We envision a Delaware where people from all walks of life celebrate and explore their shared humanity through the lens of Shakespearean works.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s creative vision and the broad societal mix of audiences of his era, Delaware Shakespeare brings our community together for vibrant theatre and learning experiences.
Artistic Excellence – Fiscal Responsibility
“Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
– Twelfth Night
We will constantly strive to collaborate with the finest area professional theatre artists and to provide them with the resources to excel; to nurture promising early career artists; and to provide community members with outstanding learning experiences. We will take these steps because our goal is artistic excellence, always.
“Had I a steward so true, so just…”
– Timon of Athens
We will be wise stewards of the resources invested in Delaware Shakespeare, establishing the foundation for long-term artistic excellence and community impact.
Diversity – Community – Openness
“O brave new world that has such people in it.”
– The Tempest
We will be deliberate in following the lead of our namesake, Shakespeare, who wrote his plays knowing that EVERYBODY would be in his audience. Thrilling things happen when you tell his stories again today to audiences that are made up of people from all walks of life – and with artists that reflect the diversity of the community in which we live.
“I would commune with you”
– Measure for Measure
We will foster community within diversity – allowing audiences and artists to find commonality with each other and with Shakespeare’s stories.
“A general welcome from his grace salutes ye all.”
– Henry VIII
We will create Shakespearean theatre that is affordable, understandable, and fun for all. No matter who you are or where you come from, you can join in the party.
Respect – Joy
“I do respect thee as my soul”
– Henry IV, Part One
We will treat every member of the Delaware Shakespeare family with complete and total respect and the Delaware Shakespeare workplace will be a respectful, creatively exciting atmosphere.
“New joy wait on you”
– Pericles, Prince of Tyre
We will infuse every Delaware Shakespeare experience with an element of joy – even the tragedies!