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


Performing in the DC Metropolitan area since 2011, 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. This summer, at the Capital Fringe Festival, we produced Middleton and Dekker's The Bloody Banquet, unperformed professionally since the 1600's.

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


Dec 2 BST Announces Artistic Associates

Last night at our Second Annual Fundraising FĂȘte, attendees celebrated BST's past year and got a sneak peek at the year to come. Brave Spirits also announced the addition of our first artistic associates. These individuals have worked with us multiple times in the past, are outstanding collaborators, and have generously aided our productions with their time and talents. We're proud to have them as part of our family.

Cassie Ash, Company Dramaturg
Jason Aufdem-Brinke, Resident Lighting Designer
Casey Kaleba, Resident Fight Director
Claire Kimball, Company Dramaturg

Jessica Aimone
Jenna Berk
Danny Cackley
Rachel Hynes
Jessica Lefkow
James T. Majewski
Briana Manente
Ian Blackwell Rogers
Hannah Sweet

Nov 12 The Washington Post visits Henri IV

"With apologies to Falstaff, the better part of valor is not always discretion. You have to be glad that Brave Spirits Theatre has flung caution to the wind and staged an almost entirely re-gendered two-part Shakespeare history saga." ... read more ...