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12 By the End of 2012

Dear Friends and Supporters of Theatre:

As we approach this holiday season, we would like to thank you all for your generous support of Intrepid Shakespeare Company. We have come a long way in a short amount of time and it’s all thanks to YOU, our audience, donors, subscribers and cheerleaders. We are writing today in the hope that you might be able to help a younger audience who may not be as fortunate as you.

Did you know that, in addition to producing exciting, original productions of Shakespeare plays and modern classics, we at Intrepid Shakespeare Company are passionate about bringing Shakespeare to life for younger audiences. Over the past three years, Intrepid has had the pleasure of working with over 20,000 students at over 50 schools throughout San Diego County. Both students and teachers love the programs that we offer and embrace how it brings Shakespeare to life.

Intrepid Teaching Artists talking to students after a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare is a mandatory part of the curriculum in California schools.  Our Shakespeare For A New Generation program gives teachers the tools and skills to make Shakespeare come alive for students.  When studying Shakespeare in its intended environment of live performance, students of all learning abilities excel in their understanding of his plays.  Most critically, students with learning disabilities and students for whom English is their second language are given a window of understanding into these plays that they couldn’t have otherwise.  As one teacher said, “Shakespeare would be horrified to learn that students were being handed books to learn his plays. These plays have to be performed to be understood.”

Unfortunately, the students who need us most are at schools that have little to no funding for programs like ours. Here is what a teacher from San Ysidro (a Title One school ten minutes from the border) said about Intrepid’s Education Tour:

San Ysidro was fortunate to get funding last year for this program but now much of that funding is gone.

At a time when arts funding has been drastically cut from schools, our program brings live theatre to students who might never have access to it otherwise.  It also helps improve English as a second language skills in students of all ages.

We need your help.  Our goal is to go to the 12 schools that have the greatest need for our programs but can’t afford it.  The cost of this is $13,200. To reach our goal, we ask that you make a tax deductible donation and join our cause of making Shakespeare accessible and available to the students that need it the most.  Donate HERE.

Thank you for your support,

Christy & Sean

As a donor, you’ll receive donor benefits!

ALL donors…

will be recognized on Intrepid’s website

and in the program for our upcoming mainstage productions.

For any donation over $500…

the donor will receive complementary tickets

to opening night of one of Intrepid’s upcoming productions.

For any donation over $2500…

the donor and a guest will be invited to

one rehearsal for any show in Season Four. 

For more information about Season Four, please click here. 

If you have any questions, please call the Intrepid Office at (760) 652-5011