Education Fund

Why Give to Our Education Fund

CSC’s dynamic and innovative Education Program reaches more than 40,000 students every year with the enduring relevance of Shakespeare. Your gift helps CSC change hearts and minds of students across the tri-state through creative programs like in-school workshops, student matinees, summer camps, and PROJECT38.

In the wake of the pandemic, we have had to radically rethink our traditional approaches to theatre and arts education. There are new challenges, but also tremendous opportunities. The innovations required to meet these new challenges could have benefits well beyond the current public health crisis, and make remote learning options a permanent part of our service to the students, teachers, and schools of Greater Cincinnati.

Because of you, CSC is able to provide life-changing arts education programs to students of every background all year long. CSC’s Education Program provides meaningful arts education opportunities to more than 40,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. This is the living arm of CSC’s mission to bring thought-provoking theatre to life for all. Not only do these programs successfully teach Shakespeare appreciation and comprehension, but address crucial 21st Century skills like collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and empathy – unquestionably more important now than ever before.

Beyond traditional schools, CSC also has the privilege of sending our performers and Teaching Artists to work with students in juvenile detention centers, including the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and Hamilton County’s Pretrial and Probation Services Center. Through learning and comprehending Shakespeare, these children gain new perspectives and are equipped to think through problems and conflicts in new and helpful ways. After one workshop a student said: “This is the most fun I’ve had in my whole life.”

Your gift provide access to these programs to all students by underwriting the cost of tickets, providing bussing to schools that need transportation to a show, giving a child the gift of acting classes through a scholarship, and helping to keep PROJECT38 free for all participants.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity that Cincinnati Shakespeare has provided for my students over the last few years. Their student matinees are well organized and affordable. In many cases, my students don't have the opportunity to see professional productions and Cincinnati Shakes makes that possible for them. The educational value of this matinee program is immense. It helps foster a greater appreciation for the arts and provides opportunities for text and theatrical analysis that otherwise wouldn't be possible in a classroom setting. We can't wait to return and see another exciting production!” - Jeff Sams, English Teacher and Theatre Director at Franklin High School

“I have always been fascinated by Shakespeare and his writing but was always scared of seeing it/participating in it. But, CSC really showed me how fun Shakespeare can be.” - Student from Loveland High School, after Titus Andronicus

Donate Online

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Donate by Mail

Please make a check out to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and mail to:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Attention: Development
217 W. 12th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Donate by Phone

Please call Associate Director of Development, Elaine Cox at 513-381-2273 ext. 3200

Donate at the Theater*

The box office will be happy to accept and process a tax-deductible donation by cash, check or credit card at:
The Otto M. Budig Theater
1195 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
*Call in advance for current hours (513)381-2273

Donate with Stock

Download instructions for making a gift of stock online here.

Questions? Contact Director of Development, Sara Clark at sara.clark@cincyshakes.com

We wish to thank the following corporations, foundations, and agencies who have supported Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education Programs, from 2019-present. We are forever grateful.

We endeavor to correctly recognize all of our supporters. If you see a problem with this list, please accept our apologies and email elaine.cox@cincyshakes.com to correct. Thank you.

Education Program Partners:

Andrew Jergens Foundation

Crosset Family FundWilliam P. Anderson Foundation
William S Rowe Foundation
Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education Program is a proud recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Ohio Associate of Non-Profit Organizations recognizing creativity, execution, achievement, and overall excellence of a specific project or program completed by an Ohio nonprofit.