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

Free tickets for students!

GRSF invites all students ages 10-18 to the theatre–for free! Chill With Will features free tickets and special student programming before and after the performance.

Do you have a student younger than 10 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!

An Iliad

Friday, June 30 at 2:00 pm

Richard III

Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 pm

The Comedy of Errors

Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 pm

Shipwrecked: An Entertainment

Thursday, July 27 at  7:30 pm

Call (507) 474-7900 for reservations

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Front Porch Events

Front Porch Events offer opportunities to more deeply explore the themes and ideas that begin in the theater. Tickets are needed for Front Porch Events, unless noted. The Symposiums are presented in partnership by Winona State University and the Great River Shakespeare Festival.

See the complete line-up of Front Porch Events for 2017!

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.

3607848069_15d950b9e6_qLibrary Programs: A Shakespeare festival and a public library: what could form a more natural partnership? We facilitate educational and physical theatre workshops for both adults and teenagers at libraries in Winona, La Crescent, St. Charles, Rochester, Northfield, Lanesboro, and Rushford. Information about further library partnerships for Season 13 will be available in Spring 2016.

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Dive into the plays before the shows start! Stay tuned for dates and location information.

Lifelong Learning

GRSF supports students of all ages.

Road Scholar

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.

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 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.

Programs in your Area

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.

UW La Crosse Learning in Retirement

Begin with a preview of the season from GRSF Teachers in La Crosse, end with a bus trip to see the productions. Visit www.uwlax.edu/conted/lir to learn more.

Sonnet Contest

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.