The Politics of the Performing Arts: A Model for Collaboration and Innovation with Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Charles Fee
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Boise Centre
Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Performing arts, politics, collaboration and innovation-  words that sound contradictory. Yet one performing arts company in Boise, Idaho has combined these into a vibrant and lively theater that flourishes in uncertain times. How do three independent theater companies in Idaho, Ohio and Nevada make this work? What economic and cultural impact does live theater have on Boise as a community? Where does politics enter the scene? What physical environment must live outdoor theater have to thrive? What is the future for Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise?

Charles Fee is the Producing Artistic Director of three independently operated professional theater companies: Idaho Shakespeare Festival (since 1991), Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland (since 2002), and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival in Sand Harbor State Park, Nevada (since 2010). Under his leadership, Idaho Shakespeare Festival has received many awards, including the 1995 Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2000 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2009, he was awarded the Martha Joseph Award for his leadership of the Great Lakes Theater. Charles received his BA from University of the Pacific and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

The City Club welcomes Charles as he shares what is ahead for the Festival, now in it's 38th season, and answers questions from the audience.

Please Note Location: This forum will be held at the Boise Centre.

Chair: Vicki Kreimeyer
Moderator: Cheryl Haas
Underwriters: Hawley Troxell