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The Houston Shakespeare Festival brings the works of William Shakespeare to the Bayou City

The Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) has traditionally attracted the best actors and actresses in the country. This year’s occasion is no exception, with a slew of notable regional figures en route to the Bayou City for Bard’s yearly celebration.

The festival, put on by the University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance, offers free midsummer performances of Shakespeare’s classics at Miller Outdoor Theatre. From July 31 to August 9, HSF will offer “Macbeth” (directed by Jack Young, director of UH’s Graduate Acting Program) and “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by guest artist Tiger Reel).

Mirron Willis, a well-known Texas actor, will reprise his roles as Antonio in “The Merchant of Venice” and Banquo in “Macbeth” at HSF. Willis played the title character in “Henry IV, 1” and the Duke in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in HSF in 2014. Willis has starred in several television shows and films. He spent three years with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and performed extensively with Ensemble Theatre. He’s also a seasoned book narrator, having completed over 100 projects.

Tracie Thomason is a writer.

Tracie Thomason, a fellow Lone Star State performer (and a UH alumna), returns to the festival as Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” and Nerissa in “The Merchant of Venice.” In 2011, Thomason played Kate in “The Taming of the Shrew” and Desdemona in “Othello” with HSF. Thomason has also performed at the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She’s worked with Stages and Classical Theatre Company in Houston.

Adam Noble and Young, both professional actors and teachers at the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance, will play essential parts. In “Macbeth,” Noble will play the title character, while in “The Merchant of Venice,” he will play the Constable. In “The Merchant of Venice,” Young reprises his role as Shylock. He played this character in a Shakespeare Walla Walla production of this play (also directed by Reel) in 2013.

Young explained, “Shylock sneaked up on me.” “I’ve performed some major Shakespearean characters before, but I hadn’t given Shylock much thought. Some combination of his outsider status and being a father to a daughter ignited a core connection that I feel strongly about.”

Geraldo Anzaldua, who played MacDuff in “Macbeth” and Gratiano in “Merchant of Venice,” and David Matranga, who played Ross in “Macbeth” and Salanio in “The Merchant of Venice,” are among the returning HSF company members.

HSF has attracted a who’s who of prominent actors since its inception in 1975. Seth Gilliam, Brandon Dirden, Crystal Dickinson, Mark Metcalf, Cindy Pickett, Ken Ruta, and Dan O’Herlihy are previous HSF performers. Leading regional directors such as Leah C. Gardiner, Marc Masterson, Steve Pickering, and Paul Steger have recently directed HSF productions.…

Conservatory of the Houston Festivals Company

The Houston Shakespeare Festival puts up a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory every summer. HSF had entertained over half a million theatregoers with free performances at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre since its beginning in 1975. The festival’s audience is as diverse as Houston itself, with many people attending their first live theatre performance.

The Houston Shakespeare Festival has evolved into one of the most important summer entertainment events in Houston. HSF is an Equity-accredited theatre.

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The Houston Shakespeare Festival Conservatory (HSFC) is a 17-day summer camp for high school students that focuses on Shakespeare performance and exposes students to the professional theatre world. Students will live in the University of Houston Cougar Village dorms and attend classes at the School of Theatre & Dance, performing at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

The HSF Conservatory is aimed to provide high school students with the following opportunities:

Acting, voice, text analysis, stage fighting, and much more are covered in one-on-one Master Classes with industry professionals.

Opportunity in front of over 25,000 people at Houston’s top summer theatre festival

Create and perform a presentation of monologues and scenes.

At Miller Outdoor Theatre, create and perform two Green Shows and Shakespearean Sonnets.

When: From Friday, July 22 through Sunday, August 7, 2016.

The University of Houston is the location.

The School of Theatre and Dance is a professional training programme for actors and dancers.

Houston, TX 77204-4016 3351 Cullen Blvd.

Tuition: $1,400.00, This includes accommodation and board as well as a food plan on the University of Houston campus.

A deposit of $ 250.00 is required.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED! To be considered for the 2015 HSFC Ensemble, submit your application now. The application deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016. EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ADVISED! To ensure quality and individual attention for each participant, HSFC limits its enrolment to 15 pupils.…