Our Mission

Fig. 1 - A variety of masks

Fig. 1 - A variety of masks

Founded in the Year of Our Lord 2016, the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard of Avon...

What is Shakespearemachine?
Shakespearemachine is a theatre collective dedicated to exploring the complete works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries through the use of masks and unusual audience-performer relationships.

Who is Shakespearemachine for?
Shakespearemachine is for everyone, especially those who hate Shakespeare. We strive to break down barriers so that everyone has access to quality classical theatre.

Why Shakespeare?
In short, Shakespeare provides some of the richest canvases for theatrical expression ever devised. We believe there is a universality about the Bard's work that can speak to all.

Why masks?
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth." - Oscar Wilde. (We also think they look neat.)

The mission of Shakespearemachine is to challenge and invigorate audiences by producing artistically daring productions of the works of William Shakespeare and the works of his contemporaries and to provide workshops and arts education programs that promote literacy and life-long learning to a diverse community.

Shakespearemachine is proud to be a company in residence at Purdue University Fort Wayne.