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OUR MISSION 
New York Shakespeare Exchange bridges cultural divides, starts conversations, promotes education, and brings communities together through diverse, classically-based programming that re-imagines how Shakespearean theater and poetry can impact our modern world.
 
Brimming with an unwavering sense of adventure, our work honors the legacy of the Bard while intersecting his poetry with today’s ever-changing social, political, and technological landscapes. From star-crossed lovers wooing across a crowded bar, to sonnets interpreted as independent film, to live productions that highlight Shakespeare’s verse in a contemporary context, our projects challenge expectations and lead us forward to continued innovation.


OUR INCLUSION PLEDGE

It is central to NY Shakespeare Exchange's core values that our network of artists and patrons grows to be as diverse and vibrant as the city, country, and world we call home. We believe that identity markers should never be a barrier to enjoyment of art, and therefore aim to push back against historical norms that have left some members of our community feeling less entitled to participate in Shakespeare's legacy. We recognize that as we carry that legacy into our contemporary world, it is made more potent by inclusivity.


WE PLEDGE:

-- To make room for perspectives that have traditionally been absent from the classical stage.
-- To deploy a diversity of social, cultural, and artistic points-of-view into our programming and by doing so create more pertinent, powerful, and challenging art.
-- To expand our audience base, particularly within communities that may feel alienated by prior encounters with Shakespeare.
-- To proactively deepen the diversity of our casting pool, and to maintain a consistent pattern of inclusion in the ensembles of artists we hire.
-- To embrace inclusivity of our company at all levels: from our production teams to our intern classes to our board of directors.

NY Shakespeare Exchange expresses diversity broadly to include individuals representing varied national origins, ethnicities, religions, ages, socioeconomic strata, gender identifications, and disability statuses.

 



 
 
BRIDGING THE DIVIDE
 
Our Annual Fundraising Drive
NY Shakespeare Exchange depends on our community to help create work like our one-of-a-kind The Sonnet Project, our stimulating mainstage productions, and our community-building INTERSECTIONS initiative. Now, as we head into our eighth thrilling season, we are reaching out to you so that we can continue to bridge cultural divides and inspire important conversations both in NYC and around the world. 

We need to raise $50,000 to
support our work.

You can be a part of our success. 

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