Frequently Asked Questions
When was Shakespeare in Detroit founded?
In 2012, we facilitated a group of actors to perform vignettes of Shakespeare's plays for children receiving chemotherapy via an effort we called Shakespeare Against Cancer. Learn More HERE. Therefore, we will celebrate 10 years since our journey began in 2022.
Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) was founded as a theatre company in 2013 (originally as a Limited Liability Company or LLC) and pioneered the first-ever Shakespeare in the park experience in the city with an all-local cast on August 14th of that year during a performance of Othello at Grand Circus Park.
SiD became a nonprofit organization during the 2015-16 season.
Is Shakespeare in Detroit a non-profit organization?
Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN is 47-4374924. Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170. See our tax information here. Our tax year begins on September 1 and ends August 31 of the following year.
Has Shakespeare in Detroit filed its most recent 990 form?
Our annual income was less than $50,000 USD last season due to COVID-19. However, we are also planning for capacity builidng which is why we became a project of Allied Media Projects which has empowered us with resources as a fiscal sponsor such as a financial audit so that we are able to apply for grants that require this additional paperwork as we continue to lean into fundraising. You can find our agreement with AMP HERE. You can also find their most recent 990 HERE and financial statement HERE.
Who founded Shakespeare in Detroit?
Sam White is the founder of Shakespeare in Detroit.
The Detroit native founded the company in an effort to create accessible performances of classical art and theatre in her hometown and produce inclusive, equitable productions that reflect the diversity of the world around us.
What shows will Shakespeare in Detroit perform during the 2021 season?
Shakespeare in Detroit will not produce any onstage, professional performances in 2021. It is our hope to return in 2022 when we anticipate the world is safe for audiences and our artists to engage, in-person and live.
However, we are currently focused on our work with youth and will introduce our inaugural Summer Conservatory as part of our educational program, Shakespeare STEAM. This will include a filmed youth production of Romeo and Juliet with no audience (as a COVID-19 safety precaution).
What is site-specific Shakespeare?
This means that Shakespeare in Detroit performs in the places people live, work and play.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit have educational programming?
Yes, we have a program called Shakespeare STEAM which provides artistic and vocational training to Kindergarten through 12th graders in Detroit. Please visit the STEAM tab for more information.
Can Shakespeare in Detroit come to my school and put on a performance?
Our teaching artists or members of our staff can come to your school and talk about Shakespeare, a specific play, demonstrate a scene and other potential subject matter if given, at least, 90 days notice that you would enjoy a visit. However, our professional acting company does not come to individual schools to perform full productions.
Our work with designated STEAM partners allows us to empower students and school staff to put on a show of their own, which we believe is far more impactful than students only watching us perform. Our students are given theatre tools as doers rather than observers. However, there will be professional productions, in the future, focused on student matinees that allow schools from all over our great state to come and observe or witness our professional acting company perform every year, which we know is also valuable.
Are all of Shakespeare in Detroit’s performances free of charge?
No. Shakespeare in Detroit produces one free (admission) show each summer so that all who want to enjoy The Bard are able to do so. This can be done due to the support of sponsors. However, the rest of our season is composed of shows that charge a ticket price for admission.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit perform in traditional spaces or theatres?
Yes. Shakespeare in Detroit has performed in traditional theatres in its history. These performances included King Lear at Marygrove College (proscenium theatre), Julius Caesar at Wayne County Community College District’s Heinz C. Prechter auditorium (proscenium theatre) , The Tempest at the Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the YMCA Detroit (black box theatre), and Twelfth Night inside the black box theatre at the Detroit Opera House.
Does the theatre have company members?
Yes. There are a half-dozen or so actors who return to Shakespeare in Detroit each season. Several new faces also show up on our stages each year, creating an enriching mix of local and visiting artists.
How do I audition for Shakespeare in Detroit?
How many shows has Shakespeare in Detroit produced and which plays have they been?
We have produced fourteen high-quality productions since 2013, respectively:
Othello | Season 1
Antony and Cleopatra | Season 1
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Season 1
Romeo and Juliet | Season 1
The Tempest | Season 2
King Lear | Season 2
Macbeth | Season 2
Julius Caesar | Season 3
As You Like It (a midnight matinee in concert) | Season 3
The Merchant of Venice | Season 3
Henry V | Season 4
Hamlet | Season 4
Much Ado Para Nada | Season 5/Summer 6
Twelfth Night | Season 6
Romeo and Juliet, Youth Production | Season 7
We are excited to continue innovatively and enthusiastically making our way through the canon, one show at a time.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit perform all year round?
Yes. Our traditional season is September through June, including our work in schools. However, we also have a summer show, which we consider our community service, providing access to theatre for ALL.
It is our goal to make sure we offer you the best possible productions as we build an organization that we hope will become a staple in the theatre community here in Michigan and a destination for theatre lovers across the globe. In addition, it is important that the company produces work that inspires new theatre patrons to support the art form and build new generations of Shakespeare fans.
We will also continue to produce readings and pop-up events throughout the season to compliment our full-fledged productions.
Will Shakespeare in Detroit only produce Shakespeare’s works?
We are currently focused on the canon and becoming experts in that regard. However, our vision is to expand and produce other works in the future. Please see our Mission & Vision page here.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit only perform in the city?
No. We perform in, around and outside of the city. However, most of our productions are in Detroit proper as we are focused on making the city a premiere Shakespeare destination.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit only employ Detroit artists?
We will continue to offer local artists, designers, stage managers, directors and others work with our company – our roots are embedded here in Detroit as a company founded by a woman born and raised in the city. But we also know how important it is to our creative and administrative structure to bring other voices and perspectives into our organization or what we call Team SiD.
Where is Shakespeare in Detroit based?
We currently work remotely and have a site-specific template at this time and travel to different spaces. We look forward to sharing the location of our administrative offices with you very soon.
Are Shakespeare in Detroit’s artists paid for their work?
Yes. We are a professional theatre company, dedicated to paying our artists for their time, talent and work. As we grow and expand, we strive to make these wages more competitive.
Are there any internships available at Shakespeare in Detroit and how do I apply?
Yes. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can I volunteer for Shakespeare in Detroit?
Please email us at email@example.com for more information.