Many thanks to the funders, the fans, and the first-rate creative team of our 2017 season. With your support, we expanded access to theatre by removing cultural, physical, and financial barriers with our 11th season of Free Shakespeare in the Parks!

Cultural barriers were removed by assembling a diverse team and by producing vibrant and highly accessible productions with universal themes. Between our productions of Measure for Measure and Henry IV, Part 1 and our children's workshop Kids & the Classics, we truly had something for everyone.

Physical barriers were removed by taking our productions right to the people and by performing in easily accessible public spaces. In all, we toured to twelve neighborhoods, covering all five boroughs of New York City, Southampton, and Jersey City.

Financial barriers were removed by providing all of our programming for free, and our "no-tickets-no-lines" policy guaranteed patrons did not have to pay with their time while standing in line for tickets. They could just show up and enjoy the show!

We are thankful to be creating public art in New York City. We are thankful for you!


Programming made possible in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including discretionary funding allocated by New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Funding also provided by The Davee Foundation, The Josephine Foundation, The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Hyde & Watson Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, The LeFrak Organization and Goldman Sachs Gives.