It’s (almost) spring: it must be time for Shakespeare in the Schools! Once again, the GRSF Education team will be heading into the Winona and surrounding area schools to get their Elizabethan Groove On! Shakespeare in the Schools (SITS) is a fun, exciting way to bring Shakespeare to life in the classroom. Teams of teaching artists explore Shakespeare through the actor and director lens in classrooms in and around the

The GRSF company are certainly keeping busy in this winter season. Check out some of the updates below! Caroline Amos will be appearing as Peter in Peter and Alice by John Logan at Candid Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. To learn more about the show or go see Caroline in a performance, click here. Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson is directing his adaptation of Pirates of Penzance at Park Square Theatre.

Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) recently welcomed its new Director of Education, Carrie Nath. Ms. Nath recently moved from Louisville, KY to Winona to join the festival. Ms. Nath is an arts administrator, director, choreographer, actor and arts educator and has been working throughout the United States for 30 years. Ms. Nath’s passions are movement based storytelling and creating opportunities for the next generation of artists to thrive. She considers

The Great River Shakespeare Festival company is always busy – and the holiday season is no exception! GRSF company members are performing all over the country – read below to learn more. Christopher Peltier is appearing in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol, where he plays Young Scrooge. It is being praised as “uniformly spectacular” and “not to be missed”! The production runs through 12/24 at the Pabst

We’re adding a new feature to our newsletters in the off-season: Audience Spotlight! Each audience spotlight will feature a different GRSF audience member with varying experiences with the festival. Some people may have attended many seasons and are lifelong Shakespeare enthusiasts; others may have been dragged kicking and screaming by a friend or family member. Regardless of how GRSF audience members get to the theater, we’re so grateful to have

GRSF founder Paul Barnes closes Hamlet at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre after a blockbuster run. This is the first time the Rep has produced Hamlet, and it has received rave reviews.  The production featured several past GRSF company members including Jim Poulos as Hamlet, Jonathan Gillard Daly as the Gravedigger, and Christopher Gerson as Horatio. Read more here or here. Tarah Flanagan and Eva Scholz-Carlson continued their roles in An Iliad at UC Irvine


Oct 2017

Will Run 2017

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Will Run on Sunday, July 16th! Thank you also to all of the wonderful volunteers, cheerleaders, and the Will Run committee who made this event possible. Below are listed the top runners in the race. More times will be posted later in the week. Congratulations to all of our winners, and to Nathan Wohfeil, the new world record holder for the fastest


Oct 2017


Get 13% off your Season Passes for one-weekend only! April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, as well as his 452nd birthday.  In celebration of this significant date, GRSF is offering audiences a special one-weekend-only deal on 2016 Season Passes. On April 23 and 24, receive a 13% discount on a GRSF Season Pass, which allows holders to see each of the three professional

  Join us as we examine story forms as diverse as the opening statement at a trial, a historical narrative, or hip hop poetry, and ask: who do we hear, who do we believe, and how do we construct a story? Presented by Winona State University, the Symposia bring together scholars from different disciplines for an open discussion. When: Saturday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m. Where: Winona State University Science