Week Of Will, April 21-28​, Celebrates William Shakespeare's 453rd Birthday​

The third annual Week Of Will kicks off Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' 13th season with seven days of live and online events in the spirit of the company's free outdoor events since 2005.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks joins the worldwide observance of both the playwright's birth and death, as Shakespeare passed away on his birthday. Week of Will events and donations benefit the company's annual free-admission Shakespeare production, this year Henry V, coming in September 2017 to Pittsburgh's parks.

WEEK OF WILL 2017 events:

  • Week of Will kicks off Friday, April 21 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District with scenes from Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ Supernatural Shakespeare, compiled and directed by Helen M. Meade, at the Gallery Crawl, beginning at 6 pm and running each hour (6, 7, 8 pm) at the Cultural Trust’s Pierce Theatre, 805 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh 15222. Supernatural Shakespeare includes scenes from Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Featuring Jennifer Tober, Tonya Lynn, Parag Gohel and Aaron Crutchfield each playing multiple roles.
  • On Shakespeare's 453rd birthday, Sunday, April 23, 11 am, Shakespeare Statue Tribute by Mrs Shakespeare (portrayed by Yvonne Hudson), a 15-minute program at the Carnegie Music Hall Shakespeare statue, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland 15213 with surprise guests including company members of Brawling Bard with Hamlet on the Boat, and birthday treats for the audience.
  • The Britsburgh Beer Society Launch celebrates Saint George’s Day for its patron saint on the day of Shakespeare’s birth and welcomes Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks on Sunday, April 23. The event kicks off with a meet and greet and beer sampling at 3 pm at Northern Beer Traders, 190 Rochester Rd., West View 15229. A short talk on Shakespeare’s life, family, and love of ale follows, features Mrs. Shakespeare (Yvonne Hudson) at 3:45 pm with a toast to St. George, England, and Britain’s fine beers. The event includes beer tastings, pairings, and networking through 6 pm.
  • BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard) Monday, April 24, 7:30-9 pm, "Cowboy Shakespeare" - Readings and performances of Shakespeare's zaniest characters - with a twist. A Brooklyn accent? A cowboy hat? A yinzer Lady Macbeth? Open to actors and non-actors alike. Kids welcome. Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill 15217. Free admission with $10 suggested donation appreciated. All funds support our Henry V production.
  • This year Henry V, one of the Bard's most popular history plays, will play the first four weekends in September in Pittsburgh parks. Twitter followers can tweet with the show's director Alan Irvine on Tuesday, April 25 from 7-8 pm via the PSIP handle @PghShakespeare. Discuss themes of leadership, loyalty, friendship, and bravery with Irvine and other Shakespeare fans.
  • PSIP’s ​Mid-Spring Revels on Wednesday, April 26, at Lawrenceville's Franktuary, features signature imaginative hot dogs, appetizers, sides, specialty beers and beverages from 5 to 7 pm with a portion of proceeds benefiting PSIP’s 12th season. The event includes a chance for patrons to perform or read their favorite Shakespeare pieces impromptu - prizes given. Take selfies with Will and enjoy even more Shakespearean surprises.
  • Our Trivia Contest on Facebook on Friday, April 28 engages the most knowledgeable fans on PSIP social media.

All Week of Will events are open to the public at no charge with donations accepted.


Thank you for joining us at the Comedy of Errors in September 2016!

Clockwise from Upper Left: Derrick Shane, Jessica Schiermeister, Marc Epstein, Jennifer Tober, Jim Walker, Elizabeth Farina (and her chicken), Nick Benninger, Tonya Lynn, Andrew Miller.

Photo by Catherine Aceto.



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AUDITIONS: May 20th 2017

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Bring Your Own Bard 2017 Season

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard) is Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks’ informal scene night in which professional actors and non-actors alike take a crack at their favorite Shakespeare pieces.

Bring Your Own Bard takes place the last Monday of every month from February-May, from 7:30-9 pm at Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill 15217. Free admission with $10 suggested donation appreciated. All funds support our Henry V production.

The 2017 Bring Your Own Bard season:

February, 27, 2017
March 27, 2017: Political Players
April 24, 2017: Cowboy Shakespeare
May 29, 2017: HENRY V Sneak Peek & Director Chat with Alan Irvine

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bard) Monday, April 24, 7:30-9 pm, "Cowboy Shakespeare" - Readings and performances of Shakespeare's zaniest characters - with a twist. A Brooklyn accent? A cowboy hat? A yinzer Lady Macbeth? Open to actors and non-actors alike. Kids welcome. Te Cafe, 2000 Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill 15217. Free admission with $10 suggested donation appreciated. All funds support our Henry V production.




Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Tober

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks has been producing free public performances of Shakespeare’s works in the Pittsburgh city parks since 2005. In September 2016 we celebrated our 12th season of shows with 8 public performances of The Comedy of Errors, playing to over 1800 patrons that included people from surrounding counties and states as well as local community members. We had the pleasure of collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh Honors College to present a performance at Pymatuning State Park. And we inaugurated an ongoing collaboration with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, providing 2 private student matinees of The Comedy of Errors for a total of 5 public schools and 1 homeschooling group, as well as performing selected scenes as part of The Trust’s Gallery Crawl event.

Thank you for your interest in Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks. Please join us for our 2017 season!



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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions are supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Additional support from:

  • The Fine Foundation
  • The McKinney Charitable Foundation through the PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee
  • Fidelity Charitable Trusts, The Seamon Fund
  • Vanguard Charitable Trust