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Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Live Theatre This Christmas!

Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for ALL your loved ones? Give the gift of live theatre this season!

It’s not too early to purchase tickets for the 2024 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The play lineup for the 63rd season includes Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing, along with the hilarious The 39 Steps, the moving Silent Sky, and the inspirational The Mountaintop. 

Here’s our gift to you this season: deals and discounts! Check out the information below and enjoy the same brilliant plays while also saving some money. 

If you’re looking for gift ideas for students and lifelong learners, check out details about our educational offerings below. 

To purchase tickets and take advantage of these discounts and educational offerings, and for more information, call the Festival Ticket Office at 800-PLAYTIX or visit

For Anyone

Gift Certificates can be purchased from the ticket office in any amount. These make the perfect stocking stuffers!

For Students and Children 

The Student Access Pass is an amazing deal and available for only $40. It allows students one ticket per performance for an unlimited number of performances throughout the season.

This steal of a deal isn’t just for Southern Utah University students here in Cedar City, but for students of any kind and any location. Other higher ed schools, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and home-schooled students qualify for the deal. Having a student ID or proof of student status on hand while calling the ticket office to purchase the pass is the fastest way to get this deal!

The pass can only be redeemed for one ticket per student per show on the day of the performance, but is good for as many performances as you wish during the season. The tickets are subject to availability and exclude premier seating. The pass can’t be refunded or exchanged, and it expires October 5, 2024. 

Not interested in the student pass? Youth between the ages of six and eighteen get $10 off any single ticket with a valid student ID or proof of student status. As a reminder, children under six are not permitted in our theatres. Professionally-staffed child care is available for our youngest friends. 

For young thespians, don’t miss out on our summer youth camps! Check out Playmakers Summer Camp from June 10-22, Junior Actor Training from July 15-20, and Theatre Training for Actors and Technicians from July 22-27. 

For School Groups 

Need a really unique gift for students or teachers in your life? Schools and education groups of 12 or more can enjoy a professional play, orientation, and other experiences with the Festival’s Shakespearience program. This special offer is available for schools and education groups for any matinee Monday-Friday, August 1–September 27, 2024. 

Shakespearience excludes premier seating and is subject to availability. Pricing is $10 per person for Utah public/charter school groups, and $15 per person for private and out-of-state school groups. 

School groups can also join us for our two USF School Days in 2024. On September 5 and 11, Utah public and public charter school groups can attend the matinees of Much Ado About Nothing and Silent Sky for free!

For Locals

Iron County residents may also purchase the Iron County Pass for $200, which may be redeemed for seven admissions throughout the season. Proof of residency and an ID is required when purchasing, and residents are limited to two passes per resident. This pass expires October 5, 2024 and excludes premier and center orchestra seating. 

To look forward to next summer: residents of Iron, Beaver, Washington, Kane, Garfield, Piute and Lincoln (Nevada) counties can purchase single tickets for 50 percent off. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the performance. 

For Educators and Adults

Teaching artists can be arranged to visit Utah public and charter schools to lead free workshops and events. Request a workshop from our PlayTeam here. 

Give the gift of learning this season. Adult courses are offered throughout the season, where participants receive Southern Utah University professional development credit for attendance at plays, seminars, and orientations. Courses include: Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Forum, Shakespeare Seminar, Teaching Shakespeare, and Tech for Teachers. 

Other Discounts and Offers

For groups of 12 or more, a discount starting at $4 per ticket is available. 

For those that are 62 years and older, AAA members and members of the military, a $2 discount per ticket to any performance is available. 

For those with sensory or accessibility needs, Sensory-Friendly and All-Access performances will be offered during the season. Live American Sign Language Interpretation services are scheduled to be provided as well. Dates to be determined soon. 

For more information on ticket prices and seating, plays, educational resources, or any other questions regarding the Festival, call the ticket office at 800-PLAYTIX or visit

2023 Season Moments We're Thankful For

Naiya Vanessa McCalla (left) as Juliet and Ty Fanning as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, 2023. Photo by Karl Hugh.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Utah Shakespeare Festival staff have been reflecting on moments from the season that left a lasting impression. Read below to hear from our administration, alongside members of our development, education, properties, and communication departments.

Most importantly, we are thankful for you, our wonderful patrons that fill our theaters. There would not be shows without audience members, and without our patrons we would not be able to produce world-class theatre year after year. 

We hope to see you for our 2024 season, and it’s not too early to plan for our 63rd season. Cyber Monday, our biggest sale of the year, is just around the corner and is the perfect time to purchase tickets. 

Take advantage of the deal and receive $10 off every ticket by visiting or by calling the Festival ticket office. The sale will go live at midnight and is only available on Monday, November 27. 

Artistic Director John DiAntonio 

“Before moving to Cedar City in late October, my family was able to attend the closing weekend of the Festival. I’m thankful for the Utah Shakes childcare program which watched our three children (4, 3, and 10 months old) and enabled my wife Caitlin and me to see all four shows. The kids had such a good time, as did we,” DiAntonio said. “We took away wonderful memories from those performances: the dynamic and transformative ensemble of Coriolanus and Timon of Athens, seeing Jane Austen’s Emma The Musical with a sold out house of students in town for the Shakespeare Competition, and then the final performance of The Play That Goes Wrong, a show which is always wild, but then add in that closing night energy––it was a night to be remembered.”

Director of New Play Development and Artistic Associate Derek Charles Livingston 

“I’m grateful to have had a chance to bring A Raisin in the Sun to our audiences and for the tremendous response by those who got a chance to see it,” Livingston said. 

Education Director Katherine Norman 

“I’m thankful for the moment at the end of Actor Training Camp when all the student actors bowed and then immediately hugged each other,” Norman said. “I am also thankful for the many folks in the Grove who welcomed me to the Festival family this season, and the rich, challenging, and always generous conversations in the Grove, especially those about Timon and Coriolanus. These plays were new to many of us, and it was such a gift and joy to discuss them with the brilliant Festival community.” 

Properties Director Ben Hohman

“I am thankful that we had a successful run of The Play That Goes Wrong,” Hohman said. “We knew from the start that it was going to be tough to get through so many performances and keep everyone safe and the show in good shape, but with a lot of pre-planning and diligent work by the cast, crew, and staff, we pulled off one of the most technically complicated shows we have done in a really long time, and the audience really enjoyed it. That made it all worthwhile.”

Development Associate Emily Cacho 

“This year I was so grateful to get to experience A Raisin in the Sun. It was one of my favorite plays that I read during my time as an undergraduate at Southern Utah University,” Cacho said. “Seeing it be performed live was such an outstanding experience. Corey Jones in the role of Walter Jr. had me in tears at the end of the play; he was simply amazing. I love this amazing work that the Festival puts on every year.”

MFA Communications Assistant James Whatcott

“I’m thankful for the ability to learn and grow each day. No matter how challenging the day was, I can always take it as an opportunity to learn more from it,” Whatcott said.

Have a happy Thanksgiving! 

Festival's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

A scene from Timon of Athens, 2023. Photo by Karl Hugh.

Happy Thanksgiving! We are extremely thankful for all our friends, donors, and patrons and cannot wait for next season. During this time of gratitude and celebration, Utah Shakespeare Festival staff would like to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. 

Artistic Director John DiAntonio 
Chocolate Chess Pie 

1 pre-baked 9-inch pie crust
1 stick butter, melted
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/4 cup corn syrup (may substitute honey or Lyle’s golden syrup)
1 cup sugar
1  tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 eggs

-In a saucepan, melt butter and chocolate. 
-Add syrup, sugar, and cocoa.  
-Add eggs one at a time and flavorings. 
-Pour into formed crust and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Director of Development and Communications Donn Jersey 
Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs

1 dozen eggs
2 dozen fresh shrimp (medium-sized) 
1 teaspoon cooking oil 
1/2 small lemon 
2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 to 1 tablespoons hot sauce 
1 tablespoon sweet relish 
1 to 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning 
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill (and 2 teaspoons to garnish)
salt and pepper to taste

