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.

Contact

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

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Staff

Full Time Staff

Artistic Director

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Artistic Director
dougsc@grsf.org
507-474-9374

Managing Director

Lee Gundersheimer

Managing Director
leeg@grsf.org
507-474-9372

Production

Joseph Millet

Production Manager
production@grsf.org
507-474-9381

Development

Kelley Olson

Director of Development
kelleyo@grsf.org
507-474-9381

Lisa Gray

Director of Community Engagement
lisag@grsf.org
507-474-9382

 

Marketing

Emily Kurash

Director of Marketing
emilyk@grsf.org
507-474-9376

Education

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Education Director
dougsc@grsf.org
507-474-9374

Valerie Williams

Education Coordinator
valeriew@grsf.org
507-474-9375

Finance

Connie Dretske

Finance Associate
finance@grsf.org
507-474-9377

Front of House

Samantha Heaver

Box Office Manager
boxofficemanager@grsf.org
507-474-7900

Seasonal Staff

Board of Directors

Officers

Tedd Morgan, Chair

President, Thern, Inc.
Winona, MN

David Marshall, Vice Chair

Mary Bergin, Treasurer

Vice President, Knitcraft Corporation
Winona, MN

Virginia Laken, Secretary

Directors

Heather Bach

Roderick Baker

Angus Callender

Michael Charron

Fran Edstrom

Ray Feller

Directors (Continued)

Terry Hawkings

Larry Jost

Kathleen Peterson

Margaret Shaw Johnson

Jeane Skattum

LeRoy Telstad

Auditions & Employment

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/education/apprentice

Internships

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

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.

Welcome to the Great River Shakespeare Festival

Production History

2014

Hamlet | The Merry Wives of Windsor | Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | Intern/Apprentice Company: Troilus and Cressida

2013

Twelfth Night, or What You Will | King Henry V | Intern/Apprentice Company: Macbeth

2012

The Two Gentlemen of Verona | King Lear | The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) | Intern/Apprentice Company: All’s Well that Ends Well

2011

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | King Henry IV, Part 1 | The Fantasticks | Intern/Apprentice Company: King Lear

2010

Othello | The Comedy of Errors | The Daily News | Intern/Apprentice Company: Titus Andronicus

2009

Love’s Labour’s Lost | The Tempest | Intern/Apprentice Company: Hamlet

2008

Merchant of Venice | Taming of the Shrew | Intern/Apprentice Company: Pericles

2007

As You Like It | Macbeth | Intern/Apprentice Company: Julius Caesar

2006

Twelfth Night | Romeo and Juliet | Intern/Apprentice Company: Cymbeline

2005

Much Ado About Nothing | Richard III | Intern/Apprentice Company: Twelfth Night

2004

The Winter’s Tale | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Intern/Apprentice Company: As You Like It