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Shakespeare By The Sea
Theatre Set Free...

Shakespeare by the Sea (SBTS) excites the audience with the wonder of words and the unique joy of live performance while shedding light on the human condition with the greatest plays and stories in the world, in great settings for a great price.


Shakespeare by the Sea is:

  • the most accessible presenter of live theatre in Atlantic Canada

  • the largest outdoor summer theatre festival east of Montreal

  • dedicated to creating original works based on classic tales and legends

  • committed to the ongoing development of Canadian theatre artists.

Shakespeare by the Sea is an artist-driven collaborative organization. Under the guidance of a Board of Directors, the company offers a full repertory season of outdoor summer theatre, traditionally ranging from July 1 to Labour Day. The company operates an 82-seat black-box indoor theatre venue called The Park Place Theatre, designed to handle the needs of the company as a rain venue during the summer season and serve as the "off-season" home to various projects, as well as a rental facility for outside groups.

Shakespeare By The Sea’s mission is, and will always be, to create theatre that is accessible to as many people as possible.


Shakespeare By The Sea (SBTS) performances take place in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq people. The territory is covered by the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, which Mi'kmaq and Maliseet People first signed with the British crown in 1726.

We are forever grateful to be able to live and create art in this place, and we hope that our work joins the tradition of storytelling that has existed here long before us, documented and undocumented, acknowledging those whose names we know, and appreciating those whose names we may never know. We are all Treaty people. 


SBTS acknowledges that historical inequities in our society have contributed to the oppression of marginalized and/or underrepresented groups, by race, gender, class, region, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and all intersections of those categories, and that we all must work together to build an anti-rascist and anti-oppressive culture.


Shakespeare By The Sea is committed to:


1. Offering ongoing learning opportunities for our Board of Directors, Administrative, Artistic, Educational, and Technical staff members in such areas as (but not limited to):

  • Anti-Racism training

  • Indigenous Awareness

  • LGBTQ+ Awareness

  • Psychological First Aid

  • Workplace Anti-Harassment

  • Workplace Health & Safety


2. Encouraging diverse and inclusive casting/hiring practices across all aspects of the organization.


3. Working to remove systemic barriers to participation, and creating a safe space for artists, crew, admin staff and volunteers. Shakespeare By The Sea adheres to the “Not-In-Our-Space” Respectful Workplace campaign led by Canadian Actors Equity Association.


4. Ensuring that clear and open lines of communication exist between employees, independent contractors and volunteers, working to build an environment of trust and respect, so proper, equitable steps can be taken to address any issue that may arise. 

Anti-Oppression Statement

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