Our Mission

Adirondack Shakespeare Company is dedicated to producing world-class quality theatre that is unburdened by spectacle and technology, but rather focuses on what matters most: the play.

A Brief History

ADK Shakes was born on a hillside in the Brandywine River Valley of Delaware on a beautiful spring day in May 2008. An intrepid company of 11 actors performed one of Shakespeare’s early plays, Henry VI Part 1.


Between 2008 and the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, ADK Shakes has performed 27 titles by Shakespeare and seven original children’s plays.


Today, the Company is established in New York State, serving the population with educational performances and workshops on tour throughout the year and a Summer Festival Season based in the Adirondack Mountains.

Co-Founders

Tara Bradway (Artistic Director and Education Coordinator) has been enjoying the plays of Shakespeare for 25 years, performing in them for 20 years, and producing them for over

10 years. She holds her B.A. in English and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College, her M.A. in English from St. John’s University, and her Ph.D. in English with a focus on Shakespeare and Performance Studies from St. John’s University. Tara teaches literature and composition courses and works as a freelance tutor and copyeditor. She has presented her research at the Blackfriars Conference at the American Shakespeare Center, the Shakespearean Theatre Conference at the University of Waterloo/Stratford Festival in Canada, and the Shakespeare Association of America.



Patrick Siler (Executive Director) is a writer, actor, director, and attorney. In addition to his work with ADK Shakespeare, he currently serves as the Associate General Counsel for the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), a not-for-profit financial institution dedicated to serving the people who serve the world.

(518) 538-1863  |  info@adkshakes.org