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Shoreline Arts Alliance Receives Grant from CT Humanities
Posted on July 21st, 2016

​2016 Shakespeare and Human Nature is an expanded initiative to complement and support the current summer flagship program of Shakespeare on the Shoreline. Through a multi-tiered educational approach this programming will reach audiences of varying ages, schooling and income, targeting specific demographics including those with disabilities. It is designed to provide opportunities to think, explore and learn more about ourselves, our community and issues facing us today through the study and interpretation of live performances, community forums, and theatrical training opportunities. The targeted projects will focus on personal development of the individual through the unique educational value of a performing arts experience, will foster a life-long love of live theatre and a deeper appreciation of the arts, will build awareness of diversity within the community and will encourage greater participation and attendance at the annual Shakespeare on the Shoreline production. This multi-tiered approach has been made possible with a grant of $24,872 from CT Humanities.
According to Eric Dillner, CEO/Executive Director, “The mission of 2016 Shakespeare and Human Nature coupled with the existing Shakespeare on the Shoreline program ties directly to the mission of CT Humanities and deepens Shoreline Arts Alliance's mission to educate, encourage, enrich and engage through the arts, culture and heritage and as an economic driver for the region by providing summer jobs and revenue to artists, and local businesses. The 2016 project expands our efforts to unite the Shoreline community through theatre by presenting inclusive creative experiences that will foster friendships and open communications for participants of all ages and abilities.”
The 2016 Shakespeare on the Shoreline programming will include: (1) Rising Stars Summer Theatre Camp for ages 7-17 offering two one-week sessions; (2) Daytime performances and talk-backs of Gulliver’s Travels this summer’s production for young children and their families, including a Sensory Friendly performance; (3)Round Table Shakespeare Forums at public locations and Assisted Living centers. These will be facilitated by members of the cast and the artistic director (Emily Mattina). For those clients who are unable to attend a performance on the Green these round tables will provide stimulating discussion on the
program; (4) Expanded number of evenings of pre and post show talk backs to all five nights with the director and cast and provide an American sign interpreter for these discussions on Wednesday and Sunday evening; (5) Provide an American sign interpreter (August 3 and 7), large print and braille programs and assisted listening devices for the hearing and visually impaired; (6) Increase the post show lighting on the Green to make exiting the Green safer for all in attendance.
Admission to the Main Stage production, the forums as well as to the talk backs is free and open to all. They will provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the language, themes, plots and characterization in Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona to enhance the comprehension and enjoyment of the main stage production. The format will be informal ‘round table’ discussion between artistic staff and audience.
Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities which funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. Connecticut Humanities brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting
Founded in 1980, Shoreline Arts Alliance is the “go to” source for the best arts, entertainment, and cultural activities for people of all ages along the central coastal region of Connecticut. As a Local Arts Agency of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Shoreline Arts Alliance is responsible for serving the broad cultural sector within the region and making the arts a part of the daily fabric of community life. Visit for more information on the Shakespeare on the Shoreline project or other services and programs of Shoreline Arts Alliance.

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