The Utah Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1961, presented its first season in 1962. In 2013, it presented its fifty-second second season. It is one of the oldest and largest Shakespeare festivals in North America. The Festival is located in Cedar City, Utah, a community of approximately 28,000 people, and is within a day’s drive of seven national parks and numerous national and state forests, monuments, and recreation areas. The Utah Shakespeare Festival has be the recipient of many awards including: Tony award, National Governors Association Award, Emmy Award, and many others.