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South Dakota Shakespeare Festival at a Distance

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is proud to present “South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, at a Distance!” June 8-14. This year’s festival will be a socially-distanced, week-long celebration of all things Shakespeare.

The celebration will feature the following:

  • South Dakota Shakespeare Festival productions streaming on Vimeo:
    • “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” directed by Madeline Sayet, 2019, film production by Paul Ebsen
    • “The Taming of the Shrew,” directed by Chaya Gordon-Bland, 2014, film production by Chad Cable, Chaya Gordon-Bland and Jason Askew
    • Enjoy popcorn from Coyote Twin Theater while watching the shows
  • Red Bird Balloons Shakespeare Balloon Hunt
  • Vermillion Public Library’s Storytime with Beth
  • National Music Museum Instruments on Facebook

“The SDSF is pleased to bring you this programming so we can still be together even though we must be apart,” said Chaya Gordon-Bland, the SDSF’s executive artistic director and associate professor of theatre at the University of South Dakota. “Many thanks to the partnering organizations, the Vermillion Public Library, the Vermillion Cultural Association, Red Bird Balloons, Hy-Vee and the National Music Museum, for their work in creating this wonderful week for our community.”

Details and links to these programs and other online Shakespeare resources can be found at:

All SDSF programming is "Free Will" donation. As a free festival and non-profit organization, the SDSF is reliant on support from the public to produce their programs. Tax-deductible donations can be made via their website (, or by mailing a check to: South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, P.O. Box 30, Vermillion, SD, 57069.

The SDSF looks forward to coming back strong with an amazing face-to-face festival in 2021.

The mission of the SDSF is to engage, connect and inspire communities by exploring shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education.

By creating highly accessible work that entertains and enlightens individuals, strengthens communities and increases the artistic offerings of the region, the SDSF seeks to fulfill an important cultural and educational need throughout the state and Great Plains region. 


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News