Friday, July 6, 2012

Selecting the Summer Shakespeare ensemble

In May 2012 Director of Outreach Carlos Caldart launched a campaign to recruit New York City high school students for the Summer Shakespeare program. Carlos and team mailed letters to all New York City public high schools. In addition, to cast the widest net possible, volunteers called every high school to make sure the information was received and shared with as many students as possible and also sent e-mail follow ups.

The 2011 Summer Shakespeare ensemble in Julius Ceasar
A total of sixty-three students from all five boroughs called for an interview. Many of them were invited to participate in a callback in mid-June. Applicants were asked to bring a memorized monologue from a published play. Students were assessed based on need, passion and enthusiasm. Of the students who applied, only twenty-two would be invited to participate in the program. Who are the lucky twenty-two? Check in on Monday, July 9, the first day of class, to find out.

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