Our Mission:

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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

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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 most obscure early plays, Henry VI Part 1.

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Since then, ADK Shakes has performed 27 titles by Shakespeare and seven original children’s plays. 

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

Co-Founders

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                                                    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. In addition to her work with Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Tara teaches literature and composition courses at St. John’s University and humanities classes at Academics West, a therapeutic school on the Upper West Side. She has presented her work 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.

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                                                    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. 

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Board of Directors

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We are currently seeking new members to serve on our Board. If you love the arts, Shakespeare, and the Adirondack Mountains, we could use your talents to further our mission of serving the students, residents, and visitors of New York State with world-class quality theatre! Contact us at info@adkshakes.org or (518) 538-1863 for more information on joining our Board of Directors.

Rachel Ritacco as a Player in  Hamlet (2012)

Daniel Jimenez as Malvolio in  Twelfth Night (2012)

Ginny Bartholomew as Iris in The Tempest (2011)