I have had the pleasure of serving Southwest Shakespeare Company as the Marketing Director for the 2009-2010 season. So far it has been an amazing and yet exhausting experience. Can I just say that I LOVE this company and all it does? I have gotten to know some of the most amazing people and be a part of an art form I can’t get enough of. I have always been a fan of Shakespeare as long as I can remember. Okay, well maybe not before my sophomore year when I read Macbeth, made a Lady Macbeth dress and performed the “unsex me” monologue. I have been a fan ever since.
SSC puts Sir William on the stage, where he belongs. They have exposed hundreds of Arizona kids to the theater. Many of these kids have written in about their experience with the company. They have said that seeing the show on stage helped them to understand the play better and seeing a stage performance for the first time was something they will never forget.
One of the biggest things that I have been able to implement at SSC is the revival of a student program called the “Wenches and Knaves.” This great group of high school students pound the pavement of the valley to promote SSC through street side performance and marketing. I headed up this venture with Dawn (The Director of Education Outreach). We promoted, auditioned and selected our group of kids for this season. I really don’t think we ever expected to be so blessed from these kids or this experience. I love our kids and their passion for all things Shakespeare and performance. They are so talented and we are like little mama bears; we are so proud.
Southwest Shakespeare Company recently hosted the 7th annual “A Midwinter Night’s Dream Gala”
The event is the company’s annual fundraiser and is one of the most important evenings of the year. This is where the company raises money that funds the entire next season and all of the educational outreach. I was more than happy to be on the planning committee this year as well as design all of the media for the event including the ad, invitation and program. The snow globe really went over well as the theme of the evening. The Mayor’s wife even made the lovely centerpieces again this year. Each table represented one of Shakespeare’s plays. The characters on the inside were beautiful.
Here are some highlights from the evening.
If you are in the Mesa area, please check out one of the shows. They are wonderful 🙂