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The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Pericles in Washington, DC, as part of the NEA's Shakespeare for a New Generation initiative. Photo by Richard Termine.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Pericles in Washington, DC, as part of the NEA's Shakespeare for a New Generation initiative. Photo by Richard Termine

Today we announced our 2010-11 grants for Shakespeare for a New Generation, an initiative that supports the production by not-for-profit theater companies of plays by William Shakespeare with accompanying educational and outreach activities. Each of the 40 theater companies receiving a Shakespeare grant will bring the Bard to at least 10 schools. You can learn more about Shakespeare for a New Generation, the second phase of our Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, on the program website.

Thanks to a partnership with the Department of Justice's Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention six of the NEA Shakespeare grantees will receive additional Justice Department funding to support performances and educational activities targeted to youth involved with the juvenile justice system. You can read more about this dynamic partnership in this article from the NEA Arts archives.

Before we launched Shakespeare for a New Generation we worked with our partner Arts Midwest to create a toolkit that teachers could use to engage their students with the works of Shakespeare in the classroom in order to make their live theater experience of his plays even richer. One of the toolkit components, the Teaching Shakespeare cd, includes recitations of several of his sonnets. In the audio clip below you'll hear readings by veteran actors Jane Alexander ( a former NEA chair), James Earl Jones, and Alfred Molina.

Listen to the sonnets [3:27]

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[transcript]

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