The Shakespeare Factory’s History

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  • February — Baltimore Shakespeare Factory runs first Baltimore based Touchstone (elementary and middle school children)  performance of Twelfth Night
  • April — Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Romeo and Juliet  at the Charlestown retirement community
  • April — The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform Romeo and Juliet at the Evergreen Museum and Library and St. Mary’s Outreach Center — total of 12 performances
  • April – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies  for two dates at Century High School and one date at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • May – Baltimore Shakespeare Factory awards $3,700 in scholarships to graduating members of the Rude Mechanicals: Kelly Graff ($1,000), Nick Seese ($1,000), Eric O’Neal ($1,000) and Connor Levy ($700)
  • July / August — Baltimore Shakespeare Factory holds second summer camps at Evergreen Museum and Library in Baltimore.  Runs sessions for three weeks.
  • July / August – The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform Hamlet at St. Mary’s Outreach Center for one weekends, Evergreen Museum and Library for three weekends and Boordy Vineyards (2 performances)
  • August – The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream St. Mary’s Outreach Center for one weekend, Evergreen Museum and Library for three weekends and Boordy Vineyards (1 performance)
  • October — November — Artistic Director Tom Delise teaches a series of four classes on The Tempest to residents of the Fairhaven Retirement Community
  • November / December — The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform The Tempest at St. Mary’s Outreach Center for three weekends, and at Boordy Vineyards (2 performances)

2012

  • January — Baltimore Shakespeare Factory becomes a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association
  • March – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on The Universal Truths in Shakespeare at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore
  • March — The Shakespeare Factory changes its name to the the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and begins a lease agreement with the Episcopal Diocese to use the St. Mary’s Outreach Center as its indoor performance space
  • April – The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform Macbeth for three weekends at St. Mary’s Outreach Center and also brings the show and workshops to two schools: Manchester Valley High School in Carroll County, Maryland and Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania
  • April – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies  for two dates at Century High School and one date at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • May – Shakespeare Factory awards $2,500 in scholarships to graduating members of the Rude Mechanicals: Cody Cooley ($1,000), Ryan Atwell ($750), Julie Roberts ($750)
  • July – 7th annual Baltimore Shakespeare Summer Performance Camp at Century High School
  • July – August — Baltimore Shakespeare Factory holds first summer camps at Evergreen Museum and Library in Baltimore.  Runs sessions for three weeks.
  • July /August – The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Evergreen Museum and Library and St. Mary’s Outreach Center — total of 12 performances
  • August – The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform The Taming of the Shrew at the Evergreen Museum and Library and St. Mary’s Outreach Center — total of 11 performances
  • September – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on Romeo and Juliet  at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • October – Touchstone players perform at outdoor Globe Theatre at Century High School
  • November – Rude Mechanicals perform As You Like It at Century High School for four dates
  • November – The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Players perform The Two Gentlemen of Verona at St. Mary’s Outreach Center for three weekends and Boordy Vineyards (3 performances)

2011

  • January – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Shakespeare in Popular Culture at the Roland Park Place retirement community
  • February – March – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Shakespeare and Popular and Culture and Politics  at the Charlestown retirement community
  • March – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Shakespeare and Spirituality at the Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore
  • March – March – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on The Winter’s Tale at the Glen Meadows retirement community
  • March – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform scenes from Twelfth Night at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre Secondary School Festival
  • March – The Shakespeare Factory Players perform The Winter’s Tale at Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Brown Center at Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Baltimore, St. John’s Church in Greenbelt and Century High School
  • May – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies for two dates at Century High School and at the CHS Renaissance Festival
  • May – Shakespeare Factory awards $2,200 in scholarships to graduating members of the Rude Mechanicals: Olivia Webb ($1,200), Elizabeth Anglin ($1,000)
  • July – the 6th annual Shakespeare Summer Performance Camp held at Century High – 60 students attend – the first year the camp is run as a full day camp
  • August – Shakespeare Factory Players perform workshops and run rehearsal of As You Like It at the Westminster Public Library
  • August – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on As You Like It  at the Charlestown retirement Community
  • August – The Shakespeare Factory forms a partnership with Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore
  • August / September – The Shakespeare Factory Players perform As You Like It  at Millard Cooper Park in Sykesville, South Branch Park in Sykesville, Patterson Park in Baltimore, Main Street in Mt. Airy, Roland Park Place Retirement Community in Baltimore, Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Baltimore County, Westminster City Parks in Westminster, Sumpter Park in Baltimore, Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Wyman Park in Baltimore, Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore, and St. John’s Church in Greenbelt
  • September – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on Henry IV, Part One at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • October – The Touchstone Players perform As You Like It at CHS outdoor Globe Theatre
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform Hamlet
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a visit by American Shakespeare Center actor Ben Curns who works with classes and the Rude Mechanicals at Century High
  • November – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform Much Ado About Nothing for four dates at Century High
  • December – The Shakespeare Factory Players perform Twelfth Night at Grace Ascension Church in Westminster, College Park, Glen Meadows retirement community, Emmanuel Church in Baltimore

