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About Us

Shakespeare in the Woods (SitW) is an outdoor theatre company experimenting with the Bard's canon through radical approach. The company was founded in 2019 by producing artistic director, Katharine Maness (they/she), and is based in Manchester, VT.

 

Each production seeks to deliver a professional caliber celebration of classical text through an unconventional, modern, and socially aware lens, all while embracing Vermont’s natural offerings. The intention behind every production is to meet the natural landscape with respect, and to mindfully work in collaboration with nature versus imposing upon it.    

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide exceptional quality theatre that celebrates the text through exploration of relevant social issues and themes; To make bold and innovative art that is accessible to all audiences regardless of socioeconomic or geographic standing; To engage younger generations of Vermonters through educational outreach that demonstrates the importance of making art outside traditional pathways.

SitW is proud to be fiscally sponsored by The Center for Arts and Learning, whose mission is "to enhance the cultural life of central Vermont through its founding member organizations, as well as embracing individual artists, musicians and other nonprofits in a collaborative and welcoming community."  

KATHARINE MANESS, FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ACTOR

With SitW we have an opportunity to invest in theatre and small town communities, while also presenting a fresh perspective on Shakespeare. The arts are an integral part of society, and all the more important in areas outside of entertainment hubs. 

Shakespeare is timeless for a reason; at once capable of concocting past worlds and contextualizing topics relevant to this very moment.  Shakespeare invites the mind to escape, imagine, and engage, all through the most beautifully written word known to man.  My goal with SitW is to bring all of this to our communities.  I want to invite audiences to get lost in our productions, and leave having had a full and rich experience.

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