Adult Education [OLD]

Lifelong Learning Opportunities Available at GRSF

Road Scholars

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 2020 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 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 fifteen weeks in late winter and spring and covers two GRSF plays. Members donate $50 for the fifteen week sessions. Next season’s Collegium dates are April 3 – June 5; ten Fridays 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Winona County History Center. The plays discussed with be The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest. 

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

Group Visits

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 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 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

Do you have a group you’d like to bring to the Festival? Click here to learn how to schedule a custom experience for your group!

Here at GRSF we pride ourselves on diving deep into the text so that anyone can enjoy our productions – no homework required! Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the kind of research we do to prepare for our productions.