As 2017 enters its final hours, it's appropriate to thank everyone who has turned Shakespeare in the Park from a dream into eight summers of funny, poignant, scary, tragic and triumphant theatre!
The donations of hundreds of individuals and businesses and grantmakers, the assistance of dozens of partners, the work and talent of the actors and crews and staff -- and the willingness of all of you to go along for the ride...that's what made all of our milestones possible. None more so than those we passed this year.
Enjoy this look back as we prepare to clear even higher hurdles in the year ahead:
We could not be more pleased to introduce you to Lisa Gaye Dixon, who will be directing King Lear for SitP 2018!
As we teased a couple of weeks ago, Lisa is currently performing in Chicago, at the Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Present. We'll catch up with her soon after that's complete in order to bring you some of her thoughts about Lear.
In the meanwhile, her biography will, no doubt, amaze you as much as it did us:
Lisa Gaye Dixon is an Associate Professor in Theatre, and has worked professionally across the country and around the globe. She began her professional career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and has been seen on the stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the New Globe Theatre in London, and regionally at the Attic Theatre (Detroit), Milwaukee Shakespeare, Ann Arbor civic Theatre and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Film work includes: The Trouble with Men and Women (BBC/IFC), USING: The Movie, and the award-winning independent film Leading Ladies, where she was also a professional acting coach.
Stage Credits include: Chicago: A Christmas Carol-Goodman Theatre, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Steppenwolf). Recently, she appeared in the west coast premiere of her one-woman show My Case Is Altered: Tales of a 21st Century Roaring Girl. Regional credits include Black Pearl Sings (Kitchen Theatre Company/GEVA Theatre Center); Getting Out (Performance Network); Fences (Ann Arbor Civic Theatre); What Fresh Hell is This?… (Attic Theatre); Having Our Say (Lost Nation Theater); Pretty Fire and Yellowman (Kitchen Theatre); The Tempest (Milwaukee Shakespeare) and Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Knight of the Burning Pestle and King Lear (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). International credits include Slaughter City (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Damon and Pythias (Globe Theatre).
Recent (and favorite) directing credits include: A Midsummer Nights Dream: It’s a Bacchanal!, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, True West, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Ladyish. She teaches acting and directs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
We are also very proud to announce that we've "upgraded" our category with Actors' Equity Association which will enable us, beginning in 2019, to have performances with us counted for "points" by actors in the Equity Membership Candidate program. This represents an opportunity for us to become an even more active participant in the career growth of young actors in the area -- and one more of the theaters working to help actors stay in the area to pursue their craft. Part of our commitment to the greater Milwaukee/southeastern Wisconsin community has always been to hire local actors and this will be one more way that we meet that commitment.
Finally, we'll be introducing you to our King Lear Director VERY SOON!
Your hint(s) are that she is currently in the midst of performing in a show in Chicago! We'll want her to have a few minutes to give you some of her thoughts about bringing this show to life, so stay tuned for all of that information in the next few weeks!