Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival - 24th Annual Season

In our 24th season, the GV Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present The Tempest, September 29 - October 8, 2017.

Watch for more information to come on our individual performance schedule and our October 2, 3 & 5 middle/high school performances!

To go directly to our GV Shakespeare Festival website, please click here!


2015 Shakespeare Festival's All's Well That Ends Well

GVSU Shakespeare Festival presents All's Well That Ends Well

Brian Russell Webb - Guest artist

2014 Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors - Fall 2014

The Comedy of Errors - Fall 2014 - Click on the image to see more photos!

April 2015 Shakespeare Festival Newsletter

Read the latest Shakespeare Festival newsletter by clicking here!

2013 Much Ado About Nothing

2013 Much Ado About Nothing

Christopher Seiler (Dogberry) and Matthew Fowler (Verges)

2012 Richard III

Richard III

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

Twelfth Night 2011

Twelfth Night

Sarah Tryon as Viola

As You Like It - 2010

As You Like It - 2010

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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

2015 - All's Well That Ends Well

2016 - Measure for Measure

2017 - The Tempest

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


Spotlights Import 12/20/13

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

Scott Watson's Success in NYC!

Scott Watson (BA Theatre 2009) relocated to New York City in 2009 to pursue acting and playwriting professionally. Arriving in NYC with thirty-five dollars in his pocket, Scott has since prospered in The Big Apple. Most recently, Scott appeared in New Yor

Theatre Student Pursuing MFA in Dramaturgy

Nancee Moes (Magna Cum Laude, '09, Theatre) will begin pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at the State University of New York-Stony Brook this fall.

Amanda Janke

Amanda Janke graduated with a BA in theatre in 2008 and has enjoyed great success ever since. Amanda earned her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music-- one of the best MFA programs in the

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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