The Fern Theatre Company was founded in Atlanta, GA by two actors; Jessica Hunt and Douglas Graham. We began producing modern and new plays, and in 2012 produced our very first Shakespeare play. The Fern produced an all female production of Macbeth. Due to the success of Macbeth, this led to the development of our Classically female series.
Since 2012 we have produced three more all female Shakespeare plays; Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and King Lear. In the summer of 2016 the decision was made to move the company to Seattle, WA and turn our focus specifically towards producing Shakespeare. Thus, The Fern Shakespeare Company was born!
The Fern Shakespeare Company is a 501c3 Non Profit Theatre registered as The Fern Theatre Company (our previous name) EIN 352411345
In 2017 FSC produced it's inaugural Seattle Season, a Season of Magic. In 2019, we bring you The Season of Transformation.
We will also begin partnering with local schools and libraries for a variety of education programs. We strongly believe in the power of art and education. It can change lives and bring communities together.
WHY 'THE FERN'
As an Original Practice Shakespeare company, we were inspired by the names of the theatres in England that Shakespeare himself once called home: The Rose and The Globe.
The Fern symbolizes sincerity, magic, fascination and shelter. These words are synonymous with what theatre truly should be.
Though originally founded in Atlanta, it seems only fitting that we have made Seattle our new home, a city where The Fern Thrives!