Illinois Shakespeare Festival postpones 2020 season

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In response to decisions from the Illinois Governor’s office, Illinois State University leadership, and our creative partners throughout the world, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF) will postpone its 2020 season until summer 2021.

Shakespeare Festival 2020 Announcement Event

People enjoying picnics on the grounds of Ewing Manor.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival invites you to the 2020 Season Announcement at 7 p.m.  Monday, October 28, in the Illinois State University Center for Performing Arts Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register for the event.

Paul and Sandra Harmon endow funds to support diversity and the arts

Paul and Sandra Harmon

Redbirds Rising campaign volunteers Sandra M.A. ’70, D.A. ’90 and Paul Harmon have been longtime supporters of Illinois State University through their careers and philanthropy. The couple increased their commitment to Illinois State by contributing outright and planned gifts to fund the Paul and Sandra Harmon Shakespeare Endowment and the Harmon Recruitment Scholarship in history. The couple’s over $400,000 in lifetime giving qualifies them to be recognized among Illinois State’s most distinguished donors in the 1857 and Heritage Societies.

Redbirds get a career head start at Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Illinois State alum Lucy Yahr '19

Two recent Illinois State alumni are ready to delight audiences and kick off their arts careers during the 42nd season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF). Victoria DeLaney ’19 and Lucy Yahr ’19 are two of the 17 Illinois States students and alumni involved with this year’s performances. Their skills are very different, but both