2010

  • March – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Shakespeare and Spirituality at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore
  • February – The Shakespeare Factory Players performed The Comedy of Errors at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, the Brown Center at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville, the Homewood at Plum Creek Retirement Community in Hanover, PA, and the Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Baltimore County
  • May – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies at Century High School, the Carroll Arts Center, and the Fairhaven Retirement Community
  • May – Shakespeare Factory awards $2,200 in scholarships to graduating members of the Rude Mechanicals: Stacie Bosley ($1,200), Laura Wise ($1,000)
  • July – the 5th annual Shakespeare Summer Performance Camp held at Century High – 39 students attend
  • August – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Much Ado About Nothing  at the Charlestown retirement community
  • August/September – The Shakespeare Factory Players perform Much Ado About Nothing at Westminster Public Library, Millard Cooper Park in Sykesville, the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, Roland Park Place Retirement Community in Baltimore, Watkins Park in Mt. Airy, Patterson Park in Baltimore, Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, and Sumpter Park in Baltimore
  • September – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform The Taming of the Shrew
  • September – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on Twelfth Night at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a visit by American Shakespeare Center actor Sarah Fallon who works with classes and the Rude Mechanicals at Century High and lectures at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • October – The Touchstone Players perform Twelfth Night at Century High School
  • November – The Rude Mechanicals perform Twelfth Night for four dates at Century High School
  • November – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Shakespeare and Politics at the North Oaks retirement community

2009

  • April – The Shakespeare Factory Players performed Twelfth Night at Carroll Community College for three performances
  • April/May – The Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies at the Fairhaven Retirement Community, Century High School, and the Carroll Arts Center
  • May – Shakespeare Factory awards total of $4,250 in scholarships to five graduating members of CHS Rude Mechanicals: Ame Roberts ($1,000), Kelsey Wadsworth ($1,000), Sarah Candland ($750), Robbie Carroll ($750),  Kevin Green ($750)
  • October – The Touchstone Players perform The Taming of the Shrew at Century High School
  • July – the 4th annual Shakespeare Summer Performance Camp held at Century High – 52 students attend
  • July / August – The Shakespeare Factory Players performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream  at Millard Cooper Park in Sykesville, Patterson Park in Baltimore, Wildwood Park in Mt. Airy, Roland Park Place Retirement Community in Baltimore, Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, and the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster
  • September – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on Much Ado About Nothing  at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • October – The 2nd annual Shakespeare Gala held at the Freedom Optimist Hall
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform Much Ado About Nothing
  • November – The Rude Mechanicals  performed The Taming of the Shrew for four dates at Century High
  • November – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on Shakespeare and Popular Culture at the North Oaks retirement community
  • December – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on The Life and Times of William Shakespeare at the Charlestown retirement community

2008

  • January – The Shakespeare Factory Players perform Romeo and Juliet for four dates at Carroll Community College
  • April – Artistic Director Tom Delise lectures on The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • May – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies at Century High, Fairhaven Retirement Community, the Carroll Arts Center, and the CHS Renaissance Festival
  • May — Shakespeare Factory awards total of $3,000 in scholarships to three graduating members of CHS Rude Mechanicals: E.J. Kreinar ($1200), Robert O’Neal ($1200), Bryanna Walls ($600)
  • July – Third annual Shakespeare Performance Summer Camp held  — 50 students attend
  • July – The Shakespeare Factory Players perform The Taming of the Shrew at Sykesville Family Fun Fest at Millard Cooper Park, Carroll Community College, the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, Memorial Park in Taneytown, and Wildwood Park in Mt. Airy.
  • June through October – all three Shakespeare Factory acting troupes perform at the Sykesville Apple Butter Markets
  • September – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform Twelfth Night.
  • September – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on Richard III at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • November – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform Romeo and Juliet for three dates at Century High School

