"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.
Now in its sixth season, the Texas Shakespeare Festival Roadshow is a traveling set of performances and workshops that come to your school or community. Due to the unique nature of the year, we are offering a virtual version of the Roadshow, featuring filmed productions of William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing for the Spring of 2021. Learn More.
For the first time in 35 years, East Texas' only professional theatre has a new Artistic Director. Kilgore College has hired Texas Shakespeare Festival veteran Meaghan Simpson to lead the organization following the retirement of its founding Artistic Director, Raymond Caldwell August 31. Read More.
Escape into the world of theatre for a six-week class taking you behind the scenes of the Texas Shakespeare Festival's 2021 season. This course, called Before the Curtain Rises, will introduce the craft of theatre to patrons who are curious about the inner workings of the art form, and allow you to have a deeply enriching experience as you take in the summer productions. Enroll Today.