Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Boise, ID

Idaho Shakespeare Festival's mission is to produce great theater, entertain and educate. Currently, in its 40th season, the Festival provides professional theater arts, arts education, and educational outreach programming to patrons across Idaho, serving over 100,000 individuals annually. The Festival’s permanent home is an outdoor amphitheater located in a conservation area on the banks of the Boise River. In this scenic location, the artistic company presents five productions to nearly 61,000 patrons on over 90 nights throughout each summer. The Festival also has a vibrant Access Program that creates opportunities for patrons who need special assistance to experience theater activities. This program includes Signing Shakespeare for the Deaf and hard of hearing community, complimentary tickets to people who face financial constraints, and residencies at the local children’s hospital school. Additionally, the Festival has two educational touring programs, Idaho Theater for Youth (ITY) and Shakespearience that present in-school plays to students all across the state of Idaho. The ITY tour presents a contemporary piece based on history or literature to elementary students and the Shakespearience tour takes the work of William Shakespeare to middle, junior, and high school students. The tours travel a combined 14,000 miles to over 170 schools and present to over 51,000 students and teachers annually.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival will present a touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, talkbacks, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 70 schools located in Idaho and Oregon.