John F. Andrews

Board of Trustees
I am proud to be an ASC Board Member because:

I admire the company’s artistic vision, its beautiful Blackfriars facility, and its setting in one of America’s most historically resonant and supportive communities.

My all-time favorite ASC moment was:

Seeing “We Do It With the Lights On” T-shirts the first time I visited the ASC gift shop.

You should support the ASC Because:

This is one of the few places in the world in which one can experience something comparable to what Shakespeare’s original audiences saw and heard when they attended performances of his dramatic scripts.


John F. Andrews is an editor, educator, and cultural leader with wide experience as a writer, lecturer, consultant, and event producer. From 1974 to 1984 he enjoyed a decade as Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library. In that capacity, he redesigned and augmented the scope and appeal of Shakespeare Quarterly, supervised the Library’s book-publishing operation, and orchestrated a period of dynamic growth in the Folger Institute, a center for advanced studies in the Renaissance.

From 1984 to 1988 Mr. Andrews worked as Deputy Director of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. A few years later, in 1992-93, he produced a white paper, Aiming Higher, as a consultant for the Office of Postsecondary Education at the United States Department of Education. In 1985 Mr. Andrews published a widely acclaimed 3-volume Scribners reference set, William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence, with Jacques Barzun, Anthony Burgess, Sir John Gielgud, Jonathan Miller, John Simon, and Sir Peter Ustinov among its 60 contributors. In early 2001 he completed a 3-volume, student-oriented companion set, Shakespeare’s World and Work. From 1988 to 1992 Mr. Andrews edited a 19-volume annotated compilation of the poet’s works, The Guild Shakespeare, for the Doubleday Book & Music Clubs. He then proceeded to a more detailed 16-volume paperback collection of selected plays, The Everyman Shakespeare, for J. M. Dent Publishers in London.