Mission & Vision

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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 50 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.