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Grade 11 Project            

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Project Discovery and hearkening to the roots of the Project Discovery program, Trinity Repertory Company – the State Theater of Rhode Island – will pilot the Grade 11 Project, offering free tickets to Trinity Rep's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to 11th graders across Rhode Island.

This bold initiative, which will build on the State’s position as an arts and culture epicenter, is one that only a state the size of Rhode Island can successfully achieve. The educational, workforce development and economic impact of this initiative will be noticed nationally and in the lives of the thousands of Rhode Island students served. 

Performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream run February 9 - March 26, 2017. Participating 11th graders will enhance their understanding of Shakespeare and dramatic literature through student matinee attendance, study guides tied to the curriculum and post-performance discussions with the artist. Despite geographic and socio-economic differences, students will share a common experience and benefit from the sense of community that experience creates.

To apply for free tickets for your 11th graders to see A Midsummer Night's Dream , please click HERE.

Questions about the application process? Check out the FAQ page .

The Grade 11 Project is made possible in part by lead support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest.

Support the Grade 11 Project and Project Discovery

Individuals, foundations and businesses interested in supporting the Grade 11 Project should contact Jennifer Canole, Director of Development, at (401) 453-9234 or jcanole@trinityrep.com.

Why Trinity Rep developed the Grade 11 Project:

In the first years of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), established with legislation written by Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI), the NEA selected three theaters nationally to pilot a major arts education and outreach initiative. Trinity Rep was one of the theaters selected in 1966, launching the pioneering Project Discovery program with a season of four plays, including Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, offered to all Rhode Island high school students.

50 years later, Project Discovery served more than 1.3 million students – many experiencing live theater for the first time – and its success has led to replication at hundreds of theaters across the county. At Trinity Rep, Project Discovery activities center on student matinees, which provide schools with significantly reduced cost (and in some cases free) tickets to Trinity Rep mainstage productions. Every class attending a student matinee can enhance their experience with standards-based study guides highlighting themes and production elements of the play and suggesting activities for curricular integration. Students are also offered an in-depth post-performance discussion and analysis of the play with the actors and artistic team that creates an open forum for students to share their opinions and questions and gain a deeper understanding of the content and context of the play.

Trinity Rep is celebrating 50 years of theater and education by once again inviting Rhode Island's students to a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in a way that is accessible to students accross the state.

To read more about the history of Project Discovery, click here.

From our leaders:

Curt Columbus, Artistic Director

"Inviting the 11th graders of Rhode Island to A Midsummer Night's Dream is the perfect way to celebrate this landmark anniversary. It harks back to the production we staged in the first season of Project Discovery, and fulfills our mission of bringing live theater to every student across the state and growing the next generation of theatergoers."

Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Governor

“I’m thrilled that 11th grade students across Rhode Island will have the opportunity to experience A Midsummer Night’s Dream through the Grade 11 Project. This program will bring Shakespeare’s words to life at one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. People come from far and wide to visit Trinity Repertory Company – it makes sense to give our kids the chance to be inspired by their work.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

“The State Arts Council is honored to support this initiative of Trinity Rep to share their production of A ​Midsummer Night’s Dream with 11th graders throughout the state. Engaging with theater and the arts is an essential component of every student’s education, and I have heard repeatedly from many Rhode Islanders that their involvement with Trinity Rep’s Project Discovery left a lasting and positive impression of their time in school.  Many congratulations to Trinity Rep for reaching this milestone.”

M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Rhode Island State Senate President

“This is the kind of exciting project that capitalizes on Rhode Island’s size and rich arts and culture. Trinity Rep’s Grade 11 Project will expose students who otherwise might never have had the opportunity to experience live theater. The initiative helps solidify Rhode Island’s position as an arts and cultural epicenter, while helping schools provide a quality STEAM education.”

Ken Wagner, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

“We are pleased that Project Discovery will give Rhode Island students the opportunity to enjoy theater and the arts by experiencing Trinity Rep's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream . We know that students learn best when they are challenged and totally engaged, and there are few experiences that capture the attention of our students more powerfully than theater and a well-rounded arts education.”