Shakespearean Theatre Companies

Editor Recommendations | Regional and Independents | Collected Links and Associations

The following links to theatrical companies specializing in Shakespearean productions are provided below. Please contact us with suggestions or changes. We want to help people find quality productions wherever they're staged.

Editor Recommendations
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American Shakespeare Center VA Originally the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia seeks to make Shakespeare, the joys of theatre and language, and the communal experience of the Renaissance stage accessible to all.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater IL Chicago Shakespeare Theater is Chicago's professional theater dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival IL The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is known nationally in the theatre community as one of the top Shakespeare Festivals. The Illinois Office of Tourism nominated the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as one of the top 120 attractions in the country.
Open Air Theatre UK Since 1932, the Open Air Theatre at Regent's Park in London has become an established and much-loved highlight of Park life and of London's theatrical calendar.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival OR Based in Ashland, Oregon, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is the largest rotating repertory company in the US, operating since 1935.
Royal Shakespeare Company UK The RSC is probably the most famous classical theatre company in the world. This site has all the latest information on current and future productions, ticket sales, merchandising as well as press and educational resources.
Shakespeare & Company (MA) MA Located in Lenox, Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the U.S. The organization attracts more than 60,000 patrons annually and is renowned for its actor training and theatre-in-education programs.
Shakespeare in Central Park NY Founded by Joe Papp, the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Shakespeare in Central Park" season has been a premier summer theater since 1962.
Shakespeare's Globe Online UK Founded by the pioneering American actor/director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work, and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of education and performance.
The Shakespeare Theatre DC Since its founding in 1986, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, has dedicated itself to becoming the nation's premier classic theatre.
The Stratford Festival of Canada ON Stratford, Ontario is the home of the largest classical repertory theatre in North America. It draws audiences of more than 600,000 each year.
Utah Shakespeare Festival UT The Utah Shakespearean Festival, which won the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, presents nine plays each year from June through October.
Writers Theatre IL Writers Theatre creates the most intimate theatrical experience possible through inventive interpretations of classic work and a bold approach to contemporary theatre, bringing audiences face-to-face with powerful stories by creating the most intimate theatrical experience possible.
Regional and Independents
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Actors Shakespeare Company NJ Actors Shakespeare Company is a professional, ensemble theatre in residence at St. Peter's University.
Actors' Shakespeare Project MA Actors' Shakespeare Project believes Shakespeare's words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, we bring these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods.
Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company NY The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company presents talks by Eli Siegel, founder of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, on Shakespearean and other literary works.
African-American Shakespeare Company CA Based in San Francisco, the African-American Shakespeare Company's mission is to present European classical works within an African-American cultural context.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival AL The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, located in Montgomery—Alabama's state capital—is a fully professional regional theatre that produces around ten productions each season. Productions of Shakespeare are at the artistic core of the company.
American Players Theatre WI American Players Theatre draws an annual audience of more than 110,000 people from around the country and has earned a national reputation for presenting theater of the highest quality.
Annapolis Shakespeare Company MD The Annapolis Shakespeare Company has quickly become a standard bearer for an exceptional theatre experience while continuing to offer an outstanding educational program for students of all ages.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre AR Based in Conway, The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre produces vibrant, engaging, lively and provocative performances for all Arkansans.
Austin Shakespeare TX Austin Shakespeare presents professional theater of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking and eminently accessible.
Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company PA The Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company assembles to recreate Shakespeare's genius and influence to remind both player and audience of the dignity in language and life. The Company is dedicated to educational enrichment of both actor and community through production of classic theatre in the Laurel Highlands.
Bath Shakespeare Festival ME The Bath Shakespeare Festival in Maine is a professional, non-profit theatre committed to producing Shakespeare's plays at the highest artistic level, using professional actors.
Bay Colony Shakespeare Company MA Bay Colony Shakespeare Company is a professional, classical theater company located on the South Shore of Massachusetts, dedicated to bringing great stories to our community.
California Shakespeare Theater CA Established in the Siesta Valley in 1973, the California Shakespeare Theater produces classical works set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling East Bay hills and summer sky.
