our-philosophy

New Swan Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to the research and production of Shakespearean plays and relevant theatrical works.

Shakespeare’s theater was a theater for the people rather than an elite cultural event and, in the spirit of inclusion, we are dedicated to sharing our work with the widest possible cross-section of our community.  It was also born out of an impulse to engender a direct, visceral, and heartfelt relationship between actors and watchers.  We want our patrons to feel the emotions, actions, and texts as deeply as our Festival actors, directors, designers, and creative teams.

While we honor the historical and classical relevance of Shakespeare’s works, we have no intention of producing them as museum pieces.  We are intent on recreating the immediacy of Shakespeare’s work and examining its relevance to the 21st century.