With Shakespeare as our standard and inspiration, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich our community. The Theater serves adults, children, students and seniors, regardless of race, age or economic status, across the Central Florida region and beyond.
Bold Professional Theater:
This is reflected in the use of non-traditional concepts using the best available professional artists locally and nationally, in order to see the classics from a new perspective. As exemplified by Shakespeare, non-classic productions must also embrace the passionate use of language and ignite the imagination. The Theater operates under a League of Regional Theaters contract with Actors' Equity Association.
New Play Development:Innovative Educational Experiences:
The Theater’s dedication to nurturing new playwrights and presenting new plays is represented in the on-going support provided through PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays where a play can develop from a reading through to a full production. Playwrights who get to develop their works at this event, have gone on to tremendous national success with two opening off-Broadway. PlayFest has become a well-respected, national destination event, as a result by the end of next Season, Orlando Shakes will have produced 14 world premieres.
The Education Department has developed numerous innovative programs for patrons ranging from pre-K through senior citizens. In-school residencies that focus on arts integration, The Young Company, Shakespeare with Heart, summer camps, and adult classes are just a sampling of the educational programs offered. In addition, Orlando Shakes provides tools for teachers in the form of Study Guides that are made available through the website and through professional development training credits for teachers to assist them in teaching Shakespeare.
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