“The San Diego Shakespeare Society’s mission is to introduce, educate and encourage the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare.”
The objectives of the Society are:
- To encourage the study of the life and works of William Shakespeare.
- To foster and promote an interest in other literature, poetry, art and music through lectures, competitions, performances and the like.
The San Diego Shakespeare Society is a charitable nonprofit organized under 501(c)(3) rules.
The Society was established in the summer of 2000 by a group of individuals with a deep, personal interest in the works of William Shakespeare and a desire to share that interest with others. Founding members included businessman Alex Sandie, professional actor/Old Globe Associate Artist Jonathan McMurtry, and director Thomas Haine.
In 2006, the first Student Shakespeare Festival was held, which continues annually.
SDSS collaborates with many organizations in San Diego County. We have created programs with Schools throughout SD County and The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, SD Symphony, SD Youth Symphony, SD Civic Youth Dance, SD Civic Youth Ballet, SD Parks & Recreation, SD Branch – English Speaking Union, SD City Libraries, Carlsbad Library, Encinitas Library, SD Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Phototgraphic Arts, Leigh Scarritt Productions, Tangocentric Dance, Maritime Museum’s Festival of Sail, and First Friday Club.
In addition, the Student Shakespeare Student Festival is now being presented in association with San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance (SDTEA).
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
- The San Diego Educational Theatre Association, in partnership with The San Diego County Office of Education, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Unified School District presented the Seventh Annual Bravissimo Award of Excellence in Theatre Education to Alex Sandie, Artistic Director of the San Diego Shakespeare Society.
- The San Diego Shakespeare Society, in May 2010, was the recipient of the CATE Award of Merit from the Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English for presenting the Annual Student Shakespeare Festival which is open to all schools in San Diego County.
- VARIOUS STUDENT FESTIVAL PROCLAMATIONS FROM THE CITY, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO and STATE OF CALIFORNIA.
- Special Commendation from the City of San Diego in Honor of Dedication to the Arts, May 23, 2005.
- STAGES AWARD to the San Diego Shakespeare Society for its contribution to San Diego Arts Community, November, 2004, by Korbett Kompany Productions.
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