Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Calling all Young Performers!

Spread the Word: Performance Opportunities for Young Shakespeareans!

Join The Asiders, Nebraska Shakespeare's free teen workshop
series, this Saturday for the final session of 2019!

This month's workshop will be held at Joslyn Castle where we will explore
Macbeth in the 21st Century! Monthly workshops are hands-on, engaging,
and always FREE to attend!

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 1-4 pm
Joslyn Castle | 3902 Davenport Street

Early Registration for Camp Shakes 2020 is available now!

Register before December 23 for the BONUS add-on of our first-ever
full-day Winter Workshop ($75 value)!

Winter Workshop: December 28, 2019 | 9 am-5 pm
Amplify Arts | 1419 S. 13th Street, Suite 103

Camp Shakes: June 22 - July 3, 2020 | M-F 8 am-12 pm
Weber Fine Arts Building, University of Nebraska - Omaha (UNO)

Be a part of Shakespeare On The Green!

Nebraska Shakespeare is looking for, not one, but TWO youth actors
to perform roles this summer On The Green!

Audition Workshop: January 18, 2020 | 1-4 pm
UNO Community Engagement Center (CEC)

Auditions in Omaha: January 25 and 26, 2020 | By Appointment
Lied Center for the Arts, Creighton University

Contact Director of Education Katie Becker Colon at

Friday, November 15, 2019

Nebraska Shakespeare Welcomes Back its Founder, Alan Klem

Alan Klem named Artistic Director by Nebraska Shakespeare Board of Trustees

OMAHA, NE – Nebraska Shakespeare and its Board of Trustees today announced that Alan Klem, who co-founded the organization in 1986, will become the company’s next artistic director. Klem will play a central role in Nebraska Shakespeare’s continued goal to connect the community through dynamic productions and immersive educational experiences.

Klem’s return comes with the departure of Sarah Lynn Brown, who previously served as Director of Education for Nebraska Shakespeare and acted as Interim Artistic Director for Nebraska Shakespeare’s 2019 “Female Forward” season. Brown has been with the organization for 19 years, where she played a key role in elevating Nebraska Shakespeare’s education standards and created the all-female “Juno’s Swans” performance program, among other contributions.

Klem co-founded Nebraska Shakespeare in 1986 and served as Co-Artistic Director, along with University of Nebraska at Omaha Professor Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, before taking a step back from the role of Artistic Director in 1991 to start a family with his wife, Kelly. Following Phaneuf’s resignation, Klem returned as Artistic Director from 2010 to 2012, and started the organization’s film festival, “Shakespeare On The Silver Screen”. His directing credits for Nebraska Shakespeare include “The Tempest”, “Hamlet”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, “Richard III”, and “Julius Caesar”. He has also appeared in seven plays as an actor, performing the roles of Caesar in “Julius Caesar”, Gonzalo in “The Tempest”, Duncan in “Macbeth”, and Gloucester in “King Lear”, among others.

Klem taught classes in acting and directing at Creighton University for 34 years, directed more than fifty plays, and in 2003 he collaborated with two other Creighton professors, Dr. Frederick Hanna and Fr. Don Doll to produce a musical celebrating the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804. The musical premiered at Creighton University in 2003 and was also produced at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Earlier this year, Klem retired as Associate Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Creighton University, giving him time to return to lead the future of Nebraska Shakespeare’s artistic programming.

Before moving to Omaha, Klem Co-Founded Shakespeare-in-the-Park in Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as Artistic Director from 1976-1979. From 1975 to 1978 he served as an acting teacher and stage director for Casa Manana Playhouse and Performing Arts School in Fort Worth.

About Nebraska Shakespeare
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 33rd year, Nebraska Shakespeare serves 20,000 individuals annually through performances and educational forums including Shakespeare On The Silver Screen, Shakespeare On The Green, Camp Shakespeare, Shakespeare On Tour, Director’s Reading Series, the Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest for students and adults, and year-round resources for students and educators.

Friday, October 18, 2019

#NEShakesEDTalks: A day in the life - Othello On Tour

Shakespeare On Tour travels to schools across the state, reaching thousands of students with performances and educational activities. Did you ever wonder what a day in the life of an actor for Shakespeare On Tour looks like?

In this week's video, we're sitting down with the cast of Othello On Tour to learn just that! Take a look!

Othello On Tour is a part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thank you for supporting Shakespeare On Tour!

