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25th Anniversary

The 2011-2012 Season marked the 25th anniversary of the Shakespeare Theatre Company and of Michael Kahn’s leadership, vision and artistic direction.

During the past 25 years, STC has:

  • Produced and hosted more than 150 productions
  • Entertained more than 2.5 million audience members
  • Attracted some of the world’s greatest talent, including Avery Brooks, Stacy Keach, Marsha Mason, Sir Patrick Stewart and Richard Thomas.
  • Presented free Shakespeare to more than 630,000 residents through Free For All, a beloved annual tradition
  • Produced almost the entire Shakespearean canon, including rarely-produced classics such as Cymbeline and Pericles
  • Hosted award-winning international performances, including Phèdre, The Great Game: Afghanistan and Black Watch
  • Uncovered and produced ten “new” classical works, including David Ives' hit adaptations of The Liar and The Heir Apparent, through the ReDiscovery Series
  • Welcomed almost 11,500 guests to Happenings at the Harman,  which showcases talented artists in the Washington, D.C., community
  • Received more Helen Hayes Awards for producing plays than any other theatre
  • Garnered accolades including the Washington Post Distinguished Service Award, the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.’s Public Humanities Award and the Mayor’s Arts Award
  • Engaged more than 200,000 students and educators through its arts education program

What Lies Ahead

While celebrating the past 25 years, STC’s focus is squarely on the future: expanding its repertoire; continuing to produce the Shakespearean canon as well as the many great, relevant classics yet to be explored; building on current education programs in an effort to reach all public schools in Washington, D.C.; and educating, nurturing and growing the next generation of actors, directors and all those who appreciate theatre.