Valley Shakespeare Company


Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University strives to increase
Oregon’s cultural visibility by supporting unique and diverse arts opportunities within our community. We provide Oregonians the opportunity to experience innovative collaborative arts and culture through the presentation of unique classical works for little or no cost while supporting professional artists and arts education in Oregon.

The vision of Western Oregon University’s Valley Shakespeare Company is to present quality outdoor Shakespeare, free of charge, on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of Western Oregon University with a cast and crew of WOU students and faculty, community members and guest professionals.

Our aspiration is to use these shows to build and strengthen the relationship between the performing arts at WOU and the greater Willamette Valley and Salem community.  Offering “Free Shakespeare in the Park” will contribute to these efforts, encouraging students, families and community members, young and old, to join in the festivities and celebrate the performing arts with a cost-effective and culturally rich evening of theatre.

Tickets for Summer 2021
Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Tickets are free to the public, but reservations are recommended for limited pod seating!
call 503-838-8461 between 9am-5pm to make your reservations.

Valley Shakespeare Company is excited to announce its plans for the Summer 2021 Season!

We will be picking up where we left off—with a trip to Illyria and one of the bard’s most celebrated comedies!! Twelfth Night (Or What You Will)

Uproarious shenanigans, gender-bending disguises, ill-fated desires. The fun is all too close to home in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, where stumbling romance and misunderstanding are in full bloom. Separated from her twin brother after a shipwreck in Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man to work in the local household of Duke Orsino. The closer they become, the more Viola gets acquainted with Orsino’s crush, the beautiful noblewoman Olivia. Much to their dismay (and to your delight), the trio is inevitably thrust into a love triangle of mistaken identity and wanton foolishness.

Valley Shakespeare Company will be resetting this classic tale of love and misunderstanding during the early days of prohibition in the Coney Island Boardwalk of Atlantic City.

Overflowing with quick wit and titillating trysts, this standout play by The Bard is sure to please with its captivating characters and one of his most dynamic heroines.

See the digital program here.

If you have questions or require more information, please contact Director David Janowiak: / 503-559-1551

David Janowiak
Artistic Director—Valley Shakespeare Company
Chair—Division of Creative Arts
Western Oregon University