The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival draws on the unique resources of the Interlochen Center for the Arts to present bold and innovative interpretations of the classics. Founded in 2008 and led by artistic director William Church, a core ensemble of Interlochen faculty, staff and alumni commits itself to engaging northwest Michigan audiences through professional theatre that celebrates the Shakespearean imagination.
Summer 2016 - "Romeo and Juliet"
July 1&2 and July 8&9 - 8 p.m.
Experience the classic tale of star-crossed lovers under the starry skies of Upton-Morley Pavilion. Shakespeare’s timeless story of love and loss is staged by some of Interlochen’s finest instructors and alumni as part of the annual Shakespeare Festival. When love blossoms in the midst of a family feud, two young lovers risk their lives to be together. Can their love overcome their families’ hate?
Interlochen’s production of Romeo and Juliet stars Interlochen alumnus Harry Thornton (IAC 12-14) and alumna Ema Horvath (IAC 08, IAA 10-12). Directed by William Church.
"Circle Mirror Transformation"
July 5, 6 & 7 - 8 p.m.
For the first time, the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival expands to present contemporary American theatre, in line with the Arts Festival's Young Americans focus. Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning young American playwright Annie Baker, Circle Mirror Transformation gives audiences a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the cathartic process of theater as a diverse group of adults participates in several acting games—finding themselves, friendship, and even love along the way.
When five people come together in a small room in a small town in Vermont for an "Adult Creative Drama" class, they find they must navigate not only one another but also their own pasts and future dreams. Marty, the class's impassioned teacher, works to wrangle an intimate and motley crew: her reluctant husband, James; Shultz, a newly divorced carpenter; Teresa, a former New York City actress; and Lauren, a local teenager.
Don’t miss the chance to see Circle Mirror Transformation, which is fast becoming a treasure of the contemporary American theatre.
After the sold-out success of its first two productions, "Twelfth Night" and "The Taming of the Shrew," the company presented "Macbeth" in 2010, "The Merchant of Venice" in 2011, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 2012, "Hamlet" in 2013, "The Tempest" in 2014 and "As You Like It" in 2015.