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Our Mission

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. 

Committed to Diversity

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is committed to fostering an artistic environment and educational mission that communicates to and welcomes all people regardless of race; religion; cultural affiliation; sexual orientation; or gender identity or expression in our work force and in our audiences. In fulfilling its role as a community-driven organization, MSIP strives to demonstrate these diversity principles with leadership, respect, and imagination. 

MSU Outreach

As the State’s land-grant institution, a major component of Montana State University’s mission is to serve communities by integrating learning, discovery, and engagement and there are few programs like MSIP that exemplify MSU’s outreach effort better. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is proud of its long history of service to the region and equally proud to represent  Montana State University  with these quality professional theatrical outreach efforts.  

Go Bobcats! 

Our History

Born from aspirations to bring the timeless tales of William Shakespeare directly to rural and under-served communities, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been enriching the lives of people in Montana, and beyond, for 51 years. Ushering Shakespeare’s immortal stories of life, love, and tragedy into a modern era, MSIP is dedicated to preserving the cultural traditions of theatre and literature.

Through this artistic expression, we provide lively entertainment that evokes smiles and laughter, alongside tears of joy and sorrow, to all people. Founded on the firm belief that Shakespeare belongs to everyone, our accomplished company of performers and staff work tirelessly to connect people, communities, and the arts, as we spread messages of unity and understanding.  

In addition to our free summer and winter tours, MSIP also provides robust educational programs through their summer camp, Shakespeare in the Schools program, and Montana Shakes! interactive plays and workshops.  

Show History 1973-2022

1973

Shakespearean Scenes

1973

1974

The Merchant of Venice/The Taming of the Shrew

1974

1975

A Comedy of Errors/The Merry Wives of Windsor

1975

1976

The Devil’s Disciple/Twelfth Night

1976

1977

Two Gentlemen of Verona/The Servant of Two Masters

1977

1978

The Miser/A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1978

1979

As You Like It/Cyrano de Bergerac

1979

1980

The Rivals/Much Ado About Nothing

1980

1981

The Taming of the Shrew/The Doctor in Spite of Himself

1981

1982

The Merry Wives of Windsor/The Imaginary Invalid

1982

1983

A Comedy of Errors/The School for Wives

1983

1984

Twelfth Night/Tartuffe

1984

1985

As You Like It/The Would-be Gentleman

1985

1986

A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Volpone

1986

1987

Romeo and Juliet/Two Gentlemen of Verona

1987

1988

The Merchant of Venice/The Rivals

1988

1989

The Taming of the Shrew/The Miser

1989

1990

Much Ado About Nothing/Engaged

1990

1991

Twelfth Night/Scapina

1991

1992

Cyrano de Bergerac/The Merry Wives of Windsor

1992

1993

Henry V/A Comedy of Errors

1993

1994

Macbeth/The Country Wife

1994

1995

As You Like It/All’s Well That Ends Well

1995

1996

Julius Caesar/You Never Can Tell

1996

1997

The Learned Ladies/Love’s Labour’s Lost

1997

1998

A Midsummer Night’s Dream/The Winter’s Tale

1998

1999

Two Gentlemen of Verona/The Taming of the Shrew

1999

2000

Much Ado About Nothing/Measure for Measure

2000

2001

The Tempest/Twelfth Night

2001

2002

Henry IV, Part 1/A Comedy of Errors

2002

2003

As You Like It/She Stoops to Conquer

2003

2004

Romeo and Juliet/Tartuffe

2004

2005

The Taming of the Shrew/Cymbeline

2005

2006

The Winter’s Tale/Love’s Labour’s Lost

2006

2007

The Merry Wives of Windsor/Heartbreak House

2007

2008

All’s Well That Ends Well/Macbeth

2008

2009

The Tempest/Two Gentlemen of Verona

2009

2010

A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Julius Caesar

2010

2011

Much Ado About Nothing/The Merchant of Venice

2011

2012

Twelfth Night/Hamlet

2012

2013

Henry V/The Recruiting Officer

2013

2014

As You Like It/Romeo and Juliet

2014

2015

The Taming of the Shrew/Cyrano de Bergerac

2015

2016

Richard III/A Comedy of Errors

2016

2017

Macbeth/You Never Can Tell

2017

2018

Othello/Love’s Labour’s Lost

2018

2019

Henry IV, Part I/The Merry Wives of Windsor

2019

2020

2020

2021

Cymbeline/A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2021

2022

King Lear / Twelfth Night

2022