“It’s a tool to tell the story…” Bernadine Cockey: Props Master!

Let me tell you why I love my job… on a typical day, I might spend the morning lying in the weeds in a junkyard under a Buick, cutting the front end off with a sawsall; and then in the afternoon, arrange flowers and oranges for a wedding in an orange grove.  I might spend […]

A Different Kind of Battle

By Cassie Mrozinski, Development Associate In 2012, something magical happened. ISF received a grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation to fund an innovative idea from Education Director, Renee Vomocil. This idea, aptly named the Helena Project (for the All’s Well That Ends Well and A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s transformative character who holds unwavering hope) aimed […]

Through the ISF Access Program, the magic of summer performances are brought to the Deaf and Hard-of–Hearing

By Cassie Mrozinski, ISF Development Associate If you have experienced a night of theater at Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Amphitheater by the river in Boise, you have probably heard many things. The quiet murmurs of an audience as a poignant or shocking moment is revealed on stage…a goose honking overhead during Juliet’s heart-wrenching monologue…the tortured voice […]

Who: Stitch Marker

Getting to know one of the most familar faces on Boise’s stages By Deanna Darr Published in Boise Weekly July 25, 2012 Stitch Marker has one of the most recognizable faces in Boise—but then he should, considering he’s in his 29th season with Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Marker has played everyone from peasant to villain to […]

Voices from the Company: The Boards

You may call me silly, childish, foolish or an idealist. You should then know that I will always be the first to admit that I am still very much a little girl inside, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I am a sentimental sap. All prologues aside, you will need a little back-story […]

Behind the Scenes at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival Costume Shop

Designers and seamsters prepare for the opening of Romeo and Juliet Boise Weekly by Deanna Darr Published May, 30, 2012 Inside a warehouse off Warm Springs Avenue, there’s a distinct feeling of the calm before the storm. Racks of carefully labeled clothes line the walls and the dull hum of sewing machines punctuates the quiet […]

Pop Quiz with Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Charlie Fee and Mark Hofflund

By DANA OLAND — doland@idahostatesman.com Posted: 12:00am on May 18, 2012 Luck and pluck brought Charlie Fee to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival as artistic director in 1992. The board chose the tall charmer from California from a field of about 100 candidates — despite the fact that at the time he had never directed a […]

“And then is heard no more”

When someone asks me what I do for a living and I say “I perform abridged Shakespeare plays in rural high school gymnasiums across the state of Idaho at 8 o’clock in the morning in the middle of winter.” It sounds less glamorous than it feels. It feels… important, and I truly believe it is. […]

Out, Out , Brief Candle

  The end of tour is always bittersweet. On one hand you’re saying goodbye to long hours, long drives, and way too early mornings. But on the other hand, you’re saying goodbye to the wonderful students, the most precious towns, and this show that you have lived with for 3 and a half months. This […]

Behind the Scenes Video: the making of the tours!

Enjoy an incredible glimpse into the making of our tours- Shakespearience and Idaho Theater for Youth.  It takes a village and they are talented! Thanks to all involved- especially Lori Regan,  Jessamine Jones and Kiely Prouty.