-Place eggs in a shallow pot.
-Fill with water, covering eggs.
-Once eggs begin to boil, turn off heat and cover for 15-20 minutes.
-For the filling, peel eggs and slice in a half.
-Place egg yolks in a medium-sized bowl and place halved egg whites on paper towels to dry. 
-Add listed ingredients beginning with mayonnaise to egg yolks.
-Adjust spices to liking and mix until creamy.
-For the shrimp, add olive oil to a medium-sized pan on medium heat. 
-Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and add old bay seasoning until coated 
-Sauté shrimp until done (if raw) or until slightly-charred. 
-Halfway through cooking, add lemon juice.
-Scoop egg mixture evenly into egg white halves and top with one Cajun shrimp. 
-Garnish with paprika and dill. 

Assistant Properties Director Marielle Boneau
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread 

2 cans Grands! cinnamon rolls (5 per can)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 

-Open cinnamon rolls and cut each of the rolls into 6 pieces. 
-Reserve the frosting and set aside.
-In a gallon Ziplock bag, add granulated sugar, cinnamon and cut cinnamon rolls.
-Seal and shake to coat.
-Stir together the brown sugar and melted butter.
-Spray a 5-7 qt slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place half the dough pieces in the bottom of the slow cooker.
-Pour half the melted butter mixture over the top
-Add the rest of the cinnamon roll pieces
-Pour the remaining melted butter mixture on top.
-Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 2 hours. (The edges will start to brown, but the top will be a little gooey.)
-Turn off the slow cooker and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
-Drizzle reserved icing on top of the monkey bread. 

Properties Director Ben Hohman
Ben’s Dip

16-24 oz of whipped cream cheese
8-12 oz of vegetable cream cheese
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic
16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese 

-Combine the cream cheeses, garlic, and 1/2 the mozzarella cheese in a bowl, stirring until well combined.
-Transfer the mixture to a baking dish.
-Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
-Stir and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese 
-Continue baking for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melty. 
-Serve as a dip with crackers, pretzels, or chips. 

Business Operations Assistant Amy Gold 
Corn Pudding 

2 cans creamed corn (15 ounce size)
1/4  cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup cracker crumbs (saltines, Club, or Ritz crackers work well)
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

-Separate the eggs, saving the whites.  
-Beat the yolks and stir in the corn, milk and cracker crumbs. 
-Whip egg whites to a peak and fold into the corn mixture.  
-Blend in the melted butter.  
-Bake in a 2 quart round casserole dish at 350 degrees for one hour or so. The top should be brown and it shouldn’t jiggle when baked through. 
Note: I have also made this with homemade creamed corn. Use fresh or frozen corn (roughly 2 cups) and make one cup of a white sauce with butter and milk. Whir half the corn and white sauce together in a blender or food processor. Mix in the other half of the corn. My husband liked the flavor better with fresh corn.  

Publications Manager Marlo Ihler
Artichoke Bread Dip 

2 bars cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise 
2 cups fresh parmesan cheese
28 ounces of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
3/4 cup roasted red pepper, chopped 
1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)

-Combine ingredients and warm in crock pot.
-Serve with bread or crackers.

Get to Know John DiAntonio: Our New Artistic Director

We are thrilled to welcome John DiAntonio to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. In September, DiAntonio was announced as the Festival’s new Artistic Director after an extensive nation-wide search. 

Now, we’d like to share more about DiAntonio with our patrons with this full-length Q&A article and get-to-know-you video.

The Festival: Can you share with us a bit about yourself and your journey into theatre?

DiAntonio: I’m from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and am the oldest of four siblings. I was an athlete growing up, but I also loved to paint and draw. I didn’t discover theatre until late in the game. My father is an engineer and my mother is an accountant, so I didn’t know theatre existed until I was in ninth grade in English class. 

We were reading Romeo and Juliet, and after class, my teacher came up to me and said, ‘You should consider taking theatre.’ So, my sophomore year, I signed up for my first theatre class, and my head exploded a bit. It funneled all of that class clown energy into the right place. Theatre is always where the misfits can find their ensemble, and I certainly found that. 

I discovered the bonds that form when you put a play together, what it’s like stepping into a character, getting to experience all the emotions like grief, love, passion in a safe environment. I fell in love with it, and the rest is history.

