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Shakespeare Festival St. Louis produces over 250 public performances each year, including the largest-attended free, outdoor Shakespearean production in the country. The Tempest Ball is the organization’s annual fundraising gala with over 300 guests in attendance. We designed the identity, invitation, signage and space for the event.

Henry IV and V were the Festival’s major productions for the upcoming year. Referencing the Shakespeare’s use of simple contrasts in the two plays, “Rule or Romp” was chosen as the theme for the Ball. The design conveys this idea of doubles and opposing sides, and references the playing card, which originated during the reign of Henry IV.