American Globe Theatre (AGT) was established in 1989 and is now the longest-running classical theater in Midtown Manhattan. It presents innovative productions of classical plays. In addition to a wide variety of Shakespeare's plays, company productions have included Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Chekhov's The Seagull and Three Sisters, Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Moliere's Tartuffe and Sophocles'Antigone.
The company works with the First Folio technique, an historically-based method of language and staging that originated among Shakespeare's own company of players.
The company is committed to reinvigorating performance in American theater with this technique and to handing down this legacy to a new generation of artists and students. Through its Shakespeare for Schools (SFS) program, the company brings the Bard's work to more than 7,000 young people annually.
The American Globe Theatre is located on the third floor of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, a national historic landmark building. Constructed in 1894-95 after a design by the architectural firm of Napoleon Le Brun & Sons, with sculpture by J. Massey Rhind, the church is the first in the world to be erected upon a concealed steal frame.
Discounted rates ($15 per ticket) for groups of 15 or more are occasionally offered for mainstage productions of Shakespeare's plays. Please check the Web site www.americanglobe.org for a listing of events.
The Shakespeare for Schools (SFS) program offers touring performances of Shakespeare in addition to the company's mainstage performances. The company presents adapted plays of Shakespeare for up to 250 students. Through the residency portion of SFS, teaching artists visit schools and meet with classroom teachers to custom-design a plan that satisfies the goals and objectives of each individual class.
Residencies can be designed to support a touring production, or can focus on any play in Shakespeare's canon. Performances can be presented in any large, open space. Study guides are distributed in conjunction with each performance, and all performances include a post-performance talkback session.