Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival

GV Shakespeare Festival

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2013 Much Ado About Nothing

2013 Much Ado About Nothing

Christopher Seiler (Dogberry) and Matthew Fowler (Verges)

2014 Shakespeare Festival Conference

Click on our image to go to the 2014 Grand Valley Shakespeare Conference, September 26 & 26, 2014. Rates and registration information may be found here!

2012 Richard III

Richard III

Brian Webb Russell (Richard), Lauren Masud (Lady Anne), Kerissa Bradley (Citizen)


Shakespeare Festival

Fall 2014 Shakespeare Festival Productions

The Comedy of Errors  and Bard to Go

See www.gvsu.edu/shakes for more information and details on the Fall Festival!

Please click on our Shakespeare Festival logo to see the audition information!

Please click here for a list of characters in The Comedy of Errors.

Please feel free to call the box office at 616-331-2300 for more information.

Twelfth Night 2011

Twelfth Night

Sarah Tryon as Viola


About Us

      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.  We are Michigan's oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival.

      More than 6,000 patrons attend our 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:

1994 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1995 - Romeo and Juliet

1996 - Twelfth Night

1997 - As You Like It

1998 - Much Ado About Nothing

1999 - Macbeth

2000 - Comedy of Errors

2001 - The Tempest

2002 - The Merchant of Venice

2003 - King Henry IV, part one

2004 - Measure for Measure

2005 - Hamlet

2006 - Love’s Labour’s Lost

2007 - Cymbeline

2008 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2009 - Romeo and Juliet

2010 - As You Like It

2011 - Twelfth Night

2012 - Richard III

2013 -Much Ado About Nothing

2014 – Comedy of Errors

Our Mission:  The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival explores and celebrates Shakespeare and his culture for the West Michigan community and beyond through theatre and education.

Click here to read our mission, vision, and values statement.

GV Shakespeare Festival Honorary Board

Shakespeare Board

New Shakespeare Festival Honorary Board Inaugurated

As part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the GVSU Shakespeare Festival, the organizing committee appointed an Honorary Board comprised of some of West Michigan’s most ardent supporters of the arts and of community development.  Their aim will be to propel the Festival toward even greater excellence, to strengthen the connection of the Festival to the larger community, and to help the Festival extend its reach to new audiences.

The Board’s 11 members were invited to meet at a reception held before the opening night performance on Much Ado About Nothing.   Costumed students greeted the Board while members of the organizing committee treated them to the Cyril Lixenberg exhibit in the University Gallery as well as a pre-show talk by dramaturg Professor Jo Miller (English Department). 

Members of the Honorary Board are:

Betty Burton, Tim Cusack, Gilbert Davis, Patricia Davis, Shelley Irwin, Don Lubbers, Nancy Lubbers, Laura Salazar, Ruth Stegeman, Bruce Tinker, Wendy Wenner

The Shakespeare Festival organizing committee is excited to have this valuable additional human resource to provide insight and input to our planning and audience development activities.  Their service to the Shakespeare festival and GVSU twice blessed!

 


Theatre Links

2013 - Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing


The Good Person of Setzuan, 2013

The Good Person of Setzuan

Much Ado About Nothing 2013

GV Shakespeare Festival 2013

ReACT! 2013-2014

ReACT! 2013-2014

Richard III 2012

Richard III 2012

School of Liberal Arts & Science

School Liberal Arts

School Of Communications

School Of Communications


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Alumni Postcard

Alumni Postcard

An update from Whitney Hershberger: Since graduation I have completed a year of service with AmeriCorps at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, where I received hands-on experience with non-profit administration. During my year of service I also t

Bard To Go: Lovestruck 2011-12 Performed in the Bahamas!

Bard To Go: Lovestruck 2011-12 Performed in the Bahamas!

GVSU's traveling Shakespeare troupe performed before several hundred area high school students and participated in Shakespeare in Paradise in the Bahamas! We are working on a new date for the benefit performance of LOVESTRUCK! New date is April 16, 201

GVSU Alum: Brian Quakenbush

GVSU Alum: Brian Quakenbush

Round Belly Theatre Company founders in Oakland, CA. Check out their website and their review in the San Francisco Examiner: www.roundbellytheatre.com

2010 Grad - Erin Courtney

2010 Grad - Erin Courtney

Last year Erin went to L.A. for two months and took a couple workshops: The first was at the Atlantic Theater School. She was among 9 people learning their technique from founding members.

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Summer 2015 Will Power Summer Camp

Summer 2015 Will Power Summer Camp

September 12, 2014

For two sessions in July, GVSU will host its fourth annual WILL POWER SUMMER CAMP and host dozens of local children. Link to our Facebook page and see more photos and comments!  https://www.facebook.com/GVSUShakespeareFestivalWillPow

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