2007

  • May – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies at Century High, Fairhaven Retirement Community, the Carroll Arts Center, and the CHS Renaissance Festival
  • May — Shakespeare Factory awards total of $3500 in scholarships to five graduating members of CHS Rude Mechanicals: Andrea Irons ($1,000), Celia Croft ($1,000), Caitlin Adolph ($500), Rachel Gilbert ($500), and Kathleen Bromelow ($500).
  • June – The Shakespeare Factory Players perform Love’s Labor’s Lost at Century High’s Globe Theatre
  • July – Second annual Shakespeare Performance Summer Camp held  — 60 students attend
  • June through October – all three Shakespeare Factory acting troupes perform at the Sykesville Apple Butter Markets
  • September – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on The Taming of the Shrew at the Fairhaven retirement community
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform Romeo and Juliet.
  • October – Touchstone Players formed (made up of elementary and middle school students) and perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Century High’s Globe Theatre
  • December – Rude Mechanicals perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream for three dates at Century High School

2006

  • Spring – Three Shakespeare Factory interns and Rude Mechanicals members (Andrew Tucker, Kendall Wadsworth, Heather Phipps) spend a week teaching a Shakespeare unit in each  the following schools: Linton Springs and Piney Ridge Elementary  Schools
  • May – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies at Century High School and the Fairhaven Retirement Community
  • May – Shakespeare Factory awards total of $1500 in scholarships to three graduating members of CHS Rude Mechanicals ($500 each to Andrew Tucker, Nick Glauser, and Kendall Wadsworth.
  • Spring – Two Shakespeare Factory interns and Rude Mechanical members (Heather Phipps,  Kendall Wadsworth) serve as interns for the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival
  • July – First annual Shakespeare Performance Summer Camp held  — 50 students attend
  • July – First ever performance by the Shakespeare Factory Players – two performances of Much Ado About Nothing at Century High’s outdoor Globe Theatre
  • September – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on Hamlet at the Fairhaven  retirement community
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform As You Like It
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a visit by American Shakespeare Center resident acting troupe member David Loar who works with Century High English and drama classes on Shakespeare acting activities
  • November – Rude Mechanicals perform their first ever production of a Shakespeare play, As You Like It, for three dates at Century High

2005

  • April – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on The Merchant of Venice at the Fairhaven retirement community.
  • April – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a visit by American Shakespeare Center resident acting troupe member David Loar who works with Century High English and Drama classes on Shakespeare acting activities.
  • May – CHS Rude Mechanicals  perform dinner theatre, Shakespeare Shenanigans  at Baldwin’s Station Restaurant and the Fairhaven Retirement Community.
  • Spring – Three Shakespeare Factory interns spend a week teaching a Shakespeare unit in each of the following schools: Linton Springs Elementary, Piney Ridge Elementary, and Sykesville Middle School
  • October – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III and participate in a stage combat workshop run by the actors of ASC.
  • November – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform The Shakespeare Follies for three dates at Century High School
  • December – Artistic Director Tom Delise runs a four day class on Othello at the Fairhaven retirement community

2004

  • March – Rude Mechanicals perform at Arts Appreciation Night at Piney Ridge Elementary School
  • April – Rude Mechanicals perform dinner theatre, April’s Fools With Shakespeare’s Fools, at Baldwin’s Station Restaurant in Sykesville
  • April – The Shakespeare Factory sponsors a field trip for the Rude Mechanicals to visit the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia to see the American Shakespeare Center’s resident acting troupe perform Measure For Measure
  • April – Artistic Director Tom Delise has book published by Career Press – That Is the Question: The  Ultimate Shakespeare Quiz Book.
  • November – CHS Rude Mechanicals perform dinner theatre, A Celebration of Shakespeare, at Baldwin Station Restaurant

2003

  • Fall – Century High School’s Rude Mechanicals Shakespeare acting troupe formed – membership determined and the search for performance venues begins