2013-2014: An Outstanding Season


After closing out the financial records for Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season, Managing Director John Bradshaw announced that the company ended the year in the black with revenues of $1.6 million, a record high for the company.  This is the 13th straight year that the company has ended the year with a positive fund balance. “In […]

Bright Spots of 2013

Romeo and Juliet at Olympic Sculpture Park

At Seattle Shakespeare Company, we start our staff meetings by sharing Bright Spots that have happened to us in the week. These are triumphant moments, both big and small, that acknowledge the positive aspects of our jobs.  It’s fun to share them with staff members who may not have been around to experience them directly. […]

On Playing Benedick with Matt Shimkus


Playing Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” has been a “Bucket List” role for Matt Shimkus since he first encountered the play when he was 13.  And he didn’t have to wait as long as he thought he would have to before getting a chance at the role. Listen to what Matt likes about playing […]

Revisiting “Much Ado”

Brenda Joyner as Hero and Keith Dahlgren as Leonato in the 2010 Wooden O production of "Much Ado About Nothing."

Let’s take a look back at some of the other times that Seattle Shakespeare Company has produced “Much Ado About Nothing.” Four of the actors in our current production of “Much Ado About Nothing” have previously appeared in the play when we produced it in the past. Bill Higham played Antonio in 1999, a role […]

Sparkle and Delight in “Much Ado About Nothing”

Director George Mount talks with Matt Shimkus (Benedick) and Jennifer Lee Taylor (Beatrice) in rehearsal for "Much Ado About Nothing."

For the start of our 2013-2014 season Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Artistic Director George Mount is staging one of his favorite plays: “Much Ado About Nothing.” He recently sat down to talk about why he likes the play so much as well as some of the treats in store for the production. As someone who works […]

On Playing Shakespeare with Matt Shimkus

Twelfth Night (WO 2012)

Matt Shimkus was first introduced to Seattle Shakespeare Company audiences when he played Demetrius in our 2008 Wooden O production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the parks.  Whether it was playing a Russian mobster in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” or being part of that devious duo Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in “Hamlet,” he’s always […]

Know Thyself – George Mount on the 2013-2014 Season

Artistic Director George Mount at the first rehearsal for "Much Ado About Nothing."

Before rehearsals started up for “Much Ado About Nothing,” we sat down with Artistic Director George Mount to get his thoughts on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season.  “Know Thyself” is the organizing idea behind all of the play choices this year. Find out why George chose the plays he did and learn about some of […]

“Do you do traditional Shakespeare?”

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

      We are asked this question all the time…”Do you do traditional Shakespeare?”  This week The New York Times is exploring the issue of whether or not updating the setting of Shakespeare’s plays is advantageous or not. It’s really rare for us to produce a show set in the Elizabethan era. For example, we’re […]

Quarrelling Couple Cast for “Much Ado”

Much Ado Casting

Jennifer Lee Taylor and Matt Shimkus are matched as the argumentative and amorous couple Beatrice and Benedick in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s indoor season opener “Much Ado About Nothing.” Artistic Director George Mount will stage the production set in a coastal resort area in 1953. Taylor recently played Eliza Doolittle in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of […]