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Shakespeare Theatre Association announces Legacy 400: A yearlong celebration honoring the global impact of William Shakespeare’s Plays

(Oxford, OH) Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA), the international service organization for Shakespeare theatres and festivals, announces its yearlong global celebration throughout 2016. Legacy 400 will honor the life of William Shakespeare in commemoration of the upcoming 400th anniversary of his death, April 23, 1616. Thousands of individuals, theatres, libraries, museums and schools worldwide will participate in multiple initiatives created in partnership with the American Library Association, The Folger Library, and Shakespeare at Notre Dame in the largest celebration of the playwright’s works in history. Shakespeare Theatre Association, whose members represent 43 states and 13 countries, is coordinating the global celebration, which will also include special events taking place at more than 100 member theatres throughout the year. These initiatives aim to engage Shakespeare lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Each will bring Shakespeare’s words to life in ways that both entertain and celebrate not only his legacy throughout the last 400 years but also his relevance to today’s world.

STA presents 400 Dreams: Shakespeare Around the Globe, a series of events celebrating Shakespeare throughout the year 2016. It will consist of performances, readings, and works inspired by Shakespeare in every populated time zone around the world. An interactive map will serve as a catalogue of all the celebrations, allowing the public to search for quadricentennial events close to home and abroad. STA will unite Shakespearean activities on the traditional birthday, April 23, as well as for the rest of the year. Use the map to click on points of interest for more information, links and images. Plan a global 2016 Legacy Experience! To find information about a 400 Dreams event near you, visit the STA website: www.stahome.org/2016.

We Are Shakespeare is a mass-participation, digital video festival created by Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide including public figures, global artists, educators, business leaders, athletes and youth of all ages. The self-populated festival of video tributes, testimonials, recitations, animations, music videos and other content is being hosted on a new platform created by Shakespeare at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. “This will be a ground-breaking event in the world of online hosting and sharing of video content,” enthused Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. The project launches in January 2016 and will run throughout the year. Participation is free, and anyone with a digital recording device, smart phone or computer will be able to contribute. Details on video submissions can be found at www.stahome.org/2016.

STA partner PlayShakespeare.com has created a free online service called The Shakespeare Passport on its website, and popular Shakespeare App for mobile devices. With over 6 million subscribers, the passport encourages theatregoers to visit multiple Shakespeare theatres throughout the world by offering a virtual ticket for special offers and discounts to performances, merchandise and other activities. Visit the Passport at www.shakespearepassport.com.

Community leaders and theatre producers are leading a movement to proclaim Shakespeare’s birthday as an international day of recognition entitled World Shakespeare Day. A letter-writing campaign is underway to spread the word far and wide that the anniversary of his life should indeed be celebrated in every country. Public reading of proclamations from mayors and county supervisors all over the U.S., as well as officials in other nations, will acknowledge the impact Shakespeare has on cultures around the world. Help declare the day by obtaining a letter to send local officials found on www.stahome.org/2016, and by posting on social media #worldshakespeareday

Folger Shakespeare Library's traveling exhibition, "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" brings a copy of the First Folio to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in 2016. The exhibition is part of the events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Each location will host the exhibition for four weeks. Each host location has also planned public events and activities, often including additional exhibitions, in joyful celebration of the book that saved so many of Shakespeare's dramas and the amazing plays it holds. The tour is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Visit www.firstfolio.folger.edu for additional information about the exhibit and an interactive map that will take you to a complete list of host sites and tour dates.

“Proof of the enduring value of Shakespeare’s work is in the number of global communities that host their own Shakespeare festivals,” noted STA President Lisa Tromovitch, founder of California’s Livermore Shakespeare Festival. “The reach of his plays, produced and taught all over the world, translated into various languages, re-interpreted in various mediums, is a testament to his ability to give voice the deepest expression of being human. He may have been writing and producing in London, England, four hundred years ago, but Shakespeare is the world’s playwright now."