Camden Shakespeare Festival ME The Camden Shakespeare Festival is a professional, non-profit theatre committed to producing Shakespeare's plays chiefly in the Camden Amphitheatre. At the core of our mission is a passion to make Shakespeare's plays accessible to contemporary Maine audiences, especially children.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company MD Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is known for engaging and entertaining audiences in unique and intimate performance environments, and for making opportunities for conversations among audiences, artists and the wider community.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company OH Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages. In 2014, the company became one of the first five theaters in the U.S. to complete the canon.
Classical Actors Ensemble MN Classical Actors Ensemble engages audiences by capturing the spirit in which the plays of the English Renaissance were originally performed—with immediacy, passion, and as popular entertainment. By demonstrating why these works of art are considered classic, we freshly prove their relevance in today's world.
Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island RI Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island is a professional theatrical company serving the community of Westerly, RI. We produce Shakespeare in Wilcox Park every summer.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival CO The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958 the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company MA Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions that are presented free of charge to Boston's diverse communities, and to educating Boston's youth.
Connecticut Free Shakespeare CT Founded in 2000, Connecticut Free Shakespeare is a professional non-profit theater company that produces free public performances of classical theater with a 21st-century sensibility.
Cromulent Shakespeare Company MN The Cromulent Shakespeare Company breathes new life into classic plays with a creative and ensemble-based approach performing in parks and small theaters in MN.
Delaware Shakespeare Festival DE The Delaware Shakespeare Festival creates professional theatre and educational programs for residents and friends of the State of Delaware. DSF is proud to be in residence at historic Rockwood Park in Wilmington, Delaware.
Door Shakespeare WI Door Shakespeare's mission is to provide relevant and entertaining productions of the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights through artistic excellence in both the conception and performance of our plays, and to enhance the theatrical experience through interactive educational opportunities.
Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre AK Starting with a performance alongside the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska in 1992, the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre has grown into a year-round producing and international-touring theatre company.
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival AZ Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to offering exciting artistic opportunity and experience for residents of northern Arizona and visitors from around the world.
Flatwater Shakespeare Company NE Flatwater Shakespeare is a non-profit organization bringing classical theatre to the artistic community in Lincoln, NE.
Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival KS The premiere outdoor Shakespeare Festival of the Flint Hills in Kansas.
Florida Shakespeare Theater FL Professional Shakespeare Theater. Hosting the only Shakespeare in the Park festival held in January. Join us for Shakespeare under the stars.
Garfield Shakespeare Company IN This Indianapolis-based non-profit theatre is the proud provider of the long-loved "Shakespeare in Garfield Park."
Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival MI Grand Valley State University hosts Michigan's largest and oldest Shakespeare festival.
Great Lakes Theater OH The mission of Great Lakes Theater, through its mainstage productions and its education programs, is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience.
Great River Shakespeare Festival MN A nonprofit, professional Equity theatre company in Winona, MN, dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare's plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theatre training.
GreenStage WA Shakespeare in the Park in Seattle. GreenStage presents classic plays in a manner accessible to all.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company MA Founded in 1989, Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community of artists dedicated to presenting the works of Shakespeare and promoting theatre in general.
Hawaii Shakespeare Festival HI The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival was founded in 2002 and performs every summer at the Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College.
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival MO Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents free professional productions in Southmoreland Park.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company NY Primarily serving New York City's Queens County, Hip to Hip Theatre Company's mission is to stimulate and develop interest in the theatre arts by presenting free, family-friendly, professional productions of popular classics in public spaces.
Hudson Shakespeare Company NJ Established in 1992, the Hudson Shakespeare Company produces a yearly summer in the parks touring program of Shakespeare plays and other classical titles hitting locations in northern New Jersey and Stratford, Connecticut.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival NY The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, New York, produces critically acclaimed shows that challenge, inspire and demystify the great works of William Shakespeare.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival ID Idaho's premier professional repertory theatre company performs Shakespeare in a world-class, outdoor amphitheatre beside the Boise River.
Indianapolis Shakespeare Company IN Indianapolis Shakespeare Company produces high-quality, fully professional Shakespeare in the Park productions. Indy Shakes is proud to offer our mainstage performances to the Indianapolis community for free.
