1120 40th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

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Free theatre in the park... all summer long... Shakespeare, Greek drama, Greek comedy, opera, and ballet. A unique classic theatre experience located in Rock Island, Illinois.


We are a community theatre organization located in the Quad Cities specializing in free classical drama. Founded in 1956, the group performs Greek drama, Greek comedy, the works of Shakespeare, and other classical authors every weekend throughout the summer. The schedule also includes ballet in partnership with Ballet Quad Cities and opera in partnership with Opera@Augustana.

The diversity and focus of the Genesius Guild makes it a unique summer program. We provide free, outdoor theatre in the middle of a park, with a strong focus on the classics. Greek tragedy, performed in mask, and Shakespearean comedies and tragedies are the base of our schedule, and are performed as written, with period costuming and scenery.

Photo from Merry Wives of Windsor


60th Anniversary and Don Wooten's Retirement

Join the Genesius Guild on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in the Radisson Quad City Plaza as we celebrate the Genesius Guild's 60th Anniversary and recognize the retirement of founder Don Wooten!

The event begins with cocktails in the Atrium at 5:30, and dinner will be served at 6:30 in the Banquet Room. Tickets are $60 per person, or $450 per table of 8. To RSVP, fill out this form and mail it to:
Genesius Guild
1120 40th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

The Genesius Theatre Foundation follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs or contracts personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. This policy applies to all Genesius  Theatre Foundation employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.