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 theatrical 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 theatre, free of charge, on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of Western Oregon University with a cast and crew of guest professionals, WOU faculty professionals, students and community artists.

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 



Valley Shakespeare Company recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. While this statement is not an end-all statement and will constantly evolve as we as an organization learn, this is a starting point for us to form actions that will encourage equity and make an impact in the Greater Willamette Valley

Valley Shakespeare Company’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

The Artistic Leadership Staff, and Volunteers of Valley Shakespeare Company believe in the transformative power of the arts to enhance lives and revitalize communities. We also recognize the true value and the critical role that diversity serves in helping our theater and community thrive.

We are committed to sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where everyone who walks through our iconic theater doors — patrons, artists, employees, volunteers, and vendors — feels valued and respected regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability.

We understand that the foundation of a vibrant, thriving arts theater and performance venue is the cross-pollination of creative/diverse programming, the cultivation of inclusive practices and strategies, and the development of a diverse team of employees and volunteers who share in these values.

We believe this is a continuous evolution as we strive to reflect and meet the needs of our patrons and our community. Our commitment to upholding these principles and strengths is interwoven within the faithful mission to preserve the true heritage and legacy of Western Oregon University as a performing arts center in the Willamette Valley.