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DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL INC

aka Delaware Shakespeare   |   Wilmington, DE   |  http://www.delshakes.org

Mission

Inspired by Shakespeare's creative vision and the broad societal mix of audiences of his era, Delaware Shakespeare Festival brings our community together for vibrant theatre and learning experiences.

Ruling year info

2004

Producing Artistic Director

Mr. David Stradley

Main address

4 S. Poplar Street

Wilmington, DE 19801 USA

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EIN

36-4535637

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Our programs

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Summer Festival

The Summer Festival is an annual outdoor Shakespeare production held on the grounds of Rockwood Park in North Wilmington. Through a partnership with the New Castle County, Del Shakes has been in residence at Rockwood since 2006. (The Summer Festival was held for the first three years at Archmere Academy.)

The Summer Festival is a community event as well as an artistic experience. The grounds open 75 minutes before performances for picnicking and pre-show entertainment, including a Shakespeare orientation and small-scale comic performances. Ticket prices are kept low so that as many members of the community as possible can enjoy an evening under the stars with high-quality professional productions of the greatest plays in the English language.

Special events such as Family Nights (children under 12 receive free admission on Sundays), Pay What You Wednesdays, and the Janssen's Market Picnic Contest help to give the performance an additional festive feel.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Launched in 2016, the Community Tour brings high quality Shakespeare performances to the full spectrum of humanity by traveling to locations such as prisons, libraries, and community centers. Tour performances are presented free of charge, ensuring that people from all walks of life have the opportunity to experience professional theatre. The tour reaches all three Delaware counties with a total audience of over 1,000 people.

The Community Tour has garnered national recognition, receiving a national grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Del Shakes artists were featured guests at a national conference organized by TCG, exploring the producing model used by the Community Tour.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people

Beginning in 2012, Del Shakes has expanded to provide additional programming outside of its two full productions, including thematic reading events “Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends,” “Shakespeare + St. Valentine," and "ShakesBeer.”

Del Shakes often partners with other arts and non-arts organizations on collaborative performances. Recent partnerships include collaborations with Delaware Symphony Orchestra to present Stravinsky’s L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT and Lewes Public Library to present readings from Caroline Randall Williams' LUCY NEGRO, REDUX and Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL INC

Board of directors
as of 08/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julie Russ

No Affiliation

S. Todd Townsend

Resurrection Center

Julie Sulzbacher Russ

No Affiliation

Scott Matthews

Tarabicos, Gross & Hoffman

Susan Guariano

M&T Bank

David Stradley

Delaware Shakespeare

Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez

Free Lance Artist

Achille Scache

Giordano, DelCollo, Werb & Gagne

Vanesa Simon

Mariposa Arts

Matt Sullivan

Short Order, a Bowstring Company

George Watson

(Formerly) University of Delaware

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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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