Mark your calendars for the 19th John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, June 13, 2022, at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal. This annual event, which returns after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, supports the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF) by funding the salary of a professional Equity Actor each season.


Monday, June 13, 2022

Noon: Registration
12:30 p.m.: Shotgun start
5 p.m.: Social hour and dinner

Ironwood Golf Course
1901 N. Towanda Ave.
Normal, IL 61761

Enjoy the greens with your friends or coworkers! Golfers will play in teams of four (you may register as a group or as an individual). Then head back to the clubhouse for a festive social hour, complete with silent auctions, tee prizes, and dinner.

Registration Includes

  • Greens fees, golf cart, and amenities
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer and coolers during the social hour and dinner (available for purchase during play)
  • Social hour and dinner
  • Opportunities to win prizes


There are many opportunities to win prizes! Teams from a business or Illinois State University department are eligible to win the coveted Bard’s Birdie Trophy. Think of the bragging rights!

Sponsorship Opportunities

The John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing is a great opportunity to support the arts and promote your business to the community. Make your mark with a hole sponsorship or silent auction donation!

Collage of images from the 2019 John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing including the entrance to the club house with signage reading "Welcome to the John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing" with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival logo; close up image of participants in their golf carts; a basket of items for the silent auction; participants in golf carts lined up for the Shotgun start. Text reads: 2019 John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing.
Images from the 2019 John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing.

The John Stevens Equity Actor

Each season, funds from the John Stevens Memorial Fund support bringing an Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) member to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival stage. This year’s John Stevens Equity Actor is Illinois Shakespeare Festival newcomer Rafael Untalan.

The 2021 John Stevens Equity Actor was Dan Matisa, who played Leontes/Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale and Lucio in Measure for Measure. Matisa will return for his second season at ISF this summer. Patrons will also see the 2006 recipient, Thomas Anthony Quinn, in this summer’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

Dan Matisa as King Leontes in 2021’s “The Winter’s Tale”. Photo courtesy of Pete Guither.

About the Fund

The John Stevens Memorial Fund was established in 2003 in memory of John Stevens, who was a member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival Society Board of Directors from 1984 until 2000 and served as the board’s president from 1997 to 2000. During his final year as president, the festival finished construction on the new Ewing Theatre and took a significant step forward by issuing its first Actors’ Equity Association contract to a member of the ISF company. In addition to his excitement for the new facility, Stevens was elated to bring an Equity Actor to the ISF company, as it would enhance the quality of the festival, which he always regarded as a gem in the community.

The John Stevens Memorial Fund was created to honor him and ensure that funding is available to help support future AEA actors. The fund is supported by the annual John Stevens Memorial Golf Outing.

Nancy Stevens is a long-standing member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival Society Board and the main organizer of the golf outing. John and Nancy first attended a Shakespeare play at Ewing Manor in 1979 and became season ticket holders and ardent supporters from that time forward. Nancy says that “the naming of an Equity Actor in the name of John N. Stevens is a fitting remembrance and a tribute to his life and love of people and the Festival.”


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