Midnight Shakespeare

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Cast members from 2008 Midnight Shakespeare performance at San Jose's Ley Va Middle School

Civicorps members
Cherrice Hilton as Katherina and Ernest 'AG' Gill as Petruchio in Midnight Shakespeare's
production of
The Taming of the Shrew


The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's Midnight Shakespeare program is part of Shakespeare for a
New Generation
a national initiative
sposored by the National Endowments for
the Arts in cooperation
with Arts Midwest.

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Midnight Shakespeare teams inner-city youth and professional theater instructors to create a wonderful alternative learning opportunity. Specifically targeting under-served neighborhoods, students work in an ensemble atmosphere to strengthen verbal and written communication skills while building an appreciation for technique, discipline and sacrifice - all necessary ingredients for achievement. The Shakespeare Festival partners with community organizations like the CivicCorps Schools, the South Side Community Center of San Jose, and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Students in the 10-week program discover and examine the world of Shakespeare, and perform an abridged Shakespeare play using their own life experiences to create fully developed characters. This approach stimulates imagination, engages intellect and builds confidence. Past performances have included: Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, A Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and Othello.

If you or your organization would like more information about Midnight Shakespeare, please call (415) 558-0888 or (800) 978-PLAY.

Spring 2014 Midnight Shakespeare Sites.


West Oakland
- Meets: Jan 14 - Mar 20, 2014 / Tuesdays & Thurdsays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Fridays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Performance: As You Like It
- Performance date: Mar 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Ebell Room at the Lake Merritt Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland
- Teaching Artists: Steve Muterspaugh, Maryssa Wanlass
This is our sixteenth year of theater training with the creative and hardworking young adults at Civicorps. Their achievements continue to be a source of pride and inspiration!
~ Article about Midnight Shakespeare at Civicorps
Civicorps performance photos:
- Macbeth (2011)
- Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
- Romeo and Juliet (2013)

1 Spartan Way, Antioch
- Meets: Jan 28 - Apr 10, 2014
- Performances: Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet
- Performance date: Apr 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the multi-purpose room
- Teaching Artists: Anika Solveig, Nick Jackson, Kelli Crump
We look forward to the performances staged by the talented students at Park Middle!

1250 S King Rd, San Jose
- Meets: Jan 27 - Apr 30, 2014
- Performance: The Taming of the Shrew
- Performance date: Apr 30 at 5:30 pm in the multi-purpose room
- Teaching Artists: Michael Truman Cavanaugh, Jessica Bates
We look forward to the debut of Midnight Shakespeare at KIPP Heartwood!

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Support Midnight Shakespeare

Because Midnight Shakespeare is provided free of charge to the participants, we depend on the financial support of the community to pay for the program. Grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Louis R. Lurie Foundation, GATX Capital and Hitachi Data Systems have enabled us to add additional teaching artists and present additional sessions, resulting in an increase in both the quantity of youth served and the quality of service provided. Your donation today will:

  Make the power and emotion of Shakespeare's words and themes accessible to at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth who would not otherwise be exposed to the transforming power of the performing arts.

Give youth important communications and social skills to increase their confidence, tolerance, and self-esteem

Empower and encourage youth to realize their full potential and to improve their life.

Support our mission to make the works and themes of Shakespeare accessible to all, regardless of their ethnicity, age, financial status or level of education.

Become a member of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and support Midnight Shakespeare today!

Current Supporters of Midnight Shakespeare:

The City of Oakland
Dodge & Cox
• Dreyer's Charitable Foundation
• The East Bay Conservation Corps
• GATX Capital
• The Greenville Foundation
• The Koret Foundation
• The Louis R. Lurie Foundation
• National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
• The Hitachi Foundation and Hitachi Data Systems
• The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
• San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks
• Valley Foundation
• Hundreds of individuals who believe in the transformative power of the performing arts!
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