The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) is an international organization of Shakespeare festivals and theatres established in 1991 by Sidney Berger, former Producing Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival and Douglas Cook, former Producing Artistic Director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) was established to provide a forum for the artistic, managerial, and educational leadership of theaters primarily involved with the production of the works of William Shakespeare; to discuss issues and methods of work; to share resources and information; and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions and training. An annual conference is hosted by a different member theater each year to further the conversation amongst Shakespeare leaders. For continually updated information about the Legacy 400 initiatives the public can visit www.STAhome.org

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FACT SHEET

WHO: Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA)

WHAT: Shakespeare Association Presents: Legacy 400: A yearlong celebration honoring the global impact of William Shakespeare’s Plays

DATES: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

CONTACT: President: Lisa Tromovitch, Lisa@LivermoreShakes.org Executive Director: Patrick Flick, Patrick@stahome.org

Shakespeare Theatre Association
P.O. Box 616, Oxford OH 45056
www.stahome.org


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Bard & Brew


Damien Cortez as MacDuff in Bard & Brew: Macbeth (Photo by Debra Campbell)

A new and exciting staged reading series for Island Shakespeare Festival, we will present 4-5 “Bard & Brew’s” over the 2016 season. We kicked off this program with Macbeth on October 28, and were thrilled by our audience reception.

Bard & Brew is modeled after Seven Stages Shakespeare's widely popular staged reading series at The Press Room, called “ShakesBEERience” in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Susannah Rose Woods was invited to direct a ShakesBEERience production of Henry V, and was inspired to bring the model back to our company to share with the community.

We are grateful and thrilled to have the support of Taproom@BayviewCorner, hosting our 2016 season. Thank you to owners, Damien and Tiffany Cortez, for giving us space for this fun series. We also get to have Damien (a founding company member) in our cast! Of his Macbeth experience, Damien says, “It was honest and raw. We were performing on top of people! It was legendary.”

Our 2016 Bard & Brew season will begin with Twelfth Night, on January 6. Any guess at the significance of the date? It’s really Twelfth Night, twelve days after Christmas. Our winter celebration of Twelfth Night will be a festive evening, with an active reading of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.

Our season will also include a reading of Henry V, in April, and Love’s Labor’s Lost, at the beginning of June. And concluding our season in October, we will present Titus Andronicus. If you’re not familiar with Titus: if Macbeth is Shakespeare’s spookiest play, Titus is arguably Shakespeare’s bloodiest. Stay tuned as we announce dates for upcoming Bard & Brew productions!

CCYA Collaboration




Island Shakespeare Festival is happy to announce our 2016 collaboration with Whidbey Children’s Theater, through the Classic Conservatory for Young Adults. Over the two years ISF has developed the CCYA program, created by Eric Mulholland, we have been delighted by the exuberance and hard work of our young adult participants. Similarly, Whidbey Children’s Theater has begun to develop programming serving young adults. Our two executive boards got together, and made the recommendation that we join forces and create a community collaboration to best serve the youth involved, our donors, and the missions of our organizations.

In past summers, CCYA and WCT have had a close relationship: auditions, rehearsals, and classes have been held at WCT, and CCYA has offered summer opportunities for WCT students to work with working theatre professionals. WCT has, since its inception as a nonprofit, desired a summer intensive program for teens. In the past, limited access to a range of professional actors has inhibited the development of that program. A fluctuating WCT teen population has also contributed. With CCYA and ISF, the professionals are here, a template exists for the program, and WCT has a fantastic group of talented and excited teens eager to dive into the challenging work of classic theatre.

Both organizations are very excited about what this collaboration might mean in the future. Stay tuned—we will have more information about CCYA 2016 in the New Year!

Shakespeare Interactive

With moving CCYA to WCT, we are moving into development of a Shakespeare Interactive outreach program, which we intend to tour to underrepresented school districts in Western Washington.

The goal of our Shakespeare Interactive program is to further our mission by providing students access and exposure to Shakespeare. We aim to demystify Shakespeare’s language and stories and to inspire a passion for expression through active literature. We are cultivating the next generation of audiences, and by bringing Island Shakespeare Festival’s SI team to communities off-island, we expect to see our off-island audience demographic grow.

To quote the George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber play Stage Door, "The theatre is something that's gone on for hundreds of years. It's...it's part of civilization." It is absolutely necessary and to cultivate an appreciation and exuberance for theater in today's youth. By bringing classical theater to rural and low-income areas in Western Washington, Island Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare Interactive gives under-represented students the opportunity to experience the universal themes of Shakespeare and to participate in the understanding of literature in a uniquely experiential way. This experience demystifies the language of Shakespeare and makes literature, as a whole, a visceral, more accessible experience.

