City of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Awarded the 2018 Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company announced today during their first concrete pour event located at the future site of their new theater, that they had been selected along with the City of Cincinnati to host the 2018 Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference. In attendance at the event were supporters, donors, and leaders involved in the project including Otto. M Budig, Mayor John Cranley, Jim Bridgeland, Calvin and Patricia Linnemann, Don Tecklenburg, and Richard Westheimer. Also in attendance was the Executive Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Association, Patrick Flick who traveled into town to attend the event and make this announcement.
Mr. Flick said “from a roster of over 120 companies with annual budgets ranging from $50,000 to $50MM, the committee reviewed proposals from Boston, MA, Milwaukee, WI, Santa Cruz, CA, Newfoundland, Canada, and Prague in the Czech Republic, as well as Cincinnati. We are very excited by your city’s ongoing urban renaissance, thriving arts and culture scene, downtown walkability, streetcar development, centralized location, and, of course, the 2017 opening of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s brand new world-class facility in Over-the-Rhine.”
Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips said that “Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is thrilled and proud to do their part in contributing to the cultural tourism on our city and to continue to put Cincinnati on the map! We have had preliminary conversations with the Cincinnati Visitor’s Bureau, local hotels, Cincinnati USA Chamber, and ArtsWave to begin planning this conference to ensure that our national and international guests experience the best of what Cincinnati has to offer. Our organization is thrilled to be able to host this conference and believe it will have a ripple effect that will benefit our city’s restaurants, hotels, and other fantastic attractions.”
The Shakespeare Theatre Association provides a forum for the artistic, managerial, educational leadership for theatres primarily involved with the production of the works of William Shakespeare to discuss issues and methods of work, resources, and information, and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions and training. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has sent leaders to the conference for several years and recognizes the importance. Mr. Flick said that “the annual conference is a vital opportunity for the leadership of the STA member theatres to network, share best practices, cross-pollinate talent, and raise international awareness of the ongoing relevancy of Shakespeare’s plays in the 21st century.”
Mr. Flick concluded saying that “we look forward to working with Cincinnati Shakespeare and the City of Cincinnati on welcoming the international Shakespeare community to Cincinnati and celebrating the inaugural year in their new space.”
The conference will take place in January of 2018 during the inaugural first season in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new theater. More details will be released in the future.