About Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks was started in 2005 by Artistic Director Jennifer Tober, a Pittsburgh actress/director who has appeared in The Queens, Macbeth 3, Salome, The Red Shoes, and directed several shows for PSIP. In 2005 Tober was so inspired by the natural amphitheater at the bottom of the sledding hill in Frick Park in Squirrel Hill that she started the company with As You Like It in November 2005. The company grew and gained popularity quickly, and now offers FREE theater in Frick, Mellon, and Arsenal parks each autumn.

Tober was approached by an avid fan and radio personality, Kate Borger, about starting a monthly reading group. "We liked the idea right away and immediately one of us came up with the name Bring Your Own Bard, which I think encapsulates exactly what we do. In the city parks, we use only the park as our set, and we tell the story in a very physical way that makes the story immediately clear to the audience. Our emphasis is on the words, and on the unique collaborative relationship among the actors, the language, and the audience," says Tober.

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' mission: to bring accessible, high quality, free Shakespeare to Pittsburgh Citizens; and to encourage the enjoyment and preservation of our natural public places and parks.

Information: 412.404.8531
Bring a blanket, a loved one, and a thermos!

Please click the button above to donate using your credit card. Or contact 412.404.8531 or info@pittsburghshakespeare.com or mail your donation to:
PO Box 81775
Pittsburgh PA 15217

Thank you for supporting Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Pittsburgh's only outdoor Shakespeare company. PSIP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible.

Our Board (as of August 2019)


Jennifer Tober, president and artistic director
Catherine Aceto, vice president
Jonathan Poli, secretary
Mimi Wilson, treasurer


  • Emily Askin
  • Lynette Asson
  • Erika Fricke
  • Yvonne Hudson
  • Alan Irvine
  • Tonya Lynn

PSiP has a working board. We are actors, teachers, scholars, fundraisers, and fans. We are growing the board, seeking hard-working, forward-thinking individuals who want to be part of bringing accessible, high-quality, free Shakespeare to our neighbors in our Pittsburgh parks. Interested applicants may meet us at PSIP events. Submit resume and cover letter or send inquiries to info@pittsburghshakespeare.com.