In 2016, join the ASC Theatre Camp as we complete Shakespeare's canon. Applications are open now!
The ASC is thrilled to announce we will be exploring fresh ways to present Shakespeare’s plays in American Sign Language with the help of a Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts grant.
American Shakespeare Center Director of Mission responds to Oregon Shakespeare Festival's decision to translate Shakespeare into "modern" English.
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Education & Research

Registration opens soon for Shakespeare's England: A Land of Lords, next summer's No Kidding Shakespeare Camp trip through the English countryside, led by Director of Mission Ralph Alan Cohen.
The American Shakespeare Center is pleased and proud to be taking part in this statewide celebration of William Shakespeare.
The first Blackfriars x Southwest Conference, to be held in Austin, 8-10 April 2016, has extended its call for abstracts until 15 December 2015.

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2015 Summer/Fall Season




Shakespeare's Joan

of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Now Playing through 11/28

The world whirls out of control in Shakespeare’s thrilling tale of France’s Joan of Arc, the English warrior Talbot, and the young King Henry. MORE...

Antony and Cleopatra

Now Playing through 11/27

One of history’s most famous love stories, Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s most expansive play, full of all the colliding opposites that make life rich: work and play, war and peace, East and West, man and woman. MORE...

The Winter's Tale

Now Playing through 11/28

Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. MORE...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Now Playing through 11/29

This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is Shakespeare's tribute to humankind’s power of imagination, and reveals that the “course of true love” can alter with just one touch of magic. MORE...






2015 Holiday Season



Henry V

A Christmas Carol 

Pay What You Will 12/4, 12/8

by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Jim Warren

Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, the Cratchits, and Tiny Tim are all back to take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life. MORE...

Lady Bracknell

The Santaland Diaries

Pay What You Will 12/1, 12/3

By David Sedaris

The Santaland Diaries is an outrageously funny one-man play (from NPR’s well-loved humorist David Sedaris) about life as an elf at Macy’s department store in New York City. MORE...

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Pay What You Will 12/2, 12/5

by Ginna Hoben

Don’t miss this delicious one-woman show about how much the holidays suck after you heart’s been crushed. MORE...



2015/16 Dangerous Dreams Tour

Henry V

The Life of King Henry the Fifth

The story of England’s hero-king and the greatest upset in European military history is Shakespeare’s finale to his great history plays. MORE...

Lady Bracknell

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and wicked comic masterpiece defines wit and style. This “trivial comedy for serious people” is at once blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd. MORE...

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is a dazzling thrill ride of betrayal, violence, and perhaps most surprisingly — love. MORE...




Paul Beers and Michelle Buonocore of Roanoke, VA
Rory J. Cutaia and Jaymie A. Cutaia of Middlebrook, VA 
Mike and Emma Gutzler of Middlebrook, VA
Dan Layman and Pamela Fox of Staunton, VA
Chris and Betsy Little of McDowell, VA
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton of New Orleans, LA
Lawrence and Sandra Rose of Penn Laird, VA
Grisanti Capital Management of New York, NY
Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center 
Frederick House, a small hotel,
celebrating more than 10 years as our Annual Sponsor

Shakespeare in American Communities

We are proud to acknowledge that the American Shakespeare Center receives financial support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


American Shakespeare Center's student matinee program is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtsMidwest.

The American Shakespeare Center is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin College.



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Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 7:30 pm

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, November 27, 2015, 2:00 pm

Antony and Cleopatra (C)

Friday, November 27, 2015, 7:30 pm


Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1) (C)

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

The Winter's Tale (C)

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream (C)

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 2:00 pm


ASC on Tour

All the world's a stage, and the American Shakespeare Center On Tour has played it. More