Two Public / Private Partnerships 

The Shakespeare Center is embarking on a campaign to ensure the success of two new institutional Public/Private partnerships with Santa Monica College and the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Linked Learning.  

These partnerships will expand access and engagement to new communities and permit the scaling of services with current targeted constituencies. This broader impact will be paired with a deepening of the company’s transformational measurable outcomes. 

Over the next five years, the Shakespeare Center will be leading a comprehensive fund raising campaign to establish a stable Shakespeare Working Capital Fund and Board Designated Bard Reserve Fund to support core operations, as well as build capacity and infrastructure capable of responding to the robust opportunities driven by increased demand.  

Shakespeare Center operations will evolve to include:

Transition of summer operations to Westside campus of Santa Monica College that has an existing indoor theater and plans for outdoor performance space. Both performance venues include Shakespeare Center naming rights opportunities. 

Capacity-Building that invests in key professional staff positions to ensure the organization’s long‐term sustainability and succession of its visionary leadership.

Establishing the Shakespeare Working Capital Fund and a Board Designated Bard Reserve Fund, to sustain the company’s award-winning programming and performances.

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’s campaign will focus on the following priorities:

Campaign Priority One: Naming Opportunities at the Santa Monica College Campus

The red square box (above) identifies a naming opportunity for an outdoor performance plaza that will be designed in consultation with Shakespeare Center to support live theatrical production and real time internet streaming and broadcasting.

Campaign Priority Two: Sustainability

Ensuring the organization’s financial solvency by investing funds generated by the naming opportunities into the Shakespeare Working Capital Fund and Shakespeare Board Designated Reserve Fund.

Deepening the organization’s staff capacity by investing in key professional staff positions and begin to address leadership succession to ensure the organization’s long‐term stability.

Campaign Priority Three:  Success of New Partnerships 

Veterans Work-Readiness Training

Train a skilled labor pool of Veterans to work on Shakespeare Center productions at Santa Monica College, through the SMC Theatre Arts Department Certificated Technical Theater training track. 

Santa Monica College Apprentice Institute

Launch an accredited Shakespeare Center Santa Monica College Summer Theater Institute providing Santa Monica College theater students and faculty professional apprenticeships and leadership positions during the summer months that provide a bridge for union membership in winter months when summer productions are remounted downtown for student audiences.

Scaling of Will Power to Youth

At the invitation and financial commitment of the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of Linked Learning, scale the number of youth served and number of schools served.