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The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
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The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that began in 1983, with Free Shakespeare in the Park's debut production of The Tempest in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Today we are a regional theater company and major arts-education provider.

The mission statement of the Festival is to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education.

An Overview of Shakespeare Festival Programs

Free Shakespeare in the Park
Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Cupertino from July to October, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for over 30,000 people to see high quality, professional theater free of charge.

Shakespeare On Tour
Shakespeare on Tour brings a live hour-long Shakespeare performance to students statewide. In response to the decline of in-school arts programs, we created an affordable high-quality school touring program in 1988. We now present approximately 200 performances yearly to over 30,000 children.

Tailor-Made Residencies
Tailor-Made Residencies bring San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 30 years of educational and theatrical expertise to students for an immersive experience that they will never forget! Collaborating with classroom teachers, we create curriculum that is specifically tailored to their learning objectives and their students. Whether we provide a few classroom visits, a full rehearsal period culminating in a final production or anything in between, our acclaimed and highly competent teaching artists use their skills and training to inspire students to get excited about Shakespeare!

The Bay Area Shakespeare Camps
(Tax I.D. # 942867269)
Our camps provide an opportunity for young students age 4 to 18 to study Shakespeare in a fun, supportive atmosphere and teach them the necessary skills to perform his work. We also offer an Advanced Acting Workshop for those with prior experience in performance. Currently, over 28 camp sessions are scheduled to be held in multiple Bay Area communities.

Midnight Shakespeare
Midnight Shakespeare offers at-risk youth the opportunity to learn communication skills, performance skills, discipline, and team work through Shakespeare. Responding to the problems of violence and gang-related issues, this ten-week program partners the Shakespeare Festival with social service organizations like the East Bay Conservation Corps, San Jose Department of Parks and Recreation, the East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club, and the San Francisco Park and Recreation Department to reach underserved communities throughout the Bay Area.

Shakespeare for All
Shakespeare for All currently takes place in four Central Valley communities, anchored at their local library. The communities of Salida, Madera, Chowchilla and Modesto have performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and are now preparing to take on Julius Caesar.

Civic Arts Stage Company
Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company and the Festival have worked together to stage productions since 2008. Collaborations have included The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ramona Quimby, Charlotte’s Web, Cinderella, Treasure Island, James and the Giant Peach, The Princess & the Pea, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Sleeping Beauty, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots and Ramayana. Through Civic Arts Stage Company we also offered after-school drama classes and weekend workshops for ages 6 through adult. Sold-out performances have taken place at Pleasanton’s Amador Theater and the Firehouse Arts Center.

SF Shakes in the news

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SF Shakes production history

Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors

Pamela Sogge, Chair
Eleanor Jacobs, Vice-Chair
Robert J. Chansler, CFO
Michael Li-Ming Wong, Secretary
Raymond Kutz, Past Chair
James A. Babcock
Thad A. Davis
Barbara Fatum
Cynthia Francis
Lauren-Paul Kozlenko
John Loll
Linda Merriweather
Daphne Stannard
Deborah Styles
Sarah Thrift
Jeff Wutzke

In Memoriam:
- Albert Takazauckas, Director
- Charles McCue, Producing Director
- Ronald A. Rebholz, Board Member
- Keith Taylor, Board Member
- Rosemary Tarlton, Board Member

Shakespeare Festival Staff

The Shakespeare Festival employs over 200 educators, artists, actors, directors, designers, and technicians to execute our many programs.

Toby Leavitt, Executive Director (email)
Rebecca Ennals, Artistic Director (email) (Artistic Director blog)
John Western, Marketing Director (email)
Tonya Narvaez , Marketing and Development Assistant (email)
Carl Holvick-Thomas, Education Director (email)
Stephen Muterspaugh, Associate Artistic Director (email)
Carol Fehr, Accountant (email)
Steve Mannshardt, Technical Director / Resident Designer (email)
Resident Teaching Artists

Jobs and Auditions
If you would like to work with us, please see the Jobs and Auditions section.

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