Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Idaho Shakespeare Festival


“Sigh no more” - for the wait is over! We are thrilled to highlight the completion of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival stage renovation! The refreshed stage features composite and long-lasting decking, rebuilt walls, sleek railing and stairs, and updated colors. We encourage you to head out to the theater and experience a show this summer - the season starts today!
Stage constructed by Jordan-Wilcomb Construction. Scenic design by Jeff Herrmann for ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ 🎭
Check out Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, chatting about MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, as it is poised to open for its run at Idaho Shakespeare Festival on BroadwayRadio’s “This Week in Theatre” podcast!
A very special Partner Tuesday!
Idaho Shakespeare Theatre presents Romeo & Juliet at the downtown Boise Public Library, Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm.

We applaud ISF for raising awareness of su***de as many Shakespeare plays include su***de themes.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Boise Public Library
Idaho Shakespeare Festival's 2022 Shakespearience tour is bringing the timeless Romeo and Juliet to our Main Library on Wednesday, April 27 at 6pm. The free, 50-minute performance of Romeo and Juliet is an engaging way to bring already familiar students deeper into Shakespeare’s work in a relatable, entertaining, and accessible experience.

Get the full details on our calendar at
It's going to be a great summer at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival!
Cannot wait to head back up to Idaho Shakespeare Festival in August to catch Little Shop of Horrors!

Is there any way we can make this happen!!
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is back! We spoke to Artistic Director Charlie Fee about this year's exciting season.
A full slate of five productions will fill the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's summer calendar at their amphitheater.
A summer evening doesn't get much better than packing a picnic, heading to the hills, and enjoying the Idaho Shakespeare Festival . This basket includes two (2) weekday evening hillside tickets and one bottle of wine. Perfect for a night of fun and Shakespeare.

You can bid on this basket and explore others today by visiting
Earlier this year, Mayor McLean and the Boise City Department of Arts and History announced Boise Contemporary Theater as the 2022-23 City of Boise Cultural Ambassador. Since their first production in 1996, Boise Contemporary Theater has been committed to telling new, interesting stories and inspiring our community to examine their perspective the perspectives of those around them.

The City of Boise Cultural Ambassador Program was created in 2010, and past ambassadors include Anthony Doerr, Treefort Music Fest and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Last year's ambassador was MING Studios.

Left to right: Director of Arts & History Terri Schorzman, Boise Contemporary Theater Producing Artistic Director Benjamin Burdick, MING Studios Founder Jason Morales
Info on next year's season for Idaho Shakespeare Festival!
~ Rochelle #idahoshakespearefestival

Since 1977 Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been bringing world class theater to life in a stunning outdoor amphitheater. Shakespeare under the stars!

The mission of Idaho Shakespeare Festival is to produce great theater, entertain and educate. ISF's mainstage season takes place in a world class state of the art outdoor amphitheater located in a unique habitat reserve. Picnicking is encouraged and food is available onsite from Cafe Shakespeare. A beloved community tradition- Shakespeare under the stars is not to be missed! ISF's educational tour

Operating as usual


There’s is a lot happening here! Shout out to our sponsor KTVB who came out to shoot a new commercial for us, AND to our fabulous photographers Two Bird Studio who also attended to photograph the unique ISF experience. Both are pictured here capturing gorgeous food from City of Good with our impromptu models- the owner and founder of our incredible sponsor/design firm Foerstel. Thank you to Tom Foerstel and his sweetheart for jumping in the shot to a raise a glass of our sponsor Cinder Wines gorgeous wine!

On top of all of the above, a huge thank you to all the patrons last night for being part of these shoots!

Ever thanks to all.


Look at this stunning rainbow shot captured by stage manager Nicki from the booth on Sunday! Even more stunning is how the weather cooperated until the last few minutes of Sunday night's show. Our ever adventurous patrons pulled up their hoods and stayed through the deluge while the actors persisted to the end!

