Welcome Schools and Teachers Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Outreach

Online Registration Available for King Lear and Bard to Go: Twelfth Night


Private Talkback with Director Roger Ellis


Educational Outreach

The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is committed to offering Shakespeare in performance to regional schools. This year, the festival again offers two different production options. Our Mainstage production, King Lear will be performed for three special midweek matinees at a reduced group rate that includes lunch and the opportunity to interact with cast and crew members. Additionally, our touring production Bard to Go is available to travel to area schools to perform the exciting new 50 minute production titled Bard To Go: Twelfth Night which is a condensed version of the popular comedy. 

King Lear matinees will be Monday, October 1, Tuesday, October 2, and  Thursday, October 4, at 10AM. UPDATE Tuesday October 2, and Thursday October 4 are full. To reserve Monday, October 1 or for registration questions, contact Jack Lane at  . 

Bard to Go will be touring on Fridays October 12, 19, 26, and November 2. UPDATE Bard to Go is mostly full for its tour. Please continue to use the online registration to request dates. Once full, other schools will be placed on a waiting list. 

For King Lear School Matinee Questions contact Dr. Jo Miller at
For Scheduling questions, contact the Box Office Manager Jack Lane at   

For Bard to Go  questions and scheduling, contact Katherine Mayberry at

Online Registration

***Click Here to register online for the Student Matinees

New Click Here to pre-register online for  Bard to Go

Download Information for Schools
Click Here for the Festival Letter to Schools 

Click Here for King Lear Information Letter
Click Here for King Lear  Study Guide for Schools (Coming Soon!)
Registration Form (if unable to use online system)

Click Here for Bard to Go School Information
Click Here for Bard to Go Study Guide (Coming Soon)
Contact the Bard to Go Cast Here (Coming Soon)

Biannual Shakespeare Festival Conference

The festival is holding our biannual Shakespeare Performance and Pedagogy conference. It will be a little different this fall in that it will be Thursday and Friday and all at our Allendale facilities. The Keynote Speaker is Michael LoMonico who works with educational programming at the Folger Library in Washington DC. He will also be conducting a workshop on Thursday. He is really fantastic and worth the attendance just to work with him. The conference will also feature the opening night performance of King Lear as well as an “original practices” performance of Henry VI (conflation) by Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company. There will also be performances from Bard to Go and our festival Greenshow. We are offering special discounts for the conference to area teachers. Please check our conference website for that opportunity.

View the conference flyer for schools and teachers. 

Michael LoMonico

2018 Resident Scholar
and Conference Keynote
Michael LoMonico of the Folger Library

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