Boston Shakespeare Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides arts and humanities enrichment programs for Greater Boston's under-resourced youth. We strive to promote a spirit of community and collaboration between local schools and universities, using Shakespeare as a bridge to connect young students with our teaching artists and mentors.
Our programs are designed to
- Offer early, exciting encounters with Shakespeare in text and performance
- Enrich language arts learning
- Strengthen critical thinking and writing skills
- Foster 21st-century skills such as communication and collaboration
- Inspire creativity and build confidence
- Promote a spirit of mentorship and civic engagement on college campuses
- Inspire young students on the path to higher education
- Our programs reach over 2,000 students each year.
- To date, over 80% of the students we serve qualify for free or reduced lunch.
- Only 5% of the students in our audiences have ever seen a live Shakespeare performance.
- After our shows, 95% of students want to see more plays and learn more about Shakespeare.
- 100% of teachers surveyed believe our programs offer an exciting and enriching context for the language arts work they do in the classroom.
- 100% of after-school participants report feeling more connected to their peers.
- 90% of after-school participants report feeling more confident about public speaking and presentation skills.
- 90% of after-school participants report improved reading comprehension skills.
- 100% of after-school participants feel more confident and enthusiastic about studying Shakespeare's poetry and plays in school.
- Our after-school programs offer young students sustained exposure to mentors who model intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and a passionate engagement in the arts.