Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who are you?
A: We are the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF, a non-profit organization. We are a professional theater that:
Q: What's your work like?
A: We believe in bold professional theater that encourages the actor/audience relationship, embraces the passionate use of language, and ignites the imagination. These same fundamentals go from our professional theater through our educational programs.
Q: How big is your theater?
A: Now in our 22nd year of operation, we have an annual operating budget of approximately $2,200,000. We employ professional AEA union actors and designers from New York, Orlando and around the country. We operate four theaters, creating nine fully staged productions, 2 workshops, 13 readings, special events and educational programs and 326 individual performances of plays per season.
Q: Where do you perform?
A: We perform in four theaters all located in Orlando, Florida (The Margeson - 324 seats, The Goldman - 118 seats, The Mandell - 99 seats, Studio B - 75 seats) all located at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Cultural Park.
Q: Can you tell me a bit about the Shakespeare Center?
A: In 2001, we finished a $3,500,000 capital campaign to renovate the old Orlando Science Center and open the new John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The center is 50,000 sq. ft., including four professional theaters, classrooms, rehearsal halls, patron's room, catering kitchen, courtyard, lobbies, gift shop, box office, scenic and costume shops and administrative offices.
Q: Where are you? How do I get there?
A: We are located in downtown, Orlando at 812 East Rollins Street. We are situated in Loch Haven Cultural Park, a beautifully landscaped park which we share with other arts groups, including:
Q: What's your Season? When's your Season?
A: We perform our main season September through April, including:
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Q: How do I buy a ticket?
A: Please call our Box Office at 407-447-1700. You can also purchase tickets online by clicking here.
Q: How do I join the mailing list?
A: You can join our mailing by clicking here.
Q: What does the "UCF" part mean?
A: We have a thriving professional partnership with the University of Central Florida which includes a growing internship and MFA program, classes taught by Orlando Shakes artistic staff to UCF graduate and undergraduate students as well as senior UCF faculty members performing and designing on our professional stages. We provide many young students with their first professional credits, and hire many UCF alumni later in their careers. That's the association indicated in our name.