About The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival

The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival presents its fifth season this summer, offering three family classics: The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett will run through August 2; Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare will run through August 3; and Light Up the Sky by Moss Hart will also run through August 3.

Performances will run in rotating repertory in Hall Auditorium, 67 N. Main St, Oberlin, Ohio.

All performances will be absolutely FREE to the public, and geared toward the entire family, including school-aged children - ages 6 to 96! To accommodate families with younger members, evening performances will begin at 7 PM. There will also be 2 PM matinees on on most Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sunday, in order to allow out-of-town patrons the opportunity to see two shows in the same day. 

To reserve tickets, please call (440) 775-8169 or click here for more information.


Artistic Mission

The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival’s mission is to serve Lorain County and the larger northeastern Ohio community by presenting free productions of meaningful theater classics. We believe that the experience of attending live professional theater should be available to everyone in our community, regardless of age or socio-economic background. Parents should have the opportunity to share our wonderful and diverse theatrical heritage by taking their children to see great plays, including works by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, Kaufman and Hart, August Wilson, Thornton Wilder and others.

Admission to OSTF productions will always be FREE, eliminating the obstacle of the box office to make attendance accessible to the widest possible audience. We will also strive to make our shows “family friendly,” so that the entire family, including school-aged children, can have the opportunity to experience our productions. The acting company and play selections will be racially and culturally inclusive to reflect the diversity of our area.

In addition to our mainstage productions, our programming will include other components, such as a week-long, Acting Shakespeare Intensive for area high school students.