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.

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Cory Allen in Henry V


The Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota is the Minnesota’s largest professional Equity theater outside of the Twin Cities 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.

 Corey Allen in “King Henry V” (2013)

Education Manager

Great River Shakespeare Festival is now hiring a part-time Education Manager.

The Education Manager helps youth and adults understand complex works of art by directing the GRSF
education programs in the schools (year-round) and in residence (May – July) under the direction of the
Artistic Director.


Administrative, production and artistic internships

For information and applications visit:

Apprentice Actor Training Program

Risk. Change. Grow.

Training for the next generation of artists creating dynamic, clearly-spoken productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Equity and Non-Equity General Auditions

The Great River Shakespeare Festival completed 4 days of Equity/Non-Equity general auditions for the 2017 season and beyond in conjunction with Park Square Theatre’s general auditions in March, 2017. Auditioners could also opt to be considered for the 2017 Apprentice Actor Training Program.

2018 general auditions will follow a similar pattern in March of 2018 in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Ana Marcu, Tarah Flanagan, Stephanie Lambourn, Rob Hancock, Jucoby Johnson, Mark Murphey and Caroline Amos in “As You Like It” (2016, dir. Doug Scholz-Carlson, photo Dan Norman)

About the Great River Shakespeare Festival

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) in Winona, Minnesota is Minnesota’s largest professional Equity theater outside of the Twin Cities. A professional acting company of 16 actors plus 90 designers, directors, technicians, apprentices and other staff come from around the country to present four productions in repertory, education programs, concerts and other events over a 6 week summer season on the campus of Winona State University. Entering its 14th season, GRSF has gained a national reputation for clearly spoken, dynamic, accessible productions of Shakespeare’s plays as well as musicals and modern classics.

Equity contracts are under a letter of agreement (LOA) based on LORT D. Minimum Equity salary for 2017 is $679/wk.  The 2017 company will be 8 Equity, 6 non-Equity and 2 intern contracts. In addition, the Apprentice Actor Training Program will bring 14 early career professional actors from training programs across the country to study with the company. (GRSF.org/apprentice) Dates for the 2017 season are: first rehearsal May 9, first opening June 23, season closes July 30. All contracts include housing and require residence in Winona, Minnesota for the 12 weeks of the season.

Welcome to the Great River Shakespeare Festival


Seasonal Staff

Year Round Staff

Artistic Director

Doug Scholz-Carlson

Artistic Director

Managing Director

Aaron Young

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Production Manager

Joseph Millett

Production Manager


Kelley Olson

Director of Development

Marketing/Audience Services

Eileen Moeller

Marketing & Sales Manager


Connie Dretske

Director of Finance

Board of Directors



Roderick Baker, Board Chair

Sr. Lean Specialist, Winona Health

Hamid Akbari, Vice Chair

Dean, College of Business, Winona State University

Jim Vrchota, Treasurer

Commercial & Ag Banker, Merchants National Bank

Mary Alice Anderson, Secretary

Media Specialist, Winona Area Public Schools (retired)

Fran Edstrom, Past Board Chair

Winona Post (retired)


Mary Bergin

Vice President, Knitcraft

Kris Blanchard

Sr. Project Manager, Logistics Health, Inc.

Michael Charron

Dean of Arts & Humanities, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Candace Gordon

Realtor, Broker, Exit Realty

Margaret Shaw Johnson

District Court Judge (retired)

Ken Mogren

President, Winona Agency, Inc. (retired)

Mary Polus

VP Operations/IT Manager, Winona National Bank

Directors (Continued)

Gerald Portman

Education Professional and Adjunct Professor (retired)

Patricia L. Rogers

Provost, Winona State University

Jeanne Skattum

Rochester Repertory Theater

Jim Stoa

Retired Business Owner

LeRoy Telstad

General Manager and Vice President, Coca Cola, Winona

Joseph Winandy

Attorney, Pflughoeft, Pederson, Johnsrud & Winandy LLP

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Our Location:

GRSF performs on the campus of Winona State University

Performing Arts Center

450 Johnson St., Winona, MN 55987

Box Office opens 90 minutes before curtain.

Great River Shakespeare Festival Business Office

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