During its three-plus decades of continuous performances, the Shakespeare Festival has operated thanks to private support from generous sponsors. Beginning in 2020, the Festival started its first ever public campaign. The 30 for 30 Campaign offered the community a change to be part of the show while supporting the continuance of free, outdoor Shakespeare for all residents and visitors to our area. Like other arts organizations, the pandemic changed everything. Despite that, we were able to continue serving the community with free Sharing Shakespeare virtual productions and educational guides for parents at home with their kids. The program allowed us to continue in-classroom throughout the 2020/2021 school year. Many patrons and supporters enjoyed their own private, outdoor screenings of our 30th Anniversary production, and made contributions which enabled us to continue uninterrupted through our return to live productions in 2021, which included the launch of Shakespeare by the Palms in Royal Palm Beach! Our thanks to you all for your support, and special thanks to PNC ArtsAlive, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation and The Village of Royal Palm Beach for bringing our delayed Anniversary back to the public. Still, our goal continues…
Each production costs $30,000 to produce. Every artist is paid, with some receiving their first professional acting or technical experience from the Shakespeare Festival. Multiple generations have been inspired by the annual Shakespeare by the Sea, with some of our current actors and technicians having once been toddlers running around the grass bowl amphitheater! First dates, anniversaries and birthdays have been celebrated each year during the free, outdoor productions under the stars. This summertime tradition has encouraged studies, inspired entire life paths and directed the course of college degrees for countless young residents. Seeing the brilliance of Shakespeare’s timeless words brought to life through the magic of professional theater is an experience like no other, and one that relies on support to continue.
During its non-stop annual run, the second oldest professional performing arts company in the county has existed thanks to underwriting from generous municipalities, foundations and donations. The suggested $5 donations received during Shakespeare by the Sea account for just under 1/6 of the funds necessary to produce the next show.
Major recognition opportunities exist for those supporting the campaign efforts including media recognition, program ads, Shakespeare-inspired thank you gifts and more. There are even opportunities for walk-on roles in our next show! Help keep this community-serving event going for another generation and join us as a patron sponsor today!