The Festival: You most recently worked at Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado. Can you share an accomplishment you’re particularly proud of in your previous role as Producing Artistic Director?

DiAntonio: I was the Artistic Director for four years, a member of the staff for eight years, and part of the seasonal staff for 12 years. I spent a lot of time there. I was thrilled with our 2023 season in every way. We hit a revenue record, it was our second-best season of all time, and we were above pre-pandemic numbers which was fantastic. 

But artistically, the shows, the lineup . . . I was incredibly proud of the artistic quality and what was presented, including the diversity of those shows and the stories being told. 

There was a cohesiveness to the company, and folks were just leaning into what we were trying to accomplish. It felt like we were living our vision, and it was a great season to wrap things up on.

The Festival: The Utah Shakespeare Festival holds a special place in the hearts of many. What drew you to this position and what resonates with you about the Festival?

DiAntonio: I am so honored to be taking on this new role. I’ve always looked up to this theatre and revered the work that’s been done here. When I was moving to Denver for grad school, my mother and I stopped at the Festival and saw all the shows, and it was an incredibly pivotal point in my life. At Creede, I saw it as a big brother or big sister theatre of what we could become. 

There’s so many things that resonate with me. First, the power of repertory theatre and what it means. I’ve experienced rep as a performer and audience member. 

Repertory theatre pushes everyone in the company [and audience] and forces you to grow. 

Also, what an honor to make Shakespeare the cornerstone of the work here.

The Festival: Can you share your favorite play that’s been featured here at the Festival?

DiAntonio: At this point in my life, Henry IV Parts I and II are the plays that resonate most with me. Now that I am a father, hold leadership roles, and have dealt with a pandemic . . . it’s been a time of growth that has felt like war at some points. I resonate with the character arc of Prince Hal.

The Festival: How do you plan to immerse yourself in our local community and culture?

DiAntonio: My family and I are excited to become a part of this community in every way. My wife and I have three little kids, and we can’t wait for them to be a part of the school system and make new friends. We are big outdoorsy folks, and we’ve started hiking trails. We went to the farmer’s market the other day, and it was glorious, and there are so many wonderful restaurants. 

We are coming from a tiny town, that during winter, had 400 people. We learned what community is all about there, and we will bring that mentality here.

I can’t wait to work with Southern Utah University, it’ll be a wonderful thing for both institutions. We can’t wait to get to know everyone and dive in!

2024 Is Just Around the Corner! Get $10 Off Per Ticket

Cedar City, UT — It’s not too early to plan for the 2024 season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Cyber Monday, our biggest sale of the year, is just around the corner and is the perfect time to purchase tickets. 

Take advantage of the deal and receive $10 off every ticket by visiting or by calling the Festival ticket office. The sale will go live at midnight and is only available on Monday, November 27. 

“We are thrilled to announce our shows for our sixty-third season in 2024,” said Managing Director Michael Bahr. “We are proud to focus on our cornerstone of Shakespeare, presenting four of his marvelous works.”


Henry VIII
By William Shakespeare 

Having first been produced in 1981, Henry VIII hasn’t hit Festival stages since 1995. Following the story of a ruthless race to power and the desire for a male heir, King Henry VIII listens to Cardinal Wolsey’s counsel, while honorable Duke Buckingham is convicted of treason. The play also focuses on topics of divorce and the treatment of women in a male-dominated society, as Henry leaves his wife Katharine and marries Anne Boleyn. 

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The Winter’s Tale 
By William Shakespeare 

The Winter’s Tale has been produced in 1972, 1989, 1996, 2004, and most recently in 2011. Focusing on themes of betrayal, loss, and forgiveness in the setting of a family drama, Shakespeare’s romance tells of King Leontes, his paranoia of his wife’s infidelity, and the consequences that follow. 

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The Taming of the Shrew 
By William Shakespeare 

The Taming of the Shrew was one of the first of Shakespeare’s plays to ever be produced here, in 1962, and was performed most recently in 2015 in the final season of the Adams Memorial Theatre. This is the eleventh time this Shakespeare play has been shared with Festival audiences. Full of deception and disguise, Petruchio attempts to tame the wild Katherina into being an obedient and dutiful wife. Suitors attempt to win her sister Bianca’s hand in marriage, but can only do so if Katherina weds first. Interestingly, lessons are learned on all sides about what true partnership is all about.

