We exist to make the words and themes of Shakespeare accessible to everyone. We believe that Shakespeare experienced in a communal setting elevates 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.