Sponsors and Credits
Shakespeare in American Life, a major 75th anniversary project for Folger Shakespeare Library, was made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities: “great ideas brought to life”; the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art; The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund; and The Mosaic Foundation (of Rita & Peter Heydon). Shakespeare in American Life has also been designated a “We the People” project by the NEH as part of its initiative to advance American history and culture.
This radio documentary would not have been possible without our distribution partners at Public Radio International (PRI). Public-radio marketing consultant Steve Martin was central to our efforts to share information about the shows with radio program directors across the country.
We wish to thank all of those on and off the Folger staff whose hard work and assistance contributed to the success of the documentary during the many months of its development and production.
Special thanks are due to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Billy Rose Theatre Collection, the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA), the African Continuum Theater Company, the Classical Theater of Harlem, Folger Consort, Folger Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Second City-Chicago, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, DC. We would also like to express our gratitude to Rob Bamberger, Karl Kippola, the Philadelphia Shakspere Society, the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society, the Janney Elementary School in Washington, DC, and Professor Caleen Sinnette Jennings and her class at American University.
Sarah Weiner of Folger Shakespeare Library assisted on the project in countless ways. We owe her a special debt of gratitude for transcribing more than 30 of the full-length interviews conducted for the documentary, an invaluable step in working with this material. We also wish to thank, among others on the Folger staff, Betsy Walsh, head of the reading room, and the entire reading room staff for their assistance, as well as Essence Newhoff, who spearheaded the grant request process.
Still more members of the Folger staff participated in the documentary project as advisors and as an associate producer; to learn more about them and the other principals on the project, select “Key Players” from the list at left. To learn more about the experts featured in the documentary and the actors who recorded brief segments, select “Heard on Shakespeare in American Life.”
The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund
The Mosaic Foundation (of Rita & Peter Heydon)