Adult Education


There are so many ways to enhance your festival experience

Here at GRSF we pride ourselves on diving deep into the text so that anyone can enjoy our productions – no homework required! Scroll down to learn about learning opportunities for adults… and check out the video below to get a glimpse into the kind of research we do to prepare for our productions.

Great River Collegium 

The Great River Collegium focuses on the plays of William Shakespeare being produced by the Great River Shakespeare Festival the upcoming season. By definition, a collegium is a group of peers, each member holding an equal position within the group. The Socratic model we follow in our studies reflects these values.

We utilize an expert Shakespearian scholar as leader/teacher for our discussions in seminar course settings. Our collegium leaders are Greg and Kathy Peterson. Great River Collegium courses are based on best practices for adult learning. Each course consists of five sessions on the five acts of the play over a five week period. Each weekly session covers one act. The collegium runs for total of ten weeks in late winter and spring and covers two GRSF plays.

Members donate $50 for the ten week sessions.

The Tempest will be discussed April 3- May 1
The Taming of the Shrew will be discussed May 8 – June 5

Click here to register.

Road Scholars 

Organized through Winona State University, adults can spend five days immersed in the Great River Shakespeare Festival. The program includes admission to three plays and classes that explore directing, design, and acting in a production. A riverboat excursion is also included. An optional fourth production can be added to the itinerary.

Program costs begin at $999 per person and include 11 meals and four nights lodging.


2-Minute Geekout with Company Members