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



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


Ray Feller, Chair

Vice President of Manufacturing and Strategic Growth, Wincraft, Inc., Winona, MN

David Marshall, Vice Chair

Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota

Mary Bergin, Treasurer

Vice President, Knitcraft Corporation
Winona, MN

Kathleen Peterson, Secretary

Arts Administrator, Winona State University


Mike Slaggie

President, Slaggie Capital Group

Heather Bach

Owner/Artist, Lunamada

Roderick Baker

Quality Manager, Riverside Electronics

Angus Callender

President, Badger Foundaries

Michael Charron

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

Fran Edstrom

Winona Post (retired)

Directors (Continued)

Tedd Morgan

President, Thern, Inc.

Terry Hawkings

Trust Officer, Merchants Bank

Larry Jost

Partner, Quarles and Brady, LLP (retired)

Margaret Shaw Johnson

Judge (retired)

Jeanne Skattum

Rochester Repertory Theater

LeRoy Telstad

General Manager and Vice President, Coca Cola, Winona

Virginia Laken

Mugby Junction (retired)

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)


Apprentice Actor Training Program

Intern/Apprentice Project: Macbeth

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


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

2016 Season Auditions for Great River Shakespeare Festival

Auditions for the 2016 Summer Season will be held in Winona, MN on July 9 and 23rd. All those who audition will receive a comp ticket to see the play performing that evening. Skype Auditions will be held on July 16th and additional Equity auditions will be held in Minneapolis, MN later this Fall; dates/times/location TBA. Please email auditions@grsf.org to schedule an audition slot and include a headshot and resume.

For the audition, prepare two monologues each under 2 minutes. At least one should be by Shakespeare and preferably in verse. If you are singer, please prepare 16 bars of a song to sing a capella. No accompanist will be provided.

Opportunities for Teens

Click here for information on our Shakespeare for Young Actors and Shakespeare for Young Designers Programs.

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