Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

Bozeman, Montana, USA

Director: Kevin Asselin 

Dramaturg: Gretchen Minton

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Ecodramaturgy

The mission of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is to engage and enrich both rural and underserved communities with professional productions of Shakespeare and other classics and, through educational outreach, to inspire creative expression and appreciation of the arts in young audiences. Ecologically informed Shakespeare productions can enhance this mission, as they highlight the local environmental concerns of this region.

A Brief History

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) opened its first season in the summer of 1973. The goal was to bring Shakespeare directly to the people of Montana who would not otherwise have the opportunity with an emphasis on underserved rural communities. 

Since that time, MSIP has performed over 2,250 times to nearly three quarter of a million people, becoming a mainstay of Montana culture.

The company's contribution to the cultural fabric of Montana and its unique ability to serve the most remote rural areas of the region has been chronicled by Montana PBS, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many others.

In 1991, the company was named the recipient of the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an arts organization in our state.

Performance Video


Dramaturge Interview: Gretchen Minton 

Performance Announcement 

Opening Show Announcement 

Opening Night Photos 

Performance Review by Randall Martin 

Early Soliloquy discussions 

Gretchen Minton’s Shakespeare in Montana: Interview 

Company Interview: Mikey Gray (Imogen) 

Company Interview: Brandon Burditt (Cymbeline) 

Company Interview: Robery Hunter Bry (Posthumus)

Company Interview: Riley O’Toole (Cloten)  

Company Interview: Denise Massman (Costume Designer)

Company Interview: Nova Grayson Casillo (Props Designer) 

CBC Ideas documentary

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks 2021 Tour Schedule

16-Jun, Wednesday, Bozeman, Cymbeline, 8:00, MSU Grove

17-Jun, Thursday, Bozeman, Cymbeline, 8:00, MSU Grove

18-Jun, Friday, Bozeman, Cymbeline, 8:00, MSU Grove

19-Jun, Saturday, Bozeman, Cymbeline, 8:00, MSU Grove

23-Jun, Wednesday, Bozeman, Midsummer Night's Dream, 8:00, MSU Grove

24-Jun, Thursday, Bozeman, Midsummer Night's Dream, 8:00, MSU Grove

25-Jun, Friday, Bozeman, Midsummer Night's Dream, 8:00, MSU Grove

26-Jun, Saturday, Bozeman, Midsummer Night's Dream, 8:00, MSU Grove

28-Jun, Monday, Hobson, Cymbeline, 6:30, Utica Clubhouse Lawn

29-Jun, Tuesday, Lewistown, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Frank Day Park

30-Jun, Wednesday, Malta, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Court House Lawn

1-Jul, Thursday, Wolf Point, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Faith Home Park

2-Jul, Friday, Sidney, Cymbeline, 6:30, Veterans Memorial Park

3-Jul, Saturday, Glendive, Midsummer Night's Dream, 7:00, Makoshika Park Hiatt Amphitheater 5-Jul, Monday, Beach, ND, Cymbeline, 6:30, Beach Swimming Pool Park

6-Jul, Tuesday, Ekalaka, Cymbeline, 6:30, Dahl Memorial Nursing Home

7-Jul, Wednesday, Miles City, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Pumping Plant Park

8-Jul, Thursday, Forsyth, Cymbeline, 6:30, Rosebud County Courthouse Lawn

9-Jul, Friday, Sheridan, WY, Cymbeline, 6:30, Kendrick Park Bandshell

10-Jul, Saturday, Birney, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Poker Jim Butte

11-Jul, Sunday, Big Timber, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Lions Club Park

12-Jul, Monday, Roundup, Cymbeline, 6:30, Roundup City Park

13-Jul, Tuesday, Billings, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Pioneer Park

14-Jul, Wednesday, Billings, Cymbeline, 6:30, Pioneer Park

15-Jul, Thursday, Red Lodge, Cymbeline, 6:30, Lions Park

16-Jul, Friday, Hardin, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, South Park

17-Jul, Saturday, Absarokee, Cymbeline, 6:30, Fishtail Family Park

18-Jul, Sunday, Columbus, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Heritage Park

