Local News: Main Street Theater Receives $25,000 NEA GrantPosted by: Staffon 2006/6/12 8:00:00 4544 reads NEA Awards Main Street Theater With Grant
Main Street Theater has been named 1 of only 36 theaters nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the 2006-2007 Shakespeare for a New Generation Program. Main Street Theater and Dallas Theater Center are the only theaters from Texas to be awarded this prestigious grant...
â€œOf course weâ€™re thrilled to be selected,â€ says Founding Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden, â€œbut, more significantly, this grant will open up a vast new audience for the kind of immediate and compelling Shakespeare we have been providing for young audiences for decades.â€ Each theater company will receive $25,000 for a total NEA investment of $900,000.
Through Main Street Youth Theater, Shakespeareâ€™s Taming of the Shrew will tour middle schools and high schools in Fall 2006. â€œSo many middle school and high school budgets have had to eliminate funding for field trips,â€ says Vivienne M. St. John, Producing Director of Main Street Youth Theater.
â€œThere was a time when we could produce Shakespeare in-house for these older students. But in recent years, weâ€™ve had to drop Shakespeare from our program because the schools simply could not attend. Thanks to the NEA, we can now take Shakespeare to them.â€ Adds St. John, â€œAnd we hope Taming of the Shrew will be particularly fun for students. Itâ€™s one of the most accessible Shakespeare plays and a great introduction to his work.â€
Each school that books a performance will also receive accompanying educational materials.
*Main Street Theater's performance is part of the Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national theater initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
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