GRSF offers extras during fifth festival weekend


The fifth weekend of Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is approaching and the festival continues to offer educational and entertainment opportunities for a wide array of community members. In addition to the free Concerts on the Green, GRSF has another Front Porch event this weekend on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m. This weekend’s Front Porch event will be a women in performing arts panel discussion, and will be held in the Vivian Fusillo Mainstage Theater in the Winona State University (WSU) Performing Arts Center. This event is pay-what-you-WILL and tickets are not required.

Women artists from across a variety of performing arts disciplines will present a panel discussion on their experiences in the industry at different levels. Guests include Melissa Vaughan of the Statera Foundation; Melissa Maxwell, teaching artist, director, and GRSF company member; Rachel Lann, GRSF assistant technical director; and Sharon Mansur, teaching artist and choreographer. The panel will be moderated by Jess Shoemaker, director of “Venus in Fur” at Great River Shakespeare Festival and co-director of the GRSF Apprentice Program.

Other events this weekend include a tour of prairie and rain gardens on the WSU campus. Community members can join members of the WSU Arboretum Committee and staff at the WSU Gazebo on Saturday, July 21, at 9 a.m. to take a tour of some of the trees and gardens on campus. You may find just what you need to complete your landscape and have an opportunity to ask questions about how to grow it. Tours will last about an hour. Come with questions to be answered and leave with more information to help you plan your own landscape. Stretch your legs before the Front Porch events and discover WSU’s campus.

For festival tickets and more information, please contact the GRSF Visitor’s Center Box Office at 924 Huff Street, Winona; call 507-474-7900; or visit

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is a nonprofit, professional equity theater company in Winona dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training. Its production season has become a staple in the Winona arts scene since its inception 14 years ago. GRSF’s 15th season features “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “All’s Well That Ends Well,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Venus in Fur.” For more information visit


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