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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.


The Genesius Guild is a community theatre 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.

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Photo from Merry Wives of Windsor


Call for Directors

Are you interested in directing a show for our 2018 season? You are in luck, because our Call for Directors is now open! If you are interested, let us know by filling out this form.

A few details for those who are interested in directing:

The Genesius Guild provides free outdoor theatre in Lincoln Park, Rock Island, with a focus on the classics. Greek tragedy, performed in mask, and Shakespearean comedies and tragedies, performed in period style, costume and scenery, are the base of our schedule; we traditionally end the season with an adapted Greek comedy.

We welcome submissions from new or less experienced directors, but any previous directing experience will be considered in the selection process. Also, since the Genesius Guild is made up of volunteers who participate because they love and enjoy theatre, directors' interpersonal skills and ability to work with others is critical to ensuring that these volunteers have a positive experience and will return in the future.

If you have any issues submitting the form but are interested in directing, just send an email to guild@genesius.org with your name, contact information, a summary of your theatre experience, and the show(s) that you are interested in directing.

2018 Season Schedule

Mark your calendars for our 62nd season! Our schedule is now available. We hope to see you in Lincoln Park next summer!

June 8, 9, 10
Ballet Under the Stars – featuring Ballet Quad Cities

June 16, 17, 23, 24
Shakespeare: As You Like It

June 30, July 1, 7, 8
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

July 14, 15, 21, 22
Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

July 28, 29, August 4, 5
Aristophanes: Thesmophoriazusae

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.