Arts, Culture, and Humanities

SHAKESPEARE-SAN FRANCISCO

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.sfshakes.org

Mission Statement

Established in 1983, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to arts education, outreach, and audience development and uses the performance and teaching of Shakespeare's work to strengthen communities, and develop human potential.

Main Programs

  1. Free Shakespeare in the Park
  2. Shakespeare On Tour
  3. Midnight Shakespeare
  4. Bay Area Shakespeare Camp

ruling year

1994

chief executive

Ms. Toby Leavitt

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Keywords

theater, theatre, free, Shakespeare, performance, performing, arts, culture, humanities, literature, education, at-risk, youth, after-school, school, camps, literacy, hands-on, community, families, diversity

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EIN

94-2867269

Also Known As

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Free Shakespeare in the Park

Free
Shakespeare in the Park now
presents professional productions of the Bard’s great plays in Bay Area public
parks completely free of charge. Each summer, the selected play runs from July
through September, visiting Pleasanton’s Amador Park
and Cupertino’s Memorial Park before its
traditional Labor Day weekend opening in San
Francisco’s Presidio. Nearly 25,000 people around the Bay Area attend one of the 23
performances, often sharing a picnic on the lawn with family, friends, and
neighbors prior to the show. As its name
implies, Free Shakespeare in the Park
generates no ticket revenue and is supported entirely by civic, foundation,
corporate, and individual contributions.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Program 2

Shakespeare On Tour

Shakespeare
On Tour is the Festival’s statewide,
in-school touring program which brings live professional theatre directly to
students throughout California. A different play is selected each school year
and performed in an abridged format of 55 minutes, designed to fit into a
traditional class period. Tour productions are colorful, musical,
and exciting. The Tour troupe of five professional actors travels the state in a van
emblazoned with the Festival logo, bringing sets, props, costumes, and recorded
music, which is often specially commissioned for the production. The Tour performs primarily at middle and
high schools, but also visits many elementary schools as well as community
colleges, libraries, and community centers from October to April. Since its inception in 1988, the Tour has
visited between 150 and 350 schools per year from San Diego
to Susanville, serving more than 2,000,000 California students. Our hands-on Playshops
deepen the experience for an increasing number of students. The Festival’s
full-time professional Education Director directs and supervises the tour, and
develops a three-week curriculum guide indexed to state arts education
standards as a valuable teaching resource.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 3

Midnight Shakespeare

Midnight
Shakespeare offers at-risk youth
in under-served urban neighborhoods the opportunity to learn literature,
communication skills, performance skills, discipline and teamwork through the
study and performance of Shakespeare. Inspired by the renowned Midnight Basketball program, the goal of Midnight Shakespeare is to provide
constructive and productive activities for at-risk youth during non-school
hours in communities where few such opportunities exist. Current Midnight Shakespeare locations include
the Civicorps Schools
in West Oakland, Morrill Middle School in San Jose’s
Berryessa district, Cadwallader Elementary School in San Jose’s
Evergreen neighborhood, and Burton High School in San Francisco’s
Visitacion Valley. More than 100 young people
participated in the 2008 sessions.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 4

Bay Area Shakespeare Camp

Bay
Area Shakespeare Camps provide
young people ages 4-18 with the opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s plays in a
fun, supportive atmosphere while learning the skills necessary to perform them.
Each two-week session is taught by skilled teachers and artists who instruct
youngsters in morning workshops such as Voice and Movement, Production and
Design, and Discovering Shakespeare. Skills learned are applied in their
afternoon rehearsals of a Shakespeare play, which they perform on the last day
of camp for family and friends. More
than 800 children participate in the Camps each year. Thirty-five sessions at all ability levels
were presented at various locations around the Bay Area in 2008.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Shakespeare-San Francisco
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Toby Leavitt

BIO

Toby Leavitt, Executive Director for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, oversees all managerial, artistic, and educational functions for the Festival. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, and received her Masters from the University of Chicago Business School in 1997. Prior to joining the Festival in 1998, she served as General Manager for Chicago?s Court Theatre where she oversaw the theatre?s financial growth from a $1.6 million to $2.8 million annual budget, guided the theatre in developing a 5-year strategic plan to become the National Center for Classic Theatre, and managed the ensuing strategic growth of the organization. Prior to her four years with the Court, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago as Senior Editor and Director of Marketing Communications, and as founding partner and Producer of Win-One Productions, she initiated sales, publicity, advertising, public relations and marketing efforts for the theatre company. Her accomplishments in audience development have been recognized by the Arts Marketing Center of Chicago and the Marshall Fields Foundation. She has served as a management consultant for Chicago Opera Theater, the Piven Theater Workshop, Roadworks Theater Company and Lookingglass Theater Ensemble. She is currently a panelist for the San Francisco Art Commission?s Cultural Equity Initiatives Grant program.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Robert Chansler

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