California Shakespeare Theater Receives $25,000 Shakespeare for a New Generation Grant

by Jacob Coakley

California Shakespeare Theater has received a 2013-2014 “Shakespeare for a New Generation” grant from the NEA. A co-operative effort between the NEA and the Arts Midwest the Shakespeare for a New Generation program will give 40 theatres $25,000 each to bring “the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.” This is the 11th year of the program, and Cal Shakes has been participating for eight years in a row now via their Student Discovery program.

CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER TO RECEIVE 2013-14 “SHAKESPEARE FOR A NEW GENERATION” GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

Berkeley, CA—California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) today announced that it is one of 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies that will receive a grant of $25,000 to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from August 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.  The National Endowment for the Arts, in cooperation with Arts Midwest, presents Shakespeare for a New Generation, bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States. This is the eleventh year of the program, the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history.

“This is the eighth year in a row we have been recipients of a Shakespeare for a New Generation grant, and we are absolutely thrilled,” says Cal Shakes Managing Director Susie Falk. “This grant provides crucial funding for our Student Discovery program, which introduces thousands of low-income students to Shakespeare each year, both in classrooms and at live performances at our Theater. For many of these students, it is their most significant arts experience in the school year. We are grateful for the continued support from the NEA and Arts Midwest, and honored to have the value and impact of our Student Discovery program recognized in this way.”

Cal Shakes will present Student Discovery matinee productions of A Winter’s Tale, directed by Patricia McGregor, attracting at least 2,700 middle and high school students from 40 Bay Area schools. Accompanying pre- and post-performance workshops and residencies will serve up to 500 of those students, primarily from low-income communities. Cal Shakes’ annual fall Educator’s Night will combine complimentary tickets to a performance with a two-hour professional development workshop for teachers.

One hundred and one theater companies across the United States have taken part in the NEA’s Shakespeare program since its inception eleven years ago. These companies have presented 66 of Shakespeare’s works through 7,600 performances and over 19,000 educational activities at more than 6,400 schools in 3,100 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information about Cal Shakes’ education programs, contact Director of Artistic Learning Clive Worsley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510.548.3422 x113. For more information about Cal Shakes’ 2013 season, contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510.809.3290; or visit the Cal Shakes website at calshakes.org.