Shakespeare High
World Premiere

Shakespeare High

| USA | 81 MINUTES | English
At home many of them face poverty, gangs, drugs, and a lack of role models. But in their high school drama programs, a diverse group of SoCal teens finds a chance to create a better life. Following several students as they prepare for and compete in the 90th Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival, this uplifting documentary voices the dramatic personal stories of a cross-section of youth from the Los Angeles area who find redemption, camaraderie, and a creative outlet on the stage and in the classroom.

Director Alex Rotaru's portrait of promising and dedicated students and their teachers features interviews with DTASC alumni including Richard Dreyfuss, Val Kilmer, Mare Winningham, and executive producer Kevin Spacey. A galvanizing film that reminds us of the positive impact of performance education on impressionable youth, Shakespeare High offers a powerful message in support of the arts at a time when budget cuts facing many schools put the future of these curricula in peril.

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Alex Rotaru and Alex Rotaru
ALEX ROTARU was born in Bucharest and started out as an award-winning child actor. He studied physics at MIT and interrupted his PhD studies in physics to get an MFA in film from USC. He has directed the documentaries They Came to Play and Kids With Cameras. He is prepping his first narrative feature, The End of Rain.
Executive Producer
Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Dean Devlin, Eugen Rotaru
Drew Kilcoin
Primary Cast
Tosh Hall, Melvin Emesibe, Sam Sterns, Colleen Greenhalgh, Marisa Gold, Galvin Emeslbe
Nathaniel Blume
Brian O'Connell
Director of Photography
Brian O'Connell
Alex Rotaru
Brad Koepenick, Lori Miller, Ronnie Planalp, Alex Rotaru

Press Contact
Ronnie Planalp
Lori Miller
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: 310.488.9868
Director's Agent
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis and Associates
Santa Monica, CA 90405-3766
Phone: 310.399.1999
Dana Brunetti
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 360-1612
Brad Koepenick
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Beacon Theatre
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The Rush system functions as a standby line that will form at the venue approximately one hour prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin roughly 10 minutes prior to program start time. Rush Tickets are the same price as advance tickets and are payable upon entry.


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