Help make Shakespeare accessible to everyone!
For nearly 40 years, we have put inclusion and accessibility at the center of our work by sharing the works and words of William Shakespeare with communities throughout the Bay Area and beyond, regardless of anyone’s age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education.
While other arts institutions have had to cancel entire seasons, we are meeting this moment by recommitting to our mission, making Shakespeare accessible to everyone. The results are programs like Virtual Shakespeare Camps, Takes on Shakes, and Free Shakespeare @ Home.
Socially-distanced. But live, together, and emotionally close.
With your help, we can meet this moment and give our community the support it needs to heal.
Your support now will pay our diverse company of actors, artists, designers, and directors, and ensure our ability to continue delivering on our values of equity, inclusion, and access by making this summer’s pivoted programming possible.
Artistic expression enables us all to experience joy, as well as to explore hard topics. They reflect us, who we are. They are how we heal. They are how we share values. They are how we recover.
SF Shakes has evolved from an impromptu production of The Tempest on a picnic table in 1983 to a leading regional theater company. We specialize in engaging and cultivating new and non-traditional audiences because at its heart lies great, powerful, living art.
Most adults know us through our annual Free Shakespeare in the Park productions. Over 1 million students know us from our meaningful arts education and outreach programs. We’re known in the Bay Area’s arts ecology for our long history of quality performances, and for authentic community engagement.
Real data demonstrates that our audiences are representative of our Bay Area communities. We make artistically inspiring, data-informed, and mission-driven decisions to tailor our approach to further increase community representation on stage and among our audiences.
Your donations improve our artistic offerings and pay real, local, working artists. Just because it's free doesn’t mean it should be anything than excellent, nor that it comes cheaply. Artists deserve to be fairly compensated.
Your donations help engage more people by expanding free access to arts and arts education.
You can further solidify our artistic and financial foundation, ensuring a legacy of high quality art and arts access for generations to come.
That’s what’s so special about the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival: YOU.
– because you are the essential ingredient to make it all happen.
Donate and become a Friend of the Festival today!
Donations can be made online, via phone: 415-558-0888, or by mailing a check to San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, PO Box 460937, San Francisco CA 94146. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Festival’s FEIN Tax Number is 94-286-7269.