Letter from the Executive Director

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What a wonderful ride this has been and continues to be.  Way back in 2007 we staged our first production of As You Like It on the lawn by Leffler Chapel on Elizabethtown College’s campus.  Since then we have packed our tent and moved a number of times.  We are always grateful that our audiences continue to follow us and grow in numbers.  This past summer, 2019, we found ourselves in a perfect location – Lancaster History, 230 N. President Ave.  It’s a beautiful open level lawn, in the middle of an arboretum with plenty of parking and it is quiet!  Not only quiet but downright idyllic.

This summer 2020 we will bring MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING back to our stage at Lancaster History June 11-14 & 18-21.  We last visited this play in 2009 so we figure it is time to take another look at this strange and wonderful romantic comedy.

Our teen Shakespeare camp, Camp Will, is now in it’s 13th season.  Session One is for grades 6th-9th and session two is for grades 9th-12th.  Students return year after year to be with their friends and explore another  Shakespeare play.  They grow to not only understand but love Shakespeare’s plays and poetry.  They rightfully pride themselves in their fluency with The Bard.  (Please see our Camp Will page for more information and online registration and financial aid application.)

We are excited to announce our newest venture:  SHAKES-PEERS!…..a high school Shakespeare festival.  On February 10 we are expecting to host seven high schools and 36 students for this day-long festival hosted by Millersville University Visual and Performing Arts at The Ware Center, downtown Lancaster.  It is going to be a full exciting day of learning, competing, sharing and creative problem-solving.  The public is invited to watch the students’ short scene presentations beginning at 2:00pm in The Steinman Theatre.

Coming up after that is our annual “Happy Birthday, Wm Shakespeare” friend- and fund-raiser party.  This year we are moving to the beautiful ballroom atop The Stevens Residence, 355 N. Charlotte St.   And, yes, if it’s a ballroom there will be dancing!  The festivities are planned for Sunday, April 26, 5:00-7:30pm.  Lots of food, drink, surprises and DANCING!

To all our donors:  Thank you so much for your continuing support.  We can’t do this work without you.  For those of you who haven’t experienced The People’s Shakespeare Project yet we hope you take that leap and join us at one or all of our events in 2020.

Laura Korach Howell is an Equity actress, a roster artist with The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a seasoned theatre teacher and director. She received her training at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre (NYC), The Actor’s Center (NYC) and Shakespeare & Co. (Lenox, MA). She has directed professionally and taught students of all ages for over thirty years.