Theaters closing in 1593 gave Shakespeare time to focus on things other than play writing. This gave way to Shakespeare's career in poetry, which ended up being successful, because Earl of Southampton had noticed his work during late 1593. "The turning point in Shakespeare's career came in 1593. The theatres had been closed since 1592 due to an outbreak of the plague and, although it is possible that Shakespeare toured the outlying areas of London with acting companies like Pembroke's Men or Lord Strange's Men, it seems more likely that he left the theatre entirely during this time to work on his non-dramatic poetry. The hard work paid off, for by the end of 1593, Shakespeare had caught the attention of the Earl of Southampton" (Mabillard). This means that although Shakespeare had an opportunity to continue his career as a playwright, he chose instead to drop that and become a poet. To elaborate, the theaters closing because of plague may have created the perfect opportunity for Shakespeare to leave the theatrical scene to focus his efforts on other types of literary works.
Shakespeare spent his whole working career in the company, Lord Chamberlain's Men, which was later called the King's Men. This company was a theatrical company, actually sponsored by the king at the time, King James. "By 1594, he was a charter member of the theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which was later to become the King's Men. (As the names of these acting companies indicate, theatrical groups depended on the support of wealthy patron-the King's Men were supported by King James himself.) Shakespeare worked with this company for the rest of his writing life" (Anderson 777). This clues us into Shakespeare's duties as a playwright, which was to write scripts for plays for this theater company to perform. Also, since this was the King's Men, and sponsored by the King himself, it can be inferred that the company was reputable and was on the higher end of the scale in terms of content quality.
G. E. Bentley expresses that Shakespeare was deeply involved in his job writing plays as well as acting in them. On top of acting in his own plays, he was generous with the money he made from them, and was also invested in the Globe Theater. G. E. claims he was more engrossed in theater than any other dramatist in the Elizabethan era. "As G.E. Bentley points out in Shakespeare and the Theatre, Shakespeare had by this time become immersed in his roles as actor and writer. He was "more completely and more continuously involved in theatres and acting companies than any other Elizabethan dramatist. [Shakespeare is] "the only one known who not only wrote plays for his company, acted in the plays, and shared the profits, but who was also one of the housekeepers who owned the building" (Mabillard). Shakespeare was very much engaged in his work as a playwright and actor, and went beyond what most other playwrights were doing at the time. Because of this, many held him in high regard, and considered him to be the best playwright of the era.