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 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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Genesius Guild auditions

Interested in joining us on stage? New to the Genesius Guild? An experienced cast member? We want to see YOU at our auditions! We have scheduled six audition dates on weekend afternoons and weekday evenings to fit into your schedule:

May 20, 21 - 1:00 pm

May 23, 25 - 7:00 pm

May 27, 28 - 1:00 pm

All scheduled auditions are at the stage in Lincoln Park, Rock Island. Excerpts from the shows will be provided, so you do not need to prepare a reading.

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 - Selections from Menotti

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!

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.