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History

The 2011-2012 Season marked the 25th anniversary of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

Over the past quarter of a century, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has dedicated itself to becoming the nation's premier classic theatre. By focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters and heightened language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and those playwrights he influenced, STC’s artistic mission is unique among regional theatres: to bring to vibrant life groundbreaking, thought-provoking and eminently accessible classic theatre in a uniquely American style.

An Unwavering Commitment to Artistic Excellence

Considered a “critical and popular success” (The New York Times) for its reinterpretations of Shakespeare's plays, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has also illuminated classical texts by Euripides and Ben Jonson, as well as modern masterpieces by George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Eugene O'Neill, Henrik Ibsen and Tennessee Williams. These familiar and unfamiliar works emerge as extraordinary creations when interpreted by the theatre's acclaimed resident acting company and renowned guest artists including Elizabeth Ashley, Avery Brooks, Hal Holbrook Stacy Keach, Marsha Mason, Patrick Stewart and Richard Thomas. Explore STC's past productions.

STC’s Three Acts: the Folger, the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall

Originally named the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library, STC’s first production, Romeo and Juliet, directed by Michael Kahn, opened in 1986. After six years in residency, the organization changed its name to The Shakespeare Theatre and moved mid-season to a new performance space: the larger, more adaptable 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre located in Washington’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. In 2007, after three years of construction, STC opened Sidney Harman Hall which features 774 seats and a flexible stage that can accommodate theatre, dance, music and film. Together, the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall comprise the Harman Center for the Arts, a dynamic hub of activity that showcases STC as well as outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations.

Supporting the Community

STC has helped to revitalize both the Penn Quarter and Capitol Hill neighborhoods and drive an artistic renaissance in Washington, D.C. Today, programs such as Free For All, which was established in 1991, and Happenings at the Harman, created in 2007, give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy free or low cost performances.

Creating the Next Generation of Artists and Audiences

A leader in arts education, STC’s education initiatives teach and excite learners of all ages. Offerings range from school programs to Master Acting Classes to the Academy for Classical Acting, a one-year master’s program at The George Washington University. Beyond the classroom, educational opportunities like Creative Conversations are available to all in the community. Join us!