African-American Shakespeare Company

San Francisco, CA

The award-winning African-American Shakespeare’s mission is to open the realm of classic theatre to a diverse audience; and provide an opportunity and place for actors of color to hone their skills and talent in mastering some of the world’s greatest classical roles. For over twenty years, the company has produced over 68 productions, provide free student matinees to 105 schools and 12,833 students; reached over 127,000 patrons through our mainstage productions and arts education program. All with the goal to bring the classics to a diverse community in a method that would appeal to their aesthetic. Vision: Our community gains strength and cultural understanding from the melding of timeless dramatic works and the richness of the African-American experience. Perceptions change as together we gain a deeper appreciation for the common threads of the human spirit that bind us together. The company’s distinctive productions have included a Hip-Hop version of Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest set in the Harlem Renaissance; a Gospel version of Antigone; and Twelfth Night with an original 1940s jazz composition and Film Noir setting within San Francisco's Western Addition, coined "Harlem of the West."

African-American Shakespeare Company will present student matinees of The Winter's Tale. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 12 schools from California.