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.
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