Powerhouse Actress Makes Houston Shakespeare Festival Debut as Hamlet

Hill, a graduate of the University of Houston Master of Fine Arts Professional Actor Training Program is returning to Houston to star as Hamlet in the 44th season of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. This will be the sixth production of “Hamlet” in HSF history, and the first time a woman is taking on the lead role.

“Shannon has the smarts, the generosity, the endurance and the craft to take on this ‘decathlon of acting roles’ and deliver it to several thousand people in a space the size of Miller Outdoor Theatre,” said Jack Young, HSF artistic director.

The UH-produced festival runs Friday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 5 at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. With rehearsals underway, Hill took a moment to share her thoughts on playing one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters.