Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Idaho Shakespeare Festival's mission is to produce great theater, entertain and educate. Currently in its 38th 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 60,000 patrons on over 90 nights throughout each summer. The Festival has a vibrant Access Program that creates opportunities for patrons who need special assistance to attend the theater. This program includes Signing Shakespeare for the deaf community, complimentary tickets to people who face financial constraints, and a residency at the local children’s hospital school. The Festival also provides theater arts programming that is integrated into the curricula of schools across Idaho through two touring programs, Idaho Theater for Youth (ITY) and Shakespearience. The ITY tour presents a contemporary piece based in history or literature to elementary students and the Shakespearience tour takes the work of William Shakespeare to middle, junior, and high school students. Study guides as well as Q&A sessions and workshops are available to supplement the touring productions. The tours travel a combined 14,000 miles to over 130 schools and present to over 50,000 students and teachers annually.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Idaho Shakespeare Festival will present a touring production of The Comedy of Errors directed by Company Member Tom Ford, as part of their Shakespearience program. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, talkbacks, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 60 schools from Idaho.