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Box Office Info

Downtown Box Office Pre-Season Hours

79 E. Third Street, Winona MN 55987 |507-474-7900 |
Open: 9:30am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday May 16-June 20 (Hours will change once shows open)

For additional information or to purchase tickets: 507-474-7900 or

Performance Venue (During Performance Season Only)

450 Johnson Street, Winona, MN on the Winona State University Campus
Open: 90 minutes before every performance

Ticket Information

Please contact the Box Office during their open hours with any questions or concerns before purchasing your tickets. We want to assist you in any way possible, and monetary refunds are not part of our ticket policy. If you need special accessibility with your seating, please contact the Box Office directly to reserve your tickets. Click here to view the seating chart.

Ticket Prices

  • Section A $50 (Rows B-M)
  • Section B $30 (Rows A and N-P)
  • Student $15 (anyone with a valid student ID, includes college students)
  • *Special Tuesday evening pricing* $15 for all seats
  • Group Rates are available. Please contact the Box Office for details.
  • If you are planning on seeing all 3 professional productions, you will want to look into a Season Pass which gets you a great discount.

Season Passes

Season Passes are the best way to get great deals on all three shows!

Season Pass holders also get the chance to reserve their seats for shows before the general public, starting on March 23. Contact the Box Office for details.

Season Pass Prices

  • Season Pass A: $130 (Rows B-M)
  • Season Pass B: $75 (Rows A and N-P)


Click here to view the seating chart.

GRSF loves groups! Whether you’re bringing your class of young students or are joining us for pure enjoyment, we can help create a package for your group. We can cater to any age (suggested age 11 and up) and all groups of 10 or more people receive a discount on tickets.

Contact for more info.

Thanks for joining us at GRSF! Please use the following information to acclimate yourself to the Winona State University PAC, and with GRSF performance policies.

Accessibility: If you need assistance getting into your seat or into the PAC, please contact the Box Office prior to the performance, or find an usher to assist you. Fully accessible seating is available by contacting the Box Office. GRSF Staff is happy to make your trip to the theater as enjoyable as possible.

Calendar: The GRSF has two calendars to help you plan your visit. An interactive calendar with complete event information, and a downloadable pdf.

Cameras and Recording: The use of cameras or any other recording device is strictly prohibited.

Cancellations and Exchanges: GRSF is happy to accommodate changes. If at all possible, contact the Box Office 24 hours prior to the scheduled performance. Exchanges are subject to availability.

Children: GRSF suggests their performances to theater-goers age 11 and up. Of course, there are often younger children who are able to attend performances, which is up to the discretion of their guardian. All children in attendance are required to have a ticket. Absolutely no children under the age of 5. Please contact the Box Office with questions.

Education: Education is important to GRSF. There are educational offerings for all ages, including programs during the school year. If you are interested in bringing GRSF education programs to your group any time of the year, contact Education Director Valerie Williams.

Electronic Devices: Sounds and light from electronic devices are extremely disruptive to other audience members and performers. Please refrain from using any devices during a performances, and make sure all devices are turned off or silenced.

Emergencies: GRSF House Management and Usher Staff are available to assist you in any emergency. A first aid kit is available in the Box Office.

Food and Beverage: A variety of food and beverages are available for purchase at the concession stand prior to the performance and during intermission in the lobby. No food or beverage is allowed inside the theater.

Front Porch Events: These are series of special events and symposiums to further explore the conversations that begin in the theatrer and continue into our daily lives. Regularly held Saturday mornings during the festival season. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Gift Certificates: GRSF gift certificates are great presents, and we’re happy to help you give the gift of live theater. Gift certificates cannot be purchased online, it must be handled over the phone or in-person.

Groups: GRSF loves groups! Whether you are bringing students or taking a trip for entertainment, we’re happy to cater to your specific needs. Groups of 10 or more receive ticket discounts. Contact the Box Office for more information.

Late Seating: Guests arriving after the start of a performance will be seated at the discretion of House Management staff. This will vary with performance.

