The Illinois Shakespeare Festival provides a limited number of complementary ticket vouchers and Festival-specific merchandise to qualified non-profit organizations for use in their fundraising activities, such as live and silent auctions. The non-profit must provide a letter or completed order form (link below) at least six weeks in advance of the event. Proof of non-profit status may also be needed.
Donations of tickets will note the full dollar value. Once awarded, ticket vouchers will be mailed. Merchandise donations must be picked up at the Festival office or Box Office on the campus of Illinois State University.
ISF has been a part of the community for over 40 years, but there are still many people who have yet to experience our shows. We believe that theatre is for everyone, but know that ticket prices can be a hindrance to many families.
The Sharing Shakespeare program allows ISF to partner with local organizations to offer tickets to underserved members in the community.
I wanted to share a message from the staff from our Mayors Manor program. Mayors Manor is a permanent, supportive housing program for formerly homeless men and women. Here is what they said:
“I just wanted to tell you all thank you for the tickets for the play to see Shakespeare in Love. The tenants that went enjoyed it and wanted me to tell you all thank you. It was an awesome time and some never had such an experience. Again, we extend our gratitude to you all for allowing this to be possible. We look forward to many more “first times” for our tenants.”
I do not want to overstate the impact this experience has had on those who went. Each day MCCA works with thousands of men, women, and children who live in poverty. But that poverty is not exclusively financial. They experience poverty of the mind and soul as well. Having the opportunity to see these productions has shown them that a life filled with joy and passion is possible, That seed planted in their hearts today will create a lasting change in them.
--- Matthew Drat, Director of Resource Development and Community Engagement at Mid Central Community Action
To learn more about Sharing Shakespeare, contact Molly Briggs-Yonke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-438-8784.