The Ithaca Shakespeare Company's mission is to make exciting, high-quality Shakespeare productions available and affordable to anyone. Our approach to the plays and our beautiful outdoor setting are ideal for introducing children to Shakespeare, while providing a compelling and magical experience for viewers of all ages and backgrounds. Audience members in 2016 came from all around Ithaca and the surrounding region, from across New York State, and from 38 other states and 34 foreign countries. And where else can you see theatre professionals from New York City, Chicago, California, and elsewhere working together with members of the local theatre community and faculty, students, and staff from Cornell and Ithaca College to create great theatre?
ISC has grown into the largest classical theatre program in Central New York, but we face a constant struggle to find enough funding to support that growth. Like most theatre companies, ticket sales cover less than 50% of our expenses. The rest must come from grants and donations, and we need your help to meet this need.
And then consider what would be lost if these opportunities no longer existed.
"Engagement with great poetry in a dramatic setting is one of the most important learning opportunities we can provide young people in this country. These experiences develop intelligence on many levels and impact students' lives far beyond the English Literature classroom. They not only improve language skills, but also awaken empathy for others, and thus help to define the aesthetic and ethical standards of a culture."
— Tina Packer, Shakespeare & Company
We believe that exciting, inexpensive, and accessible classical theatre is tremendously important to our community, our schools, and our world. But in an era when funding for the arts is in jeopardy at every level, the financial support of individuals like you is more important than ever in continuing to make our programs possible.
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The Ithaca Shakespeare Company
828 Dryden Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
The Ithaca Shakespeare Company is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the Ithaca Shakespeare Company are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Thank you for your support!