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
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
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 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
2010 990 forms
2009 990 forms
SF Shakes production history
Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors
Raymond Kutz, Chair
Robert J. Chansler
James A. Babcock
Thad A. Davis
Michael Li-Ming Wong
- Albert Takazauckas
- Charles McCue
, Producing Director
- Keith Taylor
, Board Member
Shakespeare Festival Staff
The Shakespeare Festival employs over 200 educators, artists,
actors, directors, designers, and technicians to execute our many
, Artistic Director (email)
(Artistic Director blog
, Development and Marketing
Education Program Manager (email)
Education Program Manager
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