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.


Here is the summary: Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching, but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse… the feisty, brilliant and beautiful Viola. This crafty young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms, inspiring him to write his greatest romantic masterpiece.

July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2022 at 7:30PM

Leinwand Outdoor Stage–Rice Auditorium
Friday Performances Will Be Interpreted

Tickets are Free (Suggested Donation $10 per/person)

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