Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Smith Street Stage receives Donn Russell Fund Grant

Since they first presented Romeo and Juliet in 2010, Smith Street Stage has endeavored to make each of their productions “deeply meaningful as well as broadly accessible.” This means not only employing rigorous theatrical skill and grounding classic text in familiar human experiences; but also presenting these complex works usually for free and in a public park. Their annual residency at Carroll Park has become a highly anticipated summer series for Brooklyn residents and they have developed a loyal following.
“An experience like no other, Smith Street Stage delivers passionate, spectacular plays for humans of all ages. Professional actors and artists collaboratively put together plays that are always entertaining and make you feel like you are part of something special!” 
                                                                    ~ Cynthia V. from Astoria
Smith Street Stage receives the 2015 Outstanding Revival of a Play Award

Smith Street Stage received the Outstanding Revival of a Play Award for Much Ado About Nothing in 2015. As a part of that award, they were also the recipients of a grant from the Donn Russell Fund. That money will be used to support their 2016 season, which kicks off in June with a production of The Tempest directed by Artistic Director, Beth Ann Hopkins.

Smith Street Stage's production of Much Ado About Nothing
“The talent of Smith Street and their incredible collaborative energy was the best part of working with this company, both as a choreographer and a performer. The focus and commitment to clarity of storytelling is incredible.” ~ Mary Cavett

“I am honored to work alongside so many talented and eager artists, on such spirited, fresh and exuberant work.” ~ Patrick Harvey

“This group of brave, smart, funny and generous storytellers are brilliant.” ~ Alexandra Henrikson

“I believe Smith Street Stage is reaching beyond entertaining Brooklyn with free Shakespeare. Working with this company was a beautiful reminder of why we as artists do what we do. I was proud to be a part of that; igniting a passion and love for Shakespeare.”  ~ Lauren Pennline

Congratulations to Smith Street Stage, Inc. for receiving a Donn Russell Fund grant! 

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  1. Congratulations Smith Street Stage. Richly deserved! Wonderful productions. Well done, Dunn Russell Fund. You clearly know a winner when you see one.

  2. Absolutely marvelous company with exceptional people - Congratulations!!!!