Through the engagement with and performance of Shakespeare’s text using a unique artistic methodology, we create matchless and transformative experiences that empower audiences of all ages to expand and challenge their worldview.


The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre was founded as The Red Heel Theatre in 1989, initially focusing on classic works of English theatre. In 1993, Carmen Khan became the Artistic Director of Red Heel and in 1996 focused the company’s efforts on the works of Shakespeare, renaming it The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival. In 2008/2009, we engaged in intensive planning with our board of directors and cultural and community leaders and decided to re-brand and rename the company The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, to better reflect our programming. We now have several programs for adults and students including a lecture series featuring world-renowned Shakespeare Scholars, Professional Touring Shakespeare Productions in schools and community centers, and a Classical Acting Academy providing early career actors with intense classical training. In the past 20 years, the Theatre has produced over 50 plays, reached over 100,000 High School students and over 110,000 adult audience members.

In Summer 2008, The City Council of Philadelphia passed a resolution honoring The Theatre for excellence in performance and educational programming, recognizing the impact The Theatre has made on Philadelphia’s cultural landscape and particularly on its students.


Carmen Khan

Jack Armstrong

Alan Razak

Sheryl Forste-Grupp

Alison Lerman

Greg Ricciardi


Carmen Khan

Bud Carlson

Rebekah Wilcox

City of Philadelphia

2008 Resolution from the City Council of Philadelphia Honoring the theatre for its commitment to producing excellent Shakespeare productions and education programming and making both accessible to all. Introduced by Jannie L. Blackwell and Blondell Reynolds Brown

Barrymore Awards

2007 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play Award for John Zak as Caliban, The Tempest

Barrymore Nominations

2016 Barrymore Recommended for Excellence in Theatre, Macbeth

2015 Barrymore Recommended for Excellence in Theatre, Henry V

2008 Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service Award Prize, sponsored by the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund for The Open Door Project

2007 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for John Zak as Caliban, The Tempest

2007 Charlotte Cushman Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play for Christie Parker as Desdemona, Othello

2006 Clear Sound Award for Outstanding Sound Design for Fabian Obispo, The Tempest

2003 Outstanding Sound Design for Fabian Obispo, Macbeth

2002 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for John Peakes as Gloucester, King Lear

2002 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for Mollie Hall as Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2002 Outstanding Original Music for Obadiah Eaves, King Lear

2001 Outstanding Direction of a Play for Harriet Power, Measure for Measure

2001 Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play for David Howey as Malvolio, Twelfth Night

2001 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Ian Merrill Peakes as Mercutio, Romeo & Juliet

Additional Awards and Accolades

2016 Named one of 2016’s “Best Plays in Professional Theatres in Philly, NY, DE, & NJ” by DC Metro Theater Arts, Macbeth

2015 Falstaff Awards: Best Supporting Performance, Female (Nomination) & Best Sound Design/Original Score (Nomination), A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2014/15 Philadelphia Critics’ Awards: Best Lighting Design (Honorable Mention), A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2014 Falstaff Awards: Best Principal Performance, Female (Nomination), iHamlet; Best Director (Nomination), Henry V; Best Scenic Design (Nomination), Romeo & Juliet

2013 Falstaff Awards: Best Sound Design/Original Score (Nomination), Much Ado About Nothing

2012/13 Philadelphia Critics’ Awards: Best Director (Honorable Mention), Much Ado About Nothing; Best Actor: Male (Runner Up), Othello; Best Supporting Actor: Male (Winner), Othello; Best Ensemble (Runner Up), Much Ado About Nothing

2012 Falstaff Awards: Best Director (Nomination), Titus Andronicus

2011 Falstaff Awards: Best Choreography or Fight Direction (Winner), Comedy of Errors

2010/11 Philadelphia Critics’ Awards: Best Actress (Honorable Mention), Hamlet

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  • 2019   Hamlet – Carmen Khan
  • 2018   Macbeth – Carmen Khan
  • 2017   Hamlet – Carmen Khan
  • 2016   Macbeth – Carmen Khan
  • 2016   Twelfth Night – Carmen Khan
  • 2015   The Taming of the Shrew – Carmen Khan
  • 2015   Kill Will (FringeArts Festival) – Kevin McGuire
  • 2015   A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Carmen Khan
  • 2014   Henry V – Aaron Cromie
  • 2014   iHamlet (FringeArts Festival) – David O’Connor
  • 2014   The Classical Acting Academy’s Love’s Labour’s Lost – Aaron Cromie
  • 2014   Romeo and Juliet – David O’Connor
  • 2013   Much Ado About Nothing –  Domenick Scudera
  • 2013   Othello – Carmen Khan
  • 2013   The Two Noble Kinsmen – Aaron Cromie
  • 2012   The Classical Acting Academy’s Cymbeline – David O’Connor
  • 2012   Twelfth Night – Carmen Khan
  • 2012   Titus Andronicus – Aaron Cromie
  • 2011    The Classical Acting Academy’s The Comedy of Errors – Rosemarie Hay
  • 2011    Hamlet – Carmen Khan
  • 2011    As You Like It – Carmen Khan
  • 2010    The Classical Acting Academy’s Henry V – Aaron Cromie
  • 2010    Macbeth – Carmen Khan
  • 2010    A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Carmen Khan
  • 2009    The Classical Acting Academy’s Henry IV, Part I – David Stradley
  • 2009    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) – Domenick Scudera
  • 2008    Romeo & Juliet – Carmen Khan
  • 2008    Pericles, Prince of Tyre – Carmen Khan
  • 2007    The Taming of the Shrew – Domenick Scudera
  • 2007    Othello – Carmen Khan
  • 2006    Much Ado About Nothing – Carmen Khan
  • 2006    The Tempest – Carmen Khan
  • 2006    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) – Domenick Scudera
  • 2006    Young Professional Company, The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Domenick Scudera
  • 2005    As You Like It – Carmen Khan
  • 2005    Hamlet – Carmen Khan
  • 2005    Young Professional Company, Twelfth Night – Jonah Cohen and Emmy Miller
  • 2004    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) – Domenick Scudera
  • 2003    Julius Caesar – David Howey
  • 2003    Macbeth – Gus Kaikkonen
  • 2002    Othello – Carmen Khan
  • 2002    A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Dennis Delaney
  • 2002    King Lear – Carmen Khan
  • 2001    Measure for Measure – Harriet Powers
  • 2001    Twelfth Night – Carmen Khan
  • 2001    Cymbeline – David Howey
  • 2000    The Winter’s Tale – David Ingram
  • 2000    The Taming of the Shrew – Eleanor Holdridge
  • 2000    Romeo and Juliet – Tazwell Thompson
  • 1999    Much Ado About Nothing – Domenick Scudera
  • 1999    Hamlet – Jim Christy
  • 1998    The Merchant of Venice – Carmen Khan
  • 1998    The Tempest – Eleanor Holdridge
  • 1997    Macbeth – Domenick Scudera
  • 1996    Deirdre of the Sorrows by J.M. Synge
  • 1996    Much Ado About Nothing – Domenick Scudera


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