About Us

HISTORY

HISTORY

HEADLINE: FOUR YEARS ON THE ROADS OF FLORIDA

The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida was founded by veteran actor Peter Galman in April 2016 -- the 400th anniversary month of William Shakespeare’s passing. The generosity of donors, sponsors, actors, crew, staff, and advisors helped to achieve a goal of stage readings held in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties of South Florida in its very first year.

Readings and workshops were open to the public and occurred regularly, along with workshops in which professional actors honed their performance skills.

Highlighting its second year, Mr. Galman brought a team of Troupers as resident teaching artists to the Cushman School in Miami. From March 20-24, 2017, the school's eighth-grade students participated in a week-long workshop culminating in a performance with scrolls, costumes, music, singing, and dancing for a full audience.

In 2018, Shakespeare Troupe poised itself for a statewide tour of schools throughout Florida. It mounted one-hour productions of The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet and the most popular of all comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream. With double casts of 7 actors, the Troupe performed dozens of school shows on short notice, in full Elizabethan-style or contemporary costume, with a mobile set and using safety props.

Directly after the performance, Troupe actors engaged with teachers and students on stage and in classrooms, teaching acting skills, directing theatre games, and answering questions about everything from the world of Shakespearean acting to artistic careers. From December 2018 to October 2019, Shakespeare Troupe cultivated the minds of 10,000 students from elementary through high-school grade in the counties of South and Central Florida, including these schools:

  • Pine Crest Schools
  • Spanish River Community High School
  • Palm Beach Day Academy
  • The King's Academy
  • Saint Anthony Catholic School
  • Sawgrass Springs Middle School
  • Jupiter Farms Elementary School
  • Rockledge High School
  • Lecanto High School
  • George Washington Carver Middle School
  • Attucks Middle School
  • Devon Aire K-8 Center
  • Jack D. Gordon Elementary School

The Shakespeare Troupe operates as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and has received a Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Community Grant. We have appeared at theatrical venues such as the new Pompano Beach Cultural Center, the famed GableStage in Coral Gables, the award-winning Area Stage in Miami with some of its conservatory students;

at community/retirement centers such as John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, the Palace in Coral Gables and Devonshire at PGA Gardens; and at adult behavioral health centers in Miami-Dade County: Camillus House, Miami Rescue Mission, Better Way of Miami, and New Hope CORPS.

Audiences

STAFF

STAFF

Our Pillars of Strength


PETER WAYNE GALMAN

Peter Wayne Galman FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Peter Galman was born in Chicago...

Patricia Wakely Wolf

Patricia Wakely Wolf DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Patricia Wakely Wolf was instrumental...