Incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1987, THE SHAKESPEARE GUILD is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to cultivate wider and more sophisticated audiences for the globe’s most influential writer. Although most of its efforts since 1992 have been focused on programs in Washington, New York, and London (with occasional forays into Chicago, Orlando, Santa Fe, Santa Monica, and other settings), the GUILD is now expanding its outreach with new initiatives that will make additional opportunities available to Shakespeare enthusiasts around the world.
Directing the GUILD’s efforts, and working with a distinguished BOARD OF DIRECTORS and ADVISORY COUNCIL, is President and Founder is JOHN F. ANDREWS, a scholar who holds degrees from Princeton, Harvard, and Vanderbilt, and who has taught at several universities (among them Florida State and Georgetown), and whose experience includes a decade as Director of Academic Programs at the FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY, eleven years as Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and several years as Chairman of a National Advisory Panel to oversee educational applications for THE SHAKESPEARE PLAYS (the BBC/TIME-LIFE series that brought the dramatic canon to American viewers over PBS between 1979 and 1985). In connection with that series, Mr. Andrews hosted a Friends of Thirteen lecture series ("Three Views on Shakespeare") that took place at Lincoln Center and was broadcast over NPR, and helped produce Shakespeare: The Globe and the World, a three-year touring exhibition of Folger treasures that delighted visitors from coast to coast. He went on to posts at the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES and the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. After producing two multi-volume editions of Shakespeare's works, he then served for six years as Executive Director of the Nation’s Capital Branch of the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION. His book-length publications include two 3-volume reference sets for SCRIBNERS and two editions of Shakespeare’s works, 19 volumes in cloth for the DOUBLEDAY BOOK & MUSIC CLUBS, and 16 volumes in paperback for THE EVERYMAN LIBRARY (an imprint of Orion Publishing in London). Mr. Andrews has contributed articles and reviews to such periodicals as The American Scholar, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Click here for more details about Mr. Andrews. And click here for more details about the eminent members of the Guild's BOARD OF DIRECTORS and ADVISORY COUNCIL.