Restore the Ramey Amphitheater!

Kentucky Shakespeare

39% of $7,079
$4,333 of $7,079 to go
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About This Project

Designed by scenic designer Paul Owen in 1993, the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater is home to Kentucky Shakespeare, the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States.  After numerous performances on the stage in the past 20 years, the stage house is in need of care and restoration.  

The theater is nestled in the center of Central Park, a sixteen-acre park designed by the Olmsted Brothers, purchased from the DuPont family in 1904.  In 1976, Mayor Harvey Sloane named the outdoor theater in Central Park the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater.  In 1984, KY Shakespeare was designated the “Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth” by the State Legislature and in 2003, Kentucky Shakespeare received the Governor’s Award in the Arts. 

Kentucky Shakespeare has been presenting free Shakespeare in Central Park since 1960 with the mission of enriching the community by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages.

Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace wants to restore and winterize Kentucky Shakespeare’s historic amphitheater in preparation for the free Summer Shakespeare Festival in 2014!

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Donor Benefits

All donors will receive recognition in the 2014 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival summer playbill, a special thank you from Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace, and satisfaction of helping to continue the tradition of keeping Will Free in Central Park.