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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare is for everyone.

aka CSC   |   Baltimore, MD   |  https://www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com

Mission

The mission of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is to create community through energetic, joyful, and accessible classic theatre. Our vision is for our transformative theatre experiences to inspire connection and reveal the power of art to enrich and uplift lives. We bring our art to Baltimore, the State of Maryland, and beyond, striving to engage new and non-traditional audiences and break down barriers to access. As a dynamic educational resource, we introduce Shakespeare to schoolchildren with vigorous, relevant programming. Through inclusive programming that resonates in our contemporary communities, CSC builds cross-community engagement, highlighting our shared humanity through art.

Ruling year info

2002

Founding Artistic Director

Mr. Ian Gallanar

Producing Executive Director

Ms. Lesley Malin

Main address

7 South Calvert Street

Baltimore, MD 21202 USA

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EIN

03-0418380

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Artistic Season

CSCs mainstage artistic season is the performance and production component of our core programming, in which we offer performances of Shakespeare and other plays of classic stature that are accessible, engaging, and relevant to all audiences. Each year, CSC produces 5-7 professional productions at our downtown Baltimore theatre and 1-2 productions at our outdoor summer venue, the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Education has been a core part of CSCs work since our founding in 2002. What began as pre- and post-show talks and occasional school visits has grown into a robust education program with a wide range of year-round activities, introducing youth and adult learners to Shakespeare with vigorous, relevant programming--serving 12,000-17,000 children annually.

At the heart of our educational programming is our student matinee program, which provides access for students to experience a live performance of one of Shakespeare's major works that they are required to study in school. Each year, CSC mounts student matinee productions of Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, in addition to special matinee performances of select mainstage productions.

In addition to our student matinee program, CSC serves youth through in-school residencies and workshops with our experienced teaching artists. We also offer a variety of youth and adult classes, private coaching sessions, and youth summer camps.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Founded in 2021 as part of CSCs efforts to actualize our diversity, equity, and inclusion values, our self-led Black Classical Acting Ensemble (BCAE) explores Shakespeare and other classics through a culturally rooted, Afrocentric approach and provides training, mentorship, and professional development for local Black actors.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Artists and performers

CSCs Veterans Ensemble works to empower military veterans to find health and wellness through the arts, including through classes, workshops, and performance.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Piloted in 2023, CSCs newest community engagement initiative, Shakespeare Beyond, brings free traveling arts and cultural programming to neighborhoods across Baltimore and Maryland--with a focus on underserved communities. Through a self-contained mobile arts tent and performance unit (the Shakespeare Wagon), Shakespeare Beyond allows us to provide arts programming directly in communities--setting up camp in parks and other public spaces. In addition to expanding access to the arts, which we know to be crucial for building and sustaining healthy communities, Shakespeare Beyond attracts people and resources to neighborhoods, supporting community activation and economic vitality.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people

As part of our larger community engagement efforts, CSC offers a variety of community events and collaborations with local partners, such as staged readings, author/book talks, musical collaborations, and cultural celebrations. We also participate in community-wide festivals and events (like Doors Open Baltimore, Artscape, Free Fall Baltimore, and the Charles Street Promenade) with our ever-growing network of community partners including Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Institute, CityLit Project, and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimoreamong others.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Emily Rockefeller

McDonogh School

Term: 2022 - 2025

Robin Hough

Clark & Hough LLP

Lesley Malin

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Scott B. Helm

Vistra Energy Corporation

Earle W. Pratt, III

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

Kevin Burke

Wilmington Trust

Joseph Ferlise, JD

Brown Advisory

Bill Henry

Baltimore City Comptroller

John E. McCann, Jr.

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Linda Pieplow

Howard County Public Schools

Emily Rockefeller

McDonogh School

Geri Byrd

Mayson-Dixon Companies

Celina Figueroa

Stanley Black & Decker

Neal Flieger

Golin

Ian Gallanar

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Laura Boydston

Franklin Templeton

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes