Illustrated Shakespeare

Thousands of Victorian illustrations from The Complete Works have been made available online!
News, by Miriam Harris – Digital Arts Online
The Archive, by Michael John Goodman

Exciting news for all Shakespeare fans.

Victorian Illustration - The Complete Works


Watch for news about our March production of Macbeth! Tickets on sale February 19.


Also watch for news about our new artwork for Macbeth 2017 by Karen Rips Macauley
Find samples of Karen’s Shakespeare artwork published in Mirko Ilic and Stephen Heller’s book Presenting Shakespeare – 1,100 Posters From Around The World, published October, 2015 by Princeton Architectural Press.

HOPE Services Workshops

Our Artistic Director, Audrey Rumsby, conducts weekly workshops for the Senior and the Youth groups at The HOPE Services in San Jose.

More about the Workshops


About The Workshop Director

Audrey Rumsby, Workshop DirectorAudrey Rumsby is a graduate of the London Academy of Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and serves as both the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Development for San Jose Youth Shakespeare. She was a featured performer at the London 2012 Olympics, and acted in several London productions before deciding to spend more of her time in California. She is a director, choreographer, and dialect coach for companies ranging from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to the Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz, and appears regularly onstage in the Bay Area and abroad. Every week, she directs Shakespeare workshops for HOPE Services in San Jose. She is currently directing and producing a feature-length documentary about Vaudeville.

Update May 10, 2017: Audrey will direct Youth Shakespeare’s fall production, playing September 11-18 at The Historic Hoover Theatre. In the mean time this summer she has successfully traversed more than 500 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail on foot. Go, Audrey!

Issues Surrounding The Globe

More interesting commentary on issues surrounding The Globe Theatre: Innovation, Orthodoxy, and Shakespeare’s Globe by Brice Stratford, founder and Artistic Director of the Owle Schreame theatre company.

Shakespeare's Globe stage, unlit; John Wildgoose…In anti-intellectual, post-brexit, “had enough of experts” Britain, it is no surprise that somebody who dislikes Shakespeare, knows little about Shakespeare, and has almost no experience directing Shakespeare was put in charge of the most singularly committed and important Shakespearean theatre in the entire world”

Read the October 25 statement:
Statement regarding the Globe’s future Artistic Direction by Neil Constable, CEO of Shakespeare’s Globe

Artwork for The Comedy of Errors

Karen Macauley created original linoleum block fine art prints for our poster and program art. There may be some originals available for purchase from Karen.

Get your tickets for both The Comedy of Errors and Red Velvet, playing August 9-14 at The Historic Hoover Theatre: http://www.youthshakes.org/now-playing/

Arts Commission Presentation

Positive response to our performance for the San Jose Arts Commission at City Hall!

“San Jose Youth Shakespeare did some excerpts from various Shakespeare plays for our Arts Commission meeting. I was truly moved by their performances.” – Ramona Snyder, Sept 21 2015

These young thespians were amazing! I was very impressed by their performance and presentation and the high calibre of acting that each of these young actors demonstrated is testament to the commitment and dedication of the San Jose Youth Shakespeare Company.” – Ron P. Muriera, Sept 22 2015

Hicklebee’s Preview

Hicklebee's - Where Books Come Alive

Attend a free preview of A Christmas Carol

Come see us Saturday, November 15 at 4:00pm at Hicklebee’s Books in Willow Glen. We will stage some scenes and share about the play and the company.

Hicklebee’s – Where Books Come Alive
1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125


Tickets available still for A Christmas Carol!

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Five Performances Only:

  • Saturday, November 29 at 7 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
  • Sunday, November 30 at 4 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
  • Thursday, December 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday, December 6 at 3 p.m. – SOLD OUT!
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Original artwork for A Christmas Carol created by Joanne Torreano.