Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Alexie Gilmore, The Importance of Being Earnest; Erin Partin, Measure for Measure; Doug Carpenter, Oklahoma!; Steve Burns, The 39 Steps. Photos by Lee A. Butz.
A leading Shakespeare festival with an emerging national reputation for excellence, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University.
Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. About an hour north of Philadelphia and less than two hours from Manhattan, PSF is summer home to nearly 150 artists from around the country, including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards. With 200+ performances of six full productions, the Festival attracts up to 30,000 patrons from 20 states. Founded in 1992, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary season in 2011.
The Festival's premiere education program, the Linny Fowler WillPower Tour, has toured 14 Shakespeare plays to 132,000+ students in 170+ schools serving 40 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties as well as New Jersey and Delaware.
PSF is the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
PSF is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit professional theatre.