Jun 09

A Letter from The Board of Directors…

Standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Global Network and all people of good will, The People’s Shakespeare Project denounces the murder of George Floyd. We deplore the violence perpetrated against Black people and Black communities in the United States and across the world. We recall and are inspired by Frederick Douglass who insisted that “no man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end of it fastened about his own neck.” Even as the long arc of the moral universe strains to bend toward justice, the long arm of slavery perpetuates individual and institutional racism through segregation, convict leasing, red lining, school-to-prison pipelines, mass incarceration, and extralegal violence. The chains and the choke holds that have crushed Black dreams and ended Black lives have also compromised the principles and practices of democracy. “Holding the mirror up to nature” and yoked together by pervasive and systemic racism, we stand, yet again, at a crossroads. Once more, we recognize the urgency of reparative intervention — action that brings both justice and peace for all. Convinced of the indivisibility of human rights, we are committed to the transforming power of theatre to instruct, to provoke, and to heal.

Apr 30

We went live on MAY 3 with our Zoom production of…..A Midsummer Night’s Dream abridged! AND NOW WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN on June 28 with ShakesCheers….The Taming of the Shrew abridged!!! And you can view it on our new YouTube channel!

How to find ShakesCheer…

YouTube channel
(Please note that ShakesCheers will not be shown on Facebook Live – ONLY on YouTube.)

Please join us for our next livestream performance: The Taming of the Shrew (Abridged)! We last performed this wild, rollicking comedy in summer 2014.

Donations of any amount through PayPal.me/LancShakes are greatly appreciated and will be shared with Cripus Attucks Community Center. Crispus Attucks Community Center strives to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Lancaster by providing services that promote community prosperity, physical and mental health, and by offering programs and cultural events which preserve the African American heritage.

In this challenging time, we are thankful for all our supporters and excited to keep making theatre for and with YOU.

Feb 12

Due to COVID19, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING 2020 has been cancelled. We are so sad and so sorry. However we are looking forward to a beautiful and exciting June 2021 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Please stay safe and healthy. You are so important to us.

Nov 25


Thanks to Lancaster County Community Foundation AND the generosity of donors from Lancaster County (and beyond).



was a resounding success.  Many thanks to all our generous donors for believing in our organization and supporting us as we bring Shakespeare to the wider audience.


Nov 25

Our first annual high school Shakespeare festival, SHAKES-PEERS, was held February 10, 2020 at The Ware Center, downtown Lancaster!

What a successful, exciting day. 34 high school students from public, private, parochial, urban and suburban schools came together to compete, learn, perform and share their enthusiasm for the Bard. Should we do this again next year? Yes we should! And we will!

Adam Kissinger leads the group in a stage combat workshop.

May 04

CAMP WILL 2020: Session #1 (for 6th-9th grade students) has been cancelled due to COVID19 and our commitment to keep everyone as safe as possible. We are so sad about this but encourage you to check back later this summer with possible August dates for an abbreviated Camp Will.

Camp Will #2 has been reconfigured! We will meet online most days – 1 1/2 hours in the morning and 1 1/2 hours in the afternoon PLUS one afternoon a week on non-virtual (in person!) activities. There will also be a virtual final performance. For more information please write: info@tpsproject.org

Stay Healthy! Stay Safe! Stay Sane!