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The inspiration for the Rome Shakespeare Festival came while one of the founders was walking downtown. As Gail Deschamps, founder and artistic director, walked across the Chief John Ross Memorial Bridge one day and looked at the Town Green, she said she had "an epiphany". "It was the perfect place to do Shakespeare," she said. "Perfect."


Taken from Rome News-Tribune 8/25/15

by Kris Wilder  Full Article

  Video/photography: Rick Williams,  Music: Robert Reed  Voice: Chris Davidson


A special thank you to Alexandria Turner and Steven Hames

Gail Deschamps, Founding Artistic Director

Gail Deschamps, the founder of Rome Shakespeare Festival, is the former Artistic Director of Florida Shakespeare Festival and GMT Productions—a national touring theatre company.  Over her career, she has directed the plays of Shakespeare most notably Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest among others. As an Artist in Education and writer, Gail has given workshops in Shakespearean Performance and her librettos for Two Gentlemen of Verona and Lewis and Clark were honored with rave reviews from the national press. Both received US touring grants.   MORE........


Tracy Hellriegel, Executive Director, RSF Young Actors Executive Director

Tracy Hellriegel joined Gail soon after her decision to create Rome Shakespeare Festival. Tracy, CEO of Tracy Slack and Associates and Weddings of North Georgia, is a graphic designer, marketing consultant and an event planner. She brings with her a lifetime of theater experience in acting, designing, producing and directing for multiple acting companies in and around the Atlanta area. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Gay Men's Choir, Rome Little Theatre, The DeSoto Theatre, Rome Shakespeare Festival and currently serves on the Executive Director for the Rome Shakespeare Festival.  More.....


Rome Shakespeare Reviews

The mission of Georgia Mountain Theatre, Inc., Rome Shakespeare Festival, is to enrich, engage and educate through excellence of Shakespeare and theatrical performance, empower learning using dramatic educational experiences that serve the public good, create innovative artistic partnerships and produce a festival and theatre programming that benefits artists, students and audiences of the communities served.