Don't miss the hilarious MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, so good it inspires the audience to endure a soaking to see the delightful conclusion. 5 more chances!


Hooray for our box office staff! Look at these triumphant faces. Ava and Caroline of our box office staff take a moment of well-deserved celebration after hard work this week. The box office staff’s keen attention, combined with our kind audience’s patience allowed us to complete re-booking all patrons from last weekend’s weather, along with regular box office duties, and all while short-staffed. Bravo! There are stars onstage, and off, throughout our company! We are so grateful for the part each one plays to bring our season to the amphitheater every summer.

One more week of the thoroughly delightful MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING! Got your tickets? If not we know some fine folks who can help….


Get those tickets!
The audiences are raving- don't miss out.
"Saw it tonight. FABULOUS! Even if Shakespeare isn’t your thing, you will enjoy it. My 12 year old niece and her friend saw it and really enjoyed it too." Chaleen

"It was so good! My favorite of Shakespeare's works and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival knocked it out of the park! Thank you!!!" Chantel

"Loved the roaring 20's setting. Fantastic." Rinice

"This was a fantastic show!! What a blast!" Tamara



Dearest Patrons, we want to thank you SO much for your patience this week! A rainy weekend coupled with being short-staffed has our box office staff racing to catch up. If you have left a voicemail, thank you, we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please refrain from leaving multiple voicemail messages.

Thank you again for your patience!


Time is running out. The weather looks great this week, and so do the seats!


Oh weather! In case of a less than ideal forecast we will make no determination until curtain time and patrons need to be present for a rain check. Weather can change rapidly and/or be completely different at the amphitheater from the rest of the valley due to the unusual topography. We rarely have to cancel. Come prepared with raincoat and warm clothes, and history shows us the show will most likely go on. Thank you!


Are you a teacher or work in Education? Join us June 7th for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Special sections are reserved for Educators (while they last- ACT NOW!) To thank you, your tickets are steeply discounted to $20+ tax. Call 208-336-9221 to reserve up to 2 tickets at this Educator ticket price, then bring your proof of employment to will-call on June 7th. Here's to summer break!

Thank you for sharing with the Educators in your life!

Ever thanks for all you do.


KeyBank thank you for 25 seasons of incredible support as our season sponsor- happy silver anniversary!

Let’s make ‘Much Ado’ as Idaho Shakespeare Festival returns for full season in 2022 05/22/2022

Let’s make ‘Much Ado’ as Idaho Shakespeare Festival returns for full season in 2022

Join us this week- great seats available!
Thank you Dana Oland and Idaho Statesman.

Let’s make ‘Much Ado’ as Idaho Shakespeare Festival returns for full season in 2022 The festival opens this weekend and runs through September, with five shows for audiences at the Boise amphitheater.

Photos from Idaho Shakespeare Festival's post 05/21/2022

Happy Opening! Look at this incredible company and these incredible supporters, we are ever grateful. Don’t miss this delightful comedy, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING!

Audiences at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will return to a 'sacred' gathering 05/20/2022

Audiences at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will return to a 'sacred' gathering

TONIGHT Much Ado About Nothing begins its run! For an intimate discussion of the play and the art of theater enjoy George's conversation with Laura Welsh Berg (Beatrice) and Jeffrey C. Hawkins (Benedick) below. Thank you for having us George Prentice and Boise State Public Radio.

Audiences at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival will return to a 'sacred' gathering For the company of Much Ado About Nothing, the 2022 summer season opener at Idaho Shakespeare and the festival's first full season in three years, returning to the Boise amphitheater is much more than a homecoming.

Photos from Idaho Shakespeare Festival's post 05/19/2022

The banners are up, there must be a show…. TOMORROW!
Join us for opening weekend, tickets available!

Design by the awesome @foerstel


Don't forget you can peruse the 2022 Season Program online. Dive in to learn all about the incredible artists in our 2022 company before you come out to visit!

Graphic design by the incredible Foerstel.