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Much Ado About Nothing 
By William Shakespeare 

Much Ado About Nothing has been produced seven times, most recently in 2016, the year the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre and the Beverley Center for the Arts opened. Shakespeare’s popular comedy centers around two romantic pairings and the ways in which we can deceive each other, ourselves, and be both opposed and open to love through it all. 

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The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow 
From the Novel by John Buchan 
From the Movie by Alfred Hitchcock 
Original Concept by Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble 

The 39 Steps was last seen at the Festival in 2010. This humorous play follows an innocent man accused of a crime who must clear his name. A fast-paced “whodunit” comedy with only four actors but a plethora of characters, the play balances both suspense and nonstop comedy, with a little splash of romance. It is a highly stylized theatrical romp that leaves you laughing and amazed.

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Silent Sky 
by Lauren Gunderson 

This is the first time the Festival has produced Silent Sky. A historical fiction, it tells of how astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s position in society during a time of scientific discoveries in the 19th century. Including themes of gender equality, female achievement, and work/life balance, this play speaks to modern times ––even though it takes place over one hundred years ago.

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The Mountaintop 
By Katori Hall 

The Mountaintop has never before seen Festival stages. This story follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he prepares one of our nation’s most important speeches. Although fictional, the play shows themes of being a figurehead versus a private human, and how King must confront his mortality and legacy. 

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Once again, visit or call 800-PLAYTIX to get $10 off per ticket while the sale lasts! Please note that the sale cannot be combined with other discounts and it is only available on Monday, November 27. The ticket office is open from 10 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Festival Announces 2024 Directors: Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre Edition

2024 Anes Directors

The Festival has proudly announced the directors for the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre and Randall L. Jones Theatre. Now, we are excited to reveal the directors for Silent Sky and The Mountaintop, which are being produced in the Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre. 

To see these shows and take advantage of the biggest sale of the year, purchase tickets for the 2024 season on Cyber Monday, November 27, for $10 off per ticket. 

Melinda Pfundstein 
Silent Sky 
July 12-October 5, 2024

Pfundstein is a familiar face at the Festival, having directed The Book of Will, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Merchant of Venice. She has also acted in over 30 Festival productions. Some of Pfundstein’s favorite roles performed include Mother in Ragtime, Margaret in Richard III, and Constance in King John. She has also worked for University of Utah, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre to name a few. 

Pfundstein received a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University and was an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at SUU. Her professional affiliations include Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Actors’ Equity Association. 

This show tells about 19th Century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. “I am thrilled to explore this inspiring story of breaking barriers and the light in all of us, with a brilliant creative team of collaborators at USF,” Pfundstein said. “I can’t wait to begin.”

Cameron Knight 
The Mountaintop 
July 13-October 5, 2024

“What a perfect time to re-examine and meet our heroes,” Knight said. “It is important to me that we see the familiar struggles we all face. We are facing so many questions these days: who we are, what it all means, is it worth it, will it make a difference?”

Knight is returning to direct this fictional story about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Festival, having directed The Tempest and Richard III in the past. He has directed at Resident Ensemble Players, American Shakespeare Center, and Bristol Riverside Theatre to name a few. His television credits include Blue Bloods, Chicago Med, and The Orville, while film credits include Widows, Sister Carrie, and The World Without You. 

Knight boasts teaching credits from Rutgers University, Carnegie Mellon University, and DePaul University, as well as others. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Michigan, Flint, and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Delaware. His professional affiliations include Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association, and SAG-AFTRA. 

“This production will examine the struggles of the pursuit for something greater than ourselves,” Knight said.” 

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Festival Announces 2024 Directors: Randall L. Jones Theatre Edition

2024 Randall Directors

Last week, the Festival announced the directors for the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre. Today we are excited to reveal our directors taking on Much Ado About Nothing and The 39 Steps in the Randall L. Jones Theatre.

