Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Location: 
St. Louis, MO


Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is the only free, professional theater company in the St. Louis area. Presenting Shakespeare and works inspired by Shakespeare, our programs are In the Schools, In the Streets and In the Park. Our Education Tour visits schools across the St. Louis area and in rural Missouri. Our nationally-recognized Shakespeare in the Streets and SHAKE 38 initiatives are strengthening communities and bridging cultures by bringing out the creativity of St. Louis residents. Each season in Forest Park features a free production of a Shakespeare classic, performed under the stars. With no tickets required or gates to walk through, we bring the power of Shakespeare and his legacy of storytelling to all. The idea of a free Shakespeare festival began in 1997. In 2001, after several years of planning and securing funding, a visionary Board of community leaders produced the first annual free Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park. Since the initial two-week run that attracted 33,000 audience members, the Festival has grown into a year-round institution producing over 250 public performances annually for nearly 100,000 patrons and students. Rick Dildine became the Festival’s first Executive Director in 2009 and has overseen its growth beyond the Park to the schools and streets of St. Louis. Since our first season, the Festival has reached over 700,000 patrons and 300,000 students.

Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis will present a touring production of Julius Caesar directed by Joanna Battles. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-show discussion, and a curriculum guide. They anticipate reaching 50 schools located in Missouri.