Our Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate,
inspire and entertain people of all ages.
Our Vision: To use Shakespeare’s universal truths and the power of the arts to transform lives. Shakespeare belongs to everyone.
About Us: Kentucky Shakespeare, designated the Official Shakespeare Company of the Commonwealth, is a not-for-profit, charitable organization and professional theatre company and the oldest, independently-operated free Shakespeare Festival in North America.
Founded in 1949, Kentucky Shakespeare currently serves 100,000+ people annually through the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, education programs in schools, public performances, and community outreach. As the most comprehensive in-school arts education provider in Kentucky, last season Kentucky Shakespeare toured to 83 counties, serving 70,000+ students with interactive educational programming directly tied to academic standards, helping impact student achievement. Our many community programs explore conflict resolution, empathy building, and communication, in a range of settings from preschools to senior centers.