Frequently Asked Questions
When was Shakespeare in Detroit founded?
Shakespeare in Detroit was founded in 2013 and pioneered the first-ever Shakespeare in the park experience in the city with an all-local cast on August 14th of that year during a performance of Othello at Grand Circus Park.
The company began as a grassroots endeavor at the beginning of its journey to build a professional Shakespeare company in Detroit. It became a nonprofit organization during the 2015-16 season.
Is Shakespeare in Detroit a non-profit organization?
Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN is 47-4374924. Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170. See our tax information here. Our tax year begins on September 1 and ends August 31 of the following year.
Who founded Shakespeare in Detroit?
Sam White is the founder of Shakespeare in Detroit.
The Detroit native founded the company in an effort to create accessible performances of classical art and theatre in her hometown and produce inclusive, equitable productions that reflect the diversity of the world around us.
What shows will Shakespeare in Detroit perform during the 2019 season?
Shakespeare in Detroit will be heavily engaged in planning and fundraising for growth in 2020. Stay tuned to this website for updates AND sign-up for our mailing list to be the first to get news and info about forthcoming shows/events HERE.
What is site-specific Shakespeare?
This means that Shakespeare in Detroit performs in the places people live, work and play.
Are all of Shakespeare in Detroit’s performances free of charge?
No. Shakespeare in Detroit produces one free (admission) show each summer so that all who want to enjoy The Bard are able to do so. This can be done due to the support of sponsors. However, the rest of our season is composed of shows that charge a modest ticket price for admission.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit perform in traditional spaces or theatres?
Yes. Shakespeare in Detroit has performed in traditional theatres in its history. These performances included King Lear at Marygrove College (proscenium theatre), Julius Caesar at Wayne County Community College District’s Heinz C. Prechter auditorium (proscenium theatre) and The Tempest at the Marlene Boll Theatre inside of the YMCA Detroit (black box theatre).
Does the theatre have company members?
Yes. There are a half-dozen or so actors who return to Shakespeare in Detroit each season. Several new faces also show up on our stages each year, creating a robust mix of theatre veterans and raw talent.
How do I audition for Shakespeare in Detroit?
Please visit the Auditions page of our site for more info or email email@example.com
How many shows has Shakespeare in Detroit produced and which plays have they been?
We have produced fourteen high-quality productions since 2013, respectively:
Othello | Season 1
Antony and Cleopatra | Season 1
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Season 1
Romeo and Juliet | Season 1
The Tempest | Season 2
King Lear | Season 2
Macbeth | Season 2
Julius Caesar | Season 3
As You Like It | Season 3
The Merchant of Venice | Season 3
Henry V | Season 4
Hamlet | Season 4
Much Ado Para Nada | Season 5/Summer 6
Twelfth Night | Season 6
We are excited to continue innovatively and enthusiastically making our way through the cannon, one show at a time.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit perform all year round?
Yes. We will be a year-round theatre company beginning in 2020.
It is our goal to make sure we offer you the best possible productions as we build an organization that we hope will become a staple in the theatre community here in Michigan and a destination for theatre lovers across the globe. In addition, it is important that the company produces work that inspires new theatre patrons to support the art form and build new generations of Shakespeare fans.
We will also continue to produce readings and pop-up events throughout the season to complement our full-fledged productions.
Will Shakespeare in Detroit only produce Shakespeare’s works?
We are currently focused on the canon and becoming experts in that regard. However, our vision is to expand and produce other works in the future. Please see our Mission & Vision page here.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit only perform in the city?
No. We perform in, around and outside of the city. However, most of our productions are in Detroit proper as we are focused on making the city a premiere Shakespeare destination.
Does Shakespeare in Detroit only employ Detroit artists?
We will continue to offer local artists, designers, stage managers, directors and others work with our company – our roots are embedded here in Detroit as a company founded by a woman born and raised in the city. But we also know how important it is to our creative and administrative structure to bring other voices and perspectives into our family or what we call Team SiD.
Where is Shakespeare in Detroit based?
We currently work remotely and have a site-specific template at this time and travel to different spaces. We look forward to sharing the location of our administrative offices with you very soon.
Are Shakespeare in Detroit’s artists paid for their work?
Yes. We are a professional theatre company, dedicated to paying our artists for their time, talent and work. As we grow and expand, we strive to make these wages more competitive.
Are there any internships available at Shakespeare in Detroit and how do I apply?
Yes. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can I volunteer for Shakespeare in Detroit?
Please email us at email@example.com for more information.