“The San Diego Shakespeare Society’s mission is to introduce, educate and encourage the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare.”
The objectives of the Society are:
- To encourage the study of the life and works of William Shakespeare.
- To foster and promote an interest in other literature, poetry, art and music through lectures, competitions, performances and the like.
The San Diego Shakespeare Society is a charitable nonprofit organized under 501(c)(3) rules.
Our Programs and Events
We offer a number of different events throughout the months and year:
- Open free readings of Shakespeare plays every month, in both Balboa Park and Escondido
- Lecture series and panel discussions
- Acting workshops
- Student Shakespeare Festival
- Art Stops at the San Diego Museum of Art
- Mock Trials
- Staged and directed readings of plays
- Celebrations and fundraisers
We have created programs with schools throughout SD County as well as…
- The Old Globe
- La Jolla Playhouse
- SD Symphony
- SD Youth Symphony
- SD Civic Youth Dance
- SD Civic Youth Ballet
- SD Parks & Recreation
- SD Branch – English Speaking Union
- SD City Libraries
- Carlsbad Library
- Encinitas Library
- SD Museum of Art
- SD Museum of Photographic Arts
- Leigh Scarritt Productions
- Tangocentric Dance
- Maritime Museum’s Festival of Sail
- First Friday Club.
The Society was established in 2002 by a group of individuals with a deep, personal interest in the works of William Shakespeare and a desire to share that interest with others.
Founding members included businessman Alex Sandie, professional actor/Old Globe Associate Artist Jonathan McMurtry, and director Thomas Haine.
In 2006, the first Student Shakespeare Festival was held, which continues annually.