In the short-term:

From creating award-winning new works at national fringe festivals and local installments for the community, to large-scale summer productions in repertory and educational partnerships with Davis & Sacramento schools, DSE strives to raise the artistic bar for itself and the region. As we approach our eighth season, this continues to remain one of our highest priorities.

Some of the things we already have planned for 2018:

Supporting local students in their own production of Shakespeare's As You Like It for the third year of our Davis Shakespeare Ensemble Youth Theatre program.

Partnering with local businesses like Sudwerk Brewing Co. and Devere's Irish Pub for special events & performances.

The 2018 Davis Shakespeare Festival! We've lined up three great productions for an action-packed, entertaining summer and fall, featuring: Schiller's Mary Stuart; On the 20th Century, Music by Cy Coleman, Book & Lyrics by Comden & Green; and Shakespeare's As You Like It, complete with special school matinee performances.

In addition to these, support like yours will help us accomplish:

Monthly workshops for the community featuring local & national teaching artists, with emphasis on Stage Combat, Performance, Improv, Music, and much more!

In the long-term:

The dream of Davis Shakespeare Festival is to help make Davis, CA a destination location for theatre and the performing arts, much in the vein of Ashland, OR and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This goal is of course a long ways off, but each year we continue to lay a little more brickwork towards making this dream a reality. Davis is a vibrant community, between it's local businesses and agriculture, UCD, and plethora of artistic endeavors. We want to help draw in more attention to what Davis has to offer and make it a hotspot for summer theatre.

Your support and beyond:

Making a tax-deductible donation to Davis Shakespeare Festival ensures we can pursue our goals to the fullest extent. Running and maintaining a professional theatre company has many costs: production, education, staff, artists, rental fees, construction, marketing, office space, to name a few... That's why every donation, big or small, goes a long way to keeping DSF operating as efficiently as possible. We can't thank you enough for all your support!


Davis Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit 501(c)3 theater company that serves as a vital artistic resource for the people of Davis and the greater Sacramento region, as we produce Shakespeare's works, modern classics, new works inspired by the classics, and educational programs.


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*The Founders' Circle

All contributions are a valuable and integral part to the success of DSE, but by becoming a member of The Founders Circle you will help lay the foundation on which DSE can thrive long term. Founders Circle membership includes immediate access to company news, advanced ticket-buying, and a unique behind-the-scenes experience. See below for different options on how to join DSE's Founders' Circle!

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