Our mission is to make the works of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired works accessible to a diverse audience through a free, professional, outdoor festival, and additional free and paid performances and educational programs.
HASF's core activity is an annual production of a Shakespeare play or plays, presented FREE to the public at Southmoreland Park, located directly west of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Festival continues to introduce Kansas City audiences to the broad range of Shakespeare's works, while being attuned to community tastes and interests.
Widening the reach of our education programs is also vital to diversifying the Festival audience and fulfilling our mission of bringing Shakespeare to the largest segment of our community possible. We continue to hone our workshops and provide more opportunities for year-round in school and after-school programs as part of the Arts Partners roster. The Festival offers year-round weekend classes to students aged 5 - 18 and acting intensives for adults.