Nebraska Shakespeare Festival
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit organization that was founded in September 1986 and performed its inaugural Shakespeare on the Green production in June of 1987. The company believes that Shakespeare’s life-affirming works are essential to broadening the cultural and educational environments of the community and strives to produce innovative, professional Shakespeare productions and educational forums. The company’s vision is to find ways to make Shakespeare a part of society beyond the literature and drama classrooms and, to this end, provides opportunities for continued interaction and learning about the Bard that are both free and accessible to a diverse audience. Nebraska Shakespeare is focused on delivering experiences that are true to the text and intent of Shakespeare, while also being creatively and dynamically relevant to contemporary life. Over 40,000 individuals serve annually through quality theatrical performances and educational forums including Shakespeare on the Green; the fall educational tour encompassing over 35 communities throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa; Camp Shakespeare for students ages eight to eighteen; Music Alive, a collaborative performance for middle- and high-school students in cooperation with the Omaha Symphony; and a sonnet writing contest for students and adults.
Nebraska Shakespeare will present a touring production of Hamlet directed by Artistic Director Vincent Carlson-Brown, as part of their Shakespeare on Tour program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 30 schools located in Iowa and Nebraska.