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Revitalizing the classics for today’s audience.


RED BULL THEATER brings rarely seen classic plays to dynamic new life for contemporary audiences. Our work unites a respect for tradition with a modern sensibility.

RED BULL THEATER is named for the rowdy Jacobean playhouse that illegally performed plays in England during the years of Puritan rule, and was the first London theater to reopen after the Restoration. This bold spirit is central to our identity. With the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as our cornerstone, Red Bull Theater is New York City’s destination for dynamic performances of great plays that stand the test of time. The company also produces new works that are in conversation with the classics.


RED BULL THEATER delights and engages the intellect and imagination of audiences. A home for artists, scholars and students, we strive to make our work accessible, diverse, and welcoming to all theatergoers. Educational as well as entertaining, our work keeps a rich and vital tradition thriving.


RED BULL THEATER believes in the power of great classic stories and plays of heightened language to deepen our understanding of the human condition. We believe in the special ability of live theater to create unique, collective experiences. And we believe in the limitless capacity of classical theater to illuminate the events of our times.


Red Bull Theater values and practices inclusiveness and diversity in all of its activities, on our stage, in our audience, on our staff, and within our leadership, including employment practices, board and volunteer recruitment, and programs. Red Bull Theater believes in promoting and providing maximum accessibility for all, and treating everyone with fairness and respect. Red Bull Theater does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category. We maintain a workplace that is free from harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. The company offers fair and competitive compensation for all workers. Red Bull Theater recognizes that the process of being a diverse and inclusive workplace is ongoing, and the company is committed to a constant pursuit of equity and fairness in all areas and at all levels of the organization.


RED BULL THEATER is committed to antiracist action. We vow to identify and examine issues of race and color and the impact they have on our organization, its systems, and its people. We resolve to correct inequities. We will implement policies, programs, and practices that dismantle racism within all aspects of our organization. 


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Red Bull Theater operates from the island of Manhattan, the traditional, ancestral, unceded land of the Lenape Peoples past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.


Founded in 2003 with a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Red Bull Theater has been acclaimed by The New York Times as “a dynamic producer of classic plays” and by Time Out as “the most exciting classical theater in New York.” Red Bull Theater serves adventurous theatergoers with OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS, REVELATION READINGS, and the annual SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL. The company also offers outreach programs including SHAKESPEARE IN SCHOOLS bringing professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms, BULL SESSIONS, free post-play discussions with top scholars, and CLASSICAL ACTING INTENSIVES led by veteran theater professionals. In our 20-year history, Red Bull Theater has produced 24 Off-Broadway Productions and over 200 Revelation Readings of rarely seen classics, serving over 5,000 artists and providing quality artistic programming to an audience of over 200,000. The company’s unique programming has received ongoing critical acclaim, and has been recognized with Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, Calloway, Off Broadway Alliance, and Obie nominations and Awards.

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