Thanks to YOU, Elm Shakespeare is poised to celebrate our 24th year of bringing Shakespeare to life for all of New Haven (and beyond)!

Heading into my third year as Producing Director, I am excited not only to continue but build upon the vital legacy created by Jim and Margie Andreassi. Bringing people together, through Shakespeare, helps to strengthen our community as we experience our shared humanity through the timeless stories and lyric poetry of these plays, on and off stage. We do this in specific and impactful ways.

We create the highest quality professional productions possible and offer them FREE to the community each summer.

I was so proud this last summer to have the most diverse company in Elm’s history, and to explore the timeless Romeo & Juliet through a lens resonant in today’s world. With rave reviews by press and audience alike, the production also fostered dialog within the community about the cost of violence on our streets.

We serve not only the audiences of today but the artists and audiences of tomorrow.

Elm in Residence introduced hundreds of school children from a wide range of backgrounds to the magic and power of Shakespeare (often for the first time), in hands-on performance-based programs. Our Players Camp quadrupled enrollment in three sessions, offering over $10,000 in scholarships. The weekend Teen Troupe and summer ‘Scholars’ Intern Company provided teens serious theater training and the chance to perform. In total, our educational outreach has reached almost 500 young people in 2017, and the programs continue to grow.

In this time of changing national priorities, your support is more important than ever…

From giving a child her first discovery of Shakespeare’s stories, to forging a young man’s identity and voice in his teens, to creating a couple’s summer tradition to be shared with their children and grandchildren, when the time comes. Shakespeare is the through-line of our lives, performed passionately, shared generously, telling stories that resonate for us all.


Rebecca Goodheart
Producing Artistic Director