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The Houston Shakespeare Festival debuted in 1975 when Dr. Sidney Berger, then director of the School of Theatre at the University of Houston, met with UH administrators and the Miller Theatre Advisory Board to enlist support for a two-production season of Shakespeare’s works to be played in repertory on Miller Theatre’s bill. Berger and UH theatre professor Cecil Pickett went on to direct a pair of plays each summer, performing free to the public at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in this unique collaboration between a city and a university.

2022 Season


    July 28, 30, Aug 1, 3, & 5
    8:15 PM Performance
    7:45 PM Bard Talk

    Family loyalty, betrayal, and madness set the stage for King Lear—the first Houston Shakespeare Festival production of this enthralling masterpiece in over 20 years. 


    July 29, Aug 2, 4, & 6
    8:15 PM Performance
    7:45 PM Bard Talk

    Shakespeare’s fairytale romance, Cymbeline, is filled with secret marriage, mistaken identity, Stepmother's poisons, and lost family members reunited. 

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Free parking near Miller Outdoor Theatre is available in Lots C, D and E. Parking Lot C is newly refurbished and located off Hermann Drive with entrances at Crawford and Jackson Streets. Lot C the largest of the three lots, and has pedestrian walkways connecting to Miller Outdoor Theatre.  

Workshops and Events

  • Cougar Actor Training Camp

    Cougar Actor Training Camp

    The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance CAT Camp is a one-week day camp for high school students that focuses on actor training and audition technique. Throughout the week, students train with UH faculty, M.F.A. alumni, HSF teaching artists, and Houston-area theatre professionals.

  • Texas Intensive

    Texas Intensive

    An annual workshop focused on the art of stage and screen violence, specifically designed to provide students of all levels with an immersive, “intensive” experience.