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, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theatre training.


Chris Mixon and Brian Frederick in "Love's Labour's Lost" (2009, dir Paul Barnes)

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Our Locations:

Great River Shakespeare Festival Business Office

79 East Third St., Winona, MN 55987
(507) 474-7900
Hours: Monday-Friday | 9 am – 5 pm

GRSF performs on the campus of Winona State University in the

Performing Arts Center, WSU

450 Johnson St., Winona, MN 55987
Box Office opens 90 minutes before curtain.
(507) 474-7900


Auditions & Employment

Work with Us

Cory Allen in Henry V


The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota is the largest professional Equity theatre to open in the Upper Midwest in the last 12 years and has enjoyed unprecedented success since its 2004 inaugural season. Employing nearly 100 people at the peak of the season, GRSF presents its six-week long season of rotating repertory from late June to the end of July in the 400-seat mainstage theatre on campus at Winona State University.

In addition to its professional company and staff, GRSF offers internship and apprenticeships to aspiring theatre technicians, administrators, and actors, and annually recruits its interns and apprentices from college and university theatre training programs across the country. The intern/apprentice program experience culminates with performances of a studio theatre production of a play by Shakespeare (in 2015: King John).

 Corey Allen in “King Henry V” (2013)

2014-05-22 02.00.20Props Supervisor needed for the 2016 Season

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with directors and scenic designer on the identification and design of props for three professional company productions: Julius Caesar, As You Like It and Georama (a new musical)
  • Design, fabricate, purchase, rent and/or pull properties for all three shows
  • Attend all design meetings, production meetings, designer runs and tech rehearsals
  • Track the props budgets and Props Department time cards
  • Supervise a Props Assistant and a Props Intern
  • Reports to the Scenic Designer, Technical Director and Production Manager
  • Working relationship with university and professional theatre prop departments in Minneapolis and Milwaukee a plus
  • Competitive salary; transportation and housing included
  • Contract dates:  May 3rd to July 1, 2016

To apply: please send resume and letter of interest to Production Manager Joseph Millet (production@grsf.org).


For information and applications for artistic, administrative and production internships for the 2015 summer season, visit GRSF.org/intern.

Intern/Apprentice Project: MacbethApprentice Actor Training Program

For details, application and audition information, visit grsf.org/apprentice

Professional Company Auditions

Equity General Auditions

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GRSF will hold General Auditions for the 2016 season in conjunction with Park Square Theater’s General Auditions on Feb 7 and 8. Click here for more information.

Note: GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson will attend only Sunday, February 7 from 9 to 11am and Monday, February 8 from 2 to 7pm within the Park Square audition. New: if you do not have a time in these windows, please use the link above to sign up for a special audition with GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson.

GRSF offers both Equity and non-Equity positions for actors. Our Equity contract is LOA based on LORT D. 2016 minimum is $659 per week.

Welcome to the Great River Shakespeare Festival


Full Time Staff

Artistic Director

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Artistic Director

Managing Director

Lee Gundersheimer

Managing Director


Joseph Millett

Production Manager


Kelley Olson

Director of Development

Lisa Gray

Director of Community Engagement



Emily Kurash

Director of Sales & Marketing


Doug Scholz-Carlson

Education Director

Valerie Williams

Education Coordinator


Connie Dretske

Finance Associate

Front of House

Samantha Heaver

Box Office Manager

Seasonal Staff

Board of Directors



David Marshall, Interim Chair

Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota

Mary Bergin, Treasurer

Vice President, Knitcraft Corporation
Winona, MN

Kathleen Peterson, Secretary

Arts Administrator, Winona State University


Mary Alice Anderson

Retired Media Specialist for Winona Public Schools

Heather Bach

Owner/Artist, Lunamada

Roderick Baker

Quality Manager, Riverside Electronics

Angus Callender (on sabbatical)

President, Badger Foundaries

Michael Charron

Dean of the School of the Arts, St. Mary’s University

Fran Edstrom

Winona Post (retired)

Terry Hawkings

Trust Officer, Merchants Bank

Directors (Continued)


Margaret Shaw Johnson

Judge (retired)

Larry Jost

Partner, Quarles and Brady, LLP (retired)

Virginia Laken

Mugby Junction (retired)

Tedd Morgan

President, Thern, Inc.

Jeanne Skattum

Rochester Repertory Theater

Mike Slaggie

President, Slaggie Capital Group

LeRoy Telstad

General Manager and Vice President, Coca Cola, Winona