Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Nashville Shakespeare Festival

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.nashvilleshakes.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences.

Main Programs

  1. Shakespeare in the Park
  2. Winter Shakespeare at The Troutt Theater
  3. Shakespeare in Action Workshops
  4. Nashville Shakespeare Festival Apprentice Company
  5. Shakespeare Allowed!
  6. Other Youth Programs
  7. Other Adult/General Programs
  8. Educational Touring Shows
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

While our largest constituency is comprised of the citizens of Middle Tennessee, with most of them coming from Nashville, our summer Shakespeare in the Park production consistently draws statistically significant audiences from all over Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Our Winter Shakespeare production is more focused on the Nashville area, with Nashville-area schools being a top priority, however, school groups come from as far away as Jackson and Tullahoma, and visitors from across the country have attended.

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Ms. Denice Hicks

Keywords

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Shakespeare outdoor theatre free school performances theater english education winter park Centennial teaching artist Shakespear Troutt teens at-risk title Belmont CHEATHAM COFFEE DAVIDSON DICKSON MAURY MONTGOMERY PUTNAM RUTHERFORD WILLIAMSON WILSON

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EIN

58-1807951

 Number

6202310475

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Theater (A65)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Festival enriches and unifies our community with bold, innovative and relevant productions along with empowering, participatory educational programs, setting the community standard of excellence in productions and educational outreach of the works of Shakespeare.

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

Shakespeare in the Park

Beloved by the community, Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park productions have been presented to more than 280,000 people from Nashville and the surrounding area. Each summer, The Festival invites Middle Tennesseans to a night out under the stars with friends and family to watch some of the most talented local actors bring to life the works of William Shakespeare. The region's only free, outdoor cultural event of its kind, Nashville Shakespeare Festival is committed to enhancing the area's overall quality of life by providing high quality theatre to Tennessee's diverse community. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park productions offer theatre that is barrier-free, multi-culturally cast, and completely accessible to audiences of all ages. These productions at Centennial Park reach audiences who would not otherwise attend theatrical productions or other cultural events.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$174,000.00

Program 2

Winter Shakespeare at The Troutt Theater

Winter Shakespeare is The Nashville Shakespeare Festival's annual professional production at the Troutt Theater on Belmont University campus, where the company has been in residence every January since 2008. In this space, The Festival can offer a Shakespeare production both to the public at night and to school groups during the day. In keeping with its commitment to economic accessibility, The Festival has kept ticket prices affordable. Student groups pay $8 per ticket, and adults pay only $15-$30 per ticket. In addition, The Festival offers need-based subsidies to schools whose students would not otherwise be able to attend, accompanying workshops that prepare and empower students to get the most out of the performance, and online Educators' Guidebooks for teachers. After every matinee, a Q & A session is held to educate students about the careers, process, and training of the people who created the performance. The school performances are an invaluable resource for teachers and schools. They are often the first live theatre that students see in their lives.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$157,000.00

Program 3

Shakespeare in Action Workshops

Designed to work with a school's established curriculum, the Festival offers in-classroom workshops to accompany its productions as well as on demand to address any particular classroom's need. Introductory workshops give students keys to unlock the works and begin to play with the language. More advanced workshops teach students techniques for analyzing dense poetry, finding the implied stage directions, embracing iambic pentameter, and asking the right questions to unlock the power and beauty of the verse. The directing workshop allows students, working with a facilitator, to direct two actors through an investigation of a scene bringing to life some of Shakespeare's most beloved characters. These dynamic workshops develop appreciation for theater, foster creativity, and develop analytic and problem solving skills that apply in all disciplines.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

Nashville Shakespeare Festival Apprentice Company

Each summer, a troupe of twelve talented teenagers are selected by audition for an intensive training and showcase program that culminates in performing appropriate roles as part of the annual Shakespeare in the Park production. The Apprentice Company members develop their acting skills during two weeks of rigorous workshops in acting, vocal technique, improvisation, text analysis, movement, stage combat, dance for the theatre, ensemble building, and audition techniques. All workshops employ local teaching artists and directors. During the rehearsal and run of the show, the Apprentices work alongside Nashville's professional theatre artists. An important initiative of the Festival, the Apprentice Company is a training ground for the future leaders of Nashville's cultural community.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 5

Shakespeare Allowed!

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival invites the Nashville community to read every play Shakespeare wrote, out loud in a reading circle. Once a month, a member of the NSF staff leads a group reading of one of the works of William Shakespeare. This event, which is a result of the partnership between the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and the Nashville Public Library, is free and open to the public. Professional actors, professors, business people, attorneys, English as a second language students, senior citizens, middle and high school students, homeless people and those seeking a community experience have all benefitted from this project. Now in its 7th year, the second read of the full canon was completed in 2015 and we are beginning our third cycle. Over 2,000 participants have enjoyed this program since 2008 that takes place the first Saturday of each month at the downtown Main Library in Nashville. Touted as the best way to read Shakespeare's plays: ""Out loud and with Friends!""

