The grant is part of A Community Thrives, which is a grant-making and crowd-funding program that supports nonprofit organizations with projects focused on community building. The program has helped contribute more than $12 million since 2017.

SDSF’s new funding will help the company stage a professional production of “Twelfth Night, or What you Will” June 17-20, 2021 in Vermillion's Prentis Park as well as help expand educational programs.

“Of course, a COVID universe takes a large toll on every industry in every field, but it takes a particular toll on the theater,” said Chaya Gordon-Bland, executive artistic director. “With a budget of $55,000 to $60,000, another $5,000 is a big boost for us.”

This year, A Community Thrives engaged participants in 45 states. SDSF was named one of three recipients in southeast South Dakota.

“We are proud of the work the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival has done to enhance Vermillion, the surrounding communities and the region,” Gannett CEO and chairman Mike Reed said. “At Gannett, we take pride in supporting the organizations that make a positive impact in their communities. Through A Community Thrives, we lend financial support to that purpose as well as rally the whole community to champion a good and meaningful cause.”

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