The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest to bring live theater to schools across the state through performances and workshops.
The troupe is one of 40 non-profit professional companies across the country to share in a $1 million grant that will bring William Shakespeare to students through the Shakespeare in American Communities program. Created in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has supported companies that have presented the Bard’s works in more than 6,400 schools in all 50 states.
In the first year, seven companies toured and performed, bringing live theater to schools in every state. A total of 101 companies — including some of the most famed Shakespeare troupes in the country — have participated.
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company will present an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet to at least 10 schools across Georgia — with a special focus on rural schools with little or no access to professional theater. The performances will include pre-show workshops, then post-performance question and answer sessions.
The company began in 1984 with a performance of As You Like It at Manuel’s Tavern (which is also the company’s current production). It now produces plays at its own theater, The New American Shakespeare Tavern.