The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival’s mission is to serve Lorain County and the larger northeastern Ohio community by presenting free productions of meaningful theater classics. We believe that the experience of attending live professional theater should be available to everyone in our community, regardless of age or socio-economic background. Parents should have the opportunity to share our wonderful and diverse theatrical heritage by taking their children to see great plays, including works by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, Kaufman and Hart, August Wilson, William Inge, Thornton Wilder and others.
Admission to OSTF productions is FREE, eliminating the obstacle of the box office to make attendance accessible to the widest possible audience. We also strive to make our shows “family friendly,” so that the entire family, including school-aged children, can have the opportunity to experience our productions. The acting company and play selections are racially and culturally inclusive to reflect the diversity of our area.
In addition to our mainstage productions, our programming includes other components, such as a week-long, Acting Shakespeare Intensive for area high school students.
OSTF is a professional, not-for-profit summer theater company, operating under the auspices of Oberlin College but administered independently of the Theater & Dance Program. The Festival’s Acting Company consists of a combination of professional Equity actors, local non-equity players, and interns (recent alumni and current Oberlin students). We have built a core intergenerational acting ensemble, composed mostly of Oberlin grads who will return to Oberlin as their summer artistic home to do meaningful work with a supportive community of like-minded professional artists. The company works as a collaborative ensemble to create accessible and bold productions.