ROMEO AND JULIET: July 18 – August 3

The classic tragedy of “star-crossed lovers”, this production pulls the action from Renaissance Verona to the streets of contemporary Cleveland. Presented free of charge in two outdoor venues: July 18-20: Coventry P.E.A.C.E. More »


Love and magic intermingle when two couples get lost in an enchanted fairy forest on the eve of a royal wedding.  At the same time, a group of rustic amateur actors rehearse More »


“Free Will Shakespeare” Workshop to be led by Dougfred Miller

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, in collaboration with Ensemble Theatre, is pleased to offer “Free Will Shakespeare,” a three-session workshop designed by Great Lakes Theatre actor Dougfred Miller, to free your delivery of Shakespearean verse from the bonds of ink & paper by furthering your ability to find and realize the tempestuous action from its various clues. We will cover such things as:

  • Readiness & conditioning.
  • Meter: why bother?
  • Letting the imagery do the work for us.
  • Where we all fit within the Great Chain of Being.

This workshop is ideally suited for anyone looking to expand their ability to (or assuage their fear of) speaking verse, or participate in Great Lakes Theater’s upcoming auditions in September.

Having a monologue in verse from Shakespeare (or a contemporary) is strongly recommended, though it does not have to be memorized for the first class. A hardcopy of the monologue is a good idea; wearing flip-flops is a bad one.

Dougfred Miller, Great Lakes Theater actor and educator, will lead the sessionDougfred Miller is an actor with more than 25 years professional experience in classical theatre, in a career that has spanned the continent and canon. As a company member of the Great Lakes Theater, he has played a variety of Shakespeare’s great roles, including Cassius, Jaques, Macbeth, and most recently Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. For many other theatres and Shakespeare Festivals, his work includes Richard III, Prince Hal, Benedick and Prospero. He can currently be seen as King Arthur in the Beck Center’s production of Spamalot. Doug is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s PTTP and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
When: 3 Monday evenings: August 19, August 26, and September 9 (no class on September 2nd Labor Day).

Where:  Ensemble Theatre at the Coventry Commons (Old Coventry School) 2843 Washington Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

Investment: $60

Questions:  E-mail

Sorry! Enrollment is full, but add your email to our mailing list on the right and we’ll keep you updated on future educational opportunities!

CSF to present an abridged Midsummer Night’s Dream at One World Festival – August 25th

Inspired by the beauty and potential of Rockefeller Park and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, IngenuityFest creator and Cleveland Public Theatre founder James Levin is launching Cleveland One World Festival to bring people back to the Gardens. Cleveland One World Festival will expand upon the Cleveland Cultural Gardens’ “One World Day,” a celebration held in the gardens for the past 65 years. The Cleveland One World Festival event will launch on August 25th, 2013, and will offer a cultural smorgasbord in celebration of Cleveland’s incredible cultural diversity. This FREE event will feature authentic, ethnic food, drink, and musical, theatrical, and artistic entertainment will showcase the best of what Cleveland’s cultural communities have to offer.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival will be offering two free performances of an abridged A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the British Cultural Garden, 1100 East Blvd.  This adaptation features five actors who play ALL the roles.  

CAST:  Carrie Williams, Charles Hargrave, Joe Dunn, Hillary Wheelock, Rachel Kolis
Directed by Brian Pedaci
Adapted by Larry Nehring

See the One World Festival website for more information and a full schedule.

For more information on the British Garden, click here.

Production Photos – 2013 Summer Season

Enjoy these shots from our two touring productions.  See our tour schedule or each individual production’s page for more information on venues and dates.

Measure for Measure:

Two Gentlemen of Verona:


Our 2013 Tour Schedule and Venues

Our 2013 Summer Season:

Two Gentlemen Of Verona – directed by Pandora Robertson and Measure for Measure – directed by Tyson Rand

All performances are at 7pm

Friday, June 14 Measure for Measure Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, June 15 Measure for Measure Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Friday, June 21 Two Gentlemen of Verona Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, June 22 Two Gentlemen of Verona Notre Dame College, South Euclid
Saturday, June 29 Measure for Measure Kulas Stage on Wade Oval, University Circle
Sunday, June 30 Two Gentlemen of Verona Kulas Stage on Wade Oval, University Circle
Saturday, July 6 Measure for Measure James A. Garfield Historical Site, Mentor
Sunday, July 7 Two Gentlemen of Verona Penitentiary Glen Reservation, Kirtland
Saturday, July 13 Measure for Measure Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights
Sunday, July 14 Two Gentlemen of Verona Community Colonnade, Shaker Heights
Saturday, July 20 Measure for Measure Stocker Center for the Arts, Elyria
Sunday, July 21 Two Gentlemen of Verona Stocker Center for the Arts, Elyria
Saturday, July 27 Measure for Measure Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Sunday, July 28 Two Gentlemen of Verona Lakewood Park, Lakewood
Saturday, August 3 Measure for Measure Lincoln Park, Tremont
Sunday, August 4 Two Gentlemen of Verona Lincoln Park, Tremont