Shakespeare Theatre Association

The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA), Formally known as The Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, was established to provide a forum for the artistic and managerial leadership of theatres whose central activity is the production of Shakespeare's plays; to discuss issues and share methods of work, resources, and information; and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions throughout the world, The name was changed in January 2011 to reflect the increasingly international reach of Shakespeare and the Shakespeare Theatre Association,[1]


The Shakespeare Theatre Association of America was organized at a meeting held January 12 and 13, 1991 at the Folger Library and the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Sidney Berger, Producing Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and Douglas Cook, Producing Artistic Director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, invited the producers, artistic directors and managing directors of over thirty-seven Shakespeare festivals and companies from the United States and Canada to this meeting. Berger was elected the first President,[2] and Cook the first Vice President.[3]

Past Conferences

The annual conference is the most important activity of the STA.

Host Organization City Year
Prague Shakespeare Company Prague, Czech Republic 2019
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Cincinnati, OH 2018
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Baltimore, MD 2017
Shakespeare at Notre Dame South Bend, IN 2016
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival San Francisco, CA 2015
Stratford Festival Stratford, ON 2014
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Bethlehem, PA 2013
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre Orlando, Fl 2012
Colorado Shakespeare Festival Boulder, Co 2011
Shakespeare’s Globe London, England 2010
Shakespeare & Company Lenox, MA 2009
Utah Shakespearean Festival Cedar City, UT 2008
Nashville Shakespeare Festival Nashville, TN 2007
Marin Shakespeare Company and Baja Shakespeare Festival San Rafael, CA & Los Barriles, Mexico 2006
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Vancouver, BC 2005
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA 2004
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland, OR 2003
Shakespeare Theater Company Washington, DC 2002
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Boise, ID 2001
Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe Stratford-upon-Avon & London, England 2000
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival Orlando, FL 1999
Georgia Shakespeare Festival Atlanta, GA 1998
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival San Francisco, CA 1997
Stratford Festival Stratford, ON, Canada 1996
Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company Portland, OR 1995
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Montgomery, AL 1994
Utah Shakespearean Festival Cedar City, UT 1993
Houston Shakespeare Festival Houston, TX 1992
Folger Shakespeare Theatre Washington, DC 1991



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