Welcome to our Stage

"APT has a festive, near-Edenic feel. When you go there, you know you're not at home."

The Wall Street Journal

The poetry of nature

Our Theatre sets a stage of abundance. Its natural splendor stops us, breathless, whether we’re pondering a starlit sky, or diving into a play, wrapped in the thrill of its words and its ways. The stories, the setting, the poetry, the players - they lure us on to this great adventure. Fill us with that euphoric, sun-on-shoulders feeling. 

There are worlds within worlds here, so make the most of your time and explore all that APT has to offer, on stage and off. 

Our Theatres

American Players Theatre

OUR Mission

We seek above all to share our sincere enthusiasm for the great plays, the works of Shakespeare in particular, and more recently the American Classics, with a gloriously large, diverse and widespread audience - an audience remarkable for its openness, curiosity and profound appetite for storytelling.

We are devoted to these stories, which delve into the exhilarating question of what it is to be human, giving expression to those moments that are inexpressible and searching for a common truth among us all. Our best attempt at answering these questions relies heavily on the gifts and abilities of a permanent company of actors, working to make the words seem effortless and penetrating, transformative and elevating. Together with directors, designers, coaches and other artists, this collaboration guarantees that these plays are not old, dusty or irrelevant, but are stories that can balance our souls and connect us; that they will speak to the audience and will continue to be contemporary for all seasons, and truth for all times. 

And where better to experience this than in the vastness of a starry night in the woods of APT?

The Play Around the Play

There's more to APT than just the play. Be sure to check out our perks and traditions, various and sundry.

Feast & Fare

The play may be the thing, but picnicking on the grounds is the thing to do before the thing. 

Walk the Paths

With 110 acres at our disposal, patrons enjoy strolling the walking trails.

Indulge in Events

Every year brings a new set of special events at APT, like our Shakespeare Vigil, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Bard's legacy.

Our Stage Beneath the Stars

Our flagship Hill Theatre is under construction! We're so excited for you to see the finished product.

American Players Theatre

Photo Gallery

Nate Burger & Laura Rook

Mary's Wedding, 2016.

Melisa Pereyra & Jonathan Smoots

King Lear, 2016

David Daniel & Brian Mani

Endgame, 2016

Rebecca Hurd, foreground

Arcadia, 2016

Kelsey Brennan & Nate Burger

Eurydice, 2016. 

Jennifer Latimore, foreground

An Ideal Husband, 2016

Tracy Michelle Arnold, Casey Hoekstra, Brian Mani & Marcus Truschinski

Death of a Salesman, 2016

Johnny Lee Davenport, Gavin Lawrence, Sedrick Mays, Jennifer Latimore & Greta Oglesby

The African Company Presents Richard III, 2016

Kelsey Brennan & Christopher Sheard, Center

The Comedy of Errors, 2016