Learn with Us

Great River Shakespeare Festival education programs open the door to encountering and embracing challenging and complex works of art for people of all ages.

Summer Youth Programs

For Students ages 4 to 18

Chill with Will

GRSF provides FREE tickets for students age 11 – 18 to a selected performance of each professional production. With programming tailored to students before the performance, and a Company Conversation after, GRSF is passionate about welcoming students to the theater. All students are encouraged  to reserve their free Chill with Will ticket through the Box Office in advance. Guardians wishing to accompany a student must purchase a ticket. Chill with Will tickets must be reserved over the phone or in person. Not available online.

Do you have a student younger than 11 who is interested in coming? Contact the Box Office for more information–some Shakespeare fans are ready to join is in the theater at a younger age!

Programming for Chill with Will begins at 6:30 p.m., an hour before curtain. Chill with Will students are also invited to stay after the performance for a Company Conversation.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

All’s Well That Ends Well

Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Shakespeare in Love

Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Click below to learn more about our Summer Youth Programs

For Everyone

Free GRSF Education events for ALL ages!

IMG_103930_minutes before every GRSF performance, GRSF teaching artists present an entertaining introduction to the world of the play the characters and Shakespeare’s language on the patio in front of the Performing Arts Center. Free.

Company Conversations: Join GRSF Company members every Thursday evening in the theater following the performance and every Sunday at 11am at Blooming Grounds on Third Street. Free.

Narrated Set Changeovers: Observe the GRSF Tech Crew as they transform the stage between plays. Free.

Front Porch Events offer opportunities to more deeply explore the themes and ideas that begin in the theater. All Front Porch events are “Pay What you WILL” and do not require tickets, unless otherwise noted. Some Front Porch Events are presented in partnership by Winona State University and the Great River Shakespeare Festival.

See the complete line-up of Front Porch Events for 2018!

Lifelong Learning

GRSF supports students of all ages.

Come spend 4 days living and learning at GRSF alongside an engaging group of fellow students from across the country, in conjunction with Winona State University and the Road Scholar (previously Elderhostel) program. See the plays and then enhance your theater experience by discussing the production approach and exploring the plays with directors, designers and actors from the GRSF company. The expertise, enthusiasm and energy of the instructors will add greatly to your enjoyment of the program. Information about the 2017 Road Scholar Program will be available soon.

Click here for more information on the Road Scholar program.

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 scholar is Dr. H. Patrick Costello. [Professor Emeritus, St. Mary’s University] 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 fifteen weeks in late winter and spring and covers all three GRSF plays. Members donate $75 for the fifteen week sessions. This donation supports an honorarium for the leading scholar and any extra monies raised support apprentice and young actors scholarships. If you are interested in more information, contact the Great River Collegium administrator at phflick@hbci.com.

Northfield Senior Center

Join GRSF fans from Northfield for a preview of the season from GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson at the Northfield Senior Center on June 8th at 1pm.

Visit www.northfieldseniorcenter.org to learn more about bus trips from Northfield that include tickets to the productions and dinner with the cast in Winona.

Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement

Visit www.cvlr.org to learn more about bus trips from Eau Claire and Menomonie.

City of La Crosse

Begin with a preview of the season from GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson in La Crosse, end with a bus trip to see the productions. Click here to learn more, or contact Marilyn Burkhart at burkhartm@cityoflacrosse.org.

Sonnet Contest

Training for Professionals

Apprentice Actor Training Program

Developing and enhancing actors’ knowledge of and experience with verse, this program is intended to help actors make the transition from training programs to the professional world.

Technical Interns

Scenery, lights, costumes, props, marketing, video production, sound, box office, development and more.