Shakespeare & Company, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   391 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 70 Kemble Street Lenox MA 01240 USA

Mission: Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did -- in love with poetry, physical prowess and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds. S&Co provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. S&Co also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Shakespeare & Company's education programs inspire a new generation of students and scholars to discover the resonance of Shakespeare's truths in the everyday world, demonstrating the influence that classical theatre can have within a community.
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Year after year S&Co;has produced not only Shakepearean plays, but a wide variety of great adaptations from short stories, traditional plays and new productions. They may take on too much at times, but there's never a dull moment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It's like a family. Each year when I return to volunteer again it's a reunion.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Excellent shows, production values, and wonderful acting!! Les Liasons Dangereuses was one of the best productions of that play I've ever seen!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their professionalism -- staff, actors, productions are completely professional

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

If you're one of those people who "knows Shakespeare", go and see a tired old favorite like 12th Night re-imagined by people who understand themselves (and you) as well as they do the play. A great set of theater spaces, indoor and outdoor, inspirational teaching programs and a combination of classic and modern offerings. What more does one want, within an hour's drive of home?

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

re-invent theater in the northeast—for everybody; or at least give us the most complete, innovative theater center around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Shakespeare and Company is an invaluable organization for the arts. As an actor it provided me training and performance experiences that were transformational. (Even though it's almost 15 years since my stint there, I can use that word without reservation.) It has imbued me with a sense not only of gratitude, but of community, such that it is one of the landmarks in my 35-year career as an actor. There are many moments from my time there that defy easy description, but that will stay with me for the rest of my life. More than that, Shakespeare and Company sees itself as an inseparable part of its community. From its longstanding annual touring of New England schools, to the many ways it involves itself with the Lenox, Mass. community, to its vanguard efforts to widen casting opportunities for actors from ethnic minorities, it is a community resource whose absence would be felt mightily if – god forbid – it failed to survive. The place Shakespeare and Company holds in the American and international theatre community can't be given enough emphasis.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as an actor, and my sense of the place of actors and theatre in the larger community, wherever that may be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Got me again.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ethos of the company, their belief in risktaking as part of the arts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, creative, talented, driven, uncompromising, caring, understanding, brilliant.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

secure its future, and act on the many ideas they probably have on a list of dreams not yet fulfilled.

Ways to make it better...

Sorry, I can't think of a thing. Of course, as an actor I would have liked to work with them more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I don't feel qualified to answer this one.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I don't know if I can describe the affection I have for brilliant, inspirational teachers like Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, Tony Simotes and others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I attended two plays last summer. I am 68 years old, and those plays were among the best theatre I have ever seen in my life. My daughter has been a patient at Austen Riggs in Stockbridge for the past year. She has both attended other wonderful theatre and S. & Co. and been the beneficiary of programs that S & Co. runs for the patients at Austen Riggs. They are, in my view, a wonderfully talented and public-service-minded organization, and they deserve all the support they can get.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their productions and in their outreach to the community, in particular to the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their absolutely first-rate productions

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay off its debts and put itself in a sustainable position for the long-term future, such that it could continue doing some of the best theatre in the United States and, through its educational and outreach programs, train more students and expose more pe

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

The best Shakespeare since the legendary 1960s group in Stratford, CT. If you're anywhere in New England, whether an experienced devotee of the Bard or someone who thought he/she'd never be able to "get into" Shakespeare, you owe it to yourself to see this theater company. A cut above anything else being done in the US today. They also can use substantial financial support, and no arts organization deserves it more. If you have anything to spare to support them, they are truly worthy.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They do Shakespeare in a way that is true, authentic...funny, sad, serious, meaningful and a pleasure to enjoy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, courteous, wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring Shakespeare to school kids all over the United States, teaching them to love language and learning and instilling a lifetime of interest in literature.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I participated in a month-long acting intensive. This workshop was not only fantastic in terms of expanding my horizons and skills as an actor, director and teacher, but also incredibly influential in my life as a creative, open-hearted and socially active individual. It gave me added perspective on the power of the arts in any community, and how much I had to offer in that arena.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of American culture by educating generations of children and teachers in the power of theater to express, challenge and guide the progress of this social experiment called the United States.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Othello took my breath away and Twelfth Night broke my heart. The best Shakespeare company I know. Their education program gives young students the confidence to stand onstage in front of hundreds of their peers and feel confident in themselves and in their text. "I can no other answer make but thanks and thanks and ever thanks."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my lifework. I'm more confident in myself and in my passions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its reach.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the honor to be around so many talented people who are so willing to share their gifts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most passionate, talented and generous people I have ever been blessed to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. Imagine Fall Festival in New York City.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed even longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a lack of funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Shakespeare and Company is an organization that deserves support equal to its impact.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have been involved in The Fall Festival Of Shakespeare for three years. This is a program where esteemed members of Shakespeare & Company staff go into area high schools, and help put on a Shakespeare play. I have been involved both on the stage and behind the scenes. I have met numerous students from other schools. I have learned all about shakespearean language. And i have greatly enjoyed myself.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Allow more students to participate in the Fall Festival, by making the festival cheaper for schools, and thus students would not have to pay an activity fee as large.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Transformative. I've taken various training programs over the years since 1983, when I took my first Linklater voice class with Andrea Haring. I've done two month-long intensives, and assisted the amazing Tina Packer on a production. Their work has informed my aesthetic, challenged me to think about Shakespearean performance in new ways, and introduced me to other producers, performers and scholars that shape my rehearsal process. Since working with Shakespeare & Company I have co-founded two Shakespeare Festivals, and am running one of them now. Shake & Co. is a treasure. I highly recommend their company.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a keener awareness of structure in Shakespearean rhetoric, and an appreciation for the skills that an actor can indeed develop that allows their passion, insight and emotion to be fully expressed in body and voice.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the level of discourse is at its height. They offer classes for professionals. The founders of this organization are highly intelligent and educated, and are actively contributing to the body of knowledge that the rest of us draw on.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, brave, intelligent, educated, sensitive to current events and visionary.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the first replica of The Rose theater creating opportunities for new scholarship and discover. (And employment for many.) It could offer scholarships to talented professionals who need new skills in order to reach their full potential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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