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The American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp (ASCTC) is America's preeminent college preparatory program for Shakespeare scholarship and performance. Our summer camp provides 70+ students annually with practical skills in theatre performance; a lifelong connection to a vibrant artistic and scholarly community; and the increased self-esteem and confidence they need when they return to the classroom or continue on to college.

Every year, we hear from students and their families who are eager for this experience but cannot afford the cost. We do what we can to help but with limited resources, we can only award 7 - 12 partial scholarships annually. In 2014 alone, we received scholarship applications requesting $78,290 total in aid but could only award $10,425.

When you click the donation link, you give us the capacity to award more scholarships. You give us the ability to diversify the economic and demographic makeup of our summer camp. You allow us to help more kids like this young man, whose parent recently sent us the following note:

MY SON IS 14, VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT SHAKESPEARE, AND VERY TALENTED AND COMMITTED TO HIS CRAFT. SHAKESPEARE MAY HAVE VERY WELL SAVED HIS LIFE. HIS THEATRE COMMUNITY HAS SEEN US THROUGH SOME EXTREMELY TRAUMATIC TIMES INVOLVING HIS DAD'S BATTLES WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, CHEMICAL ADDICTION, AND ULTIMATELY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. NOW WE ARE ALL SAFE AND IN RECOVERY. 

IT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE AN IMMERSIVE SUMMER EXPERIENCE SUCH AS THE ONE YOUR PROGRAM PROVIDES. AS I AM A FULL TIME WORKING SINGLE PARENT, FUNDING IS REALLY THE ONLY IMPEDIMENT. WE ARE ALREADY LOOKING INTO CROWDSOURCING, AND HE HAS TOLD ME THAT HE WOULD BE WILLING TO PITCH IN WITH SOME OF HIS OWN HARD EARNED SAVINGS, AND CONTINUE WORKING TO SAVE MORE. THIS IS HOW MUCH THIS KID WANTS TO DO THIS!

With your gift, we can help more high school students like him rediscover the universality of Shakespeare’s language, and make that treasure their own. We can expand the reach and impact of ASCTC to a broader range of campers, from here in Staunton and throughout the United States.


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