Patrick Flick, Executive Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) and Mark Edelman, founder and president of Theater League, Inc, a Kansas City, Missouri, based contributor to the performing arts, announced that the League will be gifting thirty-five Shakespeare Theatres across the United States and internationally with a grant of $255,000 in general operating support.  These non-restricted gifts of either $5,000 or $10,000 each based on budget size will be awarded in 2023 to STA member producing theaters with budgets between $100,000 and $1,400,000, including Kentucky Shakespeare. An award of $5,000 was also made to the Shakespeare Theatre Association itself.

“As regular contributors to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City—a longtime STA member— we were looking to expand our support of non-profit organizations with similar goals and objectives,” explained Edelman. “That led us to STA and Patrick, who helped us Identify the mid-level Shakespeare producing organizations we wanted to fund.”

“What a wonderful surprise and honor to receive this new, unexpected $10,000 gift supporting Kentucky Shakespeare,” said Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director. “It’s another strong example of the value of the Shakespeare Theatre Association and how they are assisting companies across the globe. Thank you to the Theatre League for recognizing us and helping us making Shakespeare accessible for everyone in our region!”

Said Flick, “STA is always looking for ways to assist our membership, whether it be in the form of our annual conference, or by seeking out financial assistance for our hardworking member theaters. At a time when audience sizes are just beginning to rebound from the pandemic, su

pport for Shakespeare and the classics in the communities we serve is such an important thing. STA is grateful to Theater League for that support.”

Kansas City-based Theater League is a not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities it serves with the thrill of live! theater. Founded in 1976, the group supports theater companies in its hometown and across the country, including subsidizing tickets for student groups through its Theater ROcKs (Reach Out to Kids) program.

“What appealed to us is the far-flung nature of the organizations we’ll be supporting with this grant program,” continued Edelman. “Shakespeare companies in twenty-six states plus the Czech Republic will get a little help from Theater League.”

STA is a 32-year-old theatre service organization founded in 1991 at a convening in Washington DC, hosted by the Shakespeare Theatre and the Kennedy Center. The organization continues to convene annually to provide support and mentorship as well as share best practices with colleagues from within the United States and internationally. Membership includes over 130 organizational theaters and dozens of Associate Members representing indoor, outdoor, Equity and non-Equity, year-round, seasonal, university-affiliated, and free Shakespeare productions with budgets ranging from $25,000 to $60,000,000.

STA’s member organizations engage a diverse array of audiences and staff members representing a wide variety of ethnicities, genders, ages, and abilities. A resource network that bridges the gap between scholarship and production and promotes the teaching of Shakespeare in schools, STA has helped its member organizations explore Shakespeare in the context of colonialism, anti-racism, gender diversity, best practices in hiring, and a host of other topics designed to keep the Bard relevant in the modern world.

For Further Information, Contact Patrick Flick, Executive Director, Shakespeare Theatre Association at

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