"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 Texas Shakespeare Festival Roadshow is a traveling set of performances and workshops that come to your school or community. Each performance comes with an in-depth study guide about the play as well as a four-week lesson plan and exercise booklet to implement leading up to the performance. The 2021 productions are As You Like It and Twelfth Night. Learn More.
It is with great joy that we share the titles we will be producing during the 2022 summer season: The Taming of the Shrew, Nell Gwynn, The Tempest, The Music Man, and The Hog Princess. Stay tuned for more details about the directors, designers, and company of artists that will bring these shows to life. Learn More.
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.