Classical theatre in Schiller Park
Actors’ Theatre of Columbus is a performing arts theater troupe located in Columbus, Ohio. It was founded in 1982 by Gary and Patricia Ellson, and was initially called Actors’ Summer Theatre. Actors’ Theatre presents plays by William Shakespeare and other time-honored playwrights, with relevance, to a contemporary audience. Actors’ performs outdoors from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend at Schiller Park in German Village.
In 1982 Actors’ Theatre kicked off its first season with a single production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The success of that season proved that Schiller Park was an excellent venue for open air Shakespearean theater, and the troupe returned the following summer with two productions; Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and the troupe’s first Broadway musical, Oklahoma!.