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.
The premier place to experience Shakespeare’s stories as our own.
To create dynamic, clearly spoken productions of Shakespeare’s plays, which enrich people’s lives.
To accomplish our mission, we:
- Engage and sustain a highly skilled company of theatre professionals including Equity Actors.
- Seek and treasure patrons and partners who value and support the Festival’s commitment to bringing Shakespeare to the people and making artistic excellenceaffordable.
- Contribute to the region’s vitality and prosperity.
- Provide educational opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds.
- Stage plays by other playwrights and encourage artistic events of high quality.
- Explore Shakespeare’s language and themes in order to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in conversation relevant to their lives, community, and world.
OUR CORE VALUES
In all we do, we are passionately committed to:
- Respect, empathy, and compassion
- Excellence, authenticity, and innovation
- Outreach and education
- Accessibility and affordability
- Honesty, responsibility, and accountability
- Diversity and inclusiveness
The Great River Shakespeare Festival produces thoughtful, articulate, engaging productions of Shakespeare’s plays, and contributes substantially to the cultural, social, and economic life of Winona, the midwest, and the United States.
Great River Shakespeare Festival
Season 1: 2004
Season 2: 2005
Season 3: 2006
Season 4: 2007
Season 5: 2008
Season 6: 2009
Season 7: 2010
Season 8: 2011
Season 9: 2012
The Two Gentlemen of Verona ~ King Lear ~ The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) ~ Apprentice/Intern Production: All’s Well that Ends Well ~ SYA: As You Like It
Season 10: 2013
Season 11: 2014
Season 12: 2015
Season 13: 2016
As You Like It (page)~ Julius Caesar (page)~ Georama: A Mississippi River Musical (page)~Apprentice/Intern Production: Coriolanus ~ SYA/SYD: The Comedy of Errors ~ Shakes in Schools: The Winter’s Tale
Season 14: 2017
The Comedy of Errors ~ Richard III ~ Shipwrecked! An Entertainment-The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont ~ An Iliad ~Apprentice/Intern Production: TBA ~ SYA/SYD: TBA ~ Shakes in Schools: TBA
Fran Edstrom, Interim Chair
Winona Post (retired)
David Marshall, Vice Chair
Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota
Mary Bergin, Treasurer
Vice President, Knitcraft Corporation
Kathleen Peterson, Secretary
Arts Administrator, Winona State University
Tedd Morgan, Past Board Chair
President, Thern, Inc.
Dean of College of Business, Winona State University
Mary Alice Anderson
Retired: Media Specialist for Winona Public Schools
Sr. Lean Specialist, Winona Health
Realtor, Broker, Exit Realty
Margaret Shaw Johnson
Retired: District Court Judge
Retired: Partner, Quarles and Brady, LLP (retired)
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Rochester Repertory Theater
President, Slaggie Capital Group
General Manager and Vice President, Coca Cola, Winona
Commercial Ag Banker, Merchants National Bank
Click here to see headshots/bios of our 2016 Seasonal Company Members!
Emily Kurash, Director of Marketing
Photos from all seasons can be found at Flickr.com/GRSF. To gain access to our press quality photos, please request the password by contacting Emily Kurash, Director of Marketing, at 507.474.9376 or email@example.com. Once you have the password, click here to be redirected to the Press Photos page.
The reviews are in! Read what others are saying about GRSF:
AS YOU LIKE IT
“As You Like It is easily as frothy and giddy as anything Shakespeare wrote. Great River Shakespeare Festival’s production…takes each bauble and polishes it to a bright and merry shine, resulting in a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the virtue of living amid the glory of nature.”
“In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare depicts the mayhem and unintended consequences that result when men take the law into their own hands in the name of principle. It is a stark and violent play, depicting stark and violent times, but with a message that no doubt had bearing in Shakespeare’s day, as it does in our own. Great River Shakespeare Festival has done excellent work with this production at a time when its message might serve us well.”
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Equity and Non-Equity General Auditions
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.
Check back for updates about general auditions during the summer season in Winona and general auditions in Minneapolis/St. Paul in March of 2018.
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.
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)