Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre

Address: 150 Beach St
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 718-390-6616
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History:

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre was founded by a small group of dedicated volunteers with the express purpose of bringing quality live theatre to the Staten Island community while providing a creative outlet for local area performing, directing and designing talent. For 35 years, the company has been run by a volunteer Board of Directors and an unpaid staff. During that time, the company has produced or presented almost 200 theatrical events, including classic drama (24 productions of the namesake’s work), contemporary drama and comedy, musical theatre, staged readings and the premier of 15 new works.

For over 25 years, the company was in residence in its exclusive performance space in the Nurse’s Residence on the grounds of the Seaview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in the center of Staten Island. Each year, the company presented 5-7 complete productions, which were well received by both audiences and critics alike. The company has been the springboard for talent that has gone on to Broadway, national tours and regional theatre success. It has also attracted the talent of recognized television, film and stage performers like Patty McCormack who appeared in a revival of The Bad Seed, the stage production that became a classic film for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

In 2006, The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre was forced to leave its long time home to make way for much needed senior citizen assisted living facilities on the hospital campus. The Board of Directors is actively working to find a new, mid island facility to house the organization and has garnered support from many public officials to help reach that goal.

In the interim, the company, which is now being guided by actor, designer and director Wayne Miller, has embarked on a “site specific” series of performances which have been well received. Recently, the company produced a series of performances in the Third County Courthouse at Historic Richmondtown. One of these productions, Inherit The Wind, was hailed by the Staten Island Advance as one of the top 10 theatrical events of 2008. In that style, the Company mounted To Kill a Mockingbird, a stage version of Harper Lee's classic novel in the same venue.

The company has produced in venues including the St George Theatre, Veterans Memorial Hall and The Music Hall at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, The Hall at St Andrew's Church and The Conference House.

The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre has received funding from: The Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Borough President of Staten Island, The JP Morgan Chase Foundation, The Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, and numerous private donors.

Recent News

  • New Playwrights Wanted!

    The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Co. is seeking Staten Island Playwrights with full-length original plays for its 3 day reading series in May. The SIST play reading committee will choose three playwrights to be given a staged reading and a question & answer forum ...

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