our-philosophy

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

Shakespeare’s theatre was a theatre for the people rather than an elite cultural event; thus we wish to share our work with the widest possible cross-section of our community.  It was also born out of the impulse to engender a direct, visceral, and egalitarian relationship between the actors and the watchers.  We want our patrons to feel the emotions, actions, and texts as deeply as New Swan Shakespeare 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.