guidelines and application instructions are available at the Shakespeare in American Communities website.