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Inspired by Shakespeare's work, Nebraska Shakespeare creates professional productions and accessible programs that engage, educate and entertain.
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded in September 1986 and performed its inaugural Shakespeare on the Green production in June of 1987. At Nebraska Shakespeare, we believe that Shakespeare’s life-affirming works are essential to broadening the cultural and educational environments of our community and strive to produce innovative professional Shakespeare productions and educational forums. Our vision is to find ways to make Shakespeare a part of our society beyond the literature and drama classrooms and, for this reason, we provide opportunities for continued interaction and learning about the bard that are both free and accessible to a diverse audience.
We are focused on delivering experiences that are true to the text and intent of Shakespeare while creatively and dynamically relevant to contemporary life. Our success is achieved through collaboration with Creighton University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, the City of Omaha, generous benefactors, talented artists, seasoned staff and 200+ dedicated volunteers.
We currently serve 50,000 individuals through quality theatrical performances and educational forums including Shakespeare on the Green, our fall performance and educational tour encompassing over 35 communities throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa, Camp Shakespeare for students ages 8 - 18, Music Alive!, a collaborative performance for Middle and High Schools students in cooperation with the Omaha Symphony and a sonnet writing contest for students and adults.
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