American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Center is a non-profit Theatre company located in Staunton, Virginia in the United States. The company was founded in 1988 by Shakespeare scholar, Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen, and his former student Jim Warren. It was originally a professional traveling troupe named Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, renamed Shenandoah Shakespeare in 1999 when it settled in Staunton, and renamed American Shakespeare Center in 2005 to better reflect its mission.

As of 2008, the Center maintains a rotating repertory of plays 51 weeks a year, a resident Equity troupe, a touring troupe, a year-round laboratory for students and scholars, a one-of-a-kind MLitt/MFA Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance graduate program in partnership with Mary Baldwin College for actors, directors, teachers, and dramaturgs, a summer camp for high-school students, a summer program for middle school students, and the Blackfriars Playhouse.

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