The Woodward Shakespeare Festival's mission is to present live theatre productions for the cultural education, entertainment, and inspiration of our community, and to make our contribution to the arts of California's Central Valley accessible to everyone.
PreShows at the 13 Acres Stage
“Diversity, Community, Pride, Collaboration”
Community presentations and performances take place on the Theatre in the Glen stage before our free Shakespeare plays, every night of the run except previews.
The Woodward Shakespeare Festival is in the process of reviewing submissions for its PreShow Programming for this summer’s Shakespeare performances in Woodward Park. One of our company values is community access and collaboration, so this year we are expanding our PreShows to include a wider variety of cultural arts offerings.
We are looking for a diverse variety of performance groups, community groups, and individual artists to develop a show or program for our audiences prior to our performances. This is a curated show with a commitment to excellence, access, and opportunity for the various groups in our community. This means we will be programming with the goals of balance, diversity, and high quality performance. Our emphasis in this program is to highlight what brings us together as people rather than what drives us apart.
In the past, PreShows have included acoustic music, poetry readings, tribal and ethnic dance, and a Hmong cultural night, to name a few. We also provide areas on the green for local artists to display their work prior to the performances.
The Woodward Shakespeare Festival runs two productions per summer in Woodward Park and greets upwards of 10,000 patrons each year. Each production runs Thursdays through Saturdays for five consecutive weeks and our audiences range from 120 people on our quietest nights to 650 people late in our runs. That means your group could perform in front of an average of 350 people on any given night—people who perhaps have never been exposed to your culture or seen your work before.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact PreShow Coordinator Anthony Rico Nan at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. A copy of our submission application and other useful information is located at our website www.woodwardshakespeare.org.
Additional applications will be available online at www.woodwardshakespeare.org beginning April 1st. The deadline for PreShow applications is June 1, 2009. Any submissions received after June 1 will be put on a wait list for consideration.
Artistic Director, WSF
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Theatre/Film/Video, Music/Dance/Opera, Spoken Word/Literary Arts, Traditional/Folk Arts
Thank you for the kind words! I enjoyed showing at the WSF last year! This summer I am so busy with non-related art events..but let me know what dates it runs to and I can see if any dates work!
thank you again for your interest.
I'm intrigued by the Woodward Shakespeare Festival's interest in integrating other arts in your events, but want to mention that I'm a poet, not, primarily, a visual artist. It's possible you're only looking for visual artists--I won't be hurt if that's the case.
I do poetry readings fairly often--most recently I've worked on a number of National Poetry Month events, and read at the Clovis Public Library (James Tyner organized that) and at Roosevelt High School, which does a whole week of live poetry activities during the month of April.
I don't know if this would be interesting to you or your audience--but I'd like to suggest a reading/display of sonnets--modern and Shakespearean--so people can see and hear what Shakespeare's inspiration has wrought in our own American idiom. Some would be mine, but some from famous American poets. Some, of course, would be the Bard's. I also have a sonnet that is a painting (or is it vice versa?) which could be displayed.
I'm always interested in inter-art collaboration. My degree is from Cal-Arts in Theatre. I have a good sense of the theatrical demands of performance (e.g. read-aloud poetry SHOULDN'T be boring), a lot of useful vocal training, and a background in performance of a broad range of theatrical styles and periods. Depending on your longevity here, I was a founding member of the Theatre 3 Repertory Company down on Fulton St. in the 80's. If you want to know other stuff about me, Craig Bernthal, who has worked with the Woodward Shakespeare Festival, knows my work well.
Let me know dates, if, of course, what I'm suggesting is interesting to you.