Shakespeare Gild


ASG’s own Wm Shakespeare by Rhys McClure, 2010

ASG’s own Wm Shakespeare by Rhys McClure, 2010

THE ARDEN SHAKESPEARE GILD continues a 100-year tradition of community Shakespeare in the historic village of Arden, Delaware. A member organization of the Arden Club, the gild is dedicated to including everyone with an interest in Shakespeare, both as audience and as participant. The gild produces one of Shakespeare’s plays each summer in the open-air Frank Stephens Memorial Theater in Arden. Each winter our members direct a Young Actors Workshop for kids from age 6 through high school. The gild also sponsors lectures, readings and social activities throughout the year.

MONTHLY MEETINGS. The Arden Shakespeare Gild meets in the Gild Hall on the first Wednesday of each month (except June). Our business meeting at 7:30 is followed around 8pm by informal scenes. Newcomers are always welcome. The Gild Hall is located just south of Harvey Road at Orleans Road; our address is 2126 The Highway, Arden, Delaware 19810.

“…the spring, the summer,
The chilling autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world
By their increase, now knows not which is which.”
                   — A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ANNOUNCING THE 2015 SUMMER PRODUCTION: King Lear directed by Mary Catherine Kelley. Auditions are March 9 & 10, with call-backs on March 12 (see Auditions, below). Performance dates are June 12-14, 18-20, 26-27.


YOUNG ACTORS WORKSHOP SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE   Sunday, Feb 8, 2pm • 7 scenes featuring 35 young actors from ages 6 to 15. The public is invited to see the next generation of Shakespearean actors. Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

Learn more about our unique Shakespeare experience for kids on our Young Actors Workshop page.

AUDITIONS FOR KING LEAR   7:30pm, Monday, March 9, upper hall & Tuesday, March 10, lower hall. Optional prepared monologues (1-2 minutes) will be heard starting at 7pm. Auditions are by readings from the play and start promptly at 7:30. Audition sides (mini-scripts) available starting at 7pm. Call-backs Thursday, March 12, upper hall.

Go to our Auditions page for  more information (including Advice & Encouragement for Newcomers).

Click this link to download the Audition Form and Rehearsal Calendar.

TO SEND US A MESSAGE, click here.





2014-15 GILD OFFICERS: Mary Catherine Kelley & Linda Kimmelman, co-gildmistresses • Henry Porreca, business manager • Elaine Hickey, club liaison • Claire Ennis, secretary