"[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


Sept 22 Upcoming Master Class

Brave Spirits is pleased to announce an upcoming master class on Embodied Voice and Shakespearean Performance, November 1st and 2nd, led by Melissa Hurt of Integrative Studio, LLC, Lessac Certified Trainer and Victoria Reinsel, co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Brave Spirits Theatre. The class is appropriate for beginners with little Shakespeare experience, specifically: high school seniors applying to college theatre programs; college theatre students; and adult actors with little/no Shakespeare training. For more infomation, see our Education page.

Sept 5 Dates set for The Maid's Tragedy

The final production of our 2015-2016 season, Beaumont and Fletcher's The Maid's Tragedy will perform February 18th through March 6th at the Sanctuary at Convergence in Alexandria, VA. We'll be announcing our cast soon, but you can reserve a seat now.

Sept 10 Save the Date: Fundraising Fete

Brave Spirits 2nd Annual Fundraising Fête will take place on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at the Lab at Convergence. Partake in hors d'oeuvres served with wine and beer, bid on silent auction items, enjoy scenes from the early modern stage, and be among the first to hear about our 2016-2017 season. Tickets now on saleIt's the perfect way to support Brave Spirits Theater and celebrate Giving Tuesday.

Sept 5 Henri IV starts rehearsals

This week we begin rehearsals for our fall production: Henri IV: the re-gendered Henry IV repertory. The cast includes Nicola Collett, Lisa Hill-Corley, Karen Lange, Carl Brandt Long, James T. Majewski, Bri Manente, Amy Rauch, Claire Schoonover, Sarah Anne Sillers, Hannah Day Sweet, Jill Tighe and Annette Wasno. The productions run October 29 - November 22nd. You can purchase your tickets here.