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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 04-2666826
413-637-1199
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Rating: 5 stars  

This remarkable program provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about drama - and more importantly themselves - under the expert tutelage of internationally acclaimed professional actors, technicians, and costumers. The dedication of these professionals to their craft - and more impressively to the students - is a marvel. To see hesitant, often shy, young people blossom before your eyes on stage - in just a matter of weeks - is an extraordinary experience for the adult volunteers. It's a truly transformative experience for the young people themselves.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

A Group of the most amazing and devoted people, who drown themselves in work to put together a feast for all who attend.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

I love live theatre. I particularly enjoy repertoire houses which allow me to see actors rotate though different roles. Unfortunately, I can not afford to see all the theatre I wish to see. Because I volunteer at Shakespeare and Company, I can satisfy my need for theatre.

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

Shakespeare and Company provides training for young actors, directors, designers and more. I spoke at length with an intern from the Midwest last summer who told me how working with S & C provided her with opportunities she might never have had in terms of learning to work in theatre.

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

As I have only worked one summer season to date, I do not feel I know Shakespeare and Company well enough to offer criticism.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a student and employee at Shakespeare&Co throughout high school. It was the center of my life, educationally and socially, especially after leaving public school to pursue my education independently. I hope S&Co can continue to provide opportunities to young people.

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

see above.

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

Give them more money for their great programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a teacher and Drama instructor at one of the high schools that takes part in The Fall Festival of Shakespeare, I can vouch for the enormous benefit of this program to our students. Over the nineteen years I have been involved, I have seen countless numbers of students get so excited about being in a Shakepeare play that they can't wait for school to begin in the fall because it means auditions and rehearsal for the Fall Festival will soon be starting. Many of our students take part in the Festival as they are older students because they have heard so much about it, but many others start as freshmen, some as actors and some as technical crew, and grow into larger character or technical roles as they mature and gain confidence. The day after the Festival finishes, when we have our final meeting at school, called closure, the students express very emotionally what being involved in the Festival has meant to them. It is a day filled with tears, but of the best kind, because the tears acknowledge just how pleased they are to have had this experience, and how much they will miss this very special magical feeling of being on stage with a completely appreciative audience and castmates who have rehearsed together to the point of virtuosity. This program has become the most important part of the performing arts calendar at Springfield Central High School, and is a large part of what helped our school identify itself as a magnet school for the Arts.

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

the effect being part of the Festival has on our Drama students and all of the students for the rest of the year. For many students, this defines them as high school students, giving them a peer group to eat lunch with in the cafeteria. I have also done considerable training with Shakespeare & Company myself, such as the month-long Institute in which I participated in 2002

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

Give them more money so they could continue to do what they do and be able to build the Rose Theatre on the grounds of the property, a project which is currently stalled by lack of funds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been privileged to be a volunteer for many years at Shakespeare & Co. and have been amazed at the dedication of the staff regarding community outreach, youth education programs, and an overall commitment to excellence. I believe that this is one of the finest cultural organizations in our region.

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

changing student's lives through their experiences with the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, which promotes and encourages personal growth and also teamwork and cooperation.

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

try to solicit more involvement from the younger generation, in the form of internships, apprenticeships and volunteer activity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

s&co touches and enriches my life in so many ways. the performances we see are superb and daring and inspiring. the experiences my children have had with s&co in our lenox school system have been beautiful and meaningful. and the artistic training i’ve done at s&co has been invaluable to me as an actor and as a human being. i have deep admiration for the artistic integrity and generosity of s&co and for the hearts and souls of it’s company members.

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

performance, education, and training

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

...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a student at Lee Middle & High School, currently in my senior year, and i have had the pleasure of working with Shake & Co for three years now. I can honestly say that the Fall Festival of Shakespeare is the most fun i have ever had the pleasure of being a part of!

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

My school and my community, as well as my social life.

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

Give it state sponsored funding to help with training and sets

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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare and Company has been a huge part of my life since I moved to the area a few years ago. Every play that they touch, turns to gold. I have had the pleasure of acting in a few plays with S & Co. from a professional and a student level. They are truly a gem in the acting world.

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

the fantastic theaters, watching as they unfold their masterpieces.

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

Have more fantastic plays from Shakespeare and Company!

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