Survivorship Shakespeare

“We know what we are but know not what we may be.”

People who have received a cancer diagnosis (40% of the American population at some time in their lives) are undergoing a blow to their mental and emotional stability unlike any other. And yet, as Dr. Nancy E. Adler says in Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, “Both patients and providers tell us that attention to psycho-social health needs is the exception rather than the rule in oncology practice today.” Recognizing that need, Kentucky Shakespeare has launched programming serving those impacted by cancer at Gilda’s Club.

Kentucky Shakespeare’s work provides a safe place for creative and emotional expression, resulting in an environment of learning, teamwork, and, most importantly, community.

2020 Gilda’s Club programming made possible by Arts for All Kentucky.

To get more information and support this program, contact Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director at

Touring Arts for Immigrants and Refugees

“A hundred thousand welcomes: I could weep,
And I could laugh; I am light and heavy:

There are at least 100 languages spoken in the Jefferson County Public Schools and 35% of Louisville’s population growth over the past fifteen years is from international residents from over 150 different countries throughout the world. We’re proud that Kentucky is listed in the top 20% of states in welcoming refugees, with more than 68 refugees per 100,000 residents.

In the spirit of welcome and inclusion, Kentucky Shakespeare provides this program to serve immigrants and refugees in our community.

2017-2019, Kentucky Shakespeare artists Abigail Bailey Maupin and Gregory Maupin created and performed a welcoming, interactive performance using the universal language of physical comedy, commedia dell’arte, and clown to cross language barriers and use the unifying power of the arts to connect with audience members from dozens of counties, regardless of their native language.

For the 2020-2021 season we’re bringing new Spanish adaptations of our popular interactive Bard Buddies and Fairy Tales Around the World programs to the Newcomer Academy and the Backside Learning Center, free of charge for participants. Kentucky Shakespeare Artist Educator Ashley Cabrera facilitates the program.

The program is made possible through an External Agencies Fund Grant from Louisville Metro.

Thanks to the generosity of Churchill Downs, in the summer of 2019 we also provided a week-long Camp Shakespeare at the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs.