Years ago, The People’s Shakespeare Project (TPSP) was only a thought – an idea percolating on the back burner of my imagination. And then eventually, in true improv fashion, I said YES and we moved forward. I must admit that the idea of starting a theatre company is one of those things that so many of us actors and directors dream of creating. It is not an unusual dream – think Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney turning their uncle’s barn into a theatre and taking their show to Broadway! But, seriously, to keep one running for FIFTEEN years?! It is amazing and it is because of all the wonderful people we have met and worked with. They have made this anniversary celebration possible. I am awed by the talent that has graced our many stages. I remember with such fondness all our remarkable actors – especially our college actors (in our early years) brimming with talent, some who stayed but many who moved on to graduate programs, NYC, LA, to Boston, Louisville, New Orleans, etc. My gratitude overflows when I think of our professionals who willingly donated their expertise, our dedicated and enthusiastic Camp Will teachers, our extraordinary board members who served TPSP with such commitment, our volunteers, our loyal donors and our audiences.
We celebrate this special, grass-roots Shakespeare community and we encourage you to celebrate along with us. We began this fifteenth year with a world premiere of Witch…Love, Loss and the Mystery. We continue with Much Ado About Nothing (June 14-19) and Juli(a) Caesar (August 3-6). And our work with students continues with ShakesPeers, our high school Shakespeare festival (February 23), and Camp Will, summer 2022.
We believe the world is made a little bit better by sharing The Bard and his poetry. Thank you all for showing up over the years and believing along with us.
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.