A Three-week-long Celebration of Shakespeare’s Timeless Works

March 18 through April 7, 2024

Staged Performances, Workshops, and Training

Shea Theater Arts Center
Turners Falls, Massachusetts

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Entering a World Beyond Time

Directed by Fiona Ross
Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
March 29, 30 & April 5, 6, 7
Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

Embark on a transformative journey this spring with the Montague Shakespeare Festival’s riveting presentation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Under the skilled direction of Fiona Ross, a renowned practitioner with over two decades of experience at the Royal Shakespeare Company, this production is set to be an immersive experience that will challenge and expand your perception of Shakespeare’s classic play.

Fiona Ross brings a fresh, innovative perspective to the city of Athens, reimagining it as a microcosm where personal ambition and collective destiny intertwine under the shadows of authoritarian rule. 

In Ross’s visionary retelling, Athens is transformed into a fortified enclave, a dramatic backdrop where Theseus’s authoritarian regime reigns, setting the stage for a compelling drama of love, rebellion, and the human desire for freedom. The Mechanicals, envisioned as subversive humorists, offer a glimmer of hope and laughter, lightening the narrative’s gravity and showcasing the resilience of the human spirit.

Fiona’s direction weaves together a dynamic ensemble, each performance intricately linked to this reimagined world, ensuring Shakespeare’s characters resonate profoundly with our contemporary existence.

This production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Montague Shakespeare Festival is more than just a play; it’s a bold statement on the universality of human experiences and the enduring power of love and resistance against the forces of tyranny. It invites you to enter a foreign and familiar world where the timeless themes of Shakespeare’s work resonate with our contemporary lives.

Fiona Ross – MSF Director & Lead Practioner

Join us for a festival that promises not only performances but an immersive celebration of Shakespeare’s genius, designed to inspire, educate, and entertain. We welcome everyone to partake in this creative spirit, to explore, engage, and experience the magic of Shakespeare like never before. The stage is set for an unforgettable journey.

The Montague Shakespeare Festival is a dynamic, three-week-long celebration of Shakespeare’s timeless works, designed to inspire, educate, and entertain. From stage performances and hands-on workshops to community-led events and educational initiatives, our festival promises a diverse array of experiences.

This production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Montague Shakespeare Festival is more than just a play; it’s a bold statement on the universality of human experiences and the enduring power of love and resistance against the forces of tyranny. It invites you to enter a foreign and familiar world where the timeless themes of Shakespeare’s work resonate with our contemporary lives.

The stage is set!


With an air of profound excitement and anticipation, we are honored to announce the appointment of Royal Shakespeare Company Contributor Nia Lynn as the Artistic Director of the Inaugural Montague Shakespeare Festival.

MSF Artistic Director Nia Lynn

About Nia Lynn

Having worked extensively and currently voice and text coach for The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon), Nia possesses a rich experience in voice, text, and performance. Her latest involvement in the RSC production of “As You Like It” as voice and text creative demonstrates her remarkable skills in bringing Shakespearean texts to life.

With Nia heading the festival, we anticipate a thrilling exploration into Shakespeare’s world, where audiences, actors, students, and educators will each have the opportunity to experience The Bard’s words in an enthralling new light.
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We proudly welcome the multi-talented Maggie O’Connor Moore as our Associate Artistic Director. With a CV as interwoven as a Shakespearean tapestry, Maggie’s appointment bodes well for the festival’s first year.

Hailing from the wild foothills of the Appalachians and now based in Huntsville, AL, Maggie’s free spirit and inexhaustible curiosity led her to the performing arts. After training at the prestigious Fontainebleau School of Acting in France and co-founding the Til Tomorrow Theatre Company, her trajectory has been inspiring.

Maggie’s work encompasses both acting and the intricate interplay of art and athletics. She’s found an incredible synergy between these disciplines, resulting in a profound experience of freedom. Her diverse approach ensures that the Montague Shakespeare Festival will thrive under her guidance.
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MSF Associate Artistic Director Maggie O’Connor Moore