Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Alabama Shakespeare Festival is a professional regional theater that produces around ten productions each season in association with Actors’ Equity Association, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists Union. Productions of Shakespeare are at the artistic core of the company. Broadway musicals, children’s productions, American classics, and world premieres round out the annual offerings. The classics on stage are by playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, and Eugene O’Neill, along musicals and new works commissioned by the Festival. The Southern Writer’s Project, the company’s new play development program, was founded by Former Artistic Director Kent Thompson in 1991 as an exploration of the South’s rich cultural heritage and is dedicated to creating a theatrical voice for Southern writers and topics. The program connects the audience directly with the work produced at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. SchoolFest is the company’s acclaimed, student-matinee program that entertains and educates more than 36,000 school children each season from throughout the region.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Alabama Shakespeare Festival presented touring performances of Romeo and Juliet directed by Director of Education Great Lambert. The company provided related educational activities, including workshops, post-performance discussions, and a study guide. They reached more than 5,900 students from 21 schools located in Alabama and Georgia.