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Maggie Tisdale, MacKenzie Beyer, and Jihad Milhem in CSF's 2018-19 touring production of Macbeth. Photo by Jennifer M. Koskinen.

Author: Sam Linnerooth

CSF announces an ambitious new outreach initiative


On Friday, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival announced an ambitious initiative to bring live, professional Shakespeare performances to all 64 Colorado counties in the next decade.

“The Colorado Shakespeare Festival recognizes its role in sharing Shakespeare not only with the Front Range, but with people of every corner of the state,” said CSF Director of Outreach Amanda Giguere. “Shakespeare was truly the people’s playwright—he wrote about every aspect of humanity.”

The $3.2 million Shakespeare Across Colorado initiative will reach an estimated 180,000 audience members in community theaters, school cafeterias and other venues across the state by 2028. Funding for the plan—expected to come from a combination of grants, corporate sponsorships and public gifts—helps support artists’ wages, travel expenses, costumes and other equipment.

“We hope this impacts people who may never have encountered Shakespeare before,” said Giguere. “We hope to make it really clear that Shakespeare is fun and active and relates to all of us.”

Read the complete article on CU Boulder Today.