Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival Receives Grant

Congratulations to The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival on receiving a grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation. The grant is in support of their free and educational programs, including the free Shakespeare in the Park, the free High School Apprentice Summer Program, and an annual tour of Romeo & Juliet for local 9th grade students. The matching grant challenges SCSF to raise matching funds. If their fund raising goal is not matched, the festival does not receive the grant. 

The San Francisco-based foundation was created in 1963 by fourth-generation descendants of California entrepreneur and pioneer, Henry Mayo Newhall for the purpose of funding projects that exemplify the life and goals of Newhall: “To improve the quality of life within the geographical areas associated with the career and legacy of California pioneer Henry Mayo Newhall.”

And if you’re a high school student, you can join the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival’s Apprentice Company for the Summer Theatre Festival! The Apprentice Company is comprised solely of high school students interested in all aspects of theatre and live events: performance, lighting, sound, costumes, management, and front of house. Students will work with the professional theatre artists on Macbeth, lending support for the production on stage and off. In addition, the Apprentice Company will develop its own presentation for an exclusive performance during the festival.

“We are very excited to offer this program to the students of our valley,” says David Stears, SCSF’s executive director. “It is a great opportunity for students to learn from more experienced performers and theatre artists.” The Apprentice Company rehearsals begin June 11. Macbeth opens July 13 and runs weekends through July. Participation in the Apprentice Company is free but enrollment is limited and restricted to high school students from the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information, please email the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival at You can also learn more about the Festival at


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