Revolution Shakespeare

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action

Revolution Shakespeare, based in Philadelphia, PA, invites audiences to experience the variety and vitality of Shakespeare's works with bold and honest productions at little to no cost for patrons.


Revolution Shakespeare in the making, at The Church of the Crucifixion, Philadelphia. 2012

Revolution Shakespeare theatre company was created by Artistic Director Griffin Stanton-Ameisen to add to the scope of Shakespeare performance and education in the Philadelphia area. RevShakes officially announced its arrival on the Philadelphia scene on August 13th, 2013, with a launch event featuring a small auction and performances by Jake Blouch, Nancy Boykin, Jared Michael Delaney, Eric Kramer, and Cheryl Williams. On October 13th, 2013, Revolution hosted its first public performance: a staged reading of Henry VI, Part III at Hawthorne Park. The event featured some of Philadelphia’s finest performers, played to about 75 audience members, and also featured hot apple cider donated by Parc Restaurant, and delicious food truck fare served by the Cherry Bomb Bus. Revolution continued its inaugural season with:

  • Love’s Labour’s Won: An Evening of Shakespeare Scenes and Sonnets for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 11th at 8pm at the Off-Broad St. Theatre.
  • An all-female reading of King Lear on Monday May 12th at 7pm at the Painted Bride Arts Center featuring Nancy Boykin as Lear and Cheryl Williams as Gloucester, directed by People’s Light and Theatre resident director Samantha Bellomo.


Revolution Shakespeare engages audiences in the variety and vitality of Shakespeare’s works and works inspired by Shakespeare. Through performances and educational programming, RevShakes creates accessible, stimulating theatrical experiences for the here and now.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action
— Hamlet III, ii


Griffin Stanton-Ameisen - Artistic Director
Jessica DalCanton - Education Director
Daniel Kontz - Art Director
Tai Verley - Community Engagement Director
Mitchell Bloom - Development Associate
Sean Bradley - Associate Artist/Resident Fight Director


Nancy Boykin
John Charles
Akeem Davis
Ben Guez
Dan Kern
Samantha Reading

Revolution Shakespeare is generously supported by The Wyncote Foundation and fiscally sponsored by The Painted Bride Arts Center.