Shakespeare Festival Conference

Carol Dykema, Matt Tilman & Nick Podehl in MEASURE FOR MEASURE
We are a semi-professional Shakespeare Festival organized in Michigan and located on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, about twenty minutes west of Grand Rapids. We've operated annually since 1993 and are Michigan's oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival.
 
More than 6,000 patrons attend the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival activities each season, which include mainstage performances of the Bard's works, high school touring shows, workshops, new plays projects, symposia with visiting scholars, an all-campus student art competition, a Renaissance Festival, and other events.
 
Our productions are cast from a pool of students, community actors, and guest professionals; union artists are engaged under guest artist contracts administered by the Actors Equity Association. Our Festival company operates from mid-August through early November, producing public events starting in late September. By beginning our season in the late summer and early fall, we successfully merge quality productions with the academic life of the University community.
 
Our Festival maintains strong connections with national Shakespeare activity in several ways. Prominent Shakespeare practitioners are invited from around the nation and overseas who conduct panels, offer public presentations of their work, and visit literature and production classes on our campus. Guest artists are nationally recruited through regional professional auditions. All productions are adjudicated by members of the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival (KC-ACTF). And the Shakespeare Festival is an active member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (STAA). Faculty, staff and students regularly attend conferences, competitions, workshops and panels held by the SSTA and KC-ACTF.
 
The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is closely integrated with the University's training program in Theatre Arts. Festival is organized by members of the University faculty and staff, who strive to involve their students with all aspects of Festival planning and operation: management, production, fundraising, public relations, acting, design, budgeting and other areas. Each season the faculty and staff also strive to connect Festival activities to important areas of University life outside of dramatic arts: cinema, multicultural affairs, music, philanthropy and public service, alumni, dance, and communications, among others.
 
 
Past Productions
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Romeo and Juliet
Twelfth Night
As You Like It
Much Ado About Nothing
Macbeth
Comedy of Errors
The Tempest
The Merchant of Venice
King Henry IV, part one
Measure for Measure
Hamlet
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Cymbelie
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Romeo and Juliet
As You Like It
Twelfth Night
Richard III
Much Ado About Nothing

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