In the United States, The Great Globe Foundation sponsors a number of student trips to professional regional theater performances and educational arts programs. Since 2006, thousands of students and their families have been able to attend such theatrical and artistic events as the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour’s professional theater performances. In addition, we provide students with opportunities to participate in numerous theater workshops, competitions, and arts classes facilitated by the outreach services of professional artists and arts educators.
Budget cuts in educational programs, economic stresses, and similar hardships are serious, realistic factors that, unfortunately, regularly impede theater and other arts programs for students across the United States. Volunteers and sponsors of The Great Globe Foundation facilitate summer and autumn student theater trips, which include all tickets, transportation, food, lodging, and supervision either gratis or at a greatly reduced cost. This enables a diverse group of students to participate, who otherwise would never have such an opportunity.
In addition to bringing students to the events, The Theater for Students Project also brings artists and professional theater performances and workshops to the students, families, and communities. The Great Globe Foundation sponsors events such as The Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour and numerous actor and artist outreach workshops.
Our research and experience show that when students engage in such educational arts and theater experiences, they show improvement in a number of areas. These students develop increased understanding and compassion towards humanity, increased literacy and communication skills, and increased creative reasoning. The students themselves report that they have a tremendously positive experience through our Foundation programs. Our current programs are so beneficial and successful, that we have a waiting list every year, full of both new and returning students, who are excited to study Shakespeare, theater, and the arts.
The Great Globe Foundation’s Theater for Students Project is an ongoing endeavor. Our goal is to increase opportunities throughout the United States for students and their families to participate in the numerous, existing, professional theater and arts performances and educational programs. This will help more of America’s youth better realize their unique power and potential in the world.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on…” – William Shakespeare