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Romantic Revels Gala

February 13th from 6:30 p.m. - midnight

Event Co-Chairmen Mary Leonida and Stephanie Scott invite you to j
oin us for our Valentine's weekend party that raises funds to provide support and make HASF's professional productions and year-round education programs possible! Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, in the InterContinental Hotel's newly renovated ballroom you and your special someone and longtime and new friends will enjoy a cocktail hour and silent auction, featuring select items, followed by a three-course gourmet dinner and dancing 'til midnight to the music of Kokomo. Celebrate Valentine's day with us and stay over at the hotel with a special room rate for our guests.  Click here for Patron Levels and ticket information and also an option to pay online. For in-person help or information call the Festival office at 816.531.7728. 

Making a Scene

Acting Classes for adults and teens

Join us in 2016 for our NEW Studio Class offering! The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will present a fun and intensive scene study class on Saturdays, February 20th  through April 2nd. Utilizing improvisation, text analysis, and character study, actors will hone skills needed to bring life and focus to their scene work. Classes will focus on Shakespearean text but the skills learned are applicable to any theatrical endeavor. Led by veteran actor and Festival Director of Education, Matt Rapport, the class will also feature Sidonie Garrett, HASF’s Executive Artistic Director as a guest instructor. Class size is limited, enroll now!

Two sessions offered:
 Adults - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 20 - April 2
                Youth ages 13 – 18 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturdays, February 20 - April 2
Class Tuition - $105.00 per student

All classes will be held at the Shakespeare Studio, 3619 Broadway, Suite 2, Kansas City, MO 64111
Questions? Contact Director of Education, Matt Rapport. (816) 531-7728 or

Registration forms: 
 Adult Scene Study Registration Form Spring 2016

 Teen Scene Study Registration Form Spring 2016




24th Season of Shakespeare in the Park

Twelfth Night

For its 24th season, the Festival will present Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, Shakespeare's hilarious romantic comedy set in romantic Illyria. The play explores love, loss and reunion along with ambition, madness and gender reversal -- all with lots of humor. The production dates are June 14 - July 3, 2016, Tuesday - Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Festival admission continues to be donation only.  

Season auditions are concluded.  Check back soon for information about the cast!

Become a Festival Insider


If you enjoy the Festival, want to see high quality classical theatre and care about the cultural life of our community, please consider membership as a FAN or as a member of our newly formed GOOD WILL SOCIETY.  Your membership keeps the Festival open to all and gives YOU some special insider access to our artists and to our pre-show GOOD WILL VIP tent with up-front seats that guarantee you the best experience of the summer!   As a member, your contribution will directly assist us in transforming a city park into a theater, and bringing the world of Shakespeare to life for tens of thousands of people. With your membership you will receive a host of benefits depending on the amount of your contribution.  Most importantly, you will know that because of you, FREE Shakespeare in the park is possible.


With your tax-deductible contribution to the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival you will receive:
FAN membership: 
 $150      2 Reserved Seats     1 Parking Pass 

GOOD WILL SOCIETY membership:    
 $250      4 Reserved Seats     2 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 4
 $500      8 Reserved Seats     4 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 8

 $1000    12 Reserved Seats   6 Parking Passes + GOOD WILL SOCIETY tent access for 12 with pre-show beverages + Invitation to a Behind-the-Scenes Event + GOOD WILL SOCIETY acknowledgement and Thank You from stage
All Up-Front Reserved Seats; One-time use throughout the run of the Festival.

Shakespeare's First Folio

2016 Events All Year Long

Neary four centuries after its publication, one of the world's rarest and most valuable books - the first collection of William Shakespeare's works - will go on display at the Kansas City Public Library as part of a national traveling exhibition in 2016. 

The downtown Central Library will serve as the lone host site in Missouri for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. On display from June 6-28, the exhibit will be the centerpiece of a months-long celebration of Shakespeare, partnering with local and national scholars and an arrea of area institutions and organizations in offering speaking presentations, stage productions, film screenings and discussions, workshops, and other activities for children and adults. 

The Festival is proud to be a local partnering organization and will present events throughout the year