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South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Receives South Dakota Humanities Council Grant

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $7,000 Discussion Grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

The grant encourages discussion and utilizes unique forms of media to advance the humanities. It will help fund SDSF’s production of “Twelfth Night, or What You Will,” June 17-20 in Vermillion’s Prentis Park. This professional production is free to the public, along with accompanying outreach and educational programming. The production will also be streamed online for free the following week.

Throughout rehearsals and performances, SDSF will implement an array of mitigation techniques, including de-densification, distancing, use of masks, and thorough sanitation.

The mission of the SDSF is to engage, connect and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education. Our values encompass access, inclusion, integrity and artistic excellence.

Since 2012, the SDSF has been producing free, world-class Shakespeare in the Park in Vermillion, South Dakota, accompanied by a wide array of education and engagement programming, through partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations. The SDSF values diversity and inclusion in its work, and it seeks to create theatre and build audiences that reflect and nourish the diversity of its communities. Since its inception, and in keeping with our mission, all festival events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s activities for 2021, including dates, times, locations, and details, visit www.sdshakespearefestival.org or visit their Facebook page.

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