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 6

Other Youth Programs

DIRECTORS-IN-RESIDENCE - The Nashville Shakespeare Festival provides professional directors to Nashville area high schools for their productions of Shakespeare's plays. This gives students and faculty the invaluable opportunity to work directly with a practicing theatre artist on all aspects of a full production.FALL BREAK RESIDENCIES - During MNPS Fall Break the NSF takes up residency in participating local high schools to focus on our upcoming Winter Shakes show and general theatrical and Shakespeare studies. Many of the activities and themes encountered during Intersession are included in the online Educator's Guidebook, which adheres to Common Core Standards.

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Program 7

Other Adult/General Programs

THE SCHOOL AT NASHVILLE SHAKES - The Festival provides professional acting classes for ages 13 through adults.SHAKESPEARE ALLOWED AT ROOM IN THE INN - This offshoot of Shakespeare Allowed has become a popular addition to Room in the Inn's Hope University which provides educational enrichment to its homeless clients.SHAKESPEARE UPRIGHT - Four times per year, community members who participate in the Shakespeare Allowed! program take on roles and perform a bare-bones staged reading of one of Shakespeare's plays.CLE WORKSHOPS - Attorneys on the NSF Board have created unique and engaging CLE certified workshops for Tennessee lawyers. Live performances of scenes from Shakespeare's works by professional actors are used to highlight modern legal issues for discussion. This program has become a major revenue source.WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS - Shakespeare in Action workshops are also available to adult groups, offering exercises in creative thinking and problem solving, while empowering the participants to use Shakespeare's language and all language for more effective communication.

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Program 8

Educational Touring Shows

Each 50-minute in-school performance provides an introduction to the works of the Bard, including themes, imagery, poetic devices - and humor! Seeking Shakespeare is a one-man autobiographical play written and performed by Santiago Sosa, an artist who has dedicated his life to the works of Shakespeare. Sosa comically and touchingly retraces moments throughout his life that set him on this Shakespearean path from his youth in Ecuador to his present home in Nashville, Tennessee. Discovering Shakespeare takes a fun and energetic look at how Shakespeare is and will always be relevant to the human race, told from the perspective of four American Shakespearean actors. Multiple scenes from the bard's canon are performed, creating an accessible show sure to delight students of all ages. Living Shakespeare - Featuring scenes from Shakespeare's greatest works, two seasoned actors share their combined 50 years of experience performing Shakespeare.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$15,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

While our largest constituency is comprised of the citizens of Middle Tennessee, with most of them coming from Nashville, our summer Shakespeare in the Park production consistently draws statistically significant audiences from all over Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Our Winter Shakespeare production is more focused on the Nashville area, with Nashville-area schools being a top priority, however, school groups come from as far away as Jackson and Tullahoma, and visitors from across the country have attended.

Funding Needs

General operating support is needed to foster the growth of our organization so we can continue to improve our facilities, raise production values, and deepen the relationship with our audiences year after year. Donations can be mailed to our offices, made online at www.nashvilleshakes.org, or by calling 615/255-2273. Volunteers are needed year-round, but especially during our summer and winter productions! For more information, email volunteers@nashvilleshakes.org.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

National Endowment for the Arts

Actor's Equity Association

Nashville Arts Coalition

Tennesseans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts

Metro Arts Commission

Tennessee Arts Commission

NowPlayingNashville.com

Shakespeare Theatre Association of America

Institute of Outdoor Drama

Nashville Chamber of Commerce

Belmont University

Metro Parks and Recreation

Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Television

Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

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THE NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Denice Hicks

BIO

Denice Hicks has been working for The Nashville Shakespeare Festival since 1990 as an actor, director, teaching artist, and has held the position of Artistic Director from 1998-2002 and since 2005. Raised in Lenni, PA, she performed with her family in a traveling VFW minstrel show, making her stage debut at the age of five. Educated at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she moved to Nashville in 1980 to perform at Opryland USA. Denice was an original company member of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and was among the founders of both the Darkhorse Theater and of People's Branch Theatre. An Ingram Fellowship award winner, and advocate for Arts in Education, she has edited and directed touring productions of Shakespeare's works, developed and facilitated workshops for students of all ages and designed and implemented the NSF Apprentice Company Training and Shakespeare Allowed! programming. Her work has been praised by the Tennessean, Broadwayworld.com, Nashville City Search, The City Paper, and the Nashville Scene, from which she has received ""Best Actor"" and ""Best Director"" acknowledgments. Last year she had the honor of being a guest lecturer for CCSA's ""Shakespearience,"" in England, including 2 weeks in Stratford-Upon-Avon and a week in London.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tony McAlister

IWC, LLC

Term: Oct 2015 - Sept 2016

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