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  • Susannah Rose Woods and Peggy Juve co-founded Island Shakespeare Festival with the goal of bringing the language of the great classics, notably the works of William Shakespeare, to the South Whidbey community. They felt that a “Pay What You Will” model would make Shakespeare affordable for everyone.


  • Timothy, Fritz, and Vivienne Hull helped realize the dream when they offered ISF its first home at StoryHouse Theatre.


  • The Company selected As You Like It for the inaugural production and was astounded when approximately 800 people arrived over the course of two weekends, through rain and shine, at our outdoor stage in the woods.

  • ISF came under the umbrella of Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC).

  • ISF’s audience doubled, with the production of Romeo and Juliet.

• The company produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in four weekends, performed to near capacity, with over 2,500 audience members from near and far.

• ISF incorporated as a 501-c3 non-profit and a board of directors was formed with Peggy Juve at the helm.

• Managing Director Michelle Durr and Educational Director Eric Mulholland joined Susannah Rose Woods to address the needs of the burgeoning company. The ongoing growth led to a decision to relocate.

• ISF commissioned a vintage-style circus tent where a lively production of Much Ado About Nothing was performed over six weekends.

• ISF expanded its theatrical offerings with two productions in repertory: The Taming of the Shrew, directed by guest director, Jackie Apodaca, and Richard III, directed by Woods.

• Mulholland created the Classic Conservatory for Young Adults (CCYA), a world class training program for young adults in classical theatre, culminating in a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.

• Exciting off-season additions of a staged reading series, “Bard & Brew” were created.

• An incredible visit and talk by Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham.

• The new location, at 5476 Maxwelton Road adjacent to South Whidbey Elementary School, offered ample room for growth and a permanent storage solution for costume and prop collections.

• Continuing as a regional repertory theater, the 2015 season included The Tempest, directed by Woods, and a world premiere adaption of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, adapted and directed by Gordon Carpenter.

• Exciting off-season additions of a staged reading series, “Bard & Brew” were created.

• An incredible visit and talk by Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham.

Expanding Reach
• ISF continued development of off-season outreach, to include work with students, staged readings, and member events.

• ISF partnered with Whidbey Children’s Theater to continue the CCYA program.

Putting Down Roots
• Responding to a desire to return to our outdoor roots, ISF laid a literal foundation for the future. A concrete stage was poured and four shipping containers were ingeniously repurposed to serve as a backdrop and backstage.

Expanding Reach
• ISF continued development of off-season outreach, to include work with students, staged readings, and member events.

• ISF partnered with Whidbey Children’s Theater to continue the CCYA program.

Putting Down Roots
• Responding to a desire to return to our outdoor roots, ISF laid a literal foundation for the future. A concrete stage was poured and four shipping containers were ingeniously repurposed to serve as a backdrop and backstage.

• To inaugurate the new stage, ISF returned to As You Like It, directed by Woods. Corey McDaniel, Artistic Director of Seattle’s Theatre22, directed Julius Caesar, and rounding out the season, Julie Beckman directed her award-winning adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic, Jane Eyre.

• ISF introduced First Read Lab: a series of staged readings of new works.




Our History

As-You-Like-It: 2010 (Adam Shultz as Silvius and Caitlin Goldbaum as Phoebe in As You Like It, photo by Tyler Raymond)

2010: ISF is born

• Susannah Rose Woods and Peggy Juve co-founded Island Shakespeare Festival with the goal of bringing the language of the great classics, notably the works of William Shakespeare, to the South Whidbey community. They felt that a “Pay What You Will” model would make Shakespeare affordable for everyone.

• Timothy, Fritz, and Vivienne Hull helped realize the dream when they offered ISF its first home at StoryHouse Theatre.

• The Company selected As You Like It for the inaugural production and was astounded when approximately 800 people arrived over the course of two weekends, through rain and shine, at our outdoor stage in the woods.

2011: It’s Official

Olena Hodges and Max Cole-Takanikos as the title characters in Romeo & Juliet, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF came under the umbrella of Whidbey Island Arts Council (WIAC).

• ISF’s audience doubled, with the production of Romeo and Juliet.

2012: The Dream Becomes Reality

Bristol Branson as Titania and Andrew Fling as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, photo by Michael Stadler

• The company produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in four weekends, performed to near capacity, with over 2,500 audience members from near and far.

2013: Standing on Our Own Two Feet


Ahna Dunn Wilder as Hero and Gabe Harshman as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF incorporated as a 501-c3 non-profit and a board of directors was formed with Peggy Juve at the helm.

• Managing Director Michelle Durr and Educational Director Eric Mulholland joined Susannah Rose Woods to address the needs of the burgeoning company. The ongoing growth led to a decision to relocate.

• ISF commissioned a vintage-style circus tent where a lively production of Much Ado About Nothing was performed over six weekends.

2014: Another Step Forward


Jimmy Dix as the title character in Richard III, photo by Michael Stadler

• ISF expanded its theatrical offerings with two productions in repertory: The Taming of the Shrew, directed by guest director, Jackie Apodaca, and Richard III, directed by Woods.

• Mulholland created the Classic Conservatory for Young Adults (CCYA), a world class training program for young adults in classical theatre, culminating in a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.



Winter 2015: Off Season Outreach begins

• Exciting off-season additions of a staged reading series, “Bard & Brew” were created.

• An incredible visit and talk by Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Birmingham.



Summer 2015: A New Home


Olena Hodges, Michael Robinson, Laurel Livezey, and Zora Lungren as Ariel and her sprites in The Tempest, photo by Michael Stadler

• The new location, at 5476 Maxwelton Road adjacent to South Whidbey Elementary School, offered ample room for growth and a permanent storage solution for costume and prop collections.

• Continuing as a regional repertory theater, the 2015 season included The Tempest, directed by Woods, and a world premiere adaption of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, adapted and directed by Gordon Carpenter.

Off Season 2015-2016:

Expanding Reach
• ISF continued development of off-season outreach, to include work with students, staged readings, and member events.

• ISF partnered with Whidbey Children’s Theater to continue the CCYA program.

Putting Down Roots
• Responding to a desire to return to our outdoor roots, ISF laid a literal foundation for the future. A concrete stage was poured and four shipping containers were ingeniously repurposed to serve as a backdrop and backstage.

Summer 2016: The Season Grows



Maya Sugarman as the tile character and Paul Dederick as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, photo by Michael Stadler

• To inaugurate the new stage, ISF returned to As You Like It, directed by Woods. Corey McDaniel, Artistic Director of Seattle’s Theatre22, directed Julius Caesar, and rounding out the season, Julie Beckman directed her award-winning adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte classic, Jane Eyre.

• ISF introduced First Read Lab: a series of staged readings of new works.








Our History

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2010: ISF is born

Adam Shultz as Silvius and Caitlin Goldbaum as Phoebe in As You Like It,
photo by Tyler Raymond


2011: It’s Official

Olena Hodges and Max Cole-Takanikos as the title characters in Romeo & Juliet,
photo by Michael Stadler

2012: The Dream
Becomes Reality

Bristol Branson as Titania and Andrew Fling as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream,
photo by Michael Stadler


2013: Standing on
Our Own Two Feet

Ahna Dunn Wilder as Hero and Gabe Harshman as Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing,
photo by Michael Stadler



2014: Another Step Forward

Jimmy Dix as the title character in Richard III, photo by Michael Stadler


Winter 2015: Off Season
Outreach begins

Summer 2015: A New Home

Olena Hodges, Michael Robinson, Laurel Livezey, and Zora Lungren as Ariel and her sprites in The Tempest, photo by Michael Stadler



Off Season 2015-2016:

Summer 2016:
The Season Grows

Maya Sugarman as the tile character and Paul Dederick as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre,
photo by Michael Stadler




FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or email
July 14-September 3,
Shows Thursday through Sunday at 6:00,
(matinees at 1:00 Saturdays in August).
Island Shakespeare Festival is located at 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260 (MAP)
Mailing address:
PO Box 1262
Langley, WA, 98260
Click HERE for the performance schedule.