19-Jul, Monday, Big Sky, Cymbeline, 5:30, Town Center Plaza

20-Jul, Tuesday, Driggs, ID, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, Driggs City Plaza

21-Jul, Wednesday, Thayne, WY, Cymbeline, 6:00, Thayne Community Lawn

22-Jul, Thursday, Pocatello, ID, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:30, ISU Quad

24-Jul, Saturday, Pocatello, ID, Cymbeline, 6:30, ISU Quad

25-Jul, Sunday, Salmon, ID, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Sacajawea Center Grounds

26-Jul, Monday, Dillon, Cymbeline, 6:00, UM Western Legacy Plaza

27-Jul, Tuesday, Hamilton, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Sapphire Lutheran Homes

28-Jul, Wednesday, Hamilton, Cymbeline, 6:00, Sapphire Lutheran Homes

29-Jul, Thursday, Anaconda, Cymbeline, 6:00, Washoe Park

30-Jul, Friday, Philipsburg, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Winninghoff Park

31-Jul, Saturday, Deer Lodge, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Old Prison Yard

1-Aug, Sunday, Townsend, Cymbeline, 6:00, Heritage Park

2-Aug, Monday, Helena, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Pioneer Park

3-Aug, Tuesday, Helena, Cymbeline, 6:00, Pioneer Park

4-Aug, Wednesday, Great Falls, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Giant Springs State Park

5-Aug, Thursday, Fort Benton, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Fort Benton City Park

6-Aug, Friday, Sweet Pea Festival, Midsummer Night's Dream, 3:45, Lindley Park

8-Aug, Sunday, Sweet Pea Festival, Cymbeline, 5:00, Lindley Park

9-Aug, Monday, Chico Hot Springs, Cymbeline, 6:00, Main Lawn

10-Aug, Tuesday, Worland, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Sanders Park

11-Aug, Thursday, Cody, WY, Cymbeline, 6:00, Canal Park

12-Aug, Wednesday, Powell, WY, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Washington Park

13-Aug, Friday, Silver Gate, Cymbeline, 6:00, Silver Gate Park

14-Jul, Saturday, Gardiner, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Arch Park

15-Aug, Sunday, Whitehall, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, TBD

16-Aug, Monday, Seeley Lake, Cymbeline, 6:00, Double Arrow Resort

17-Aug, Tuesday, Cut Bank, Cymbeline, 6:00, Cut Bank City Park

18-Aug, Wednesday, Kalispell, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Woodland Park

19-Aug, Thursday, Eureka, Cymbeline, 6:00, Historical Village

20-Aug, Friday, Trout Creek, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Trout Creek Park

21-Aug, Saturday, Sandpoint, ID, Cymbeline, 6:00, TBD

22-Aug, Sunday, Liberty Lake, WA, Midsummer Night's Dream, 5:00, Pavilion Park

24-Aug, Tuesday, Libby, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Libby Elem School Amphitheatre

25-Aug, Wednesday, Plains, Cymbeline, 6:00, Sanders County Fairgrounds

26-Aug, Thursday, Superior, Cymbeline, 6:00, Mineral County Fairgrounds

27-Aug, Friday, St. Ignatius, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Palmer Park

28-Aug, Saturday, Charlo, Cymbeline, 6:00, Good Ole Days Park

29-Aug, Sunday, Choteau, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Skyline Lodge

30-Aug, Monday, Conrad, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Conrad Swimming Pool Park

31-Aug, Tuesday, White Sulphur Springs, Cymbeline, 6:00, TBD

1-Sep, Wednesday, Boulder, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Jefferson County Fairgrounds

2-Sep, Thursday, Butte, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Stodden Park

3-Sep, Friday, Bozeman Family/Grad Housing, Cymbeline, 3:30, Family/Grad Housing

4-Sep, Saturday, Livingston, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, Shane Center parking lot

5-Sep, Sunday, Manhattan, Midsummer Night's Dream, 5:00, Altenbrand Park

6-Sep, Monday, Belgrade, Cymbeline, 3:30, Lewis & Clark Park

7-Sep, Tuesday, Missoula, Midsummer Night's Dream, 6:00, UM Oval

8-Sep, Wednesday, Missoula, Cymbeline, 6:00, UM Oval

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