Lifelong Learning Opportunities Available at GRSF

Continuing Education for Adults - Shakespeare in Performance

Join a class comprised of undergraduate students, educators, and fellow community members for a careful reading and discussion of Shakespeare’s plays and their performances. We will meet from July 8 – July 21, 2019 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Winona State University campus.

The course will consist of readings, mini-lectures, class discussions, group work, film clips of the plays, guest speakers from the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) and attendance at the Festival. Winona State University students will be required to write reviews of the two Shakespeare plays (Macbeth and Cymbeline) and will have the opportunity to have these reviews published on the GRSF website.

This course is 40 contact hours (4 CEUs) and certificates of attendance are available upon request. To register for this course click here. If you would like to take this course for university credit, please contact Winona State University’s Office of Adult & Continuing Education at 507.457.5080 or


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 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

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.