Shakespeare & Company, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   391 reviews


70 Kemble Street Lenox MA 01240 USA


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.


Performance - fy15 consisted of 9 productions across 2 indoor and 2 outdoor stages on a 33-acre campus in the berkshire hills of ma; over 38,000 attendees participating in 263 public performances: 4 shakespeare plays, 4 contemporary plays, 1 original dance presentation; in addition, 26 opportunities for in-depth discussions and/or behind the scenes tours for interested members of the community. Rooted in shakespeare's work and elizabethan ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony, and committed to nurturing creative impulses, exploring themes of human experience, and influencing future generations, productions demonstrate a commitment to language, classical ideals, physical prowess, and a contemporary voice.

education - fy15 consisted of flagship, nationally-recognized program "fall festival of shakespeare" involving nearly 500 students from 10 different high schools in ny and ma, each exploring a shakespeare play and presenting it to each other and their communities; 16 adolescent offenders in need of support participating in an effective and action-oriented 6-week courts' program as alternate to traditional sentencing (i. E. , "sentenced to shakespeare"), which has been celebrated at a white house ceremony and honored as an outstanding community arts program with a gold star award from the massachusetts cultural council; new england tour of shakespeare furthers classical literacy in 75 communities' schools from new jersey to maine with performances and smaller-scale student workshops, all a part of the national endowment for the arts' "shakespeare in american communities"; 6 elementary or middle school residencies, with multi-week in-depth explorations of events and themes in shakespeare culminating in performances for the communities from long island to the berkshires; 7 "riotous youth" programs designed to introduce young actors (7-15 yr. Olds) to shakespeare's heightened language, imaginative stories and extreme situations through creative and collaborative activities; 3 "young company" programs of deeper training for 16-20 year-olds, including paid public performances; 2 week-long professional development programs catering to up to 25 high school teachers of shakespeare exploring and redefining a student's experience of shakespeare while inspiring deeper appreciation, wonder and delight.

training - fy15 consisted of rigorous programs in voice, text, clown, stage fight, rhetoric and movement are offered to theatre professionals in new england and throughout the united states: month-long residential actor training workshop for up to 60 participants; 5-week-long residential summer training institute for up to 40 college-aged actors; several week-long and up to a dozen weekend intensive studies offered around the country.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The level of professionalism of the directors, costumers, lighting/sound techs, set designers and all the staff is unsurpassed. They work side-by-side with our students teaching them performance skills as well as directing and production skills. This is truly a unique program which stays with kids for a lifetime. I personally have seen kids go into this program as a normal everyday teenager and in 9 short weeks come out more mature, dedicated to academics, focused and ready to take on the world. I can't say enough about Kevin Coleman and his dedication to every single student who participates in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Long Live S & Co!

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

the last 10 years of coordinating the education program of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare from Shakespeare & Co.

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

give them a million dollars so they could expand the education program for every school. Truly amazing!

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through previous experiences at school

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

keep putting on fabulous productions and provide this exerience to high school students

What is its top priority in the long run?

community outreach and bringing the world of Shakespeare to a wider public

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have hosted productions and workshops by S&Co. for several years at our high school. Our students LOVE Shakespeare as a result and can not wait(!) for future productions! The energy and enthusiasm that these actors bring to their craft is amazing and inspirational.

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

the positive ways that our students view the art of Shakespeare.

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

not change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with students as Faculty Advisor to the Fall Festival of Shakespeare for 10 years. They are an organization who is truly committed to students and education. Students learn by doing and by participating. The directors and technicians are willing to give their time and egergy to ensure that the students grow personally and artistically. It is a pleasure to work with this organization.

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

seeing the growth of my students. Students learn, not only about Shakespeare, but also about themselves and their relationships with others.

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

change nothing! They do a great job and we have been totally pleased with our association with them.

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