Shakesperience educates and inspires students, families, and theatre professionals through the arts in order to explore social constructs and foster mutual respect for all people. Shakesperience creates innovative, interactive, thought-provoking live theatre programs rooted in classical literature by focusing on the dynamic relationship between the artist and the audience.
Whether teaching children, or rehearsing to perform for our diverse audience, the Shakesperience Approach focuses on creating thought provoking, socially aware, and artistically excellent productions celebrating and using language to create action. Individual performers develop a defined sense of self through the creation of and interaction with a strong and positive ensemble. Both actor and audience utilize their unique relationship to experience a heightened sense of reflection on the performance. Shakesperience Productions' professional artists create curriculum-based programming rooted in classical literature while celebrating, examining, and experiencing humanity and human experience. Continuously, we strive to work alongside educators to answer the social and academic needs of today's student.
In June of 2020 Shakesperience formed a group of board, staff, and volunteers to intentionally diversify board, staff, and programming. With some progress made, the work continues. Shakesperience will not use this work for marketing, but rather for deliberate and positive systemic improvement guided by the mission and approach detailed above. The Board of Directors is actively seeking help to create functional policies and procedures for inclusion. Email email@example.com.
The mission of Shakesperience Productions, Inc. is rooted in inclusion. The board and staff of Shakesperience acknowledge that inattention and tradition have led to policies and procedures that uphold established societal bias and inequality. The entire organization pledges to take deliberate steps to identify these shortcomings and establish, execute, and document action steps to attract more BIPOC individuals in every area of operations, including board, management, staff, volunteers, and students, and to more effectively reflect the diversity of the community we serve. Shakesperience has always used Shakespeare, in his vision of humans as complex and fallible, as a catalyst for conversation and education, and pledges to advance the anti-racism aspects of this and other programmatic work. We are grateful to our audience, artists, employees, and students for speaking up and holding us accountable to the action steps (to be posted here) that enable us to lead, think, and act for positive social change in our community.