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The Pasadena Shakespeare Company (“PSC”) is an
8-year-old non-profit professional theatre company.
Our mission is to produce great theatre, entertain, and
educate. We do this by
presenting high-quality, accessible productions of the works of
Shakespeare and other outstanding playwrights, and by offering
periodic lectures, discussions, workshops, and classes.
Director Gillian Bagwell founded the PSC in December 1994 with an
invited resident company of actors.
Within nine months, the company had produced its first season
of three plays, all of which received enthusiastic praise from
audiences and critics, presented more than twenty-five free public
readings of six Shakespeare plays at Barnes & Noble bookstores
throughout the Los Angeles area, and conducted its first creative
dramatics classes for children.
PSC Year 1
Entering its eighth season, the PSC has produced
thirty-four shows (including eighteen of the forty plays currently
accepted as Shakespeare’s) and holds a remarkable record – every
single production has received outstanding critical reviews.
The PSC continues to receive extensive and positive media
coverage from publications including the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly,
Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, Backstage West, Sierra Madre
Mountain Views, and San Marino Tribune, and has been
featured in stories on CNN and in the Wall Street Journal.
The PSC has received many nominations and awards, including
many Pick of the Week and Critic’s Choice designations, ten Drama-Logue
Awards, an L.A. Weekly nomination of The Beggar’s Opera
as Best Musical of 1998, the L.A. Weekly award for Best Actor
to Loren Bass for his portrayal of Iago in Othello, and the New
Times and Pasadena Weekly’s naming Our Country’s
Good as one of the Best Productions of 1997.
PSC Year 1
With the company’s growing reputation for the ambition and
excellence of its productions, and the relatively few companies
consistently offering high-quality productions of classical plays,
the PSC attracts a growing audience from an increasingly wide area
of Southern California, with patrons regularly driving from Orange
County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County, and even San Diego to
performs under the 99-seat plan of Actor’s Equity Association, the
union of professional stage actors
Performances are held at the 63-seat Fremont Centre Theatre
in South Pasadena.
outreach is an important part of the PSC’s activities.
PSC Director of Education David Paul Needles has developed
the PSC’s education programs, which include four years of creative
dramatics classes offered in association with Kidspace Museum, five
years of classes and productions in Pasadena’s Assumption, as well
as other classes and programs at various Pasadena public and private
schools and parks. The
PSC recently received a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to
begin a program at the award-winning Accelerated School in South
Central Los Angeles.
The PSC also regularly hosts student groups from all
over Southern California, who frequently stay for a post-show
discussion with the cast and director.