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1120 40th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 794-8900

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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 Prometheus Bound showing chorus members surrounding Prometheus and sympathizing with his situation as he stands chained to a mountain


High School Tech Internship Program

Thanks to generous support from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation and the City of Rock Island Gaming Fund, we are excited to offer internship opportunities to local high school students. Interns will have the opportunity to work with experienced staff to learn more about the technical side of theater production. The internships will include set construction, backstage crew, and lighting/sound work. Interns will be paid a $250 stipend for their two-week internship.

Students who are interested in applying should fill out an application here or get a paper application from their school's drama director. We do ask that students have their drama / theater teacher submit a recommendation as part of the application process.

2019 Auditions

Auditions will take place at the Don Wooten Stage in Lincoln Park, Rock Island. We will hold open auditions for The Bacchae, Hamlet, and Ecclesiazusae on each audition date. If you are unable to make it to the days provided but would still like to audition, please reach out to our Artistic Committee (ac@genesius.org) to see if it is possible to make an arrangement to read for the director.

May 18 & 19, 1 pm
May 21, 7 pm
May 23, 7 pm
May 25 & 26, 1 pm

2019 Season Schedule

We are excited to announce our 2019 season! This season includes a Greek tragedy that explores themes of human nature, and two of Shakespeare's most powerful and poignant plays. And, of course, it includes a helping of ballet and Greek comedy!

June 7, 8, 9
Ballet Under the Stars

June 15, 16, 22, 23
Shakespeare: The Tempest

June 29, 30 & July 6, 7
Euripides: The Bacchae

July 13, 14, 20, 21
Shakespeare: Hamlet

July 27, 28 & August 3, 4
Aristophanes: Ecclesiazusae


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.