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Honors for the Shakespeare Theatre Company

Honorary Commander of the British Empire: In April 2013, STC’s Artistic Director Michael Kahn was inducted as an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a national order of chivalry for British nationals and people who impact the United Kingdom. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organizations of all kinds. Recipients of British Honors are chosen by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II based on the advice of the Prime Minister and other ministers to the United Kingdom.

Best of D.C.: STC was named the Best Theater Company in Washington, D.C. by the Washington City Paper 2013 Readers’ Poll. Additionally, STC won Best Play of 2013 for its critically acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Ethan McSweeny.

Theater Hall of Fame: In January 2013, STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, which honors Lifetime Achievement in American Theater. Kahn was selected for his 25+ years as the visionary leader of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, his work as director of eight Broadway shows and his tenure as the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School.

Tony Award: The Shakespeare Theatre Company received the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award® during its 25th Anniversary Season. The Regional Theatre Tony Award® honors a non-profit, professional regional theatre that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theatre nationally. Based on a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, the award is presented annually by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Helen Hayes Awards: One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, the Helen Hayes Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in professional theatres throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Since 1987, STC has won 81 Helen Hayes Awards and earned 322 nominations. See the full list of our awards and nominations.



The Shakespeare Theatre Company has produced and hosted more than 150 productions, entertaining more than 2.5 million audience members in its two theatre spaces, the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall. Learn more about STC: