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 fourth year as Producing Artistic 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 privilege of directing Love’s Labour’s Lost and share the joy, music and humor with New Haven.  With rave reviews by press and audience alike, the production continued our commitment to represent our community on stage through diversity and gender parity onstage. And, I was thrilled to start a new tradition of live music before performances.

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

Elm in Residence introduces 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 continues to grow – now coming to kids is Milford, and we are proud that no child is ever turned away due to financial hardship. The weekend Teen Troupe and summer ‘Scholars’ Intern Company provides teens serious theater training and the chance to perform. In total, our educational outreach has reached almost 500 young people in 2018, 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