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Shakespeare in America: A Special Relationship

In partnership with other leading organisations, we work to share Shakespeare’s heritage with people who may not be able to make the journey to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Shakespeare Theatre Association

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association and is proud to work closely with a number of Shakespeare festivals and Shakespeare theatres across America. The Trust welcomes student groups for residential visits, artists and creative teams for research trips, and Board members wishing to walk in Shakespeare's footsteps on a residential leisure course. 

We have welcomed delegations from over a dozen Shakespeare festivals across America for partner programmes and events here in Stratford-upon-Avon and have delivered outreach events in America as part of summer festivals and core programmes in six states. STA members enjoy early booking opportunities for all of our events, and a discount on educational classes and workshops here in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

All STA members can also sign up to receive the Trust's quarterly magazine, highlight new projects and exhibitions, scholarly research and discoveries and advance information into upcoming activities at the Trust. To sign up, please email us with your contact information and the name of your STA membership organisation.  

Shakespeare Association of America 

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a member of the Shakespeare Association of America, and all SAA members can sign up to receive the Trust's quarterly magazine by email for free. To sign up, please email us with your contact information and the name of your STA membership organisation.  

Digital projects and online partnerships

The Folger Shakespeare Library

We are proud to work closely with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC on projects that celebrate the enduring legacy of England's most famous playwright and America's adopted son.  

Shakespeare Documented website and Life of an Icon exhibition

The Folger's Life of an Icon exhibition marked the significance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in April 1616 and the beginning of the Shakespeare legacy. We loaned objects and documents from our UNESCO registered Shakespeare Library and Archives Collections for display in the exhibition, which opened free to the public from January to March 2016.

January 2016 also saw the launch of the groundbreaking website Shakespeare Documented. This major project offers a chance to view all of the known print references to Shakespeare, his plays and his family during his lifetime and closely after his death in a single online collection for the first time. Digitised images and scans of approximately 400 print and manuscript documents show just how much we truly know about Shakespeare the man, the actor, the playwright, the father and the business man during his time in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. 

This partnership was spearheaded by the Folger Shakespeare Library, and is the first website to bring together significant documents held in the two largest Shakespeare Library & Archive Collections in the world (the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Folger Shakespeare Library) along with documents and papers from The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, The National Archives and The British Library.

Visit the Shakespeare Documented website to find out more. 

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