Our Mission and Vision
The mission of The Fern Shakespeare Company is to promote cultural diversity and to strengthen and serve our community through performance and education.
Using original practice and direct address techniques as our guide, Fern Shakespeare Company (FSC) “breaks down the walls” that stand between the audience and the words of William Shakespeare.
FSC produces work that connects audience to actor, actor to text, and community to art. We extend this vision to all that we do; serving our community and changing lives through the beauty of Shakespeare.
What exactly is original practice?
There are many different definitions that fall under the umbrella term of “Original Practice”. For the Fern, it all starts with the text. Based on any given script we are working with, we allow the playwright's words to lead us to a production that we believe stays faithfully in line with the playwright’s intentions.
For Shakespeare, it often involves creating an atmosphere in which the audience becomes part of the play. Often actors will use a technique known as direct address. These are moments when a character breaks the “fourth wall” and speaks directly to the audience.
It is our belief that Shakespeare’s intention was always to bring his audiences into the world of the play.