Mission

Shakespeare Changes Lives

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We believe that Shakespeare experienced in a communal setting - whether it be outdoors, in a classroom or in a theater - elates the soul, inspires the mind and unifies those who sit beside each other. For the majority of our audiences, we are the first point of contact with Shakespeare and the performing arts. Our programming represents the plays in their finest light, demonstrates their relevance to today's society, and inspires our students and audiences to seek out additional theatrical experiences. By lowering practical and perceptual barriers, the Festival encourages broad participation in the arts and makes these artistic activities an active part of community life.

The Festival plays a vital role in the Bay Area arts community, serving as a catalyst for audience development by reaching thousands of people who otherwise do not attend live theater or may have never experienced it at all. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to arts education, using its programs to foster a life-long appreciation of learning and the arts.

The Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to make Shakespeare and the performing arts available to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status or level of education.