Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Richmond Shakespeare

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.richmondshakespeare.com

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Mission Statement

The mission of Richmond Shakespeare is to create unique performances of theater, using original or established works and emphasizing the plays of William Shakespeare. It strives to demonstrate that Shakespeare's works are understandable, exciting, and applicable to modern life. Richmond Shakespeare is also dedicated to providing educational support for schools, colleges, educators, and community organizations.

Main Programs

  1. Richmond Shakespeare Festival
  2. Richmond Shakespeare at CenterStage
  3. Richmond Shakespeare ON Tour
  4. Richmond Shakespeare Educational Outreach
  5. Other
Service Areas

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Virginia

Through its Educational Outreach program and Richmond Shakespeare ON Tour, the company travels widely in Virginia. Conversely, audience members come from all corners of the state to attend Richmond Shakespeare Festival and Richmond Shakespeare at CenterStage.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Jan Powell

Keywords

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Also Known As

Richmond Shakespeare

EIN

54-1483668

 Number

3506668345

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Theater (A65)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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(1) In September 2009, Richmond Shakespeare became a Resident Company of Richmond's new CenterStage performing arts complex. Our inaugural season in its state-of-the-art Gottwald Playhouse included a collaborative production of Othello with fellow resident company, African-American Repertory Theatre; the Richmond premiere of Elizabeth Rex; numerous school matinees; and a monthly staged reading series. (2) Bardathon, in April 2010, was the first known collaborative performance of a Shakespearean play that was simultaneously streamed via the internet to schools around the region. Richmond Shakespeare produced this festival which brought 75 high school actors from 10 area schools to the Gottwald Playhouse to perform Twelfth Night. Each school prepared one or more scenes in advance, then put them together during a day of rehearsal. In partnership with Genworth BrightLights Education Center at CenterStage, we filmed the performance, which was broadcast live as well as saved for free distribution to schools. (3) Richmond Shakespeare mounted a successful fund-raising campaign using social media to generate interest in and funds for its spring production of Elizabeth Rex. The "Dress the Queen" campaign on FaceBook resulted in donations, greater awareness of the company, and full-page coverage in a daily newspaper as well as online media outlets. Goals for 2010-11 include: (1)We have increased the number of productions at CenterStage from 4 to 5. (2) Two of these are first-time collaborations with local theater companies. We will produce Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale with Henley Street Theatre and Art by Yazmina Reza with Sycamore Rouge. By combining artistic visions and resources, we provide audiences with an exciting new way to experience theater. (3) We are expanding our touring program in order to bring professional theater to more schools, colleges, organizations and individuals. (4) We will produce Bardathon again, involving even more schools.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Richmond Shakespeare Festival

Two months of bardy, bawdy fun at historic Agecroft Hall (a manor house that stood in England during Shakespeare's time) on the James River. Festival performances are held outdoors each July and August.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Richmond Shakespeare at CenterStage

Our indoor season brings performances of plays by Shakespeare and other language-rich writers to the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond's newest performing arts complex, CenterStage. The season traditionally includes fall, winter and spring productions, as well as a December staging of our long-beloved A Christmas Carol for Two Actors. Richmond Shakespeare offers most of its mainstage productions as full-length matinee performances for reserved school groups. These performances are also available in conjunction with in-school workshops. (More information under the "Educational Outreach" program description.)

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Richmond Shakespeare ON Tour

Five actors, flexible staging, and minimal accoutrements bring Shakespeare's plays to life for thousands of patrons in Virginia and beyond, particularly in communities whose residents would not otherwise have access to professional theater performances.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Richmond Shakespeare Educational Outreach

Our workshops, residencies, camps and afterschool programs demonstrate that Shakespeare's works are understandable, exciting, and applicable to modern life. We bring innovative, interactive Shakespeare-based workshops to area students in their own schools.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 5

Other

Second Tuesdays Staged Readings: This monthly series of professionally directed and acted staged readings allows audiences to enjoy plays not often seen in full production, for an affordable ticket price. Professional Development Training Services: The company is dedicated to enriching Central Virginia's entire theater community by providing affordable, topical training in the theater arts that is both accessible to beginning actors and useful to seasoned professionals. These services include multi-week courses, master classes and personal coaching.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Through its Educational Outreach program and Richmond Shakespeare ON Tour, the company travels widely in Virginia. Conversely, audience members come from all corners of the state to attend Richmond Shakespeare Festival and Richmond Shakespeare at CenterStage.

Funding Needs

Richmond Shakespeare needs secure, climate-controlled storage for its critically acclaimed costumes as well as its properties collection. Also, the theatre is seeking support for the design and printing of an annual program guide that will serve schools wishing to utilize our educational options, as well as potential patrons and visitors to Richmond.

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Encore Theatre, Inc. dba Richmond Shakespeare
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Richmond Shakespeare

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Jan Powell

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brendan Williamson

City of Richmond

Term: July 2010 - June 2013

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