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Ross & Cristina

Don't Call It A Comeback

Learning New Lessons, Setting New Goals

Hello, friends!

Thank you for visiting my page!  I'm thrilled you're willing to lend your support to a company that's meant so much to me over the last decade (and counting). 2020 was a tough year that challenged us in so many ways, and theatre companies and artists felt those challenges in ways that were uniquely acute.  Unable to gather, we explored new methods for creation and connection, but never lost hope for a return to live events, to laughing and crying with each other in a shared space.

This year, New York Shakespeare Exchange is on track to return to live (outdoor) performances, but we are finding ways to use the virtual tools and broader perspectives that came out of 2020 to help us expand and deepen our reach with new audiences, and continue to be more inclusive in the opportunities we create for artists. 

New developing projects include:

  • The Voices Project - A growing catalogue of videos created by Shakespeare performers who are under-represented in the American classical theatre, which highlight how Shakespeare's words resonate through the filters of their own identities and experiences.
  • Virtual Education Workshops - Thanks to remote learning tools, NYSX artists have been Zooming into classrooms in states like Michigan, Georgia, and Ohio, and we can't wait to add more states to that list!
  • Virtual Freestyle Labs - Since 2018, our Freestyle Lab series at the 53rd Street Library has gained an enthusiastic and loyal following.  THIS YEAR, we will explore how to create this town hall-style event in a virtual space, giving us a chance to invite in audiences across the country (and maybe even an ocean or two...).
In other company news:
  • NYSX is working toward a more inclusive and collaborative model of planning our season.  With our new Leadership Council, we've composed a season of events that tackle a variety of timely themes (trauma, recovery, identity, rebirth) and deeper engagement with new communities of artists and audiences.
  • In a desire to build better relationships with artists and audiences in the disability community, NYSX is working to expand our accessibility tools and integrate a more holistically accessible approach into the planning of our events (both virtual and in-person).
  • THE WINTER'S TALE - planned for late summer/early fall - will mark NYSX's first outdoor production!  We can't wait to gather again - while staying safe - at an NYC park (or two) later this year. 

If you believe in the work we're doing, I hope you'll join our community of donors and help make 2021 the first step on the way to a much brighter future.

Thanks and Thanks and ever Thanks,



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To contribute by mail, send your check, made payable to "New York Shakespeare Exchange" to:

New York Shakespeare Exchange
4500 Broadway, 5B
New York, NY 10040

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