Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Shakespeare Theatre

aka Shakespeare Theatre Company

Washington, DC

Mission

MISSION The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) mission is to create, preserve and promote classic theatre—ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes—for all audiences.   VISION STC creates theatre to ignite a dialogue that connects the universality of classic works to the shared human experience in the modern world.

Ruling Year

1985

Executive Director

Mr Chris Jennings

Main Address

516 Eighth Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003 USA

Keywords

Shakespeare, Classical Theatre, Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall, Lansburgh Theatre

EIN

52-1405988

 Number

3676933310

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Theater (A65)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Performing Arts (A60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) seeks to provide audiences with engaging, challenging and artistically excellent classic theatre that resonates with contemporary audiences.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Shakespeare Theatre Company Productions and Programming

Education Programming

Community Engagement and Access Programming

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Our Results

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Number of students engaged

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Population(s) served

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Education Programming

Context notes

Includes children who participate in SHAKESPEARIENCE, District Shakespeare, Text Alive!, School Shows, Artists in the the Community, Teen Critic, Camp Shakespeare, Citizens for Shakespeare,

Total number of performances

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No target populations selected

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Shakespeare Theatre Company Productions and Programming

Context notes

Includes Free For All, mainstage season, ReDiscovery Readings, Happenings at the Harman performances, STC Presents, and Co-Produced works.

Free Participation

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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Community Engagement and Access Programming

Context notes

Includes tickets provided through District Shakespeare, Text Alive!, Free Will, Free For All, ReDiscovery Reading series, and festival participation.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

STC believes that the timeless stories, characters, and themes contained in classical theatre remain relevant in contemporary times, and seeks to stage work, and provide education and access programming, that illuminates the human condition and inspires conversation, reflection, critical thought, and community.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks to shape the present and future of classic theatre in America by providing audiences with accessible stagings of the highest quality classical theatre productions; exploring plays of national and international relevancy; expanding the classic theatre repertoire by reviving and commissioning adaptations of important forgotten works; creating impactful and responsive arts education and community engagement programs to connect audiences with the classics; and nurturing the next generation of artists and administrators while providing a home for established classical artists.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company is the nation's “foremost Shakespeare company" (The Wall Street Journal) which produces “a repertory of classics that no New York theatre of similar size and scale can match" (The New York Times). For its artistically excellent productions, STC has received significant regional and national critical acclaim, and has garnered important accolades including the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award and 97 Helen Hayes Awards. Over the past 30 years, the Theatre has produced every play in Shakespeare's recognized canon for over 2.5 million audience members. The Theatre offers six mainstage works each season in its two Washington, DC theatres (the 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall & 450-seat Lansburgh Theatre), engages 15,000 children annually through its five in-school programs, has successfully commissioned and staged six adaptations of “lost" classic plays, and reaches approximately 200,000 patrons annually. The Shakespeare Theatre Company is proud of its reputation as one of the most recognized and celebrated Shakespeare Theatre Companies in the country and world.

STC will primarily evaluate the success of its mainstage season by gauging critical response in online and newspaper theatre reviews, as well as by response through ticket sales, award recognition, and patron feedback. STC defines its artistic success through its ability to take measured artistic risks; push artistic boundaries; and introduce audiences to lesser-known classic plays. Each year, the Theatre internally evaluates its ability to draw esteemed actors, designers, and directors to the District and tell classic stories in ways that highlight their timeless themes and characters. The Theatre also assesses its programs against STC's mission—ensuring that each production and program supports the organization's overall goals.

In addition to having produced more than 150 productions of the Bard and other classic playwrights and garnered important awards and accolades, STC's productions have toured Greece, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Macau, and have attracted the talents of famed actors such as Avery Brooks, Patrick Stewart, Rene Auberjonois, Elizabeth Ashley, Judith Light, Stacy Keach, Charlayne Woodard, Kelly McGillis, and many others. The Theatre has also published several ReDiscovery Commissions and successfully encouraged their production at other theatres including “The Liar" which played at New York City's Classic Stage Company in January of 2016, “The Critic" which played at the Guthrie in February of 2016, “The Metromaniacs which played at the Old Globe in February of 2016, and “Salomé" which played at London's National Theatre in June of 2017. Over the past three decades, STC has received critical praise from national and international newspapers and other publications, further affirming the Theatre's position as a major producer of the classics.

While the Theatre's artistry is frequently touted for its excellence, STC's education and access programs have also achieved many successes. More than 670,000 patrons (the equivalent of every Washington, DC resident) have attended the annual Free For All since 1991. The Theatre's Education Department reaches approximately 18,000 students each year and has provided free programming to 16,250 students in every DC Public and Public Charter High School over the past five years through the District Shakespeare arts access program—the first effort of its kind in the region. Additionally, over 300 fellows have graduated through the Theatre's internship program including those who have gone on to win Helen Hayes Awards for directing, manage national tours, perform on Broadway stages, and work as arts administrators for Arena Stage, Cirque du Soleil, The Goodman, The Kennedy Center, Yale School of Drama, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. STC's MFA program, offered in collaboration with The George Washington University, has provided 240 mid-career professional actors with training specifically related to performing the classics since 2001. These graduates now perform at professional theatres across the country.

Over the next few years the Theatre will embark on a capital campaign to create The Bard—a new organization headquarters consolidating STC's administrative offices, rehearsal/black box spaces, education studios, costume shop, and actor/intern housing into a single facility. The campaign will also secure important artistic and facilities reserve funds for the Theatre. Additionally, in July of 2019, after 32 years as the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Founding Artistic Director, Michael Kahn will retire. His successor will be named approximately six months beforehand to ensure a smooth transition.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

League of Resident Theatres (LORT)

Actor's Equity Association

Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre

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Financials

The Shakespeare Theatre

Fiscal year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No