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Combining the resources of both nationally and internationally celebrated theatre companies with one of the world's leading research universities has enhanced our approach to engaging the wider community with the words and worlds of William Shakespeare.
Seeking to lift Shakespeare's works off of the page and on to the stage, Shakespeare at Notre Dame is committed to the creation of a broad, asset-based approach to the study of Shakespeare and the theatre arts for the next generation of arts-appreciators.
Our work encompasses the entire educational spectrum, from kindergarten through college and continuing studies.
The goals of our engagement programming are simple, yet expansive:
- Engage the local, national, and international community in a conversation about Shakespeare and his enduring relevance in today's society.
- Create opportunities for students of all ages to participate directly in productions of Shakespeare.
- Utilize Shakespeare and the theatre arts as a vehicle to promote literacy and artistic creation, and further; tolerance, diversity, and respect.
- Provide priority access to our programming for those populations at a cultural and/or financial disadvantage.
- Foster mentorship opportunities for participants of all age levels.
- Ensure that the University of Notre Dame's larger mission of "creating a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good" guides each facet of our work within the community.
Our local partners include a weekly performance course at the Westville Correctional Facility, and standing relationships with the South Bend Community School Corporation, the Robinson Community Learning Center (Robinson Shakespeare Company and ShakeSeniors), the St. Joseph County Library, Upward Bound/TRiO, the Stanley Clark School, Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, local civic organizations and reading clubs, Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters, Mendoza College of Business, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and the hundreds of students and theatre professionals that have been a part of our production teams since our inception in 2000.
Shakespeare at Notre Dame is proud to commit more than 7,000 student contact hours toward this work on an annual basis.