Studying Shakespeare is required curriculum for students across the region. For many students, this is an unapproachable and daunting feat.

Shakespeare On Tour was created 14 years ago with a mission to change that! 
Henry leading students through an acting workshop
Through dynamic performances and engaging, active lesson-plans that make learning about Shakespeare’s timeless works fun and accessible, thousands of students across the state are turned into Shakespeare experts in their own right. And this season, because of your support, the program will reach its 100,000th student!

While sharing this year's play, Othello, with the students is a lot of fun, the hands-down best part of traveling to communities across the region is the conversations we get to be a part of and the one-on-one connections we get to make with students and families. 

Shaan giving a behind-the-scenes look for design and technology students
...and then becoming fast-BFF's with our youngest load-out helper, Hollister!

We're getting to meet so many amazing people, learn their stories, and create some stories of our own with them!

Hannah and the cast welcoming students to a performance of Othello

We wanted to share one of those stories with you today:

From Hannah Clark, an actor-educator playing Brabantio in Othello:
"We had an amazing workshop today. It started even before the students arrived, our contact teacher told us that the school had cut all theatre and speech classes, and so she now lead the one-act as an extra curricular. She described her students as very timid, saying "I can hardly get them to raise their arms!"
Once the workshop began, we fielded any talk-back questions that students didn't get to ask. One girl raised her hand and explained that she had advanced visual impairment, and she asked us to describe the set, because she couldn't see it. 
We described it to her, and she was so excited to get the chance to 'see' the show through us. Over the course of the workshop she really impressed us with her perspective and willingness to jump in. During one of our sound & movement exercises, we realized she couldn't receive the eye contact confirmation for passing the energy. So we made a modification where we included her name if anyone was passing to her. 
She also impressed me afterwards during the 'three take-aways' portion of the game by saying, "In theatre you have to be ready for anything, and it's especially true for me. I have to be really aware on stage, and so do the people around me." She thanked us for teaching a new game that focused on listening to each other, but was also goofy and fun. 
At the end of the workshop, she approached Roshni and I and asked to talk about our roles. She shared that when listening to a play she focuses on vocal traits that each player has, like slurring words or dropping "t's" and that's how she differentiates characters. She said we were all so clear that now that she heard our "casual" voices, she didn't quite know who we played! So we shared our characters and had an interesting conversation about the show from a seeing-impaired perspective. I could've talked with her all day! 
But my main takeaway from the whole group was the overwhelming gratitude they shared that we came. They said since there's no program for theatre, they felt very lucky to have someone talk genuinely with them about acting, and they loved learning new games to play together. Our contact was so appreciative that we treated all her students as equals while encouraging them to expand their comfort zones. 
So yeah! What a day. Thank you for trusting us to go into these schools and make today someone's favorite day."
Students asked Roshni and Hannah to pose for photos after workshops in Alliance!

THANK YOU to all of the supporters of Nebraska Shakespeare that make this tour possible.  We are on our way to matching the funds from the National Endowment for the Arts that support this program.

If you would like to support Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour, you can make a secure online donation HERE

And if you want to catch one of our final public performances of Othello, click HERE to find a performance near you!

#NEShakesEdTalks: Pre-show Preparations

You actors out there know there's A LOT that goes into getting ready for a performance, from getting into costume and makeup, to stretching, running lines, and vocal warm-ups.  But what happens when you're also touring your performance?  What's the same?  What's different?

Take a look into the pre-show prep for Othello On Tour in this week's #NEShakesEDTalks video!

Othello On Tour is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Join us every Thursday for a new video about Shakespeare, theatre, and 21st century life.

Click HERE for more information on Shakespeare On Tour: Othello!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Soul of Wit: Hannah Clark

This week on Soul of Wit, we are talking to actor, poet, cat-owner, and all-around delightful human, Hannah Clark! Hannah is portraying Brabantio and Gratiano in the Shakespeare On Tour production of Othello, traveling to schools and communities across the region.

"Brevity is the soul of wit" - Hamlet
Soul of Wit is a brief interview series with the artists and artisans of Nebraska Shakespeare.  Listen to more interviews HERE

Upcoming Public Performances

Thursday, September 19, 2019

#NEShakesEDTalks: Othello Deep Dive

This week, we're talking to the cast of Othello On Tour and taking an in-depth look at this incredible play. Check out their unique insights into the play.

Othello On Tour is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.