About Us

The Ithaca Shakespeare Company is a regional theatre organization in Central New York. Our performances draw a total audience of approximately 5,000 per year, with visitors in 2016 coming from throughout New York State and from 38 other states and 34 foreign countries.

ISC currently presents three to four fully staged productions each year, including indoor shows in February and/or November and two outdoor shows performed in rotating repertory each July. ISC productions feature both Equity and non-Equity actors, with actors and designers coming from throughout Central New York, New York City, Chicago, and elsewhere.

ISC's work has received enthusiastic support over the years from the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board, the Tompkins County Community Arts Partnership, and the Cornell Council for the Arts. We have strong ties to the Cornell and Ithaca College Theatre Departments, and our productions often feature the work of faculty, staff, students, and alumni from both institutions.

A WRFI Radio Interview with Michael Donato, President of the ISC Board

This interview provides a great encapsulation of the work that ISC presents each year -- from the artistic direction of the company to the challenges of performing indoors and out. Thanks to WRFI Community Radio!


The Ithaca Shakespeare Company is dedicated to making Shakespeare clear and exciting to everyone. Our goal is to bring Shakespeare's works to life in productions that combine the highest artistic quality with broad audience appeal.

Our approach to Shakespeare is built on the core principles of:

  • dynamic ensemble acting
  • close attention to the details of language, character, and relationship
  • a strong component of physical action
  • staging that forges a historical bond with the practices of Shakespeare's own theatres
  • performances that immerse the audience in the action and emotion of the play.

As an organization, we are committed to:

  • cultivating a supportive and collaborative creative environment for both local and non-local theatre artists
  • presenting theatrical experiences that are powerful, moving, exciting, enjoyable, and thought-provoking for viewers of all ages and backgrounds
  • providing educational programs and materials of exceptional quality for students, theatre personnel, and the general public


From the very beginning, we have had a vision of creating an Ithaca Shakespeare Festival. Given Ithaca's beautiful locations, deep pools of theatrical talent, and unique spirit, there could not be a more perfect place for an event like this.

As we envision it, the Ithaca Shakespeare Festival would:

  • present productions that combine the highest artistic quality with broad audience appeal
  • cultivate an attitude towards our actors and theatre artists that is friendly, welcoming, collaborative, and collegial
  • involve as many segments of the Ithaca community as possible in the festival and the events and activities surrounding it
  • draw audiences to Ithaca from all over the country