About The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

HVSF Mission statement

Founded in 1987, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's mission is to engage the widest possible audience in a fresh conversation about what is essential in Shakespeare’s plays. Both in production and in the classroom, our theater lives in the present moment, at the intersection of the virtuosity of the actor, the imagination of the audience, and the inspiration of the text.

Brief History

HVSF’s primary home is a spectacular open-air theater tent at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY. Every summer, more than 35,000 patrons join us there for a twelve-week season of plays presented in repertory, with the natural beauty of the Hudson Highlands as our backdrop. HVSF has produced more than 50 classical works on our mainstage. Our exuberant productions garner consistent critical acclaim from regional and national media (New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal) for communicating great stories with clarity, energy and imagination. HVSF also takes the magic of Shakespeare and live theater beyond our tent by touring outreach shows throughout the Hudson Valley and by presenting limited runs of classic plays in local landmark venues. HVSF’s acclaimed arts education programs include training for early-career theater artists; professional development for educators; and programs and performances that serve more than 40,000 middle and high school students each year.