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 Nia Lynn
Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
March 29, 30, 31 & April 5, 6, 7
Tickets on the Shea website

Embark on a transformative journey this spring with the Montague Shakespeare Festival’s captivating presentation of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Under the visionary direction of the celebrated Nia Lynn, voice and text coach of the Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford-upon-Avon, this production is not just a play but an experience that promises to redefine your understanding of Shakespeare’s timeless work.

Nia Lynn brings a fresh and profound perspective to Athens, transforming it into a microcosm of a world under the grip of authoritarian rule. Her innovative direction echoes the essence of the old Globe Theatre, reminding us that all the world’s a stage, and in this production, the stage is a world unto itself, brimming with the drama of power, control, and the quest for freedom.

In our reimagining, Athens becomes a gated community where the ambitious Theseus exercises his rule, and the lovers, rebels against this oppressive order, seek a world where love prevails over tyranny. The Mechanicals, cast as aspiring militants, inject humor and innocence into this dark world, providing a glimmer of hope and laughter amidst the overarching themes of control and rebellion.

Nia Lynn’s direction brings together a dynamic ensemble of actors and performers, each performance intricately woven into the fabric of this alternate Athens. Their collective talent and passion breathe life into Shakespeare’s characters, mirroring our own world’s struggles and triumphs.

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 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.

We invite everyone – locals and visitors, professionals, novices and enthusiasts, young and old – to engage with Shakespeare’s works in a creative spirit. Together, let’s celebrate the enduring genius of the Bard and foster a deeper appreciation for the transformative power of theatre.

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.


Nia’s workshop series is a rare opportunity to learn from an RSC voice and text coach who has elevated the skills of professional actors on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Nia will direct and stage “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for this inaugural festival. Echoing the philosophy of “taking the character’s seat,” she’ll encourage actors to deeply engage with their characters, offering a profound understanding of the depth and nuances of each role. Both actors and audiences will engage fully with the bard’s timeless works.

New Shakespearean Staging

The Montague Shakespeare Festival will debut new creations born from Shakespeare’s texts, woven seamlessly under Nia Lynn’s directorial hand. These performances will showcase the depth and versatility of Shakespeare’s works in an era that reflects contemporary realities while keeping the beauty of the original scripts intact.

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.

MSF Associate Artistic Director Maggie O’Connor Moore
Montague Shakespeare Festival
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