Great River Shakespeare Festival has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support bringing arts to rural communities. The NEA is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country, including about 30,000

As Season 12 comes to a close at GRSF, we must give tremendous thanks to all who helped to make this season such a success. Great River Shakespeare Festival continues to grow and thrive thanks to the time, talent, effort and contributions of so many. We are grateful for our audiences, our volunteers–The Friends of Will, our Board of Directors, our artists and administrators, and all who made GRSF Season

GRSF Company Member and Video Team Leader Christopher Gerson will discuss both Romeo & Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing from the perspectives of of both videographer and stage actor. GRSF company members will do a live demonstration of how acting techniques change when performing Shakespeare live vs on camera. John Kerr (St. Mary’s University English Department) will join them and focus on the visual elements of Baz Luhrmann’s major motion picture

GRSF is so pleased to welcome author Tim Federle to the Front Porch event line-up. Federle is an award-winning American writer and former Broadway dancer. He was born in San Mateo, California, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His debut novel, Better Nate Than Ever, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2013.  Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever, was named an American Booksellers

Presented in partnership with another acclaimed Winona arts organization, Frozen River Film Festival, “Still Dreaming” is a documentary about a group of elderly entertainment retirees, as they mount a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It follows an unusual acting troupe, as they cast, rehearse and perform a Shakespearean play. The candid, open and life-affirming story will inspire us all to keep dreaming as we move forward in our lives at

Celebrate the great-grandparent of our liberties, the Magna Carta, the Great Charter. This season’s Apprentice/Intern production of King John coincide with the 800th anniversary (June 15, 1215) of England’s barons forcing John to acknowledge rights and limits to power whose echo we find in our own revolution and Bill of Rights. Medieval and Renaissance documents, including English legal manuscripts from the collection of our speaker, Timothy Forester, will be on