Photos from Idaho Shakespeare Festival's post 05/14/2022

“A touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Thank you to facilities manager Taylor Davis for another sweet touch of nature from our grounds. We can’t wait to welcome you NEXT WEEKEND!


Get even more excited for opening (NEXT WEEK!) by perusing the 2022 Season Program online. Graphic design by the incredible Foerstel.


We cannot wait to see you in the amphitheater, oh-so-soon. Read on for FUN details!

First, Tickets!
Got those tickets settled? Excellent, continue reading below for all the exciting details. Been meaning to secure your seats? Go here- Remember all tickets are guaranteed, but availability is not, do not miss this spectacular season. Thank you for encouraging your friends and neighbors to get their tickets too. We appreciate it so much!

The 2022 Exciting Details
💙 Meadow Stage Mini-Concerts IMPROVED! 💙
Mini-concerts are back on the Meadow Stage most Tuesdays through Saturdays and are better than ever. Concerts will run longer– approximately 6:30-7:30– and will be enhanced by new sound equipment. Pull up a chair or blanket on the lawn to enjoy the tunes, or (VERY EXCITING!) enjoy the new fully-tented patio, sponsored by our good friends at Idaho Tents & Events. Ahhhh shade…. On our website calendar click your desired date to see who is playing on the Meadow Stage that evening.

💙 Café Shakespeare by City of Good 💙
We are so thrilled to debut Café Shakespeare, by City of Good. Along with delectable food every purchase made at the Café now supports their mission of feeding those who need help in our community. To read all about their inspiring mission and preview the drool-worthy menu, visit here-
Opening weekend will be on site, in person orders only. Come early to be among the first to try their delights! Pre-ordering is coming soon.

💙 The STAGE! 💙
That’s right, the stage itself is all new and improved for YOUR experience. The audience was the focus for this incredible renovation, with changes improving sightlines immensely. More theater improvements to come!

💙 Health and Safety Protocols this Season? 💙
AS OF APRIL 1st, 2022, MASKS ARE OPTIONAL AT OUR FACILITIES. For full Visitor Health and Safety details please visit-

💙 What about food and drink in the theater? 💙
Food and drink are currently allowed in the theater! We have added more chairs and tables throughout the grounds for comfortable preshow picnicking too.



HIRING: Summer Camp Teaching Artist/ Teaching assistant
Seasonal, part-time, Camps vary in length
Idaho Shakespeare Festival is seeking applicants for the position of Summer Camp Teaching Artist/Teaching Assistant. A summer camp teaching artist will be provided with resources to help build curriculum for a summer camp and inspire student's creativity and passion for theater performance! Experience with teaching theater, preferred. Starting pay for teaching assistants is $14/hr +, depending upon experience, and $16+/hr for lead teaching artists. Applicants must be over the age of 18 at the time of employment. Per company guidelines, all teaching staff are required to be vaccinated and pass a background check. To see a full list of summer camps please visit:

If interested please send a theater resume and/or teaching/childcare resume to director of education, Veronica Von Tobel at [email protected]

Thank you for spreading the word!


Another way to volunteer at ISF, and support your community too. We 💙 our new Cafe partners City of Good!

We have a whooooole lot of volunteer shifts open for our new Cafe venture at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. If you love local food, the best Shakespeare in town, a fast-paced volunteer experience, working in a beautiful place on a summer evening, sign up now! Every meal sold will support our other programs.

Our Story

Since 1977 Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been bringing world-class theater to life in a stunning state of the art outdoor amphitheater in Boise, Idaho as well as reaching well over 50,000 students through its tours and School of Theater. Great theater in the great outdoors! Picnicking encouraged.

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Tour Sneak Peek & Virtual Education Fundraiser!
Happy holidays from Idaho Shakespeare Festival




Repertory Theater, School of Theater, Camp Shakespeare, Idaho Theater for Youth, Shakespearience.
2014 Mainstage Season: Deathtrap, As You Like It, Les Misérables, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Steel Magnolias



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