"[Brave Spirits has a] kick-ass mission."
-- David Seigel, DCMTA


Performing in the DC Metropolitan area since 2011, and currently based at Convergence in Alexandria, Virginia, Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to plays from the era of verse and violence which contrast the baseness of humanity with the elegance of poetry. By staging dark, visceral, intimate productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we strive to tear down the perception of these plays as proper and intellectual and instead use them to explore the boundaries of acceptable human behavior. Our four values are text, actor, women, and audience. To read more about how these values inform our work, check out our about page.

Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to not only Shakespeare, but to the other playwrights writing in the same era. We believe in exploring the theatrical power of forgotten works and sharing these rarely produced gems with our audience. Our 2014-15 season included two works fully staged for the first time in DC: Shakespeare and Fletcher's The Two Noble Kinsmen and Arden of Faversham, author(s) unknown. In the summer of 2015, at the Capital Fringe Festival, we produced Middleton and Dekker's The Bloody Banquet, unperformed professionally since the 1600's. The 2015-16 season closes out with our fourth DC professional premiere: Beaumont and Fletchers's The Maid's Tragedy.

"Washington is blessed to have young, creative,
multi-talented emerging companies like Brave Spirits here."
--Andrew White, MD Theatre Guide


Aug 17 Season Passes Now on Sale

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we open the season this fall with his epic story of two lovers torn between their passion for each other and their duties to their countries, Antony and Cleopatra. Our season repertory continues the theme of dangerous love with two couples defying the greatest of all taboos: the fact that they are brother and sister. We’re thrilled to pair John Ford’s gruesome tragedy, Tis Pity She’s A Whore, with Beaumont and Fletcher’s rarely performed tragicomedy A King and No King.

Join our family to become a vital part of our company's success. Purchase a Brave Spirits season pass for unprecedented access to this season's productions.

Journeyman level pass gets you access to all three regular season productions. Upgrade to the Shareholder level to join us on Monday, December 5th for our annual Fundraising Fête!   

April 25 Results from Spring2ACTion

"Through Alexandria make a jolly march!" On April 21, 2016, 89 donors came together to support the arts and helped Brave Spirits raise $1,987, money that will be instrumental in our ability to bring classical theatre to the residents of Alexandria and the surrounding areas. We also won an additional $250 prize for having the fourth most individual donors among first time participants. Thank you so much to everyone who made it possible!