Words from our Founder
Since 2001, Water Works Theatre Company has offered Shakespeare Royal Oak featuring the wonderful work of the Bard with Michigan’s best professional and emerging professional artists, in a one-of-a-kind outdoor summer setting. It began as a mid-winter dream and emerged that first August as a moonlit magical moment destined to fill a cultural niche so important to the quality of life in the community. In 2002, Water Works began to fill an educational niche by offering professional Shakespeare performance training to K through 8th grade students that was not available anywhere else, at a reasonable price and convenient location. In 2009, we began presenting a second “daylight family show” in rotation with our main Shakespeare play. In 2010 we began offering high school students the chance to create their own Shakespeare-based show on our stage.
Through the years, we've entertained thousands, and employed hundreds of local artists, many of whom have gone on to succeed in theater, television and film. Also, many of our students have gone on to study the craft in college. Some have even returned to us as professionals themselves.
We've received many accolades from community and state leaders, and garnered our fair share of artistic awards. Most importantly, we continue our mission to create a sustaining movement of artistic and community excellence, thanks to our artists, patrons and sponsors.
Founder and Chair
Water Works Theatre Company