Iowa Shakespeare Experience IA Central Iowa's only professional Shakespeare company, producing a year-round schedule that features a free summer festival.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival KY Founded in 1949, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is the oldest free festival in the U.S.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival NV Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park. For decades, people have relaxed on Lake Tahoe's pristine beaches with wine and cheese and enjoyed the Bard at his best.
Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre MI Since 2003, the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre has served the Benzie County community in art, theatre and theatre education.
Madison Shakespeare Company WI Madison Shakespeare Company is dedicated to the production and performance of classic theatrical works for audiences in the Madison, Wisconsin area.
Marin Shakespeare Company CA Marin Shakespeare Company offers professional summer Shakespearean theatre performances from July through September and year-round education and outreach programs.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival MI The Michigan Shakespeare Festival has been presenting the timeless themes and glorious language of William Shakespeare since 1995, growing each year into a premier regional event.
Missouri Shakespeare Festival MO Presented by Missouri Southern State University, the festival aims to offer the plays of William Shakespeare in productions that are insightful, exciting, and entertaining.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks MT The company's mission is to make quality, live, free theatrical productions of Shakespeare and other classics accessible to communities in Montana and surrounding states with an emphasis on underserved, rural areas that would not otherwise have this opportunity.
Montford Park Players NC Since 1973, The Montford Park Players' purpose is to bring Shakespeare and other classic plays to the mountains of Western North Carolina, free of charge.
Nashville Shakespeare Festival TN The mission of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences.
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival NE Nebraska Shakespeare is a non-profit, professional theatre company based in Omaha, and a founding member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.
The New American Shakespeare Tavern GA America's only Shakespeare Tavern®: An Original Practice Playhouse® with a British-Pub menu available before each performance.
New Mexico Shakespeare Festival NM The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare's plays, free to the public, in a beautiful outdoor setting, and creates educational and other outreach programs designed to bring the pleasure of Shakespearean performance to as wide an audience as possible.
New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane LA The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company housed at Tulane University, one of the south's most prestigious academic institutions.
A Noise Within CA ANW's mission is to perform and educate the public on great works of world drama in rotating repertory using a company of professional, classically trained actors.
North Dakota Shakespeare ND Professional theatre on the banks of the Red River.
Ohio Shakespeare Festival OH The OSF regards the actors, the script, and the audiences as the quintessential elements of the theatre.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater FL The Orlando Shakespeare Theater produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich our community.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival PA A leading Shakespeare festival with an emerging national reputation for excellence, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University.
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre PA The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre is a dynamic, world-class Shakespeare company that believes language is power and creative learning is essential for all.
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company MI Based in Grand Haven, Michigan, the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company seeks to offer performances of Shakespeare's works to Michigan audiences in a variety of non-traditional theatre venues.
Prague Shakespeare Company CZ The Prague Shakespeare Company (PSC) presents professional theatre productions, workshops, classes, lectures and other theatrical events of the highest quality, conducted primarily in English by a multinational ensemble of professional theatre artists, with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare.
Resurgens Theatre Company GA The Resurgens Theatre Company produces the plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries (Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Fletcher, etc.), as well as those of the Bard, through an enhanced prosodic approach to verse-speaking.
Richmond Shakespeare Festival IN The Richmond Shakespeare Festival's mission is to produce and promote a high-quality annual Shakespeare festival, including theatrical performances and educational opportunities, based in Richmond, Indiana.
Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival CA The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to to bringing enriching, engaging and entertaining programs and performances to everyone in our community.
Santa Cruz Shakespeare CA Inspired by Shakespeare, Santa Cruz Shakespeare creates and strengthens community by bringing audiences and theater artists together to celebrate stories about our collective humanity.
Seven Stages Shakespeare Company NH Based in Portsmouth, NH, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company (7SSC) is a professional ensemble of creative artists dedicated to generating a local and global dialogue by presenting exciting and accessible presentations of the works of William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare & Company (MN) MN Minnesota's longest-running outdoor classical repertory theatre, performing Shakespeare and other classical plays in an informal picnic atmosphere.