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Shakespeare Theatre Association announces Legacy 400: A yearlong celebration honoring the global impact of William Shakespeare’s Plays

(Oxford, OH) Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA), the international service organization for Shakespeare theatres and festivals, announces its yearlong global celebration throughout 2016. Legacy 400 will honor the life of William Shakespeare in commemoration of the upcoming 400th anniversary of his death, April 23, 1616. Thousands of individuals, theatres, libraries, museums and schools worldwide will participate in multiple initiatives created in partnership with the American Library Association, The Folger Library, and Shakespeare at Notre Dame in the largest celebration of the playwright’s works in history. Shakespeare Theatre Association, whose members represent 43 states and 13 countries, is coordinating the global celebration, which will also include special events taking place at more than 100 member theatres throughout the year. These initiatives aim to engage Shakespeare lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Each will bring Shakespeare’s words to life in ways that both entertain and celebrate not only his legacy throughout the last 400 years but also his relevance to today’s world.

STA presents 400 Dreams: Shakespeare Around the Globe, a series of events celebrating Shakespeare throughout the year 2016. It will consist of performances, readings, and works inspired by Shakespeare in every populated time zone around the world. An interactive map will serve as a catalogue of all the celebrations, allowing the public to search for quadricentennial events close to home and abroad. STA will unite Shakespearean activities on the traditional birthday, April 23, as well as for the rest of the year. Use the map to click on points of interest for more information, links and images. Plan a global 2016 Legacy Experience! To find information about a 400 Dreams event near you, visit the STA website: www.stahome.org/2016.

We Are Shakespeare is a mass-participation, digital video festival created by Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide including public figures, global artists, educators, business leaders, athletes and youth of all ages. The self-populated festival of video tributes, testimonials, recitations, animations, music videos and other content is being hosted on a new platform created by Shakespeare at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. “This will be a ground-breaking event in the world of online hosting and sharing of video content,” enthused Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame. The project launches in January 2016 and will run throughout the year. Participation is free, and anyone with a digital recording device, smart phone or computer will be able to contribute. Details on video submissions can be found at www.stahome.org/2016.

STA partner PlayShakespeare.com has created a free online service called The Shakespeare Passport on its website, and popular Shakespeare App for mobile devices. With over 6 million subscribers, the passport encourages theatregoers to visit multiple Shakespeare theatres throughout the world by offering a virtual ticket for special offers and discounts to performances, merchandise and other activities. Visit the Passport at www.shakespearepassport.com.

Community leaders and theatre producers are leading a movement to proclaim Shakespeare’s birthday as an international day of recognition entitled World Shakespeare Day. A letter-writing campaign is underway to spread the word far and wide that the anniversary of his life should indeed be celebrated in every country. Public reading of proclamations from mayors and county supervisors all over the U.S., as well as officials in other nations, will acknowledge the impact Shakespeare has on cultures around the world. Help declare the day by obtaining a letter to send local officials found on www.stahome.org/2016, and by posting on social media #worldshakespeareday

Folger Shakespeare Library's traveling exhibition, "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" brings a copy of the First Folio to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in 2016. The exhibition is part of the events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Each location will host the exhibition for four weeks. Each host location has also planned public events and activities, often including additional exhibitions, in joyful celebration of the book that saved so many of Shakespeare's dramas and the amazing plays it holds. The tour is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Visit www.firstfolio.folger.edu for additional information about the exhibit and an interactive map that will take you to a complete list of host sites and tour dates.

“Proof of the enduring value of Shakespeare’s work is in the number of global communities that host their own Shakespeare festivals,” noted STA President Lisa Tromovitch, founder of California’s Livermore Shakespeare Festival. “The reach of his plays, produced and taught all over the world, translated into various languages, re-interpreted in various mediums, is a testament to his ability to give voice the deepest expression of being human. He may have been writing and producing in London, England, four hundred years ago, but Shakespeare is the world’s playwright now."

The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) is an international organization of Shakespeare festivals and theatres established in 1991 by Sidney Berger, former Producing Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival and Douglas Cook, former Producing Artistic Director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) was established to provide a forum for the artistic, managerial, and educational leadership of theaters primarily involved with the production of the works of William Shakespeare; to discuss issues and methods of work; to share resources and information; and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions and training. An annual conference is hosted by a different member theater each year to further the conversation amongst Shakespeare leaders. For continually updated information about the Legacy 400 initiatives the public can visit www.STAhome.org

###

FACT SHEET

WHO: Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA)

WHAT: Shakespeare Association Presents: Legacy 400: A yearlong celebration honoring the global impact of William Shakespeare’s Plays

DATES: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

CONTACT: President: Lisa Tromovitch, Lisa@LivermoreShakes.org Executive Director: Patrick Flick, Patrick@stahome.org

Shakespeare Theatre Association
P.O. Box 616, Oxford OH 45056
www.stahome.org


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