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.

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