History

1996 Rénee Bucciarelli develops YOU GOTTA HAVE BARD! summer “playshop” for kids 8-13 with Kings County Shakespeare Co. co-sponsored by the Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn, NY.

1999 -’07 The program officially becomes YOU GOTTA HAVE BARD! at The Shakespeare Playground™ and is featured on NY1 News (’99).

2000 Dubbed the “hottest” summer theatre workshop for kids by
The New York Post. With MIDSUMMER IN THE KEY OF DREAMS: Rénee Bucciarelli develops, co-writes, and directs an urban hip-hop, jazz, and pop version of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with a diverse group of teens from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The production is featured at:

B.A.X. (Brooklyn Arts Exchange)
Teen Arts Festival
Welcome Back to Brooklyn annual civic event
Kings County Shakespeare Company’s Festival 2000
WNYC’s National Public Radio show Studio 360
Television NY1’s Shelly Goldberg’s Parenting Report

2001 The Shakespeare Playground™ s a featured event at the
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Springfest 2001 Shakespeare Celebration.

’99-2003 After-school, vacation, & specially-designed programs for
kids and teens at:

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Kings County Shakespeare Company
Public School 38
Middle School 51
The Brooklyn New School
St. Anne’s School
Brooklyn Technical High School
and NYCHEA
(a home-school organization).

2004 Rénee Bucciarelli chairs panel on Innovative Eductional Outreach for Shakespeare Theatre Association of America Annual Conference. Joins Advisory Board of Kings County Shakespeare Company.

2004-’06 After-School and vacation sessions held at Montclair Elementary School in Oakland, California (’04-’05), and in conjunction with Woman’s Will Shakespeare (’06).

2005 The Shakespeare Playground™ is featured in all but name at California Shakespeare Theater.

2004-’11 Summer “playshops” at Shakespeare on the Sound-
Rowayton, Connecticut.

2006-’10 New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada “playshops” at:

New Westminster Secondary School
Homerlearners of New Westminster
Lord Tweedsmuir Community School
and for Art in the Park festivals

2008-2010 Artist in Residence at Hume Park Elementary School, New Westminter, Canada

2010 Rénee Bucciarelli joins Advisory Board of Brave New World Shakespeare in Brooklyn, NY

2011 The Shakespeare Playground ™ at Maple Ridge Arts Centre and Theatre, British Columbia, Canada

More updates to 2016 coming soon…