Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, the world’s northernmost Shakespeare Company, is once again a recipient of the Shakespeare for a New Generation grant, part of the Shakespeare in American Communities program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Shakespeare in American Communities brings professional theater productions of Shakespeare and related educational activities to students throughout the country, in communities of all sizes. The program introduces middle and high school students to the power of live theatre and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. The tour focuses on students, particularly those of underserved schools and schools that lack access to the arts due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background or disability in rural or urban communities.
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre was started in 1992 and has grown into one of Alaska’s most respected professional theatres. While producing four mainstage shows a year, education remains a high priority for the company. With productions by our youth troupe The Groundlings, in school residencies and drama camps, FST has a long and rich history of providing youth and educators with quality theatre and Shakespeare education.
With the assistance of the Shakespeare for a New Generation grant, we plan on taking a Gwich’in inspired production of King Lear or, Lear Khehkwaii, to schools throughout the state during the spring of 2013. The production will be abridged to 90 minutes and we offer a post show talk back or workshops. In the workshop students will discuss the play and engage in theatrical activities focusing on storytelling, key plot points and the importance of language revitalization. The production will be accompanied with study guides that include play analysis, study questions and theatrical exercises for the classroom. Guides will be distributed electronically to participating teachers and schools prior to our visit and FST can send a Shakespeare in American Communities toolkit. This toolkit includes a “Why Shakespeare” DVD, “Shakespeare in our Time” DVD, an introduction to Shakespeare audio CD and Timeline poster of Shakespeare’s life. In addition to the toolkit, you can visit www.shakespeareinamericancommunities.org for more educational resources.
We plan on touring during the month of April and May of 2013. If you are interested in participating in Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s Shakespeare for a New Generation tour, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and availability.
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