William Shakespeare’s contribution to the arts, his profound understanding of the full range of human nature, and his lasting impact are internationally recognized. The Society aims to demonstrate the relevance, immediacy, and accessibility of his works for the general public.
The mission of the Society is to inspire individuals in San Diego County through Shakespeare’s works, empowering them to reflect on the human condition via educational offerings, performances, and other community activities.
In serving this mission, we endeavor to:
- Foster learning and comprehension of Shakespeare’s works, their context, and how they relate to contemporary society;
- Involve the audience as active participants in the theatrical experience;
- Promote inclusivity and diversity throughout our programming, activities, and audience;
- Serve as an online gateway and curator for the greater San Diego Shakespeare community by advocating area productions, educational events, and other relevant activities.
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.