To Be. Cal Shakes.

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What does it mean, To Be Cal Shakes? This is the question we are collectively asking ourselves in 2019, in times when many of us find arts, creativity, and culture essential tools to make sense of our spiraling world.

To Be Cal Shakes can be encapsulated in the four themes: Make, Learn, Engage, Support. Together, we are exploring how art makes us stronger, smarter, kinder, happier, more inquisitive, more vitalized, more human.

One of the reasons that so many of us are enthusiastic to work with, work for, support, and adore Cal Shakes is because the work reaches so far beyond the plays. When you support Cal Shakes, you are much more than an arts patron--you join the ranks of creative and communal stewards helping to carry us into the future.

You are Cal Shakes. We are together. Make a donation today to support Cal Shakes’ 2019 work at the Bruns and beyond.

Our work reaches beyond the Bard. Many of you agree with our quest to make Shakespeare relevant and accessible to all. In addition, our New Classics Initiative hosts new tellings of timeless stories from across cultures that open our eyes to the collective we.

Youth and school programs inspire the next generation of creators and leaders and invigorate the local economy by training and employing Bay Area actors and performers as teaching artists. These include Student Matinees, in-school residencies, and Student Summer Conservatories.

Partnerships with community-based organizations lead us several directions, from poetry slams to story circles, civic dialogues and more. All of this is delivered through a positive lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

You help make all of this happen. You attend the plays, share your enthusiasm about what we do with ours, and honor us with a charitable gift to support our work and mission. You are Cal Shakes. We are together. Make a donation today!


California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) redefines the classical theater for the 21st Century, making works of extraordinary artistry that engage with our contemporary moment so we might learn about ourselves and each other in the fullness of our world. Eric Ting, Artistic Director
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