About Us

About Us

Our society was founded in 2008 to provide residents of the Bismarck-Mandan area with free exposure to the life and works of William Shakespeare. We have expanded our programming to include a mid-winter performance of a classic play in February each year.  We also offer a training program for young actors called The Young Bards that offers  engaging learning opportunities for actors age 12-18.

Every year we seek to awaken the imagination of our community by bringing one of Shakespeare’s timeless classics to life.  We also strive to bring celebrated classic plays to life in our mid-winter production each year.  We are proud to offer our productions for free on the beautiful grounds of our capitol building in Bismarck. Our focus is to attract people of all ages and backgrounds to our  events, as we believe that Shakespeare’s works are engaging, entertaining, and inspiring to all audiences.

In 2009, just one week before our second annual summer performance, founder and president of the organization, Crystal Reid, suddenly died. In the spirit of theater, the show opened to crowds of 300 plus each evening. It is our goal to continue to fulfill Crystal’s dream of bringing our community the experience of live Shakespearean theater.

What is Capitol Shakespeare?

Capitol Shakespeare is a non-profit organization committed to producing a free, outdoor Shakespeare play on the capitol grounds each summer as well as a classic play in the Russell Reid Auditorium of the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in February.  Glass Menagerie will be held February 7-8 at 7pm and February 9th at 2pm.

 The 2020 summer production of Julius Caesar  will be held July 22-26 at 7pm nightly. All performances are held in the Prairie Amphitheater located adjacent to the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum Northern Lights Atrium. 

Where does Capitol Shakespeare perform?

ND Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck

612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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When is Capitol Shakespeare?

Glass Menagerie is February 7-8 at 7pm and February 9th at 2pm in the Russell Reid Auditorium of the ND Heritage Center and State Museum.  Summer performances of Julius Caesar will be July 22-26th at 7pm.

Please visit our Events page for detailed information about upcoming events.

What is there to do?

Capitol Shakespeare produces a fantastic, engaging production of one of Shakespeare’s plays during the summer and Classic American play in February.

How can I/we get involved?

Involvement is easy! Many monetary or in-kind sponsorship levels are available. Please go to our Donate link for more details.

To be added to our volunteer list, please email us at capitolshak@gmail.com.