THIS IS MY BIRTHDAY
—Cassius, Julius Caesar
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company celebrates its Fifteenth Birthday on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
In 2002, we opened a production of Twelfth Night, directed by Ian Gallanar at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, which would serve as our indoor home (and offices) along with the PFI Historic Park, our outdoor venue, for the next 12 years. After year after year of rapid growth, in 2014 we opened our Downtown Theater, and the number of patrons and students that we served has grown far greater.
Here are some fun numbers to celebrate our quinceanera.
3 productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, of A Christmas Carol and of Macbeth—the most of any particular play we have mounted. This December’s A Christmas Carol and June 2018’s Midsummer at the Ruins will bring each of them up to four. And this does not count our matinee productions of Romeo and Juliet—at least five so far.
4 of our original founders still serve on staff: Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar, Managing Director Lesley Malin, Technical Director Dan O’Brien, and Resident Costume Designer and Business Manager Kristina Lambdin.
5 awards recognizing the design and renovation of our beautiful downtown theater.
17 plays by playwrights other than Shakespeare have been produced by CSC; in 2018, we add Alice in Wonderland and Red Velvet to the mix.
25 feet is the farthest distance any seat is from the stage in our delightfully intimate Downtown theater
37 productions that Resident Actor James Jager has performed in at CSC—the most of any of our actors. His first appearance with us was Coriolanus in 2005.
66 plays we have produced for the public.
70 institutions and individuals have each given at least $10,000 to CSC.
100 people came to see our very first production, Twelfth Night, in 2002 over the entire run. Our Downtown Theater has seats for 266 people.
158 percent – is how much our education program has grown since we opened our Downtown Theater in 2014.
481 artists have been employed by CSC over our history–actors, designers, directors, tech folks, teaching artists, photographers, videographers, and graphic designers.
10,000 the number of kids given free admission at our outdoor venue in Ellicott City by the start of summer 2018.
71,171 children and students served through both our performances and our educational programming.
115,973 people we have performed for in our public performances.
$6,000,000 dollars raised to purchase and renovate our Downtown Theater.
I hope you, our patrons, subscribers, artists, volunteers, and donors, take pride in these achievements, because it is only your support, your commitment, and your enthusiasm that make our growth and our fifteen years and our next fifteen years possible.
Lesley Malin, Managing Director
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Watch social media coverage of our 15th Birthday festivities with subscribers, including a performance of the Pyramus & Thisbe scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar, at 8:30pm on Wednesday on Facebook and Twitter. Do you use Snapchat? Add us on Snapchat @shakespeare_com!