Shake 38


Shake 38 is an open community of people from across the globe who want to share their love for Shakespeare through performance, events, conversation and collaboration at every level from school plays and online forums to international festivals.

We come from all walks of life – writers, performers, directors, students, musicians, historians, photographers and everything in between – but our goal is the same:

We are leading the global conversation on Shakespeare.

Who We Are

Rick Dildine
Since 2009, Rick Dildine has been the creative force behind the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the cultural event that brings the Bard to St Louis with a free outdoor celebration of his work. Under Rick’s innovative leadership, the original two-month festival has increased audiences by more than 30% to 60,000 and expanded into a year-round program of events taking Shakespeare to the whole community. Rick has previously held senior roles at Chicago’s About Face Theater, Brown University, and Trinity Repertory Company.
Stephen Hayes
Building on his experience as director of social media for the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Stephen uses his extensive knowledge and expertise to take the conversation on Shakespeare to the widest possible audience across the globe.
Shakespeare Festival St Louis
Inspired by R. Crosby Kemper, III, the idea of a free Shakespeare festival began in 1997. Since the initial two-week run that attracted 33,000 audience members in 2001, the Festival has grown into a year-round institution producing over 250 public performances annually for nearly 100,000 patrons and students. Presenting Shakespeare and works inspired by Shakespeare, the Festival’s programs are In the Schools, In the Streets, and In the Park. The Festival's work seeks to better the community, facilitate a diverse conversation, and encourage collaboration across disciplines. The Festival believes theatre is a powerful tool for social change and should be accessible to all.


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Advisory Board

The Shake 38 Advisory Board is an international group of distinguished individuals, including writers, directors, and Shakespeare experts. They play an important role in determining how Shake 38 will evolve over the coming years. The members represent Shake 38 in cities around
the globe.

Bonnie Metzgar
Bonnie Metzgar is a playwright, director, dramaturg and producer. Currently, Metzgar is the 2013-2014 Djerassi Fellow in Playwriting at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. For the past five years, Metzgar served as Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre, dedicated to advancing the national dialogue on sexuality and gender. Metzgar is best known for co-producing Suzan Lori-Parks’s epic 365 Days/365 Plays, an international event with more than 600 participating theaters sharing in a yearlong world premiere. From 2004 – 2007, Metzgar was the Associate Artistic Director of Curious Theatre Company in Denver where she was named “2006 Colorado Theater person of the year.” Metzgar also served for nine years as Associate Producer at the Public Theater where she founded Joe’s Pub. Metzgar has taught at Brown, University of Chicago, Wisconsin, Hollins, DePaul, Yale, and University of Colorado, Denver. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa and her BA from Brown.
Mara Isaacs
Mara Isaacs is a creative producer and founder of Octopus Theatricals, a theatrical producing and consulting company dedicated to fostering an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local, national and international audiences. A Tony Award-winning producer, Mara has produced over 100 productions that have been seen in theaters around the country, on and off-Broadway, and internationally. For 18 years, she served as Producing Director of McCarter Theatre Center, where she was responsible for daily artistic oversight of McCarter’s theater series and play development programs. Prior to McCarter, Mara produced new play development programs and productions for the Mark Taper Forum. She teaches courses in creative producing, international theater, and musical theater development for Princeton University, and serves on the Board of Directors for Tofte Lake Center in Ely, MN, and Almasi Collaborative Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe.