American Shakespeare Center

American Shakespeare Center | Shakespeare and Classics Old and New | NEW

About the Artist/Ensemble

The American Shakespeare Center is Virginia’s premier classical theatre company for the 21st century. We are a center for shared discovery by audiences, students, scholars, and artists of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and classics old and new. We are committed to the staging conditions that Shakespeare himself used because we think they create an engaging, interactive, and magical theatre experience for our audiences.

Concert/Performance Description

The American Shakespeare Center’s (ASC) National Tour presents a roster of plays comprising the work of William Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and selected contemporary playwrights using the principles of Renaissance theatrical production:

  • Audience and actors share the same pool of light, allowing the audience to enter as full participants into the world of the play.
  • Members of the audience are seated on three sides of the stage.
  • Each actor in the troupe performs multiple roles and plays acoustic music before and during each performance.

Technical Requirements

The self-contained troupe travels in two vans and a cargo van / box truck and requires a 33’ x 35’ performance space with a 12’ clearance for safety.

Educational Programs

ASC On Tour workshops offer participants an exciting, hands-on learning experience in an intimate environment with topics including rhetoric, stage directions, cue scripts, and audience contact. Each workshop has been custom-crafted by the ASC’s renowned education department. Workshops can be tailored for large groups or smaller niche audiences, reaching all ages and backgrounds and applicable across disciplines. Contact our team to find the workshop just right for your group.


ASC’s National Tour offers a variety of performance packages coupled with workshops and talkbacks. Services range from single performances to week-long residencies. A single performance with two hands-on workshops typically costs $10,500 (all-inclusive). For multi-show packages, the per-show fee is reduced. ASC works with tour presenters to provide price flexibility whenever possible.

Travel and accommodation expenses to be determined by service and location.

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