Arizona Classical Theatre and The Arizona Shakespeare Festival

Arizona Classical Theatre was founded in Prescott, AZ in 1998 by theatre veterans Kelly Johnston and Tracey Mason. We produced our first Shakespeare Festival in October, 1999 on the historic Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott.

The Shakespeare Festival spent the first 5 years on an outdoor stage in Granite Creek park, and then partnered with Prescott High School and moved indoors to the Ruth Street Theater.

In addition to the summer festival the company has produced shows in various Prescott venues doing anything from A Christmas Carol to modern comedies to original new works. ACT is also home to the improvisational/dramatic performance group The World's Greatest Shakespeare Company.


In 2008 we went back to our roots and moved the festival outdoors and expanded to a 20 city state wide tour. Our goal in this has been to reach a wider audience and bring Shakespeare to theater goers all over the state.