Shakespearean Youth Theatre

A nonprofit organization

$9,012 Raised by 57 Donors

90% complete

$10,000 Goal

Empowering youth artists to transform communities. 

"SYT did a good job at training me in Shakespeare, and a better job at helping me believe in myself." - Current Student

An inclusive artistic community for young artists. Shakespearean Youth Theatre (SYT) empowers young artists to express their experiences and perspectives with audiences of all generations through the stories of William Shakespeare.  At SYT, we believe in the power of storytelling to change lives and transform relationships between young people and their communities. 

Our Goal: $10,000 this Give to the Max Day

This Give to the Max, help SYT return to the stage with style! Your support will allow SYT to... 

1. Share a season of not one, not two, but THREE professional-quality youth productions live onstage, our most ambitious season yet. 

2. Share SYT productions with 600 students through our accessible Student Matinee Series.

Why Student Matinees Matter: Over 80% of student matinee audience members have never seen a Shakespeare play before; 50% have never seen a live theatre production before. A teacher who took her class to a Season 16 Student Matinee shared: "Today was fantastic, and the kids absolutely loved it. On the way home they chatted about their favorite parts and characters, and how much fun the play was to attend. I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity... thank you for an awesome afternoon!" 

3. Pay artists and teaching artists humane and living wages, ensuring the future of theatre is vibrant, equitable, and inclusive for artists of all backgrounds. 

" I have appreciated the confidence that being a part of SYT has built in me. The expertise and specialization of the compliments that the staff pay to each of us helps me to really accept and believe the compliments they give me. I feel seen for what I bring to the production of the shows. It’s nice to have our strengths acknowledged. 
Actor, Season 17 and 18

YOU are incredible. Thank you! 

Over the past year, 179 families came together to carry SYT through the most difficult year for arts organizations in our history. Not only did SYT survive, your enthusiastic and generous support created one of the most vibrant and exciting seasons yet! Here are just a few of the things made possible by your support...  

1. SYT created and launched The Dream Project, a purpose-built web platform and educational tool to host our audio drama productions of six beloved Shakespeare plays, including Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo & Juliet. The Dream Project has been used by over 4,000 people in 39 countries around the globe. 

2. In the middle of a global pandemic, SYT offered over 1,000 hours of arts programming for artists ages 12-19. 

As one Ensemble member reflected: “Not gonna lie, this was totally the highlight of my summer. I obviously had nothing to do during corona and finally when I got the email from SYT being like ‘Hey... We’re actually doing this production!' I was like, 'Thank God!'” -SYT Ensemble Member, Season 17

3. SYT is headed back to the stage, with rehearsals underway for As You Like It, opening in February 2022! We can't wait to see you at the theatre. 

SYT's community of young artists thrives thanks to your enthusiastic and generous support of SYT.  You are the reason SYT will survive this challenging and uncertain time and continue to create life-changing opportunities for years to come – thank you for all you continue to do to bring excellent theatre opportunities to young people all over Minnesota. We look forward to continuing to lift up youth voices throughout our community together with you. We're so glad to have on our team. Thank you.


About SYT

Full-length Shakespeare productions. Professional design and direction. Transformative experience for audiences ages 9-99. Thank you for gathering, laughing, crying, and making art together for 18 years. 

Shakespearean Youth Theatre empowers teens to share their experiences with our community through the stories of William Shakespeare. This company has thrived thanks to you -  an incredible community off students, parents, audience, alumni, and supporters.

We invite you to join our community and transform lives by creating life-changing arts experiences for teens.

"I don’t think I fully understood what it meant to have a second home before I started SYT, or what it meant to have a group of people become your home. SYT does indeed do its job in providing an outstanding education in Shakespeare, but it also manages to teach us all about what it means to be a person in this world. And, hopefully, how to be a good one." --Current Student

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