Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nebraska Shakespeare Welcomes Katie Becker Colón As Director Of Education

Colón’s Prior Roles Provide Expertise for Nebraska Shakespeare’s Expansion Plans


(OMAHA, NE, November 15) Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to announce and welcome Katie Becker Colón as the organization’s Director of Education. Colón joins Nebraska Shakespeare’s full-time staff with over 10 years of experience in arts education in Chicago, Virginia, and Albuquerque. Colón will be responsible for developing relationships with educators and school administrators, hiring and training teaching artists, as well as directing and shaping the curricula and teaching processes for Nebraska Shakespeare’s educational programming to meet the needs of the learning communities the organization serves.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katie to the Nebraska Shakespeare staff,” says Interim Artistic Director, Sarah Brown, “Her intelligence, empathy, tenacity, and generosity will be transformative assets for our programming as well as the greater Nebraska community. This company is very excited to support and learn from Katie as we continue to grow and deepen our work as artists and humans.”

Colón joins the Nebraska Shakespeare team from Albuquerque, NM, where she acted as Director of Education for Duke City Repertory Theatre and created three educational programs: Classrooms Alive!, an educational tour that brings curriculum-based theatre to schools across New Mexico; Imagine Action Conservatory, a two-week summer program; and The Art and Craft of Acting, an adult education program for business professionals and theatre artists. Colón’s work as a teaching artist for the past three seasons of Nebraska Shakespeare’s educational touring program, Shakespeare On Tour, and as guest speaker for the organization’s summer Scholars Forums and Camp Shakespeare programs have allowed her to gain familiarity with Nebraska Shakespeare’s current curriculum, the communities served, and the opportunity to work with thousands of students across Nebraska and Iowa. 

As Director of Education, Colón will continue Nebraska Shakespeare’s success in providing educational opportunities to students across the state. Colón comments, “As an actor and educator for both Shakespeare On the Green and Shakespeare On Tour, I have seen the powerful relationships that NS has forged with communities across the state of Nebraska. I am thrilled that I will learn to strengthen those relationships and build new ones as we move into the 2019 season. The productions are top-notch, the personnel are generous and hard-working, and the impact of Shakespeare is more important and necessary than ever before. What a great year 2019 is going to be!”

About Nebraska Shakespeare
Under the leadership of Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber; Interim Artistic Director, Sarah Brown; and the Board of Trustees, Nebraska Shakespeare’s mission is to create entertaining, challenging productions as well as immersive educational experiences that connect our diverse community to Shakespeare's exploration of what it means to be human. On stage, in the classroom and through collaborative partnerships, we create, engage, and inspire. Now in its 32nd year, Nebraska Shakespeare serves 40,000 individuals annually through performances and educational forums. For more information, visit nebraskashakespeare.com

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nebraska Shakespeare Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Help NS Ramp Up for 2019

Nebraska Shakespeare has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 27, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. 

Nebraska Shakespeare has joined the #GivingTuesday movement for the second year because we believe the global movement is very powerful. We believe that sharing our talents with others is the most fulfilling way to use them. The movement allows us to share our story with others and encourage the spirit of giving to grow greater than ever before. This #GivingTuesday our goal is to fund expanding the experiences we offer to our audiences at Shakespeare On The Green and during our Shakespeare On Tour season.

Being a part of the #GivingTuesday community also provides the opportunity to share the Nebraska Shakespeare story with a wider audience to gain followers while at the same time generating support for our upcoming productions: Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well, and Othello. Our #AllsWellThatStartsWell campaign launches on November 27, 2018.

Those who are interested in joining Nebraska Shakespeare’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com/donate.



92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2017, the sixth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in over 150 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $300 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.