Marin Shakespeare Company provides programs for low-income, underserved, and system-impacted youth through a variety of programs that include:
- In-school Creative Dramatics programs at public elementary schools serving large numbers of low-income families.
- Shakespeare for Student Audiences, Classroom Visits, and Shakespeare workshops for middle and high school students; ask about free tickets and transportation.
- Scholarships for low-income families – our goal is that every student is able to participate in our classes and camps regardless of the ability to pay.
- Programs benefiting students in Marin City and the Canal neighborhood.
- Shakespeare at the Marin’s Community School, serving our community’s most at-risk teenagers.
- Programs at Alameda Juvenile Hall, O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility, and N. A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility.
As a part of our work to support these youth, we created this short documentary film of interviews with men at San Quentin State Prison who participate in Shakespeare at San Quentin classes. The men talk about being a teenager and what they wish they knew as teenagers. It is a gift of wisdom and compassion from these mentors to today’s Youth. “What We Wish We Knew As Teenagers” : A 49-minute documentary by David Wayne White of interviews with men from Shakespeare at San Quentin discussing the special challenges of being a teenager.
We also recommend viewing “Probation” a documentary made by students from Marin’s Community School as part of our JumpStARTs program, funded by the California Arts Council.