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Published on December 9, 2008

Author: krislundberg



Formed in 2008, The Shakespeare’s Sister Company (SSC) is a not-for-profit theater organization supporting women in the arts. Our commitment is to produce plays by female authors, as well as by Sir William Shakespeare. Our mission is to address global change through the theater, including workshops with the community and literacy for youth.

Celebrating the First Four Seasons of the SSC! Season One: Broadway Benefit and “Virginia” performance Broadway Benefit at Castle Clinton, Battery Park, Downtown NYC “Virginia” Performance at Arthur Seelen Theater, NYCSeason Two: “Twelfth Night” performance and Shirley Knight Shakespeare Workshop “Twelfth Night” at Hudson Guild Theater, Downtown NYC Shirley Knight Shakespeare Workshop at Producers Club, NYCSeason Three: Lupus Arts Initiative and Extensive Shelter Arts Workshops Lupus Arts Workshop at YMCA, Downtown Brooklyn Shelter Arts Workshops, Brooklyn Armory, Downtown BrooklynSeason Four: The Woolf Series, Puppet Playdates, SSC Retreat & “Sunday on the Rocks” performances World Premiere of “MUSE” in Puppet Playdates, Artist Retreat in “Sunday on the Rocks” at theThe Woolf Series at The Delancey, Downtown Brooklyn The Catskills Red Room Theater, Downtown NYC Downtown NYC

Highlighted Testimonials“With the healing power of artistic expression, the Shakespeare’s Sister Company gives a voice tothe less fortunate and with that gift, a new hope for a better life is able to flourish.”-Elise Morris, Donor, Professional Musician and Composer“New York City is a city full of millions of people creating content and no one is doing whatShakespeare’s Sister Company is doing…which is rare.”-Molly Pearson, Theater and Film Producer“Being a part of the SSC is a fun way to experience theater while giving back to the community.”-Christina Boris, Donor, President, The Marketing Exchange“Shakespeare’s Sister Company is very brave, garners people around it and does work!”-Shellen Lubin, Playwright, Board Member, League of Professional Theater Women“Established to bridge the modern world with the classic, re-connecting people to great literaturethrough brilliant theatre, SSC provides opportunities to experience theatre up close and personal.”-Sofia Jones, Donor, Project Manager, McGraw Hill“I’ve seen women that really aren’t connected to anything, but they connected to Women’s TheaterWorkshop and with the Shakespeare’s Sister Company.”-Julia DiGiacamo, Clinical Director, Park Slope Women’s Shelter, CAMBA Awarded Grants and HonorsOctober, 2012 – Awarded membership into the League of Professional Theater Women, theManhattan Chamber of Commerce and ART New York.July, 2012 –Puffin Foundation grant recipient dedicated to our production of “Romeo and Juliet”July, 2011 - Lucius and Eva Fund grant recipient dedicated to SSC’s 2012 educational initiativesJune, 2010 – Nominated for the Brooklyn Do-Gooder Awards and the Union Square Awards for“Arts in the Shelters” outreach programsDecember, 2009 - Awarded the Volunteer Award for Arts Advocacy Shelter Initiative from CAMBAMarch, 2009 – Awarded membership into the Virginia Woolf International Society as a guestspeaker at the Annual Virginia Woolf Conference in NYC

Our Mission StatementThe Shakespeares Sister Company is a not for profit company dedicated to women in the theater producing plays by female authors and William Shakespeare. Our commitment is to address global change through the theater, including empowerment workshops and literacy for youth.Our patron saint is one of the worlds greatest pioneers of the literary and intellectual community, Mrs. Virginia Woolf. In her essay "A Room of Ones Own", she refers to herself as "Shakespeares Sister," examining women and their struggles as artists in literary history. Mrs. Woolf represents the independent thinking, leadership and passion that the Shakespeare’s Sister Company exhibits.

About the SSC Since 2008, the Shakespeare’s Sister Company operates as an incorporated not-for-profit theater company in the state of New York and is fiscally sponsored through Fractured Atlas, a not-for-profit 501c3 arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants on behalf of the Shakespeare’s Sister Company, provide insight to ensure that the grant funds are used in accordance with agreements and provide reports as required by the grantor.Contributions on behalf of Shakespeares Sister Company may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Meet our Advisory Board and Board of Directors Award-Winning Actress, Shirley Knight Royal Shakespeare Actor,Theater Education Mentor, Bill Homewood Dr. Patricia Clark President, Artistic Director Kris LundbergDirector of Public Relations, Director of Marketing, Maria Lundberg Effie Philippakos

