Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

Mission

To make the works of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired works accessible to a diverse audience through a free, professional, outdoor festival, and additional free and paid performances and educational programs. 

Vision

To use the power and presence of live professional performance to enhance the meaning of life and to illustrate the indomitability of the human spirit through the works of William Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired works. 
 

Photo Credits:

Justin Barron and Freddy Acevedo in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Hamlet. Photo by: Dean Davison

Nathan Darrow as Hamlet with Matt Rapport as the Gravedigger in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Hamlet. Photo by: Brian Collins 

John Rensenhouse as the Ghost and Nathan Darrow as Hamlet in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Hamlet. Photo by: Dean Davison 

Foreground: Matt Schwader as Laertes and Nathan Darrow as Hamlet. Background from left: Roan Ricker, Bruce Roach, Jan Rogge, Leah Wilczewski and Haddy Wilczewski in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Hamlet. Photo by: Brian Collins 

Nathan Darrow as Hamlet, Skull by Yorick, in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Hamlet
Photo by: Brian Collins

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I’ve spent a lot of time in the audience at the Festival. The audiences are the audience every theatre would love to have. There is a diversity of color, economic status, neighborhood and education. It seems like sometimes there is an assumption that because someone couldn’t afford theatre tickets they don’t have an interest in going to the theatre, but look around when you go to the Festival this year and you’ll see that’s not the case.
— Kate Forristall, Camp Shakespeare parent & Festival Attendee