One of the oldest and largest Shakespearean festivals in North America, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is located on the campus of Southern Utah University. Founded in 1961 by College of Southern Utah (later Southern University of Utah) theatre professor Fred C. Adams. Since 1962, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southern Utah University, and Cedar City, Utah have developed a strong collaborative relationship. The Festivals first official stage was dedicated in 1977, and now boasts three theatres.