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About Folger Theatre

The award-winning Folger Theatre in our nation’s capital bridges the arts and humanities through transformational performances and programming that speak inclusively to the human experience.

Leadership and mission

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Karen Ann Daniels, Folger Theatre continues its legacy through exciting interpretations and adaptations of Shakespeare and expands the classical canon through cultivating today’s artists and commissioning new work that is in dialogue with the concerns and issues of our time. Folger Theatre thrives both on its historical stage and in the community, engaging audiences wherever they happen to be.

“The Folger has emerged as a wonderfully receptive staging ground for innovative approaches to the classics.”The Washington Post


Collaboration is a tentpole of theater – it takes many hands, hearts, and perspectives to serve a story. The artistry of those individuals has been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards, which recognize the outstanding achievement from professional theaters and theater-makers across the Washington, DC region. Folger Theatre has been the recipient of 158 nominations and 31 awards for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production. Recent productions of Measure for Measure, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Sense and Sensibility have all received the Outstanding Resident Play Award.