This month, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre launches a major new campaign to build an indoor Jacobean theatre. SAGE’s founder, Sara Miller McCune is the first major sponsor of this worthy initiative, and we were delighted to host a gathering for Sara; the Globe team; and many of our authors, editors and societies in London last week.
SAGE believes passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable. Much like our vision, the Globe supports a diverse and extensive education programme, reaching 75,000 individuals from school children to the retired every year. Research at the Globe has a distinctly interdisciplinary focus, looking not just at Shakespeare but the architecture, design, language and interpretation of theatre. Much of the examination of cultural and societal influences crosses with SAGE’s programme across humanities and social science research.
The £1million gift from Sara, combined with the Globe’s commitment of a further £1.7million, provides a £2.7million platform – out of a £7million target – from which the Globe will now begin fundraising.
We are extremely privileged as the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher to have Sara as our Chair. Her philanthropy, extending to more than $7million each year, supports a broad range of causes from educational to the arts, homelessness and poverty.
Speaking about her donation, Sara said: “I am enormously pleased to support the work of Shakepeare’s Globe and its education-oriented initiative. This will enable future generations to experience the incredible acting and production values that keep the Bard’s work teaching and entertaining us all. It enriches lives in wonderful ways and opens hearts throughout the world.”