The cornerstone of our work is a vigorous exploration of Shakespeare’s words. This inspires our productions, guides our educational offerings, sparks our conversations, and unites our community. Through these pursuits, we experience Shakespeare’s stories as our own and strengthen the connections between us.

Education is a significant component of GRSF’s mission. We strive to enhance the playgoing experience through numerous classes, workshops, and programs for learners of all ages and backgrounds, each of which is designed to increase our audience’s comfort and confidence with the plays of Shakespeare.

Programs include:

  • Company Conversations following Thursday evening performances
  • Sunday Festival Mornings at the WSU Science Center Atrium
  • Shakespeare for Young Actors (Grades 7-12)
  • Shakespeare for Young Designers (Grades 7-12)
  • Shakespeare in the Schools Winter Residencies (Winona High School and Cotter High School)
  • “Chill With Will” Free performances at the theatre for middle and high school students
  • Front Porch Conversations guest speakers series
  • Shakespeare Symposia

And various collaborative programs developed in conjunction with:

  • Winona State University’s Road Scholar program
  • the Great River Collegium
  • Winona State University
  • Cannon Valley Elder Collegium
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • Luther College
  • Winona Parks and Recreation Department
  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum
  • Winona Public Library