Shakespeare in Detroit aspires for another season

The site-specific Shakespeare company seeks funds to help execute another exciting season in Detroit
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Samantha White
Theater
Detroit, Michigan
United States
2 Team Members

Short Summary

It all began with a Moor. 

After a successful performance of "Othello" at Grand Circus Park in August 2013 at Grand Circus Park -- including more than 500 audience members in attendance -- Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) has continued to build a cadence for dynamic theater. 

This March, the theater company brought one of the city's most unique theatrical experiences to sold out crowds with "Antony and Cleopatra" at the historical site, Recycle Here -- the original home of the Lincoln Motor Company. The venue is now home to the city's recycling program and a village where artists of all kinds can share their work. 

SiD is currently performing two summer productions with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet." 

  • SiD is a site-specific theater company, founded by Sam White.
  • Our core values include hiring local artists, color-blind casting and accessible theater that is engaging, entertaining and educational. And the work highlights some of the area's historical sites, venues and parks. 
  • Your contribution will help us continue an endeavor that has already impacted over 2000 people in the city -- many of whom have never experienced Shakespeare

What We Need & What You Get

  • We need at least $15,000 to help kick off the season and fund professional talent, costumes and set pieces for shows that will include "The Tempest", "King Lear", and "Macbeth."
  • For participating, you'll enjoy Shakespeare in Detroit merchandise and get a behind-the-scenes look at the company, including time with its founder, Sam White.
  • If we don't reach our entire goal, we will continue on with our season opener "The Tempest." We will make adjustments according to the budget we are allotted via this campaign. (A performance on Belle Isle is pending approval by the state. In case of no approval, we will perform in an alternate space). 

The Impact

There may be a variety of Shakespeare experiences available in the area, but our mission isn't just executed for the sake of doing theater. Here's why we do what we do:

  • Shakespeare has international appeal and recognition and could serve as a great tourist attraction -- a major factor for a healthy, thriving city. The theater company aspires to become the caliber theater we enjoy when we visit our Canadian neighbors' festival.
  • Our audience reflects the melting pot of our great city with people of all backgrounds, races and ages coming together for one common experience -- it is unconventional theater with traditional text.
  • We perform in the places where you live, work and play. SiD doesn't ask you to come to us, we come to you.
  • We are the only Shakespeare company in the area that offers FREE full-fledged plays during the summer months.

Risks & Challenges

There ain't nothing easy about doing these shows.

  • We are striving to produce high-quality art without the benefit of grants or any major funding (we applied for a few this year and, unfortunately, weren't chosen. Alas we're hoping the shows will still go on).
  • We hope to continue producing work next season that may lead to grants and funding from a major institution as we build our reputation and scope.

Other Ways You Can Help

SiD always needs volunteers. 

  • Administrative volunteers from videographers to social media experts are always needed 
  • The more hands the better! We always need help building our sets and costumes. Good with a hammer? We need you! Great with a sewing machine? Give us a call. 
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$2,330USD
raised by 50 people in 21 days
16% funded
No time left
$15,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on July 31, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Let's Connect!

    Receive a phone call from founder Sam White and ask anything you want about Shakespeare in Detroit -- how she started with a dream and brought it to the stage or anything else about her entrepreneurial journey.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $10USD
    Shoutout!

    Not only will you receive a phone call from the company's founder, but we'll also express our gratitude c/o a shoutout (also known as a public thank you) on one of our social media pages.

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD
    Cheers!

    A Shakespeare in Detroit coffee mug (ft the company logo) and a social media shoutout are yours for your generous donation.

    19 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD
    Wear us proudly!

    Wear the Shakespeare in Detroit logo proudly on your chest (black, short-sleeved T-shirt available in men's sizes , but definitely wearable by both men and women) S/M/L/XL/XXL. And we'll also give you a shoutout on one of our social media channels.

    12 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $75USD
    Hand to chest!

    You'll be able to enjoy drinking from your Shakespeare in Detroit coffee mug and wearing us proudly on your chest with a T-shirt (details on color/size/etc mentioned in previous perk). We'll also give you a shoutout on one of our social media platforms.

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $100USD
    Perks and the Playbill!

    Not only will you enjoy the perks of a SiD coffee mug, T shirt and a shoutout on one of our social media channels, but you'll also be included by name in the playbill of our season opener as a sponsor!

    6 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $150USD
    Come play!

    Receive a coffee mug, T shirt, social media shoutout, playbill mention and participate in an acting workshop hosted by Shakespeare in Detroit.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $200USD
    Everything but....

    Receive a Shakespeare in Detroit coffee mug, T-shirt, social media shoutout, playbill mention, participate in an acting workshop hosted by us and a feature on our podcast, Detroit Meets the Bard.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $500USD
    ...the kitchen sink!

    Receive a Shakespeare in Detroit mug, T shirt, social media shoutout, playbill mention, participate in an acting workshop hosted by us and you'll also be featured on our podcast, Detroit Meets the Bard. AND attend a rehearsal for "The Tempest." (the rehearsal for "The Tempest" takes place in September, everything else happens in October)

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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