To see their work and take advantage of the biggest sale of the year, purchase tickets for the 2024 season on Cyber Monday, November 27, for $10 off per ticket. 

Brad Carroll
Much Ado About Nothing 
June 21-October 5, 2024

“Beatrice and Benedick – everyone’s favorite Shakespearean couple, yes? Certainly mine! Their antics take us on a romantic romp brimming with hilarity, love and wildly wicked wordplay contrasted, as only Shakespeare can, with darker themes of deception, loss and revenge,” Carroll says. 

“The experience of this spontaneous clash of worlds ultimately leads to redemption and second chances and rediscovering the humanity we all share,” he continues. “A tall order for a comedy, but Shakespeare delivers with fascinating characters, sparkling language, razor-like wit and, as in any great play, the unexpected. Much Ado About Nothing is really much ado about everything, and discovering, when all is said and done, what is truly most important.”

Carroll is once again returning to direct at the Festival after directing Sweeney Todd, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Les Misérables, to name a few. He has been the music director and conductor of popular Festival productions such as Jane Austen’s Emma The Musical, Ragtime, and The Pirates of Penzance, among many others.

Additionally, Carroll is the composer of Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical, produced and performed here in 2007. He also boasts teaching credits from Pacific Conservatory Theatre and Southern Utah University, and is affiliated with Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. 

Aaron Galligan-Stierle
The 39 Steps
June 22-October 5, 2024

“Having performed in the 2010 Festival production of The 39 Steps, I am honored and excited to re-imagine the show for today’s audience,” Galligan-Stierle says. “ . . .by focusing on [the play’s] four storytellers who use their boundless imagination to tell a highly theatrical story full of thrills, romance, and comedy.” 

Galligan-Stierle is making his directorial debut at the Festival, although he has a long history of acting at the organization. Calling the Festival his “theatrical home,” he has acted here for nine seasons, including performing the roles of Wadsworth in Clue, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and Tateh in Ragtime. He has also been on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and The Grinch. 

He boasts teaching credits as the head of musical theatre at Slippery Rock University, film credits as executive producer of Ruin Me, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. He has also acted at the Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Papermill Playhouse, to name a few. 

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Festival Announces 2024 Directors: Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre Edition

2024 Englestad Directors

Coming to the Festival from all across the country, we have eight directors gearing up for the Festival’s 63rd season in 2024. 

Be sure to catch their productions by purchasing tickets for the 2024 season on Cyber Monday, November 27 for $10 off per ticket. 

Let’s get to know the three directors taking on shows in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre this season, as well as the returning Greenshow director.

Derek Charles Livingston
Henry VIII
June 17-September 5, 2024

“Taking on Henry VIII as a director is a humbling task. It’s one of Shakespeare’s lesser-performed plays, so there’s a feeling I have to ‘get it right,’” Livingston said.

“Shakespeare clearly wrote it for an audience that was familiar with the individual players, so as a director, I have to find ways to tell the story that is clear to a modern audience. Even with those challenges, I am excited to be helming this production for the Festival.” 

Currently the Director of New Play Development/Artistic Associate at the Festival, Livingston is returning as a Festival director, having directed A Raisin in the Sun during the 2023 season. He also acted in the Festival’s 2022 production of the one-man play Thurgood.

He has also directed Polar Bears, Black Boys, and Prairie Fringed Orchids at the Festival’s 2022 Words Cubed reading. Livingston has taken on roles in productions at other theaters of Thurgood, The Pillowman, and The Whipping Man to name a few. 

Livingston was awarded the New Hampshire Drama Award for Best Actor, as well as the LA Stage Scene Awards for Best Director. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Brown University, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Direction from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater, Film, and Television. 

Valerie Rachelle 
The Taming of The Shrew
June 19-September 7, 2024

Rachelle is returning to the Festival for her third season of directing. She helmed last season’s Jane Austen’s Emma The Musical and was the Assistant Director for All’s Well That Ends Well in 1998. She has also directed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and Utah Festival Opera, among others.

Rachelle has teaching credits from Southern Oregon University, University of California, Los Angeles, and CalArts. She is also the Artistic Director at Oregon Cabaret Theatre. 

