It all started with a love of the mountains, great stories and outdoor theater...


Catskill Mountain Shakespeare was born from a desire to combine vibrant performance with the gorgeous setting of the Catskills. We explore classic texts and new work initiatives and make them accessible, thought provoking, and entertaining for a modern audience.


Inspired by the majesty of the mountains, CMS aspires to create a theatrical experience for this growing and picturesque region while fostering diversity, inclusion and equity for all artists, creators and audience members.

We believe outdoor summer theater is an inviting way for the local community, and anyone visiting the area, to enjoy live art together in a comfortable, natural setting. 


CMS prides itself on its talent. Our cast is classically trained and our staff is deeply experienced. We have garnered wide support from patrons, business owners and investors. We perform at existing locations that provide infrastructure, accessibility and a beautiful landscape.


Catskill Mountain Shakespeare is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theater company.