We’re happy to announce our 2016 summer tour, with a few new communities added!
Follow the link for each production to view cast list and more info.


Adapted and directed by Doug Farren

Friday, June 17: PEACE Park, Coventry Neighborhood, Cleveland Heights
Saturday, June 18: Tri-C West Campus, Parma Heights
Sunday, June 19: Penitentiary Glen Nature Center, Kirtland

Friday, June 24: Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights
Saturday, June 25: Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, June 26: Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College, Elyria

Friday, July 1:  Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, July 2: James A. Garfield Historic Site, Mentor
Sunday, July 3: Lincoln Park, Cleveland


Adapted and directed by Allan Byrne

Friday, July 22: PEACE Park, Coventry Neighborhood, Cleveland Heights
Saturday, July 23: Grove Amphitheater, Mayfield Village
Sunday, July 24: Bedford Public Square, Bedford

Friday, July 29: Tri-C West Campus, Parma Heights
Saturday, July 30: Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, July 31: Sims Park, Euclid

Friday, August 5: Cahoon Park West, Bay Village
Saturday, August 6: Lincoln Park, Cleveland
Sunday, August 7: Lincoln Park, Cleveland

All performances begin at 7pm and are presented FREE OF CHARGE
Bring a blanket or low-slung chair

The return of Open Mic Shakespeare!

WE”RE BACK! After a brief hiatus, Open Mic Shakespeare returns to the Cleveland community this month! Wednesday May 25th, from 7-10pm at the wonderful Canopy Collective arts gallery and studio on Lorain!

Open Mic Shakespeare is a public event where we invite you, our beloved Cleveland audience, to come help us read a play by Shakespeare.

At the beginning of each Act, everyone picks their part out of a hat, and they do thus read that, until the end of the Act.

Then, they pick new parts, and read on. Everyone who attends will get a chance to read. This event brings everyone together, from die-hard fans of Shakespeare to those who have never spoken a verse.

This month, to get audiences ready for our fabulous upcoming season, we will be reading The Tempest, Shakespeare’s swan song to theater and, arguably, one of the first science fiction plays ever written. Come out to Canopy on Wednesday 5/25 and join us for a night of revels and reading!

With Hey, Ho, The Wind And The Rain: Weather News

We make every effort to hold our performances outdoors, but when weather threatens, we do have indoor venues.


Check back on this post if it’s looking like rain!

Listen to WCLV interview with TIMON OF ATHENS director David Hansen and lead actor Luke Brett

WCLV 104.9 FM afternoon host Mark Satola interviewed David and Luke about THE LIFE OF TIMON OF ATHENS and CSF.  Have a listen!

Scene Magazine names CSF “Best Outdoor Arts Experience” for 2015

We’re very grateful to the kind folks at Scene Magazine, Cleveland’s free weekly newspaper, for including us as the “Best Outdoor Arts Experience” in their “Best of 2015” issue.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is an exciting event series in Cleveland, but it’s still somewhat under-the-radar, particularly among those who aren’t totally plugged into the region’s theater scene. Often enough, passersby out for a gentle walk — through, say, Lakewood Park — have stumbled upon a performance of, say, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ This year, take the time to look up the group’s schedule and make an evening of it. Pack a picnic, bring your friends. Shakespeare is timeless stuff, and Cleveland is lucky to have such a wellspring of talent to deliver the good bard’s finest works each summer.


CSF recognized by BBC America blog as one of “10 British Things about Cleveland”

The editor notes that the Open Mic Shakespeare reading series sounds ‘utterly intriguing’.  Consider yourself invited, BBC America!