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Ryan Jackson ACF Abstract FY12

"Bard to Go-Traveling Theatre as a Cultural Connector"

Conference Name: Shakespeare in Paradise Festival

The touring Shakespearean Theatre program Bard to Go has been invited, as an international cultural exchange and educational opportunity, to the Shakespeare in Paradise Festival.
A 6 day visit to Nassau, the Bahamas, in order to promote a cultural and educational dialogue in the theatre area. As a part of this exchange the six member student cast would perform "Lovestruck" a 50-minute professional-quality touring play comprised of various Shakespearean scenes based on the universal themes of love and match-making. Based on similar previous experiences with international tours, we hope to offer approximately three performances in local secondary schools, and two performances at the Paradise Festival. In addition to these performances, the students would be participating in festival activities, and workshops while gaining an once in a lifetime opportunity to view other international theatre productions. This piece will also be in performed for the Grand Valley Shakespearean Festival and the cast and crew will play to over 1200 students while touring in Michigan in the fall of 2011. As part of this year's production we will be videotaping our entire experience. The videographer is a film and video major at Grand Valley and this project will be her culminating senior film project.