California Shakespeare Theater

Berkeley, CA
Cal Shakes celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, inspired by an expansive vision of the role theater can and should play in society, and expressed in our new mission statement: With Shakespeare’s depth of humanity as our touchstone, we build character and community through authentic, inclusive, and joyful theater experiences.
Founded in 1974 and under the leadership of Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone since 2000, our Main Stage productions have earned a reputation for their bold artistic vision and vivid story-telling. Our season runs from May to October, attracting 43,000 Bay Area theater-goers to our outdoor, solar-powered, Bruns Memorial Amphitheater—described by the Wall Street Journal as “One of the most beautiful outdoor performance spaces in America.” Our Artistic Learning programs reach 5,000 students annually, engaging students in classrooms and at our Theater in on-your-feet activities that bring a text to life, while also practicing skills that contribute to civic life and are crucial in today’s creative economy—skills such as creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and the ability to cooperate. Finally, through the Triangle Lab, we aim to integrate art more deeply into civic life. Through experiments that connect theater artists with community groups, we explore ways in which theater can give voice to a broader range of stories and help address community

For Shakespeare in American Communities, California Shakespeare Theater will present student matinees of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Shana Cooper, as part of their Student Discovery program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, residencies, teacher training, and a teacher's guide. They anticipate reaching 34 schools from California.