Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Left to right: Austin Colby and MaryJoanna Grisso in West Side Story; Keith Hamilton Cobb in Julius Caesar; Ian Merrill Peakes and Eleanor Handley in The Taming of the Shrew; Spencer Plachy, Ryan Hagan & Akeem Davis in Love’s Labour’s Lost. 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 over 200 artists from around the country, including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, Emmy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards. Every year 40,000-50,000 patrons attend PSF from 30+ states – 837,000 patrons from 50 states and many countries since 1992. In 2016, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary season.
The Festival's premiere education program, the Linny Fowler WillPower Tour, has toured 16 Shakespeare plays to 160,000+ 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.