California Shakespeare Theater
September 30, 2009
Our daughter has attended Cal Shakes youth theater programs for 3 years running now. When we originally enrolled her it was mostly to help her deal with some performance anxiety issues and to give her a creative outlet for her big (and sometimes overwhelming) imagination and emotions.
We got what we were looking for, that's for sure. She has received support for those issues, for sure. The teachers have been amazingly supportive of her, even through some of her more challenging moments. And she loves the programs so much -- she looks forward to summer conservatory all year long.
What amazes me most, about what these programs have accomplished, is how they have really fostered her love of Shakespeare. At age 10, she knows the plots of more plays than I did as an English major at age 21! She asks questions like "who do you think is the most evil - Regan or Goneril?" or "Who would you rather be friends with - Horatio or Hamlet?" Did I mention she's 10?
The key is that the programs never patronize or insult the kids' intelligence - but they do deliver the goods in a way that opens kids' eyes and gets them seeing the connections between Shakespeare's characters and their own lives. Talk about magic...that's the kind of magic that can change lives.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing my daughter grow as a person and a lover of Shakespeare and theater.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the great performances I've seen from both youth and professional actors.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
dedicated, engaged, thoughtful, talented.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
foster a love of language Shakespeare and build the confidence of all the youth in the Bay Area.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & We have donated to the youth programs; our daughter has attended camps and classes there; we subscribe to their performances.