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The University of Central Florida is excited to partner with Central Florida's classical professional theater, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. In its capacity as a professional theater utilizing actors, directors and designers from across the nation, Orlando Shakes creates a hallmark of artistic excellence for Orlando and offers an unusually fine cultural opportunity for our citizens and guests.

The partnership between UCF and the Theater is multifaceted. As well as supporting the theater on philosophical grounds and designating representatives to the Theater’s Board of Directors, the University of Central Florida provides a portion of the fiscal underpinnings of Orlando Shakes. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater's Artistic Director also teaches classes and serves as a faculty member for UCF Conservatory Theatre.

In return, the Theater provides a thriving MFA and internship program which gives UCF students the opportunity to fulfill UCF undergraduate BFA requirements. UCF Faculty and students have also had the chance to participate as actors, designers, and directors for various festival projects, adding professional credits to their university experience.

University of Central Florida students, faculty, alumni and administrators have donated their time, energy and money to the Theater, and for that, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is truly appreciative.

About UCF Theatre and its partners:
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Orlando Repertory Theatre

President HittDear Friends:

Now celebrating its 25th season, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF continues to be the premiere professional theater in Central Florida. Through the years, the special partnership between the University of Central Florida and the Shakespeare Theater has provided entertainment to theatergoers within the Central Florida community and served the goals of higher education in our region.

UCF faculty members and students collaborate with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in numerous ways. UCF faculty members work at the theater as actors, directors, and designers. Third-year MFA students in the acting program spend their final year at Orlando Shakes in preparation for professional careers. Undergraduate students also get their first professional experiences by participating as actors, assistant directors, stage managers, and volunteers during PlayFest: The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays.

UCF and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater have enjoyed a long and prosperous partnership, and we intend that collaboration to continue for many years to come. We hope that you enjoy and profit from the productions that are the result of our teamwork.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF.

Cordially yours,

John C. Hitt President


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