October 20th, 2011 — 3:22pm
We are pleased to announce that, as of our October 31 deadline, we—or really, you—have collectively gone above and beyond Cal Shakes’ three-months-long new donor challenge. As of Friday, October 21, 250 wonderful people had joined the ranks of Cal Shakes supporters as new donors, while also helping us to secure a challenge gift of $10,000 from a longtime donor. Our generous donor—so excited about your response to her challenge—decided to extend it, offering another $1,000 for every additional 25 new donors making a gift of any amount to Cal Shakes by October 31!
As of October 31, exactly 300 new donors contributed a total of $13,862, earning us an additional $12,000 from our committed supporter. That’s a total of $25,862 to help us make theater and arts-education programs more accessible to thousands of underserved youth and adults each year.
New donors, THANK YOU! We are truly thrilled by your resounding support.
The Entire Company
California Shakespeare Theater
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August 5th, 2011 — 1:55pm
A loyal Cal Shakes supporter recently came to us with a challenge: She told us that if we can attract 250 new donors this season, she will donate an additional $10,000 to Cal Shakes!
Why would a longtime donor issue such a challenge?
Here’s why: Cal Shakes continuously breaks new theatrical ground, with acclaimed productions such as our recent first-ever staging of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and the world premiere of The Verona Project; and we make these innovative productions accessible to thousands of young theatergoers through a huge variety of free and/or low-cost programs.
Our supporter—the person who believes in Cal Shakes so much she’s offering this $10,000 challenge—knows that we’re simultaneously serving disadvantaged communities and creating new generations of theatergoers. She also knows that in order to continue to open our doors to everyone, we need the help of new donors like you.
Will you help us meet this inspiring challenge?
Gifts of all sizes matter. Whether you give $25 or $250, your gift will make a difference, and your engagement will count toward our goal of attracting 250 new donors.
So do it for the first time: Become a Cal Shakes donor by October 31, and help make great theater accessible to all.
Pictured: The cast of The Verona Project; photo by Kevin Berne.
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June 14th, 2011 — 3:41pm
California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) today announced that it is one of 36 nonprofit, professional theater companies that will receive a grant of $25,000 to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012. The National Endowment for the Arts, in cooperation with Arts Midwest, presents Shakespeare for a New Generation, bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States. This is the ninth year of the program, the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history.
“We are thrilled and grateful to have been chosen as recipients of this grant for the sixth year in a row,” says Cal Shakes Managing Director Susie Falk. “The NEA’s financial support is in and of itself extremely important to us, as it makes a substantial difference in our ability to bring Shakespeare to thousands of low-income students each year; but we also feel very heartened by the NEA’s repeated support, which we see as an endorsement of the value and impact of our program on children.”
Cal Shakes will present Student Discovery matinee productions of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Shana Cooper, attracting at least 2,000 middle and high school students from 40 Bay Area schools. Accompanying pre- and post-performance workshops and residencies will serve up to 500 of those students, primarily from low-income communities. Cal Shakes’ annual fall Educator’s Night will combine complimentary tickets to a performance with a two-hour professional development workshop for teachers.
To date, more than 80 of the nation’s theater companies have taken part in the NEA’s Shakespeare program since its inception and participating theater companies have presented performances at 5,500 schools in 2,600 communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Click here for more information about Cal Shakes’ education programs.
For more information about Cal Shakes’ 2011 season, click here.
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April 19th, 2011 — 2:58pm
Popular Teen Night pre-show events return to our beautiful outdoor Bruns Amphitheater.
Participants in the Titus Andronicus Teen Night; photo by Jamie Buschbaum.
The pre-show events begin at 6:30pm and include:
- Pizza and soda in the Upper Grove
- Interactive, fun, pre-show engagement with a Cal Shakes teaching artist
- A 7:30pm performance of the current production
Full details are below; please pass this information onto any educators or teens you know!
WHAT: Teen Night
WHEN: The Tempest Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 14; Spunk Friday, July 13; Blithe Spirit Thursday, August 16 and Friday, August 24; Hamlet Friday, September 28 and Thursday, October 4
WHO: Students ages 13-18.
COST: $20 each.
TO PURCHASE: Contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at 510.809.3290 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL INFO FOR STUDENT GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE:
We require that student groups be accompanied by adult chaperones at a ratio of one chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones will be admitted at no charge; all other adults attending the event with the group may purchase tickets at a special discount rate of $33 each. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at 510.809.3290 or email@example.com.
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April 7th, 2011 — 11:15am
Our 16th annual gala fundraiser, ONE GREAT PARTY, was a mind-blowing success—not only did we raise more than $460,000 to support our artistic and educational programming, but people had a tremendous amount of fun. One of the most phenomenal things about throwing a party of this scale is how everyone plays their part: The committee plans, the volunteers and staff execute, the bidders bid, and so on.
If you’d like to help us replicate—even top—this year’s success, we’d like to invite you to an informational event happening Wednesday, April 20 in our rehearsal hall (701 Heinz Ave, Berkeley) where you’ll find out about serving on the gala committee responsible for the planning and execution of this fabulous party. There will be a presentation on what kinds of volunteer roles are available, and why the party is so important; a Q&A session; opportunities to sign up in your area of interest; and, of course, snacks.
Please join us on April 20 from 5:30–7pm—we need your help to make next year’s event an even bigger success. If you’re interested, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.809.3291.
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