South Dakota Shakespeare Festival

South Dakota Shakespeare Festival


Community Organizations

About Us

The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to engage, connect, and inspire communities by
exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and
theatre arts education. Our company values encompass: access, inclusion, integrity, and artistic excellence.

Since 2012 the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) has been producing free, world-class, Shakespeare in the Park, in Vermillion, South Dakota, accompanied by a wide array of education and engagement programming. We value diversity and inclusion in our work, and seek to create theatre and build audiences that reflect and nourish the diversity of our communities.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is looking forward to our 2023 season, “A Celebration of Shakespeare” to be held June 15-18, 2023 in Vermillion’s Prentis Park and feature a one night performance by Devon Glover, “The Sonnet Man”, and three nights of a production devised by our professional company and Interim Artistic Director. Alongside this exciting programming, the SDSF will continue our commitment to education and outreach, adapting as needed to offer educational programming in partnership with Sesdac (offering support services for adults with disabilities), Sanford Care Center, Minnehaha Juvenile Detention Center, Vermillion Public Library, USD’s Upward Bound, and regional schools. Performances and education experiences are being planned for both live delivery, and through video streaming and digital platforms.


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