History

Founded in 2010, Shakespeare Napa Valley (Shakespeare NV), in association with Napa Valley College, partnered with the City of Napa to bring our production of The Taming of the Shrew downtown to Veteran's Park for two weekends in August. Over three thousand people attended the production, contributing to the economic vitality of downtown Napa. Prior to play attendance, hundreds of patrons shopped in local stores and ate in local restaurants, creating increased revenue for local merchants.

Since our inaugural production in 2010, Shakespeare NV has attracted nearly 30,000 audience members to see professional caliber productions of Shakespeare's plays. Presented during the peak of tourism season, Shakespeare NV has significantly enhanced the area's profile as a cultural leader and has provided another meaningful dimension to the Napa Valley as a destination for visitors.

Three years ago Shakespeare NV began cultivating an international reputation when Artistic Director Jennifer King directed The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It in London. She recently directed Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged) for the Prague Shakespeare Festival.

These experiences, along with Shakespeare Theaters of America Association membership, have raised the profile of Shakespeare NV as a local, national and global arts leader.

In August 2017, Shakespeare Napa Valley will produce Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as homage to life and love in the Napa Valley with performances at Veteran's Park in downtown Napa, the Napa Valley College Upper Valley campus amphitheater in St. Helena, the Veteran's Park amphitheater in Yountville and CIA at Copia. Running August 24-25, all performances will be free of charge. In October, the production will rehearse a seven actor version of A Midsummer Night's Dream to be performed at schools, wineries and other non-traditional venues across the valley January through April 2017.