Our History

ssf-home-gal-5_thIn 1995 Southern Shakespeare Festival began as a touring company which toured local theaters, high schools, and community art centers. After Southern Shakespeare Festival’s first year, in conjunction with FSU’s School of Theater Dean, Richard Fallon, SSF established a home at Kleman Plaza in Tallahassee, Florida with a free Shakespeare festival in the park. Productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest.

Currently under the leadership of Executive Director Laura W. Johnson, Artistic Director Lanny Thomas, and Education Director Phillip Croton, Southern Shakespeare Festival brings bold and exciting Shakespeare productions to its home at the Capital City Amphitheater in Cascades Park, inviting thousands of folks, from all around the region, to enjoy free Shakespeare in the park.