Lost and Found: Please turn any found items over the the Box Office. If you have lost something, stop by or call the Box Office at 507-474-7900.

Parking: Ample parking is available in the Gold Lot at the corner of Main Street and Mark Street. Handicap Accessible Parking is located on the campus street directly beside the PAC.

Pre-Show Conversations: Beginning 30 minutes prior to every single performance, pre-show conversations give audience members a chance to get acclimated to the world of the play, the characters and Shakespeare’s language. Great for people new to GRSF, and returning Shakespeare fans!

Refunds: Monetary refunds are not part of GRSF’s ticket policy. Every effort will be made to assist patrons in attending an alternate performance.

Restrooms: Restrooms are limited in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Additional restrooms are available in Minne Hall, just outside the PAC. An usher will be available at intermission to assist you in finding Minne. There is plenty of time to go back and forth between buildings.

Theater Hours: The lobby is open 90 minutes before a performance. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Ticket Purchasing and Pick Up: You can purchase tickets online, in person, or over the phone. GRSF takes all major credit cards, and accepts cash and checks. Tickets will be available at the Will Call window in the Performing Arts Center Lobby beginning 90 minutes before each performance. You may also pick up your tickets in advance ONLY at the downtown Box Office Location. The Box Office at the PAC Lobby will not print tickets for other individual performances other than the current date prior to a performance. You may stop at the Box Office during intermission for additional ticket assistance.

Season Passes: Season Passes allow holders one ticket to each professional show. The Season Pass holder is responsible for contacting the Box Office once individual tickets go on-sale to reserve their seats to the date of the performance that they wish to see. This must be done over the phone, in person, or via email.

Smoking: Winona State University is a smoke-free campus. Smoking on campus grounds is strictly prohibited.

Weather: In case of weather emergencies, House Management  and Ushers will assist all theater goers and direct them to the appropriate emergency locations.

Our 13th Season

June 22nd - July 31, 2016

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s comedy overthrows the traditional rules of romance, confuses gender roles, upends nature and politics and allows us to witness how bewildering and how utterly pleasurable life can be.

Julius Caesar

A fast-moving thriller about the struggle for democracy, Julius Caesar explores power, loyalty and tragic idealism through the friendship of great leaders that still resonates today.


the Mighty Mississippi like you've never seen it

by West Hyler, Matt Schatz & Jack Herrick

The true story of an American artist’s rise and fall, and the choice he must make between the art he loves and the life he’s always longed for.

Intern/Apprentice Production


“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.”

The young professionals of the Apprentice Actor Training and Technical Intern Programs present a full production in the Dorothy Magnus Black Box Theater.

Read more and apply for the Apprentice and Intern Programs.

Your Visit

Plan your visit to Winona, Minnesota

The Great River League is made up of the businesses and organizations that support GRSF all year round in a variety of ways. Stop by, shop, dine and say thank you to these businesses for supporting GRSF! is an incredible resource, whether you’re planning your first trip to Winona or your twentieth! Find information on lodging, dining, outdoor recreation and arts and culture.

Main Street

Downtown Winona is the heart of the city! Check out Winona Main Street’s app to browse the downtown businesses, and stay current on what exciting events are happening while you’re in town! To download the app, visit your app store on your mobile device.

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Learn With Us

GRSF Education has something for you, whether you're 12 or 120!

From those who are first discovering Shakespeare to those who consider his words old friends, we have something for every GRSF fan.

Our education team has put together curriculum and opportunities for students as young as age 4, and continues through adult education opportunities.

Programs led by world-renowned scholars and artists are available year-round. Learn more today!


June 22 to July 31, 2016

Download the Season 13 Calendar Here: GRSF 2016 Calendar

The calendar below has the most in-depth information on upcoming events and performances. Scroll forward to the dates you’re interested in.

If you are on a phone, turn it sideways, it helps.

About Us

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional Equity theatre company in Winona, MN.

Dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays

We have extensive

  • education programs
  • community outreach programs
  • comprehensive theatre training.



You will help change lives


What better reason to give than to help others?


Working together we enrich the community.


Your partnership writes our future.