Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
The Festival produces an annual production of a Shakespeare play, presented free to the public at Southmoreland Park, a pocket park located directly west of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. In its 20-year history, the Festival has presented 26 productions, reaching more than 470,000 audience members.
From its beginning, the Festival has been committed to providing high quality professional productions to our community. The Festival operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association and employs professional actors every summer, under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director, Sidonie Garrett. The Festival also utilizes the finest design and technical talent in the city to create first-rate productions that bring the genius and beauty of Shakespeare to life.
Education programs reach thousands of young people and adults year-round through community programs, The Shakespeare Studio, touring performances, and the Festival’s signature program, Camp Shakespeare.