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


The Genesius Guild has an exciting schedule for our 2017 season! Our playbill features two great shows, Henry V and Trojan Women, that have not been staged in Lincoln Park for a number of years.

All shows start at 8:00 PM in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, IL. Admission is free for all shows, and no tickets are required.

2017 Season Schedule

June 2, 3, 4
Ballet Under the Stars

June 10, 11, 17, 18
Opera (details TBA)

June 24, 25 & July 1, 2
Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

July 8, 9, 15, 16
Euripides: The Trojan Women

July 22, 23, 29, 30
Shakespeare: Henry V

August 4, 5, 6
Aristophanes: The Clouds

We have a great season lined up - be sure to join us!

Genesius Guild 60th Anniversary Coverage

We have been recognized by the local media for reaching our 60th anniversary of providing classical Greek and Shakespearean theatre to the Quad Cities. With this offseason has also come the latest step in founder Don Wooten's retirement. Check out some of the links below for more about the Genesius Guild's mission, history, and impact on the Quad Cities, as well as stories from Don Wooten's 60 years in the Guild.

Genesius Guild to celebrate 60 years and honor founder

Genesius Guild founder retires after 60 years

Dispatch / Argus Editorial: Say thanks for 60 years of entertainment, enlightenment

Jefferson Awards: For Leaving a Legacy

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.