Collected Scenes from and inspired by the works of William Shakespeare

Coordinated by Christy Burgess

July 15 and 16, 2017
at Notre Dame's Washington Hall

Over the course of one weekend, actors of all ages from throughout the community took to the stage with their own unique spins on some of Shakespeare’s most beloved works.

The 2017 Community Company will bring 20 fast and fun ten-minute takes on Shakespeare's greatest hits. Over the course of one weekend, scores of actors from throughout the community—neighbors, friends, young and old alike—take to the stage.

FREE performances on Saturday and Sunday each offer a completely different series of "Shake"-scenes that will inspire and delight the entire family.

Read Notre Dame Magazine's "aww-inspiring" ShakeScenes REVIEW.

Join the Shakespearean shenanigans!

Interested in directing or performing in a scene in 2017? We're always looking for new groups, actors, and directors for ShakeScenes. Contact to join our 2017 Community Company.

Photos from 2016 ShakeScenes (July 16 and 17, 2016)

Saturday, July 16 (Photos by Steve Toepp)

Sunday, July 17 (Photos by Peter Ringenberg)

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Saturdaygroup Web


All photos all available for download. If you use them publicly or for publicity purposes, please give photo credit to the photographer and organizational credit to the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.

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The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival works hard to ensure your theatre experience is exceptional from start to finish. We understand that experience begins from the moment you arrive on campus. We’ve secured access to the two parking lots located closest to Washington Hall, the ShakeScenes performance venue.

To reach these lots, you must pass through one of two Gatehouses (shown on the map to the right): the North Gatehouse on the Northeast side of campus via Douglas Road or the South Gatehouse on the campus’s Southern edge via Angela Blvd. Guards at both Gatehouses will grant access to all ShakeScenes guests.

Once through the Gatehouse, proceed on Holy Cross Drive (shown as a red line on the map) to the lot marked A9 or A15. Each lot is only 250 yards from Washington Hall.

As you walk to the theatre, keep your eye on the Golden Dome; Washington Hall is its neighbor to the east. The entrance to Washington Hall is on the south side of the building.


(Note: Both performances are free but require a ticket. To guarantee your reservation, please pick-up your will call tickets at Washington Hall at least 15 minutes before your performance. In the event of a sell out, unclaimed will call tickets will be used to seat patrons on the waiting list.)