Your support as Independent Shakespeare Guild members is crucial as we build a permanent, egalitarian cultural institution in Los Angeles!

Each year, a diverse group of artists come together to claim Shakespeare as their own and give it back to the entire community of Los Angeles.

To learn more about our work and its impact, please view our Fifteenth Anniversary Impact Report.


The Guild is a group of creative professionals committed to supporting Independent Shakespeare Co. and its mission to create a deeply inclusive theater. Guild members are passionate about ISC’s large, vibrant, diverse, and engaged audience base!

Guild members are making an investment in free Shakespeare Los Angeles: there is no more immediate way to bring audiences together than live theater. It promotes a shared sense of community and purpose. ISC’s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival is free, outdoors, and in an informal setting. Everyone is welcome and everyone belongs.




Summer of 2020 will mark a new chapter: A permanent stage in Griffith Park

The site of the stage project is on our current location. Not only is a stage being constructed, but plans include improving access to the site for people with limited mobility, improving public restrooms, and adding lighting from the path the audience takes from the parking lot to the performance area.

These changes will support the technical elements of the performances, positively impact audience enjoyment, and dramatically improve accessibility, making sure the Festival can be truly welcome all of our community.

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The design of the permanent performance stage, in its use ofmaterials and organic shape, recollect and reflect the natural elements of Griffith Park, as well as the historic Old Zoo Bear Caves that are in view from the audience.



Councilmember mitch o’farrell with the students of kipp

Councilmember mitch o’farrell with the students of kipp

“…the knowledge the students pick up during the shows comes out in their writing in classes back in the classroom.  This year one of my 8th graders chose to do a Beatrice monologue for her high school placement audition based on her experience watching ISC’s Much Ado!  I run the theatre program at the middle school and we do one big production in the winter.  The students are begging me to DO Shakespeare now!  How cool is that!  They saw 400 year old language brought to life by talented actors in a safe and enjoyable environment and now they want to do it too!” —middle school teacher, Kipp Scholar Academy

Our families enjoyed it so much and are still asking us when there will be another one. This was a first for many of our families. A play, let alone Shakespeare, is something our families had not experienced but this all changed this summer. The theater is a luxury for many of our families, being that many are low income, immigrant, and working class. Yet you made it accessible for everyone in the East Hollywood community to enjoy Shakespeare at the park. Independent Shakespeare Co. bring so much joy through the arts. For that our families and staff at the Hollywood FamilySource Center thank you.” — FamilySource Center (East Hollywood)