GRSF’s Education Department & COVID-19

To our community of students and supporters of our education programs:

We want to say thank you to all who have reached out with interest and continued support, and to give you an update on our plans for this summer. While we believe that it is too soon to decide precisely what Will’s Creative Dramatics, Will’s Power Players, Shakespeare for Young Actors, Shakespeare for Young Designers, and Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers will look like this season, we want to assure you that they will happen.

We are busy strategizing the best options for our programs, including in-person, pivoting to an online model, or a hybrid of both.

We are excited to connect with you, learn, explore, and continue to make art! This season may look different, but it will not be diminished. If we can’t replicate exactly what we’ve done in the past, then we will enthusiastically build something brand new.

We are currently strategizing additional curriculum while looking for ways to partner with teaching artists locally in Winona as well as from across the country.

Adjusting to new circumstances may give us opportunities to delve into a greater variety of Master Classes, allow for cross-over collaboration between programs, deepen our connection with Shakespearean Youth Theatre, host viewing parties and virtual events, and most of all, spur us to create works of art that will be unique to this season.

While there is much that is still unknown, what we can say for certain is that the health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our number one priority. We will continue to adhere to the advice and guidelines of the CDC, HHS, WHO as well as local Winona partners in determining how and where our classes will take place. The dates for all our summer education programs remain the same. For details about our summer youth programs, click here.

Finally, while we will be taking this time to gain understanding of how best to proceed, we promise to have a clear plan of action by June 1. We thank you for your patience. We are so grateful, as always, for your continued interest in and support of arts education. One way or another, we promise, we will see you this summer.

Stay safe and be well,

Jenn Oswald | Director of Education
Tarah Flanagan | Associate Artistic Director

Learn with us

GRSF provides extensive formal training programs for a wide variety of ages. Our focus is not only on theater production but on the development of human character. We are a company of artists and we are part of a community.

All of GRSF’s education programs are supported by a grant from the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation


Apply to join our
apprentice actor training program

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is well known for its commitment to clearly-spoken, thoughtfully developed, classical work. We want our plays to resonate profoundly with a modern audience, but creating dynamic classics requires mastery of stylized text. GRSF is committed to giving our apprentices the skills that will make them stand out in the classical arena – skills that will unlock Shakespeare’s canon, open doors to future rehearsal rooms and inspire the creation of their own work.



Join the GRSF 
intern team to study closely under seasoned professionals

At the Great River Shakespeare Festival, interns learn from nationally known, professional theater artists. The people you work with every day can be the beginning of your professional network and important connections to graduate programs and further training.



Classes for learners of all ages

Great River Shakespeare Festival offers summer programs from learners as young as 4 up through retirement age.