International Shakespeare Center
The International Shakespeare Center (ISC) Santa Fe is dedicated to making Santa Fe a destination for world-class Shakespeare. We support performances, provide education for people of all ages, and create opportunities for people to meet in community to read and discuss Shakespeare.
Santa Fe seems to have more Shakespeare that any other town our size in the country, and the ISC wants to support and encourage all of it. We bring in professional training for classical actors; produce an annual Youth Shakespeare Festival; founded the ISC Press to produce Readers’ Editions of the plays; sponsor the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe, a youth Shakespeare troupe that performs uncut Shakespeare; collaborate with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Close Readers and work to develop other adult reading/discussion groups; offer the Shakespeare Talks on the first Tuesday of each month with a variety of different speakers; run a monthly Shakespeare Gym for actors or readers to get more closely involved with the text and put it on their feet; and support and encourage anyone else in town who is creating Shakespeare in Santa Fe!
In 2018, the ISC hosted A Year of Lear with monthly events, including a Lear Treasure Hunt in downtown Santa Fe, talks and discussions, group readings, two talks with James Shapiro, author of The Year of Lear, a seminar with Oxford don Lynn Robson, a highly acclaimed production of King Lear, and more.