About Us

Mission

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the Classics to life for audiences of all ages.

Vision

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will become a world-class Shakespeare institution, serving as the arts destination for the region with a commitment to the artists, audiences, schools, and communities of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theater company in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s Backstage district. The Company produces classics, the great works, and the works you rarely get a chance to see. These plays are the ones that have stood the test of time. The staging of these plays is thoughtfully crafted to create an engaging experience that will resonate with you, inspire your thoughts, and start conversations.

But plays are only texts without talented theater professionals to reignite them, to invigorate them. Company members include the artistic director, Brian Isaac Phillips, who is responsible for guiding the artistic vision of the theater. Unique to the Cincinnati performing-arts community, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company employs a resident ensemble. Ensemble members are devoted to working with the artistic director to “crack the nut” of each play and reveal the human elements. To read more about the vision, click here.

Shakespeare Theatre Association – STA

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). For more information, visit www.stahome.org.

About Ensemble

At the core of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company are the members. The Company is made up of talented individuals running the gamut of theater professionals, from set designers to artists to the managing director. As a group, the Company ignites the classics to create fresh, thought-provoking productions. Click here to view the Company.

Production History

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company originally was incorporated under the name Fahrenheit Theatre Company. Beginning with a small grant in 1993, a group of young theater artists founded the FTC with the mission of producing Shakespeare and the classics for modern audiences. FTC produced five plays in its first season in various local venues, beginning with Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Gabriel's Corner in Over-the-Rhine. Since that time, the Company has enjoyed rapid artistic growth, a loyal audience base, and critical acclaim. For a more detailed history, click here.

Completing the Canon

In 2014, with their production of The Two Noble Kinsmen, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company became one of the first 5 theaters in the United States to complete the canon. Learn more about those productions here.