Collected Scenes
from and inspired by
the works of William Shakespeare

Coordinated by Christy Burgess

July 16 and 17, 2016
at Notre Dame's Washington Hall

The Robinson Shakespeare Company stomped the yard with Henry V. The Michiana Mechanicals wrapped up their Star-Wars-meets-Shakespeare trilogy with "The Jedi Doth Return." And the Ladybards amped up the cute factor with five-year-old Lucy in "Popcorn, PJs, and Pentameter." 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 2016 Community Company brought 17 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—took to the stage.

FREE performances on Saturday and Sunday each offered a completely different series of "Shake"-scenes that inspired and delighted 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 ShakeScenes 2016 will be posted shortly.

Photos from ShakeScenes 2015

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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.)