How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world. That has such people in't!
- The Tempest
In this uncertain time, the timeless words of Shakespeare's The Tempest are more relevant now than ever. Our artistic and community programs are vital for our city. But without ticket sales—and without revenue—to fuel our work, we are, for now, completely dependent on friends like you. All of us here at Chicago Shakespeare are ready to rebuild for this "Brave New World.” With a gift of any size, we will continue to play an invaluable role in bringing together this city we call home.
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Our service to young learners continues in the “virtual classroom,” including our new “At Home Learning with the Bard” program that helps teachers and families inspire students remotely. We also just launched a "Stream & Study" program for educators and their students, giving them a robust curriculum and teaching materials paired with the recording of our 75‑minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet. Together, we can continue to inspire, learn, and bring the Bard home and into our classrooms!
We are finding exciting ways to inspire and engage our artists through digital classes and training opportunities. Our actors continue to entertain audiences through our “Living Room Sonnets” project, and our First Folio program has gone virtual with the great Larry Yando. Each day, we discover innovative ways to connect with our actors—and our art—in this virtual landscape.
Beyond our programs for students, artists, and audiences, we are broadening our scope of work to serve our front-line medical responders. Recently, our production team launched an initiative to provide 100,000 patient masks to university hospitals and healthcare facilities.