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Directed by Jay Dunn

Sponsored in part through a grant from:


Shakespeare in American Communities is a program of The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Catskill Mountain Shakespeare hits the road

with a 2024 Spring Tour to area middle schools, high schools,

and community venues. 

With the support of the prestigious $25,000 grant from Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, CMS will launch a production of Shakespeare’s iconic play The Tempest and travel to local middle schools, high schools, libraries and other community venues throughout the Catskill region in April 2024.

The Tempest will use physicality, clowning, and cinematic theatricality to create magic, spectacle, and community dialogue and will be directed by Jay Dunn, a graduate of L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq, a Teaching Artist at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and SUNY Purchase, and a Visiting Professor at Middlebury College.

A performance day that includes a study guide, a Q&A session, and optional student workshops led by CMS Teaching Artists will be offered aiming  to entertain, engage, and connect classical language with modern-day social issues.


Free local public performances at community venues, public libraries, etc. will also be scheduled.

Performances run at various area middle schools, high schools and community venues over the course of 3 weeks:

 April 8-28, 2024


For more information or to bring the tour to your school or venue,

please contact CMS Education & Outreach Director Carolyn Marie Wright at


In order to receive our $25,000 grant, we need to match it dollar for dollar with an additional $25,000. Do you or someone you know want to make a positive impact in the community through a tax-deductible donation that supports local, professional arts? We are looking for individuals and businesses who want to invest in our Education & Outreach programming by making a financial contribution to the tour. If you are not able to donate, but still want to advocate for CMS, we are also seeking gifts-in-kind and leads on grant opportunities.


Please contact CMS Managing Director Frank Wildermann at

Community Venue Calendar
Please join us for a performance of The Tempest at any of these amazing venues. 
Click VENUE below for tickets

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