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The Houston Shakespeare Festival debuted in 1975 when Dr. Sidney Berger, then director of the School of Theatre at the University of Houston, met with UH administrators and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board to enlist support for a two-production season of Shakespeare’s works to be played in repertory on Miller Theatre’s bill. Berger and UH theatre professor Cecil Pickett went on to direct a pair of plays each summer, performing free to the public at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in this unique collaboration between a city and a university.

2019 Season

  • Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar

    August 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

    Julius Caesar returns as a glorious war hero, and the people’s victory celebration spills into the streets. But whispers of opposition grow. Civic duty wrestles with political ambition in Houston Shakespeare Festival’s fast and furious production of Julius Caesar. HSF Artistic Director Jack Young directs this tale of betrayal and secrecy in a contemporary world.
  • As You Like It

    As You Like It

    August 3, 7, 9, 11

    Adventure! Romance! Mistaken identity! An escape to the Forest of Arden takes lovers and madcaps on a hilarious journey in Houston Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It. Director Stephanie Shine transports audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Free parking near Miller Outdoor Theatre is available in Lots C, D and E. Parking Lot C is newly refurbished and located off Hermann Drive with entrances at Crawford and Jackson Streets. Lot C the largest of the three lots, and has new pedestrian walkways connecting to Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Workshops and Events

  • HSF Conservatory

    HSF Conservatory

    A rigorous 17 day, intensive summer camp for high school students, focusing on teaching Shakespeare performance and exposing students to the professional theatre world.

  • Texas Intensive

    Texas Intensive

    An annual workshop focused on the art of stage and screen violence, specifically designed to provide students of all levels with an immersive, “intensive” experience.

  • Bard Bash

    Bard Bash

    A pub crawl celebrating our friend Will's birthday! Wear your favorite Houston Shakespeare Festival t-shirt and come raise a mug or two to the bard! HSF performances will erupt in each location.