Our mission is to use theatre and the performing arts to inspire and re-imagine community through performance, education, and creative placemaking.  We specialize in serving rural communities and underserved populations in the Silver Lake, NY region, by bringing high-quality professional theatre productions and innovative arts education programming to the community.

    Objectives supporting Shake on the Lake’s mission are P.L.A.Y.:

    • Production: Creating fun, family-friendly, outdoor productions of Shakespeare and other works, of the highest artistic standards
    • Loving the Lake: Utilizing cost-efficient, green production practices; recycling and refurbishing found materials for costumes, and sets; conserving energy by performing in daylight; all in an effort to preserve and celebrate the natural landscape playing host to the festival
    • Accessibility: Recognizing the power of, and believing in community, through outreach, education, and promoting local businesses and individuals as artistic partners
    • Youth Development: Cultivating the talents of local youth through teaching educational theatre workshops in conjunction with the festival
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