-The Austin American Statesman


"Our only goal is to provide you with high-quality professional productions--a caliber of theatre that is seldom found outside major cities. All of us hope your experience with us, whether it is your first or the latest of many, is not only satisfying but also uplifting, inspiring, and memorable."

-Raymond Caldwell, Founder

In April 1984, the idea for the Texas Shakespeare Festival at Kilgore College was developed: to establish a professional summer theatre for East Texas based in Kilgore that would be housed in the Van Cliburn Auditorium; to create a company with a name that would have broad appeal to professional theatre artists, employing high caliber actors, designers and directors from throughout the nation; to offer professional actors and theatre students the luxury of working on plays from the world’s storehouse of dramatic literary masterpieces; and to create a regional play about the East Texas oilfield discovery to be produced as a cultural historical memento of our unique and colorful heritage. Read More.

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Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming holiday production, Mirth & Merriment, a nostalgic holiday treat featuring TSF alums sharing Christmas tales, songs, and poems in an unforgettable and entertaining event fit for the entire family. Learn More.

We have a unique opportunity for local young talent to join the cast of The Music Man during the summer of 2022. If you know someone interested in being considered for the roles of Winthrop Paroo, Amaryllis, or Gracie Shinn you can find out more about the audition process and how to make an appointment. Learn More.

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Bring staff members from the Texas Shakespeare Festival into your school for a workshop that gets students on their feet and using their bodies, voices, and minds to bring Shakespeare's words to life.  Workshop lengths vary from 1 to 3 hours, but full-day or multi-day workshops can be designed upon request.  Learn More.

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