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, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Richard III and The Taming of the SHrew..

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

2015 Midnight Shakespeare Sites


West Oakland
- Meets: Jan 13-Mar 26, 2015 / Tuesdays & Thurdsays 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Fridays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Performance: a modern take on The Merchant of Venice
- Performance date: Mar 26, 2015, Time & Location TBA
- Teaching Artists: Steve Muterspaugh, Maryssa Wanlass
This is our seventeenteenth 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)
- As You Like It (2014)

1 Spartan Way, Antioch
- Meets: Jan 20 - Apr 12, 2015
- Performances: Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest
- Performance date: Apr 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the multi-purpose room
- Teaching Artists: Anne Kobori and Sarah David
We look forward to the performances staged by the talented students at Park Middle!

1250 S King Rd, San Jose
- Meets: Feb 1 - Apr 29, 2015
- Performance: TBA
- Performance date and time: TBA
- Teaching Artists: Michael Truman Cavanaugh
We look forward to returaning to work with the talented students of Midnight Shakespeare at KIPP Heartwood!


Evergreen District, San Jose
- Met: Sept 8 - Nov 6, 2014
- Performances: As You Like It, directed by Michaela Stewart; The Comedy of Errors, directed by Anne Kobori; The Tempest directed by Celina Deitchman
- Performance date: Nov 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
- Teaching Artist: Michael Cavanaugh
2014 marks our 14th season of collaboration with the skilled and dedicated students at Cadwallader. We continue to be impressed by the commitment of the students and families of the Evergreen District!
~ Article about Midnight Shakespeare at Cadwallader Elementary

Bernal Heights, San Francisco
- Met: Aug 22-Dec 10. 2014
- Performance:Macbeth
- Performance date: Dec 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm, on the multi-purpose stage
- Teaching Artist:Lauren Spencer
We're pleased to return for our second year with the outstanding students at Revere!
- Photos of The Tami ng of the Shrew at Cadwallader

Midnight Shakespeare: image panel
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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