Kentucky Shakespeare Presents
“Celebrate 60: the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Anniversary Production”

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 2, 2020) – Kentucky Shakespeare, the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth, proudly announces the premiere of a new virtual production celebrating the 60th anniversary of the free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park – Celebrate 60: the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Anniversary Production. The production, filmed live in Central Park with their 2020 summer company, will premiere Friday, September 25 at 8PM on the Kentucky Shakespeare Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

“With the postponement of our in-person summer season to 2021 we are grateful for the opportunity to commemorate this special milestone with a new production celebrating the Festival,” says Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director. “The production features never-before-seen and heard remembrances from seasons past. It also features many new performances of Shakespeare celebrating what makes our festival so special. It’s been a cathartic process for us to create this piece, in this time, honoring our history and looking to the future of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.”

The production also features newly unearthed archival photos, as well as voices from many of the figures integral to Kentucky Shakespeare’s past. “We’ve been partnering this year with the University of Louisville History Department to document the Festival through oral histories, and we’ve also uncovered many photographs never seen by the public,” says Amy Attaway, Associate Artistic Director. “The production even features audio, never before made public, from former Producing Director Bekki Jo Schneider shortly before she passed away. We have so many surprises in store, and September 25 cannot come soon enough!”

The production was conceived and directed by Wallace and Attaway and was filmed and edited by Abby Sage, Visual Poet Studios.

Kentucky Shakespeare commissioned Louisville singer/songwriter Aaron Bibelhauser to write a song celebrating the Festival. “Gather Round” by Bibelhauser premieres in the filmed production.

Celebrate 60:

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Production

 Friday, September 25 at 8:00PM Eastern



Directed by Amy Attaway and Matt Wallace

Scenic Design: Karl Anderson

Costume Design: Donna Lawrence-Downs

Videography and Editing: Abby Sage, Visual Poet Studios

Sound Engineer: Victoria Campbell

Assistant Sound Engineer: Chelsey Beeson

Wardrobe/Production Assistant: Annie Mayer

Dramaturg: Gregory Maupin

Production Assistants: Frances Rippy, Rachel Meadors, Hannah Tarr

Oral Histories: Tracy E. K’Meyer and the University of Louisville History Department

Archive Photography: Richard Bram, Bill Brymer, James Clark, The Portrait Shop, Patrick Pfister Photography, Terry Rush, Holly Stone, Richard Trigg, and Wallace Studios.



Zachary Burrell

Barrett Cooper

Hallie Dizdarevic

Alex Gordon

Dathan Hooper

Jon Huffman

Tom Luce

Braden McCampbell

Abigail Bailey Maupin

Gregory Maupin

Mollie Murk

Jon Patrick O’Brien

Jennifer Pennington

Monte Priddy

Austin Ramirez

Frances Rippy

Tyler Rosenblatt

Gregory Sanders

Angelica Santiago

Tyler Tate

Kyle Ware



Phil Cherry

Casey Clark

John Gatton

Phoenix Gilmore

Brenda Johnson

Erin Keane

Georgette Kleier

Paul Owen

Hal Park

Curt L. Tofteland

Bekki Jo Schneider

Tina Jo Wallace


If you would like to schedule an interview with Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director, or learn more about the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, please contact Robert Silverthorn III at 574-9900 x11 or


Designated the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth by the Kentucky legislature, Kentucky Shakespeare is a professional theatre company and not-for-profit charitable organization.

Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich communities by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages.

Vision: To use Shakespeare’s universal truths and the power of the arts to transform lives. Shakespeare belongs to everyone.