“Boekelheide and Eismann zig-zag through every inch of the room as the scenes unfold… there is a very up-close and personal feel to this performance… it shows that two women can take on the Thane and other principals in the play’s world, with chutzpah and conviction.” – Curtain Up, April 2015, Deirdre Donovan
Manhattan Shakespeare Project is a New York-based collective committed to re-envisioning the work of Shakespeare in order to communicate with new generations and communities. Manhattan Shakespeare Project (MSP) and Manhattan’s All-Female Shakespeare Company’s dual mission is to facilitate the growth of the female artist and to make Shakespeare financially and physically accessible to all communities. MSP has produced five summers of Free Shakespeare in the Park (FSPS), a free Shakespeare educational tour to NYC public schools. Programs also include Problem Solving With The Bard: Shakespeare in the Special Education Classroom, a school residency at Manhattan School for Career Development; Emerging Female Voices Playwrights’ Fest; New Works Project; and internationally, Shakespeare For A New World: The Palestinian Voice, where artists in Palestine and Jerusalem created original work inspired by Shakespeare.
Sarah Eismann, founding Artistic Director, has been a teaching artist and actor for over ten years with at-risk and under-served communities in San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael, including students with special needs and inmates at the San Quentin prison. Eismann received her M.F.A. in Acting from Columbia University School of the Arts and her B.F.A. in Drama & Biology at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. MSP was the recipient of LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC (2015); and grants from NYDOE.
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