Shakespeare's Legacy 400

The 2016 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death has provided STA with the opportunity to create and implement a yearlong celebration of his work.  From individual theatre celebrations to global partnerships, see what STA has in store for this remarkable 400th Anniversary!

We are Shakespeare: Digital Video Festival

STA, in partnership with Shakespeare at Notre Dame, is hosting a digital mass participation festival of video clips created by Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide. Consisting of personal tributes and testimonials, performance excerpts and recitations, music videos, animations, and other media content, participation is possible for anyone with a digital recording device and internet access. We welcome videos from artists, global influencers, educators, students, civic and community leaders, audiences, and more sharing their love of Shakespeare.  This innovative, crowd-sourced assembly of celebrants, will confirm that Shakespeare is alive, current, and universally relevant.  Click HERE to view the videos and learn how to create and post your own!


For more information, contact Suzanne Dean by clicking HERE.

Shakespeare and NASA

STA will chronicle celebrations of Shakespeare’s life, work and universal appeal through performances and readings of his plays and sonnets in every populated time zone around the world as well as from the International Space Station (which puts a girdle round about the Earth in 90 minutes!)! 

STA and Shakespeare at Notre Dame are working to partner with NASA to speak a scene from Shakespeare to—and from—astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), in an event called a “downlink.” Here is an excerpt of the passage to be shared, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

Oberon:  …and be thou here again Ere the leviathan can swim a league.
Puck:  I’ll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.

400 Dreams: Shakespeare Around the Globe

To celebrate Shakespeare’s life, work and universal appeal, STA will chronicle performances, readings of his plays and sonnets in every populated time zone around the world. 400 Dreams initiative is envisioned as both an Interactive Cultural Map for events planned for April 23, 2016 (and all throughout 2016) and a real-time, around-the-world celebration like those on New Year’s Eve. Make sure your theater or organization is part of our Cultural Map. Submit your event to the map HERE.

Questions?  Contact Kate Powers by clicking HERE. 

First Folio!  The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Folger Shakespeare Library's traveling exhibition, "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare" brings a copy of the First Folio to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in 2016. 

The exhibition is part of the events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death . Each location will host the exhibition for four weeks.

Visitors will come face to face with the original 1623 book, open to Hamlet's speech in which he debates whether "to be or not to be." Each host location has also planned public events and activities, often including additional exhibitions, in joyful celebration of the book that saved so many of Shakespeare's dramas and the amazing plays it holds.

The new website gives additional information about the exhibit and includes an interactive map that will take you to a complete list of host sites and tour dates.

The tour is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.   

For more information, contact Mike LoMonico by clicking HERE.

World Shakespeare Day

His unique genius is universally acknowledged – yet almost 400 years after his death, no international day of celebration has been declared in recognition of his contribution to our world today. STA is working to have member's home municipalities all over the world declare April 23 as World Shakespeare Day. Find out how your city or Shakespeare Company can participate HERE.

Questions? Contact STA President Lisa Tromovitch by clicking HERE.

Shakespeare App

Get the free Shakespeare Passport for discounts and freebies to events, theatres and museums all over the world. The Shakespeare Passport is a virtual ticket or coupon that’s free to download and easy to use on your mobile device. Shakespeare companies from around the globe are participating, offering you multiple ways to honor Shakespeare’s legacy.

For more information, visit

You can also find an informational video HERE.