About

Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson and Founding Acting Company Member Jonathan Gillard Daly working with students at Winona Public Library.

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 at our Core

Educational programming is not just something GRSF does in addition to the shows; it is built into the very structure of our season. Indeed, education is a core value of GRSF’s mission. These plays are for everyone. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help others discover the joy and the reward of meeting a complex work of art head on. To you who are already on board, we hope to deepen your experience of the plays.

Programs include:

  • Company Conversations following Thursday evening performances and Sunday mornings at the Acoustic Cafe.
  • Shakespeare for Young Actors (Grades 7-12)
  • Shakespeare for Young Designers (Grades 7-12)
  • Will’s Power Players (Grade 2-5)
  • Will’s Creative Drama (Age 4 to Grade 1)
  • 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

We also help train the next generation of professional theater artists with:

  • The Apprentice Actor Training Program
  • Internships in all areas of technical theater
  • Directing, Text Coaching and Dramaturgy Internships
  • Video production internship
  • Internships in all areas of theater administration