OUR ADVISORY BOARD The Shakespeare’s Sister Company Advisory Board, includes the generous support of award-winning actress, Shirley Knight. In Fall of 2009, Ms. Knight conducted a Shakespeare workshop as a benefit for the Shakespeare’s Sister Company at the Producer’s Club in New York City. To advise us regarding producing theater for the stage is Royal Shakespeare Company actor, Bill Homewood. Finally, the Shakespeare’s Sister Company education mentor is Dr. Patricia Clark, the Head of the Theater Education department at East Carolina University. BOARD OF DIRECTORSKris Lundberg, President, Artistic Director: Kris serves as the President, Founder and Artistic Director ofthe Shakespeare’s Sister Company. Kris has worked as a professional actress, playwright and teaching artistwith several grassroots not-for-profit theater companies in the five boroughs of New York. In 1998, her stageplay Feathers received high acclaim from London’s Time Out for her production run at the Link Theater inLondon, UK. In 2000, Kris was awarded a community award for her puppet show Scamper and Champ thattoured the North Carolina coast teaching children about coping with grief caused by the devastation ofhurricanes. In 2009, she was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation Plaque by CAMBA for her Women’sTheater Workshop job development program. This past year, Kris was nominated for both the Brooklyn Do-Gooder Awards and the Union Square Awards for her Arts in the Shelters outreach programs. Kris holds aBachelor of Science in Theater Education from East Carolina University.Effie Philippakos, Director of Marketing: Effie serves as the Director of Marketing for the Shakespeare’sSister Company, as well as on our Board of Directors. She has over fifteen years of experience working inmarketing, analytics and business development. Currently, she works as the Director of Marketing at GainCapital, where she has been since 2005. Effie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics fromRutgers and a Masters of Arts in Applied Economics from Florida State University.Maria Lundberg, Director of Public Relations: Maria serves as the Director of Public Relations for theShakespeare’s Sister Company, as well as on the Board of Directors. She has over twenty years of experiencein public relations and mass communication. Maria joined the faculty at Francis Marion University in 2007 asAssistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism. Prior to moving into the world of academia in 2002, she workedin the field of Broadcasting for 17 years as an associate producer for KTVY-TV (Oklahoma City, OK), Co-Anchor for KHBS-TV (Fort Smith, AK) and Evening News Anchor for KTEN-TV (Ada, OK). In 1998, shemade the transition from commercial television to public television, working as a producer-reporter for NorthCarolina’s PBS network where she continues to produce freelance reports for the nightly newsmagazineprogram, North Carolina Now. Through the years, Maria has received several awards for her work, includingthe Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming,ITVA Silver Reel Award for her documentary script for Rodin: A Man of Passion, and a nomination for theSoutheastern Regional Emmy for the script of the documentary program Lumina: Remembering the Light.Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Education from the University of Connecticut and aMaster of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma.

SSC Theatrical Productions“Sunday on the Rocks”, A play by Theresa Rebeck Presented in anticipation of domestic violence awareness month and Red Room Theater, New York City, NY nominated for the New York September 29th – October 9th, 2011 Innovative Theater Awards! “Twelfth Night”, A play by William Shakespeare Hudson Guild Theater, New York City, NY April 26, 2010 “Virginia”, A play by Edna O’Brien Arthur Seelen Theater, New York City, NY January 25, 2009

The Woolf SeriesProducing play readings of six New York Citybased emerging female playwrights whichpremiere free to the public and mentor writers.

Educational & Community Outreach InitiativesFrom Youth…Puppet Playdates with Miss Kris!Children play theater games, build friendships, confidence,leadershipand sense of self by encouraging children to socialize and developtheir cognitive skills in a safe, nurturing environment.To Adults…Women’s Theater Workshop!A program the SSC has specifically designed using theater skills tohelp women in the NYC safe houses transition to permanent housingand re-entry into the workforce. 100% Success Rate.

Events & Benefits Shirley Knight’s Shakespeare Workshop Producers Club, New York City, NY Fall, 2009 Acclaimed actress, Shirley Knight has won nominations for two Academy Awards, ten Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, British Academy Award and the Helen Hayes Award!Renaissance Broadway BenefitFeaturing Doug Katsaros (“The Toxic Avenger”), Meredith Inglesby (“The LittleMermaid”), Bobby Daye (“Shrek”), and Elise Morris (“Opa!”)Castle Clinton, Battery Park, New York City, NYOctober, 2008 High Tea Literary Book Swap Featuring Catherine Delors, best selling author of “Mistress of the Revolution” Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, New York City, NY March, 2010

SSC is Visited from all around the World!To date, the Shakespeare’s Sister Company website is visited from themajority of the United States and over 33 countries worldwide!The map below tracks our many unique visitors who have expressed interest inour company. It is a valuable resource for our corporate sponsors whose listingon our patrons page reverts back to their company website thus increasing trafficto their business websites.

For more details and information, please visit us at and join our mailing list. Join our page on Facebook and group on LinkedIn Pin us on Pinterest - shakessis Follow the SSC on Twitter - @shakessisVideos of the Woolf Series and Puppet Playdates with Miss Kris may also be viewed on our webpage.

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