“I am ecstatic to return to the Festival,” Rachelle said. “I am honored to work with so many talented collaborators at this wonderful theater company once again.”

Carolyn Howarth 
The Winter’s Tale
June 18-September 6, 2024

“I am thrilled to be making my Utah Shakespeare Festival debut,” Howarth said. 

Although this is her first time at the Festival, she has directed for 14 seasons at Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Howarth has also directed at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and Sierra Shakespeare Festival as well as many others. 

She has teaching credits from University of South Carolina, University of Alabama, UC Davis, and Sierra College. Howarth served as the Artistic Director at Foothill Theatre Company of Nevada City (CA) and has acting credits at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Jewish Theatre of San Francisco, and Maxim Gorky Theatre of Vladivostok, Russia, among others. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from UC Davis. 

Britannia Howe
The Greenshow 
June 17-September 7, 2024

The Greenshow celebrates community at the Festival by audience participatory storytelling,” Howe said. “The Greenshow, first developed by the late Barbara Adams, gives multiple opportunities for children and adults to participate in games, riddles, singing songs, and being a part of the theatrical experience at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This year will include lively music, tap dancing, magic, and folklore.”

This is the director’s fifth season at the Festival. She directed The Greenshow in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2023, as well as Cymbeline in 2021. 

She has also worked at Illinois State University, Utah State University, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival, to name a few. Howe received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Directing Fellowship in 2011, and has taught at Illinois State University, Southern Utah University, and Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Playmakers and Actor Training. 

Howe received a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Illinois State University, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Acting and Theatre Education from Southern Utah University.

The Greenshow will have three new scripts this season inspired by the plays produced in the Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre. 

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Festival Feature: Meet Volunteers Shirley and Bob Kramer

Shirley and Bob Kramer

Shirley and Bob Kramer have been indispensable volunteers and supporters of the Utah Shakespeare Festival for over ten years.

The current president of the Guild of Utah Shakespeare Festival, Bob serves on the non-profit organization as a way to support the Festival and the arts. Together, he and Shirley, the treasurer of the Guild, work to build relationships between patrons and actors through activities and fundraisers.

“We want to preserve the arts in any way we can,” Bob said.

The couple’s love for theatre began on the East Coast, where they started attending Broadway shows. As an airline pilot, Bob would often fly to New York City just to see plays.

“We saw a lot of theatre, and Shirley and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if we could interact with actors after the show?’” Bob said.

The Kramers moved to Las Vegas 25 years ago, where they currently reside. In search of good theatre in the area, the couple traveled to Cedar City all those years ago to attend the Utah Shakespeare Festival— which was when their longtime love for the organization began.

“We got involved with the Guild 11 years ago, and started Curtain Call Lunches,” Bob said. “The idea was for the actors and patrons to get to know each other.”

The couple also started the Adopt-an-Actor program, which ran for about four years. The program was meant for patrons to be able to further get to know the performing company.

This year, they hosted the Welcome BBQ to welcome the 2023 Festival company and kick off the season, which was resumed after several years of being on pause due to the pandemic.

The Kramers also spend a significant amount of their time at the Festival partnering with small businesses in the Cedar City area.

“We reach out to and educate businesses that don’t know about the Festival,” Bob said. “This year we signed up 75 small businesses [as Guild members] and raised ten thousand dollars.”

Although the couple live in Las Vegas, they spend May through September in Cedar City ushering, participating in the Guild, and helping the Festival however they can.

“We sometimes pick up actors from the airport and we support the REACH Cabaret,” Shirley said. “And the rest of the year, we come up once a month for our Guild meetings.”

The Kramers are heavily involved in other artistic organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors at Encore Performing Arts, Impact Theatre Company, SimonFest, and California Symphony Alliance.

They are also on the Southern Utah Museum of Art fundraising committee and involved with the Las Vegas Sinfonietta and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Additionally, the Kramers advise the Jazz Outreach Initiative at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and helped found “Friends of UNLV Jazz,” where they now serve as directors.

“We just want to support the arts and keep the arts going,” Bob said.

