About Us

About Us

Our society was founded in 2008 to provide residents of the Bismarck-Mandan area with free exposure to the life and works of William Shakespeare. We have expanded our program to include a successful Children’s Renaissance Faire with free and engaging learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Every year we seek to awaken the imagination of our community by bringing one of Shakespeare’s timeless classics to life. We are proud to offer our production for free on the beautiful grounds of our capitol building in Bismarck. Our focus is to attract people of all ages and backgrounds to our outdoor event, as we believe that Shakespeare’s works are engaging, entertaining, and inspiring to all audiences.

In 2009, just one week before our second annual summer performance, founder and president of the organization, Crystal Reid, suddenly died. In the spirit of theater, the show opened to crowds of 300 plus each evening. It is our goal to continue to fulfill Crystal’s dream of bringing our community the experience of live Shakespearean theater.

What is Capitol Shakespeare?

Capitol Shakespeare is a non-profit organization committed to producing a free, outdoor Shakespeare play on the capitol grounds each summer. The 2018 summer production of Richard the Third will be held July 18-22 at 7pm nightly. All performances are held in the Prairie Amphitheater located adjacent to the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum Northern Lights Atrium. Capitol Shakespeare also has a Traveling Troupe consisting of actors ages 12-18 that will be performing a shortened version of Two Gentlemen of Verona throughout the Bismarck area this summer. Check our event page for more specific information.

Where does Capitol Shakespeare perform?

ND Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck

612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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When is Capitol Shakespeare?

Richard the Third July 18-22nd at 7pm.

Please visit our Events page for detailed information about upcoming events.

What is there to do?

Other than taking part in a fantastic, engaging production of one of Shakespeare’s plays during the summer and Classic American plays in the late winter, audience members can enjoy the Children's Traveling Troupe and the Children’s Renaissance Faire .

How can I/we get involved?

Involvement is easy! Many monetary or in-kind sponsorship levels are available. Please go to our Donate link for more details.

To be added to our volunteer list, please email us at capitolshak@gmail.com.