Community Engagement | Alabama Shakespeare Festival

ASF serves as a cultural hub for community interaction and provides unique avenues for personal and collective discovery.

Join us as we share insights on theatre-making, storytelling, and creating community through art.

ASF Insights

This series provides a thought-provoking and behind-the-scenes look at the work on the stage and the art of theatre. ASF Insights are held at ASF from 12:45 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. before the matinee performance. Please check out the Facebook Events for more information (linked below).

Sponsored by Auburn University at Montgomery.

October 19, 2019: From School to Prison: Exploring the Connection Between Education and Criminal Justice

December 7, 2019: All is Calm

February 9, 2020: And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

April 18, 2020: The Comedy of Errors

April 25, 2020: I And You

June 20, 2020: Cinderella

August 8, 2020: Million Dollar Quartet


Audience members at select performances are led in a postshow discussion about the themes of the play.

Talkbacks are scheduled after Saturday matinee performances for the following shows:


The Agitators

Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Alabama Story

I And You

Narrated Changeover

During repertory, multiple productions use the same performance spaces. Join us as our teams of craftspeople changeover the sets. You’ll hear firsthand how our designers and artists create sets that easily transition from one show to the next.

Conversations at Kress

Using the plays as inspiration, our facilitators will lead community town halls about current issues in our region. Guest panelists will include local elected officials, school board members, students, thought leaders, community members, and artists. Light refreshments will be provided. Select Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Hosted by Kress on Dexter.

Sponsored by Alabama State Council on the Arts and AARP. This programming is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

February 1, 2020: The Agitators 

March 7, 2020: Ruby: The Story of Ruby Bridges 

March 14, 2020: Alabama Story 

Bard Talk

30 minutes before each public performance of a Shakespeare play, join us for a brief summary of the production’s themes, plot points, and story. Led by Resident Dramaturg Dr. Susan Willis.

The Comedy of Errors

Marathon Dates

Looking for a binge-worthy experience? Put down the remote and come to the theatre! During one of our Marathon Weekends, you have the opportunity to see at least two paired productions, plus a community engagement event.


Join Dr. Susan Willis for a morning exploring Shakespeare’s artistry. Details on Shakespeare-in-Depth for The Comedy of Errors coming soon!

Garden Talks

Join Master Gardener Karen Weber as she shares insights on the plants and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, such as roses from Romeo & Juliet, narcissus from Anthony and Cleopatra, and lavender from The Winter’s Tale.

For more information on ASF’s community engagement initiatives, please contact Betsy Anne Huggins at

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To view our archive of previous community engagement events, click here.