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Southern Utah Univeristy Utah Shakespearean Festival

In 1962, the curtains would rise on the first season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah. The festival is now one of the oldest and largest Shakespearean festivals in North America. The heart and soul of the festival was the Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theatre. The theatre welcomed thousands of visitors from around the world every single year. But all’s well that ends well as the Adams Shakespearean Theatre closed its doors at the end of the 2015 fall season. The closure would actually mark a new beginning for the festival.


104,700 sq ft


Cedar City, Utah


20 Months

New Age of Festivals

Now at the world’s stage is the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Located on the Southern Utah University campus, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is a massive project that encompasses approximately 5.5 acres of site development and two new buildings—the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) Facility. The entire complex would be built around the existing Randall L. Jones Theater. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts marks one of the largest projects in the history of Southern Utah University.


  • ENR Mountain States – 2017 Best Cultural/Worship Project
  • ENR Mountain States – 2017 Excellence in Safety Merit Award
  • ABC Utah – 2016 Champion of the Year
  • ABC Utah – 2016 Institution Over $10 Million
  • Utah Construction & Design – 2016 Outstanding Community Institutional Project
  • AGC Utah – 2016 Cultural Project of the Year

Utah Shakespearean Festival (USF):

  • 86,000 square feet
  • 900-seat Engelstad Theatre
  • 200-seat Eileen and Ellen Anes Studio Theatre
  • Wood-veneered panel system
  • Dressing rooms and backstage space
  • Rehearsal Hall
  • Costume production area
  • Administration offices