The Festival would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Kramers for their support. To learn more about the Guild and their valiant volunteer efforts, visit

Festival Feature: Meet Creative Director Clare Campbell

Creative Director Clare Campbell

The 2024 season starts long before productions hit Festival stages in June. Marketing and communicating about the Festival plays into the early success of the season, and Creative Director Clare Campbell’s designs are the first step in sharing the magic of theatre with our patrons. 

As Creative Director, Campbell’s job is to maintain the integrity of the Festival through its visual elements. Her biggest projects throughout the year include the Souvenir Program and the Show Art– the designs that advertise each play. 

Campbell has let us in on the behind-the-scenes of what it’s like to take on such a massive role. 

Her Passion for Art

Since she was little, Campbell knew that she wanted to pursue a career in art. At first, she wanted to design for Disney and help create the cartoons for movies. 

“In middle and high school, I even created a comic book with all these different characters,”  Campbell said. 

The idea of pursuing a career in commercial art was presented to Campbell in high school by a college recruiter. After this seed was planted, Campbell realized she could make money doing what she loved. 

Campbell attended Southern Utah University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. 

“I got into graphic design, and everything was clicking,” Campbell said. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” 

Campbell had several graphic design jobs before working for the Festival, like working for a startup company in St. George, Utah, called Squatty Potty. It was around his time that her talent was discovered by Festival staff. 

“I also had a job working for LearnKey, making educational tutorials for different companies,” Campbell said. “We made the graphics look interesting and exciting.”

Designing for the Festival 

In 2017, Former Publications Manager Bruce Lee invited Campbell to start designing for the Festival after discovering her work. 

“I did a lot of flyers and graphics for education, like Showart for tours and brochures,” Campbell explained. 

She also made graphics for the website, designed for fundraising campaigns, and helped develop the new Festival website that launched in 2021. 

Slowly, Campbell took on larger responsibilities. Last year, she officially stepped into the Creative Director role. 

 “I keep our brand [cohesive looking] and manage the [visual elements] going out,” Campbell explained. 

This involves approving social media and website elements and working with various Festival departments to make sure all graphics fit the Festival brand. 

“I love being able to have the freedom to make things look the way I want them to, but also look the way the Festival needs,” Campbell said. “It’s a fun balance.” 

For Campbell, her role as Creative Director is a dream job. 

“The way everything worked out is incredible, and I love the atmosphere at the Festival,” Campbell said. 

Creating Show Art

However, the job isn’t without its challenges, and the Creative Director explained that each year requires an immense amount of collaboration and research.

“The artwork goes out everywhere, and it’s supposed to intrigue people to come to the Festival,” Campbell said. “It’s a lot of pressure.”

The process of designing Show Art is a big one, and it begins with Campbell studying the scripts and attending designer meetings to understand how the designers and directors want the plays marketed visually. 

“I start hand sketching, and then transition to [creating digitally],” Campbell explained, opening up her sketchbook. “I start making notes and collecting different elements, making points of the themes and main characters [of the plays].” 

But Campbell can’t just create individual designs for each play without the entirety of the season lineup in mind. 

“It’s kind of a puzzle, you’re working on one play graphic, but you have the other six plays you have to match, including the Greenshow,” Campbell said. “They all have to have a cohesive look.”

Campbell also collaborates with Festival administration and the Communications Department throughout the process, making adjustments as feedback is given. 

“The goal [for the Showart] is for anyone to look at the graphic and get the concept and tone of the play, as well as be intrigued at the same time,” Campbell said. “We don’t want to give anything away, but still include subtle hints and Easter eggs.”

Eventually, after designing both the Showart and the visual play titles, adjustments are made and files are cleaned up and made usable for Festival marketing. 

Designing the Showart is a job that requires constant evolution, and one of the biggest challenges is balancing the current design trends and the timeless look of the Festival. 

“It helps me stay in tune with the design world, and not just be in [our own] bubble of Shakespeare,” Campbell said. 

Ultimately, the Creative Director plans to be at the Festival as long as possible. 

“I feel lucky to be able to do what I love and have people enjoy what I do,” Campbell said.

Keep an eye out for the 2024 Showart and purchase tickets for next season at