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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


Audition Dates

Interested in getting on stage this summer? We welcome everyone to audition - whether you are a newcomer to theater or are a seasoned veteran, we just might have a part for you! Join us at the stage in Lincoln Park on any of these dates to audition. No advance preparation is needed.

May 19 & 20: 1 pm
May 22 & 24: 7 pm
May 26 & 27: 1 pm

If you are interested in auditioning but cannot make it to any of these dates, send us an email at guild@genesius.org and let us know what show (or shows) you are interested in. We will help you arrange an audition.

Summer Internships

Thanks to generous funding from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation, we are once again able to offer internships to high school students interested in learning more about the technical side of theater. Students who have taken part in the internship program have found it to be a phenomenal experience. These internships allow students to get involved in set construction and lighting or sound operation, as well as experiencing the theater setup and teardown process for performances.

Internships last for two weeks and pay a $250 stipend. If you are interested (or if you know someone who may be interested!) download our application here.

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.