The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is part of the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University. The School of Theatre and Dance provides pre-professional training to dedicated young actors, dancers, designers, and educators. Students are invited to Play Boldly in their creative theatre and dance endeavors. As part of our educational mission through the university, the Festival offers numerous internships each season.
The Sutter Family Shakespeare Scholarship was established by Craig Sutter in memory of his mother, G. Jean Sutter, and his father, H. Everett Sutter. Their passion for the arts and civic engagement resonated with him from a young age. Sutter has been an avid supporter and patron of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival since 1996. His involvement in the Festival has ranged from sponsoring ice cream socials, which provide opportunities for patrons and cast members to mingle, to acting in walk-on roles with the company. "Sutter Scholars" study theatre at Illinois State University and take part in a coveted internship with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Freshman students at Illinois State University may apply for the Sutter Family Shakespeare Scholarship. This scholarship, awarded based on audition, recognizes students with a high level of acting talent. Selected students receive summer acting internships with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and an academic scholarship award for their studies.
Students wishing to be considered for the Sutter Family Shakespeare Scholarship should participate in the ISF on-campus auditions each season. Visit the Casting page for more information.
Congratulations to Nora McKirdie, the 2020 Sutter Scholarship recipient.