Shakespeare by the Sea CA Shakespeare by the Sea is a non-profit organization providing free professional Shakespeare performances in beautiful outdoor settings in Southern California.
Shakespeare Carolina SC Shakespeare Carolina is an award winning ensemble of professional theatre artists and musicians devoted to reimagining the classical canon.
Shakespeare Dallas TX Using Shakespeare's works as a cornerstone, the mission of Shakespeare Dallas is to bring fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, integrated school programs, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis MO The festival's mission is to produce professional Shakespeare theatre, culminating in a free production in Forest Park, and to celebrate both Shakespeare's language and the artists he has inspired.
Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company MA Shakespeare Now! is the pre-eminent Shakespeare-in-education provider in Massachusetts, bringinging exciting, live performances to elementary-high schools.
The Shakespeare Project of Chicago IL The Shakespeare Project of Chicago is the only free Shakespeare company in Chicago using all members of the Actors Equity Association.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey NJ The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state's only professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community.
Shore Shakespeare MD Shore Shakespeare is a pan-community theatre company dedicated to bringing the works of Shakespeare to life in and around Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Silicon Valley Shakespeare CA Silicon Valley Shakespeare invigorates the classics through innovative, relevant theatrical experiences that illuminate and inspire modern audiences.
St. Louis Shakespeare MO St. Louis Shakespeare was founded in 1984 to perform Shakespeare's plays and other dramatic classics. Originally begun as a summer festival presenting plays in rotating repertory, the Company now presents three Shakespeare plays and one non-Shakespearean classic each season.
South Dakota Shakespeare Festival SD The mission of the SDSF is to increase the cultural, artistic and educational offerings of the state of South Dakota and surrounding regions through professional Shakespeare performances and arts education events delivered in a lively and accessible format.
Southwest Shakespeare Company AZ Based in Mesa, Arizona, Southwest Shakespeare Company opens doors by exploring the intricacies of language through the vibrant and passionate performance of works of classical theatre.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company TN Tennessee Shakespeare Company is the Mid-South’s professional, 501(c)(3) theatre and education organization which performs the plays of William Shakespeare as well as other classical and Southern writers, and provides innovative year-round educational and training programming.
Texas Shakespeare Festival TX Based in Kilgore, TX, the Texas Shakespeare Festival has provided eastern Texas with professional productions of the classics for more than 30 years.
Vermont Shakespeare Company VT Inspired by the work and spirit of Shakespeare, we produce theater of excellent artistic quality that enhances the cultural life of Vermont and the region.
The Wales Millennium Centre UK The Wales Millennium Centre Arts centre housing theatres for musicals, opera, ballet and dance, as well as cafes and arts organisations. Includes information about the building, organisations based there, news and what's on.
Washington Shakespeare Festival WA The Washington Shakespeare Festival. Year-round enlightening entertainments in beautiful Mount Vernon, Washington.
West Virginia Shakespeare Festival WV The online home of West Virginia's premier Shakespeare Festival.
Wichita Shakespeare Company KS Wichita Shakespeare Company presents the Shakespeare in the Park series each summer, free of charge, in parks in the Wichita area.
Woman's Will Theater Collective CA Woman's Will, the Bay Area's all-female Shakespeare company, exists to provide opportunities for women and girls to work together in a supportive yet challenging environment, to entertain and educate through high quality classes and performances, and to expand the boundaries in which audiences and artists see themselves.
Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company WY Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company is committed to nurturing the art of live theater through dynamic productions, vital actor training, intensive stagecraft training and an ongoing dialogue with our audience and community.
Collected Links and Associations
Organization State/
League of Resident Theatres PA LORT is the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the United States, with 74 member Theatres located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia.
Shakespeare Theatre Association US The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA) provides a forum for the artistic, managerial, educational leadership for theatres primarily involved with the production of the works of William Shakespeare; to discuss issues and methods of work, resources, and information; and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions and training.
Southeastern Theatre Conference NC The Southeastern Theatre Conference is a dynamic membership organization, serving a diverse constituency and reaching out across 10 states in the southeast region of the United States and beyond.