The Shakespeare Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of William Shakespeare’s works through performance, commentary, and educational activities.


Our humanist mission—artistic, literary, and educational—is to bring to everyone the joy and transformative power of the works of William Shakespeare. We are the only organization in New York City devoted entirely to this mission. 

For too long the study of Shakespeare’s works as literature and the experience of them in performance have been artificially separated. Our goal is to dispense with that limiting division in our dynamic and engaging artistic events and educational programs that combine the study of Shakespeare’s works with live performances from the plays.


Shakespeare teaches us all how to be better human beings and citizens. A great city like New York needs The Shakespeare Society.