Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Support

A message from the Festival:

During this time of social distancing, event cancellations and theater shutdowns, we want to do our part to support the most vulnerable members of our Festival Family. Starting today, we are focusing our efforts to help meet the needs of artists, production staff, students, partners and homebound audiences around the region. The resources linked below can connect artists with temporary work and homebound audiences with people who can help.

If you know of resources worth adding to this list or have job leads, please share them with us at

During this crisis, we feel more connected to Shakespeare and his contemporaries than ever before. Biographer Jonathan Bate wrote, “The Plague was the single most powerful force shaping [Shakespeare’s] life and those of his contemporaries.” During times of quarantine, Shakespeare wrote some of his most important sonnets and plays.

We can’t claim to have his genius, but we will take inspiration from his dedication and from artists around the world that are stepping up to create, facilitate, and share stories in new and exciting ways. Stay tuned for updates on new and existing Festival programs.

Gateway Resilience Fund:
This fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Curbside STL:
CurbsideSTL was created to help support our local independent restaurant and retail businesses and their workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Regional Response Fund:
The fund will be used to direct resources to regional nonprofits that are working with local communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis and its economic fallout.

St. Louis COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund:
Any individual artist living in the St. Louis metro area who has had an event, gig, or paying opportunity canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis can apply for funding.

Support for Artists and Production Crew
I Lost My Theatre Gigs resource list and donation site: 
• Freelance Artists Resource List:   

Support for the Homebound and Vulnerable 
• STL Help Match: Connecting those that need help with volunteers

Support Local Restaurants
These locations are open for carry-out/delivery at the time of this email. Another way to support and especially for those kitchens the have closed down – purchased gift cards online!  
Cherokee Street (Site of 2012 Shakespeare in the Streets)
Crown Candy Kitchen (Old North – Site of 2015 Shakespeare in the Streets)
Schlafly Beer (Official Festival Beer Sponsor)

Job Opportunities: 

Schnucks Market: 
Citizen for Modern Transit:
Bi-State: https: