City of Cupertino/Free Shakespeare in the Park (Cupertino, CA)


  • Name:Grace Schmidt
  • Title:City Clerk

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:City of Cupertino/Free Shakespeare in the Park
  • Address:10300 Torre Avenue
    Cupertino, CA 95014
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-777-3200
  • Main fax:408-777-3366

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:408-777-3234

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The City of Cupertino strives to create opportunities for community-building experiences for Cupertino and Silicon Valley residents. This includes providing both financial and logistical support for a number of cultural and community events throughout the year. One of the most popular of these is the annual presentation of Free Shakespeare in the Park.

    The mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is to make the works of Shakespeare accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, geography, economic status, or level of education. Since its founding in 1983, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival has grown to become one of the largest free Shakespeare programs in the nation, and a major provider of arts education programs throughout the Bay Area and the state.

    The Festival welcomes all Bay Area residents to our Free Shakespeare in the Park productions, creating a collective experience that embraces the ethnic, generational, geographic, educational, and economic diversity that is a hallmark of the Bay Area. We deepen our commitment to the community through our integrated arts education programs: Shakespeare on Tour, Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Midnight Shakespeare and Civic Arts Stage Company.

    The Festival holds a unique place in the Bay Area’s theater ecology and fulfills particular needs in the communities in which we perform. Because we remove common barriers to cultural participation such as price, venue, and location, we are often people’s first point of contact with Shakespeare and the performing arts. As such, the quality of our programming must represent the plays in their finest light, demonstrate their relevance to today’s society, and inspire our audiences to seek out additional theatrical experiences.

  • Overview:
  • The City of Cupertino will present The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's production of "Macbeth" for three weekends in beautiful Memorial Park Amphitheater in the summer of 2013. Approximately 1,000 audience members will attend each of the eight performances, often arriving early to enjoy a walk around the lagoon, a visit to the playground or a picnic with family and friends before the show. These free-to-the-public, come-as-you-are performances have successfully welcomed audiences that reflect the wonderful diversity of Cupertino and Santa Clara County, including many who have never before seen a Shakespearean play or even a live performance.

    The upcoming production of "Macbeth" will be presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for three weekends in late July through early August 2013. Performed by a cast of ten (five of them members of Actors' Equity Association, the professional actor's union), the show is one of Shakespeare's most well-known works and examines some of the most eternal of human themes, such as ambition, betrayal and greed. While almost everyone knows the title of the work, few will have actually seen a production of Macbeth. This allows the community the opportunity to experience an already familiar idea in its fullness.

    Each summer, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival provides a Free Shakespeare in the Park production in Cupertino. Since the first performance of "Taming of the Shrew" in 1994, hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have attended, often sharing picnics on the lawn with family, friends and neighbors before the show. The opening night of Free Shakespeare in the Park also serves as the annual Awards Ceremony for the Cupertino Artist of the Year. The productions continue to reach out to young and diverse audiences who might not otherwise attend the performing arts, welcoming them in what has become a "must see" community tradition in Silicon Valley.

  • History:
  • Since its founding in 1983, the mission of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival has been to make the works of Shakespeare accessible to everyone in the Bay Area, regardless of age, ethnicity, geography, economic status or level of education. The Festival has grown to become one of the largest free Shakespeare programs in the nation and is a major provider of arts education programs throughout the Bay Area.

    For over 18 years, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival has consistently provided The City of Cupertino with a dedicated and community-oriented partner that enhances the City's mission to enrich the lives of Cupertino and Silicon Valley community members.

  • Year established:1983
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:5

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • N/A

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Toby Leavitt - Executive Dir. - Ms. Leavitt oversees all aspects of the Shakespeare Festival. She received a Masters from the University of Chicago Business School in 1997. Prior to joining the Festival, she was General Manager for Chicago’s Court Theatre.

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kenneth Kelleher - Director
    Mr. Kelleher graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and founded the Georgetown Classical Theatre, where he served as Artistic Director for three years. He held similar positions at San Jose Repertory Theater and San Jose Stage Company. He has been with the Festival for 10 years.

    Rebecca Ennals - Artistic Director
    Ms. Ennals has extensive acting, directing and teaching experience, and holds an MFA in performance from U.C. Davis. She has taught at the elementary through college levels. She manages auditions, casting and artist relations for Free Shakespeare in the Park. She has been with the Festival for 11 years.

    John Western - Marketing Director
    Mr. Western is responsible for the marketing and advertising of all of the Festival’s programs, including Free Shakespeare in the Park. He received his BA from Cleveland State University and has continuing education credits at the University of CA at Berkeley. He has been with the Festival for 15 years.

    Becky Kemper - Education Outreach Director
    Ms. Kemper previously served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, an equity theater company that she founded in 1999. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, and an MFA in Directing from the American Shakespeare Center and Mary Baldwin College. She is a company member and classical text teacher at Shakespeare & Co. in Lennox, MA and has served as the Director of Education for Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and the chairman of the Artistic Council for the Shakespeare Theater Association of America. She has presented her research into Shakespeare’s dramatic use of rhetoric at numerous national conferences and theatrical workshops across the country.

    Carol Atwood - Acting Director of Parks and Recreation
    Ms. Atwood manages the workings of Cupertino's Parks and Recreation department, including overseeing the Quinlan Community Center, Memorial Park and other City facilities. She supervises Kelsey Hayes and other staff and is responsible for department budgeting.

    Kelsey Hayes - Recreation Coordinator
    Mr. Hayes coordinates special events like Free Shakespeare in the Park, Fourth of July activities, the summer concert series, the outdoor movie series, and many more. Mr. Hayes works closely with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Executive Director, Toby Leavitt, on all logistical matters.

    Darcy Paul - Parks and Recreation Commission Member
    Mr. Paul is in his second term with on the commission. He advises the City Council on municipal activities in relation to parks and recreation, including park site acquisition and development, recreation program policy, and expansion of the park program as development occurs.


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:94-2867269

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:942867269
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 460937
  • Organization City:SAN FRANCISCO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94146-0937
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1994
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):090
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Cultural performances
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$553,018
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$902,559
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$902,559
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:37:37 am

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