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The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Idaho Shakespeare Festival is one of 40 professional theater companies across the nation selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for middle- and high-schools, and conduct related educational activities for students.

Shakespearience 2021 Details To Be Announced

School Performance Tours 2021 ALL VIRTUAL

We are moving forward with an exciting new approach to our Shakespearience and Idaho Theater for Youth tours in 2021! We are working hard on all the details and will share as soon as possible, we can’t wait for you to see our exciting new 2021 offerings. Tours 2021 will be completely virtual. We also want to reassure schools that now more than ever ISF is understanding of fiscal restraints, financial assistance and scholarships are available. We do not want cost to be a barrier for any school. We are thrilled to provide students with engaging materials that will foster creativity, critical thinking, and the joy of storytelling. We will see you (online) soon! Please contact director of education, Veronica Von Tobel, at with any questions.


To Be Announced- 2021 Shakespearience Tour Dates


*Western Idaho includes Eastern Oregon and Northern Nevada.
*Northern Idaho includes Eastern Washington and Western Montana.
*Eastern Idaho includes Western Wyoming and Northern Utah.

To Book

Click here to Book Now! Or contact Julie, 208-429-9908 x204

Performance Rates- For Schools and Not-for-Profits*

(90 mile radius of Boise) 
Single Performance $400 
(2) Performances $700
(1) Workshop (30 student max.) $150

Out of Area (outside of 90 mile radius of Boise)
Single Performance $500
(2) Performances $900
(1) Workshop (30 student max.) $150 

*Presenting organizations and for profit presentations, please contact the Festival for rates and availability.

Q&A and Workshops

A post show question & answer session with the actors may be held, at no cost, after each performance (time allowing). In addition to the performance, a workshop with students is available and is designed to fit into a class period. Workshops focus on topics relevant to the production and enhance the students’ learning experience through the exploration of acting, text analysis, and character development. Workshops can accommodate up to 30 participants, may require a separate location (depending upon the performance space), and are available at an additional cost of $150 per workshop.

Space & Performance Requirements

All performances require an auditorium, theater, or other space which accommodates groups (gymnasiums and cafeterias work well). The minimum space requirement is 20’ wide x 30’ deep x 12’ high. A minimum of one hour for set-up is required prior to the performance. The play may be performed twice during a school day. Capacity for each performance is 400 students. An additional $50/100 students will be added for audiences exceeding 400. Maximum audience attendance per performance is 550.

More Questions?

For questions regarding content or workshops contact Director of Education, Veronica Von Tobel at or call 208.429.9908 x 206. Or fill out the booking form by clicking here.

Program Support

Performances are made possible by a generous community of funders who support our efforts to make theater accessible, relevant, exciting and fun. Please join us in thanking them for their support of the arts and their commitment to education.

  • Shakespeare in American Communities: National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest
  • Idaho Commission on the Arts
  • Idaho Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Idaho Community Foundation and the following Funds:
    • F.M., Anne G. & Beverly B. Bistline Foundation
    • Forever Idaho East Fund
    • Ralph and Mary Lynn Hartwell Fund for Bonneville County
    • Sara Maas Fund
    • James A. Pinney Memorial Fund
    • Perc H. Shelton & Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation
  • Idaho Power Foundation
  • John William Jackson Fund
  • Whittenberger Foundation

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council’s Endowment for Humanities Education.

Contact Us

Veronica Von Tobel
Director of Education 
Education Department
(208) 429-9908 ext. 206
(208) 429-8798 (fax)