"INDISPUTABLY THE BEST SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL IN TEXAS."
-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.
The show WILL go on! We are moving forward with our full summer season productions featuring The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Book of Will, Romeo & Juliet, The Bridges of Madison County and The Gnomes of Gnot-a-Hill. Tickets go on sale May 1st online for Guild Members. Learn more about the season and how to purchase tickets here. Learn More.
With the recent announcement of the 2021 summer season, there are many questions arising. Visit the current season page to learn about how we plan to keep our audience members safe while also bringing to life the vibrant theatrical productions you know and love. Read More.
There are opportunities for education during the summer season, including the Bard & Breakfast Workshop for theatre teachers and the Acting Workshop for theatre students. Learn More.