Founded in 1989, Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Orlando Shakes) in Partnership with UCF produces classic, contemporary, and children’s plays. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert, Orlando Shakes has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed professional Equity theaters, garnering national recognition from The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout. “Hence the high quality of Orlando Shakespeare, a company that deserves to be far more widely known outside Florida.”
With ambitious, high-caliber productions like 2016’s West Side Story, and 2015’s Monty Python’s SPAMALOT and Peter and the Starcatcher, the Theater continues to provide an innovative world-class theatrical experience to its guests, while showcasing William Shakespeare’s legacy as the cornerstone of the company.
Orlando Shakes also offers immersive educational programming that serves Central Florida schools and the local community at large.
To enrich our community with engaging professional theater, inspiring educational experiences, and thought-provoking new plays.
To create theater of extraordinary quality that encourages the actor/audience relationship, embraces the passionate use of language, and ignites the imagination. Our main goal is to be a nationally recognized destination theater offering productions and education year-round for all audiences.
We value professionalism, creativity, fiscal responsibility, positive audience experience, accessibility, and community enrichment.