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  

8 people found this review helpful

Shakespeare & Company has been a central part of our life for the past 6 years through their Fall Festival program with local high schools. Both of our children participated in the Shakespeare program at their school, and it is impossible to praise it highly enough. The program was incredibly enjoyable to them, while improving their language skills, poise, and opportunities to interact with other area youth. I love Shakespeare & Co and wish them success in future endeavors. I support them wholeheartedly.

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

the ways I've seen my children grow over the years as a result of Shakespeare & Co's programs.

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

give them more support.

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

how enthusiastic they are about the work that they do.

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

always high caliber, well trained, and enthusiastic.

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

do a world of good with students. Honestly, I can't stress enough how important their Fall Festival work in the schools is.

Ways to make it better...

they could continue to keep their charge to public schools affordable for Fall Festival.

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

financial stability.

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

Shakespeare & Co deserves all the support we can give it. We would truly be worse off as a society without it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

We saw the play Dangerous Liaisons, and we both thought the play was awesome. There was plenty of humor built into this story of plotting and backstabbing. Actors and actress were professional and well prepared, while being able to connect with the audience. Would love to see it again.

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

Friendly and Professional

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I attended several weekend intensives in San Francisco which not only strengthened my skill in performing Shakespeare, but inspired me to produce and perform several plays: an all-female Merchant of Venice ( in conjunction with Woman's Will) and small-cast Macbeth (at the Loading Zone in Santa Rosa). I noticed a huge improvement in my vocal ability in performing outdoor Shakespeare after studying with Virgina Ness Ray, a teacher at Shakespeare and Co. Within a semester of her class I went from a rather weak Tatania one season to a clear and funny Olivia the next. Shakespeare and Co teaches the connection of language to body and breath which are so crucial and enlivening for performers and audience; I felt the language resonate in my bones as I performed: my breath supporting and opening my voice. Shakespeare and Co.'s teachers and coaches are committed, encouraging and inspiring. I attribute the joy and success of my experiences directly to Shakespeare and Co.'s excellent technique and training.

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

Please see previous statement

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

n/a

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

Skill-building and inspired me to perform and produce Shakespeare.

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

encouraging, patient and incredibly inspiring

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

continue it's very important mission and add more scholarships.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

funding

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

please see statement on previous page. My experiences with Shakespeare and Company intensely enhanced my artistic life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Each summer my husband and I make Lenox part of our vacation. We always make sure we see at least one or two productions by Shakespeare & Company, and also visit Tanglewood. We love staying at the Seven Hills Inn, by the way! It's next door to the mansion owned by Wharton. A very nice week each year.

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

the arts experience.

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

always cordial and knowledgable.

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

serve even more patrons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My family has attended many of the free offerings in the summertime. S&Co;does a FANTASTIC job making the performing arts (and Shakespeare) alive and accessible in the best ways, and still remain true to the the bard. We love it!

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

Massachusetts?

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

Great, non-stuffy art that my video game-addicted children actually enjoy and never complain about going to.

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

Actors--always willing to answer questions (especially from the kids).

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

Travel and share their great art with more audiences, finish the Rose Theater helping bring an authentic Shakespeare experience to New England

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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