Friday, August 24, 2018

Nebraska Shakespeare Announces its Gala, “A Wild Thyme in the Garden”

OMAHA, NE - Nebraska Shakespeare announces the organization’s 2018 gala, “A Wild Thyme in the Garden” in Omaha to be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the spectacular Lauritzen Gardens.

The event will honor Nebraska Shakespeare co-founder and 32-year supporter, Marian Andersen. The evening begins with cocktails coupled with the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, encountering enchanted scenes from Shakespeare’s beloved “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The event culminates with a delicious autumn-inspired, farm-to-table dinner and program emceed by local celebrity, Rob McCartney, that showcases Nebraska Shakespeare’s continued impact on education.

“A Wild Thyme in the Garden” is an opportunity for the Nebraska community, Shakespeare supporters and friends with an interest in arts education to give back to the thousands of students reached annually by Nebraska Shakespeare’s year-round educational programming. Nebraska Shakespeare Galas have attracted a diverse and aware audience of Shakespeare enthusiasts, community leaders and advocates for arts in the classroom. Nebraska Shakespeare demonstrates the power of collaboration and support to bring arts-based education and programming to people across the region, including those in underserved communities.

“In collaboration with our generous sponsors, the NEA, NAC, Creighton University, and UNO, as well as educational leaders across the state, ‘Shakespeare On Tour’ has grown to serve over 10,000 students annually,” said Executive Director Mary Ann Bamber. “Funding raised through this gala will directly fuel expansion of the diversity and numbers of students served. Through their own words, students find the tailored tour performances and workshops to be engaging, thought-provoking and relevant to the character-defining decisions they make daily." 

For information, sponsorship opportunities, tables and tickets, contact Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber, at (402) 280-2391 or by email at, or visit

“A Wild Thyme in the Garden” is supported by Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts, the Hawks Foundation, Omaha Steaks, and feature sponsors: Don Wurster and Joan Gibson, Northern Natural Gas, and Ann and Ken Stinson, who are serving as Corporate Chairs for the event.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Nebraska Shakespeare sees a change in artistic leadership

After completing the 32nd season of Shakespeare On The Green, Vincent Carlson-Brown has left the position of Artistic Director for Nebraska Shakespeare to pursue a doctorate degree and expand his career path beyond Nebraska borders.

Vincent Carlson-Brown passionately contributed his vision and talent to Nebraska Shakespeare for 19 years, acting first as an intern while a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and ultimately serving as the Artistic Director for the 2018 season.

Nebraska Shakespeare intends to utilize this opportunity to reassess the needs of the organization and the communities it serves prior to holding a search for a new Artistic Director.

Sarah Carlson-Brown will serve as Interim Artistic Director during the transitional period. Sarah Carlson-Brown has been a part of Nebraska Shakespeare for 18 years; she has served variously as an educator, director, Associate Artistic Director and, in 2013, was named the full-time Director of Education. In 2016, Sarah Carlson-Brown launched Nebraska Shakespeare’s all-female production program, titled “Juno’s Swans”.

“We thank Vincent for his many contributions”, says Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber, “and wish him well as he pursues his professional and personal goals.”