GRSF to host free Design Expo March 17


The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) will be hosting a free Design Expo as part of its annual Design Weekend. The expo will be hosted at the Winona County Historical Society on Sunday, March 17, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This is a free event, open to all ages.

As part of the extensive planning process for any season, GRSF directors, designers, and artisans gather in Winona during the early spring to solidify design plans for each show. This is when various GRSF staff members have the opportunity to chat in person, share sketches, and visit the performance spaces at Winona State University’s Performing Arts Center. The directors also take this opportunity to solidify their vision for each show.

The weekend will culminates in a public Design Expo where artistic director Doug Scholz-Carlson will share with the public some of the themes the festival will be exploring in GRSF’s 16th anniversary season. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to visit with individual designers and directors to learn more about the process. Attendees at the expo will get to hear casting announcements before they are announced to the general public. In addition to artistic and casting announcements, GRSF staff will share information on their youth programs and new features that will be a part of the GRSF’s 16th season.

Families with middle- and high-school students are encouraged to attend, as this is an excellent opportunity to meet with and ask questions of professional theater artists.

GRSF 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 16 years ago. GRSF’s 16th season will feature “Macbeth,” “Cymbeline,” “The Servant of Two Masters,” “No Child…” and “White Rabbit Red Rabbit.” For more information visit


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