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Judith Shakespeare Company

is proud to present

Double Falsehood

This rarely produced gem, written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, is double cast!

We perform in our signature
Shakespeare Unplugged style

at 7pm on December 15th-18th
Upstairs at Shetler Studios, Penthouse 1,
244 W. 54th St, NYC

$15 Suggested Donation
at the door

for reservations
call/text: 917-275-7617



raised over ten thousand dollars!

"Something Old, Something New"

Saturday August 23, 2014:
Noon - Troilus and Cressida
3pm - King John
6pm - Tabula Rasa by Molly Louise Shepard
9:00pm - The Tempest

Sunday August 24, 2014:
Noon - Henry VIII
3:00pm - Pericles
6:00pm - Cymbeline
9:00pm - The Rape of the Lock
by Paul Hagen

at The Thirsty Fan Restaurant,
254 W. 31st Street, NYC
formerly The Irish Times

Mentioned by Ms.

Judith Shakespeare Company is mentioned in Ms. Magazine blog as an all-women classical theatre company!

All-Day Workshop

Gender in Shakespeare

What's up with all the gender explorations in Shakespeare? From Mark Rylance's Olivia to the Julius Caesar set in a women's prison, Shakespeare's characters speak to us, as always, with a universality that goes beyond traditional gender roles. Come spend the day on Saturday, March 22nd 2014, exploring the characters you love, breaking through traditional societal gender barriers, and searching for an expression of the other gender in a way that is heartfelt, truthful and avoids stereotype.

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Shakespeare On The Road

Judith Shakespeare:
A New York Tradition

"From several women playing men's roles... These plays began to speak in different ways to us." -Joanne Zipay, Artistic Director

Much Ado About Nothing

On Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:30pm,
NYC's acclaimed Judith Shakespeare Company presented a unique Concert Reading of Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing in the Hudson Valley. The play was presented by SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs in Kaplan Hall’s Great Room on the Newburgh campus.

A brief audience talkback with the actors and director followed the reading.

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Support Our Ongoing Efforts
While Saving Money!

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Arts in Education
Spring Semester

JSC returns again this year to the NYC public schools with a residency and an ongoing series of workshops.
IS-201, in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, has featured JSC Shakespeare workshops in their 7th-8th Grade English classes for over a decade, and this spring we'll be back. In a six-week residency, our skilled Teaching Artists will be guiding students to their own performances of scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream!

And at the Academy of American Studies, in Long Island City, Queens, JSC continues a tradition that began when this magnet high school first opened its doors in 1997 - the school's annual Shakespeare Day! - when JSC Teaching Artists take the entire freshman class on a journey from watching a Shakespeare performance to creating their own group performance - all in under two hours! This is our 17th year of AAS Shakespeare Day (wow!), and every student who has ever been a freshman at this school has participated in our workshop, which introduces them to Shakespeare just as they're beginning to study one of the plays in their English curriculum - This year it will be Macbeth!

People Like Us!

Read Broadway Legend Merle Louise's powerful testimonial about the value JSC brings to the NY theatre scene

The wonderful thing about Judith Shakespeare Company is that it makes the plays not only enjoyable for the Shakespearean scholars in the audience but also accessible to the novices. Under the expert direction of Joanne Zipay it is a vibrant and dynamic company, where the seasoned actor as well as the beginner can learn, grow, and hone her craft. It is a company of great comradery and love and I am proud to be a member of it!

JSC has also just received a $2500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and a $1000 grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Opening Up Possibilities for Women through Cross-Gender Casting


JSC was been invited back to an Actor's Equity special event in honor of Women's History Month & SWAN Day. Conceived and produced by company member Gael Schaefer, our very own Joanne Zipay served as lead director of this event. Also directing were Rebecca Patterson, Artistic Director of The Queen's Company and Emily Davis, Artistic Director of Messenger Theatre Company. Scenes with cross-gender casting were presented, followed by a Q&A session.

March 19th 2013, 7pm

Actor's Equity Building



Artwork by David Huber

This beautiful fairytale ran July 17th-19th 2012 to sold out houses. Audiences loved it! Here's what they had to say:

"Outstanding show! Congratulations!!"
"Really wonderful performances last night! "I am so greatly impressed with the grasp of the language. Definitely something to see." "So much fun! I'll definitely check out more Judith Shakespeare productions."
"A great show, and an outstanding cast."
An absolute treat. Thank you JSC!"

More information: Cymbeline


Comedy Tomorrow, Tragedy Tonight!

Shakespeare's Birthday
Celebration Benefit

Ran April 21-22, 2012 and has raised almost $17,000 for Judith Shakespeare Company's future productions!

In The News

Judith Shakespeare Company has been featured on Backstage.com

"It's A Drag for Women" by Frank Nestor

and in The Brooklyn Rail

"Women Play Two Gents (And More) with Judith Shakespeare Company"
by Ginny Hack

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Artwork by David Huber

JSC's long-awaited gender-reverse full production of Two Gentlemen of Verona

played its last performance
Sunday, August 22nd 2010

This show was a big hit with both audiences & critics alike.

For more information, click "Two Gents"