Shakespeare|Summerfest Orange County
“Best Theatre Season in Southern Cal” – OC Weekly (2014)
For 35 seasons, Shakespeare|Summerfest Orange County (SOC) — originally the Grove Shakespeare Festival — has presented professional Shakespeare for audiences of all ages. Every summer, we invite audiences to our beautiful home under the stars in the Garden Grove Amphitheater in the heart of historic downtown Garden Grove to enjoy the laughter, thrills, and spectacle of outdoor theater.
Over the years, SOC has become a treasured Orange County institution, winner of countless plaudits and honors, and has served as a launching pad for world-class acting talent in Hollywood and on Broadway, while providing opportunities for local students and other aspiring performers to take the stage alongside working professionals.
Beyond our own productions, during Summerfest (started in 2014), SOC plays host to guest productions and artists that showcase dynamic, innovative work in theater, music, and dance. Our diverse calendar led the O.C. Weekly to dub our 2014 season the “Best Theater Programming in Orange County”.
We offer a portfolio of educational opportunities for children of all ages, and an acting workshop that allows company members to hone their skills in a nurturing environment overseen by veteran performers and instructors.
We serve a diverse audience, and our motto is “One Big Family Under the Stars”. SOC believes that the theater is a unifying place in the community, and that the stories of Shakespeare and the other playwrights we present can resonate universally. Our goal is to entertain and inspire everyone from the veteran theater-goer to the first-time visitor.