Door Shakespeare was created under umbrella of then named American Folklore Theater in collaboration with Blue Circle Theatre in 1995. The first season produced in the Garden at Björklunden included “A Midsommer Night’s Dream” and “The Comedie of Errors,” which played in conjunction with the same acting company performing across the peninsula at American Folklore Theatre. In 1999, the organization became its own non-profit and has since produced 34 striking productions of classical theater by playwrights including Shakespeare, Moliere, and Oscar Wilde in the Garden of Björklunden’s 405-acre estate on Lake Michigan in Baileys Harbor.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Amy J. Ludwigsen, Door Shakespeare’s presence in the local and regional community continues to grow and is enriched by educational programming, including Doorways: Creating Theater for Children, Pre Show Discussions as well as Family Nights, and Shakespeare Study Groups. Door Shakespeare’s productions have been recognized and ranked in the top 20 theatrical experiences in the state of Wisconsin in both 2013 and 2014 by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The 2017 season will feature Wm. Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT and THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD by David Farr.
Door Shakespeare is a professional theatre employing members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
Door Shakespeare’s performance season is supported in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin.
Our mission is to provide relevant and entertaining productions of the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights through artistic excellence in both the conception and performance of our plays, and to enhance the theatrical experience through interactive educational opportunities designed for audiences of all ages, thereby creating a common ground to experience these celebrated traditions.
Door Shakespeare website photography courtesy of Bruce Ambuel, Torey Byrne, Jason Fassl, Katie Sikora, Suzi Hass, and Rick Spaulding.