Gannon University Receives Grant from ArtsErie to Support Summer Shakespeare Project
Posted: November 26, 2013
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be," Polonius famously remarks
in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," but while the Bard had an aphorism for any
occasion, he had nothing to say about receiving grants. Still,
it's not hard to imagine him shouting "Bravo!" at the news that
Gannon University received a $3,250 grant from ArtsErie to support
the Summer Shakespeare Project
The Project is an annual highlight of the summer cultural
calendar at Gannon and includes Shakespeare Summer Nights, which
offers free productions of Shakespeare's plays and related works
and the shakeXperience:GANNON and GTX (Gannon Theatre Experience)
summer theater camps.
Shakespeare Summer Nights was created in 2003 by the Rev. Shawn
associate professor of theatre, communication and fine arts and
director of theatre, with a production of "Twelfth Night."
Subsequent productions have included "Hamlet," "King Lear,"
"Macbeth," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Othello," "Return To The
Forbidden Planet," "Stand-Up Shakespeare," a revue, and "The
Tempest." All productions are free to the public.
ShakeXperience:GANNON is a summer resident educational
experience for high school students interested in learning more
about Shakespeare in performance through classes in history, text,
performance, scenic design, period dance, and a workshop bringing
one of the classic plays from the page to the stage. GTX provides
an opportunity for high school students to hone modern theater
practices in comedic performance and improvisation, vocal
performance, dance and playwriting, culminating in a showcase at
the end of the week. High school students from the Erie area are
eligible to apply for full scholarships to participate in the
"Arts Erie has been a strong supporter of Gannon University and
the Schuster Theatre's Summer Shakespeare Programs for many years,"
Clerkin said. "We thank them for recognizing Gannon's outreach of
the arts to the Erie community, especially in the free arts
experiences offered through the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the
Schuster Gallery, and Shakespeare Summer Nights. Art is something
that should be accessible to all people, not just those who can
As for gratitude, the Bard's Timon has the last word: "You great
benefactors, sprinkle our society with thankfulness."