Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Announces New Innovative Arts Education Initiative: PROJECT 38

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Announces New Innovative Arts Education Initiative: PROJECT 38

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to announce their new innovative arts education initiative titled PROJECT 38 which will launch next school year. Over the last 20 years, CSC has brought classical theatre and literature to life for over 200,000 students from 150 schools in more than 100 zip codes across three states. This close connection with students and educators has inspired them to take on this exciting new endeavor. This season, Cincinnati Shakespeare is also "completing the canon" by producing all 38 of Shakespeare's plays. The 38 plays have served as the inspiration for the title of PROJECT 38.

On the evening of April 23rd, CSC unveiled this new initiative called PROJECT 38. In this program, CSC will collaborate with 38 different area schools. Each school will be given one of the 38 plays in Shakespeare's canon. Then, over the course of the year, teaching artists from CSC will go out to each of the schools and work with the students and faculty on bringing that play to life in various ways. This could be through a traditional production, a monologue or scene, or a dance piece, or music piece, a mural, etc.- anything the students & school can conceive of and feel passionately about. It will culminate in the PROJECT 38 festival at the end of the school year which will become a multi-day celebration in which all the students will gather, and share what they've created with each other, their schools, family and friends and with the community at large.

To celebrate the launch of this project, each of the schools chosen for the inaugural year selected one student representative to appear in a group performance piece at CSC's Revel & Feast gala on April 23, 2014. This performance featured lines and scenes from each of Shakespeare's 38 plays. The audience reaction was overwhelming as these students brought to life the entirety of Shakespeare's canon and truly embodied the spirit of what PROJECT 38 will become!

The list of the first 38 schools selected is below. This program will be offered to 38 schools each season at no additional cost to the school. For information about how to support or get involved with PROJECT 38, please contact Jeanna Vella, Director of Education and Communications at jeanna.vella@cincyshakes.com or 513.381.2273 ext. 3202, or visit www.cincyshakes.com.

Inaugural PROJECT 38 School List:
Aiken High School

Anderson High School

Archbishop Moeller High School

Bellevue High School

Boone County High School

Campbell County High School

The Cincinnati Waldorf School

Cincinnati Christian High School

Clark Montessori

Covington Catholic High School

Covington Latin School

Dixie Heights High School

Elder High School

Finneytown High School

Hamilton High School

Indian Hill High School

Kings High School

Lakota West High School

Leaves of Learning

Lebanon High School

Mercy Montessori

Milford High School

Mother of Mercy

Notre Dame Academy

Oak Hills High School

Ohio Virtual Academy

School of Creative and Performing Arts

The Seven Hills School

South Dearborn High School

St Thomas School

St Ursula Academy

Sycamore High School

New School Montessori

Turpin High School

Ursuline Academy

Villa Madonna Academy

Walnut Hills High School

Wyoming High School

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