Did You Know?


  • Now in its 45th Sapphire Anniversary season, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (formerly called New Jersey Shakespeare Festival) is one of the leading Shakespeare theatre companies in the nation, and the longest-running on the east coast.

  • Since 1963, the company has played to more than one million patrons. In 2005 alone, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will bring its productions and education programs to 100,000 adults, teens and children.

  • In the last decade, the company's budget, staff size, program offerings and square footage have all more than quadrupled.

  • In its entire four decades of operation, the company has had only two artistic directors.

  • It is estimated that The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey generates close to $5 million worth of economic activity annually for the local region.

  • The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey provides more education programs for young artists, young audiences and adults than any other professional theatre in the state, the largest of which is the region's most comprehensive and largest Shakespeare touring company - Shakespeare LIVE!

  • Annual company size now numbers close to 300 members each season, including staff, artists of all kinds, technicians, craftspeople and young students of theatre.

  • During the company's landmark 40th Anniversary Season, in 2002, The Star-Ledger named The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey "Regional Theatre of the Year," and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation awarded the company a prestigious Strategic Partnership Grant in the amount of $1 million, "in recognition of the artistry, achievements and leadership of this acclaimed Madison, New Jersey-based performing arts and education organization."

  • Rumor has it that the old Bowne Theatre - which after extensive renovation was reopened in 1998 as the state-of-the-art F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre - was inhabited by a ghost who was often "felt" lurking about the theatre. He seems much happier now in his new home.

  • The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's prominent company of artists can be seen year-round in feature films, favorite television shows and on Broadway stages!


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