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Oak Park Festival Theatre is a professional theater company working under contract with Actors’ Equity Association, producing the works of William Shakespeare as they were meant to be staged – as thrilling, living, popular theater, al fresco in pastoral Austin Gardens to augment the imagery and poetry of the Bard’s English language. The Theatre has expanded offerings to include classics and other challenging productions – outdoors each summer in Austin Gardens and indoors during the spring and fall at the Madison Street Theater at 1010 W. Madison in Oak Park.



OPFT BLOG

First readthrough and cast meeting – Oak Park Festival Theatre’s HAMLET! One month before the show officially starts rehearsing, the company came together to get their [Read More...]
How to Apply: Complete and submit the following application, including your personal statement,  & resume to OPFT Artistic Director Jack Hickey, artisticdirector@oakparkfestiva[Read More...]
Carl Occhipinti, long-time, retired Artistic Director of Village Players, pass away on January 3, 2014 at the age of 61.  For many, Carl, was the heart and soul of the late Village[Read More...]
2013 MIDWINTER’S TALES: SIMPLE GIFTS A Celebration of the Season in Music and Musings  Benefiting both  Oak Park Festival Theatre and Prevail at 7 PM, Saturday, December 7, 2[Read More...]
Much thanks to Artistic Associate Belinda Bremner for helping make the Oak Park Festival Theater tree in the festival come to life (so to speak).  Our theme is ‘simple gifts&[Read More...]
Last summer, Lavina Jadnwani wowed OPFT audiences with her take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and next summer she will tackle our 40th season production of Hamlet.  Ms. Jadh[Read More...]
Midwinter’s Tales, our SEVENTH annual benefit with Prevail (formerly Oak Park River Forest Walk In Ministry), will be Saturday, December 7 at Unity Temple.This year’s title is Simp[Read More...]
Radio drama has been called the “Theatre of the Imagination” and the “Theatre of the Mind.” In its heyday it kept the nation entertained through Prohibition[Read More...]
Oak Park Festival Theatre Artistic Director Jack Hickey and longtime Festival favorite and Artistic Associate actor/director Kevin Theis have both earned Equity nominations for the[Read More...]
Dear Friends, Each night during our run Twelfth Night when Luke said to Patrick: “I can no more answer make than thanks, and thanks, and thanks again,” I echoed the sen[Read More...]
Dear Friends of Festival Theatre, As I come to the end of my first year as Board Chair and Festival Theatre closes out another critically triumphant season I want to take a moment [Read More...]
The Jeff Nominations have been posted and our Artistic Director (Jack Hickey) and Board Member (Kevin Theis) have been nominated for their amazing work this season in SOMEONE WHO W[Read More...]
 Transporting our audience back to the 1940′s heyday of radio drama with a recreation of a “live remote broadcast” via “WVOP” (Visit Oak Park) of The [Read More...]
Just as next summer marks Oak Park Festival Theatre’s 40th anniversary, so this summer marked the close of Jack’s tenth year with the company. September begins his elev[Read More...]
As our brilliant, boffo, box office-record- breaking season heads into its last 3 performances let’s talk to the three actors who appeared in both productions. Chris Ballou, [Read More...]
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth,” Sherlock Holmes   Improbable, if not impossible, as it may be to bel[Read More...]