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  

Words cannot express my appreciation for all Shakespeare & Company does for this community and my family, and I'm a writer by trade! My daughter has been involved in Shakespeare & Company's education program since she was in 7th grade. Last year she was given the honor of having a role in S&Co's production of Richard III. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life and has helped her make her decision to pursue acting as a career as she leaves for college. Our lives were made richer by this experience, and we were exposed to more Shakespeare than anyone could dream of. We are so lucky to have this amazing company in our area. I tell everyone to encourage their children to be part of the education program and I just signed up to volunteer for next season. The productions are outstanding, the professionalism immense and the quality of instruction, stellar! I cannot say enough about this company.

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

Creating friends within the company, watching my daughter grow as an actor, learning about Shakespeare in deep and meaningful ways.

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

Add more performances year round.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Been there 5 times for the classic Shakespeare plays - awesome experience and great actors! We need it to continue!

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

Shakespeare's plays and more

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

keep it running!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Training at this company last summer in the Summer Young Company, Interning, performing, and watching many of the shows night after night has brought me invaluable knowledge and experience about the world of theatre, as well as very strong and personal love for the works of Shakespeare and storytelling. The Company is so united in working as an ensemble of creative artists, each with different skill sets, but all working cohesively to create great theatre and a wonderful atmosphere to work, learn, and play.

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

being a part of the Summer Young Company Program

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

n/a

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The training I received at the Shakespeare & Co. Intensive monrth-long workshop informed my teaching and my performing for many years. This is a company that takes very seriously the power and possibility of the complete human . In an era dominated by mediated entertainment, it is inspiring to experience what this company can do with fit bodies, barre-naked voices, dynamic speech, and respect for the text. Their performances are always full of lively surprises, but refreshingly free of gimmickry.

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

The training I received helped me in directing college students, in teching Acting and Oral Interpetation, and in performing Shakespeare myself

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

Selfish, but I wish it were not so far into the beautiful Berkshores, so it would be easier for me to attend more performances.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have done multiple workshops with Shakespeare & Company and they have all benefitted me as a teacher, an actor and a human being. I think it is their extraordinary humane approach to Shakespeare and the art of sharing his words that sets them apart as trainers and mentors. I don't think my acting or my teaching would be what they are today if I hadn't been opened up as a human being by Shakes & Co. It is their focus on an artist's humanity that encourages a deeper ability to connect to an audience and to give them a richer experience of Shakespeare - and any writer - because actors trained by Shakes & Co reveal more on stage.

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

workshop settings. I have taken the month-long intensive; I have been there as a trainee teacher; I have taken clowning, rhetoric and Shakespeare and the feminine from the company.

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

make sure they had more funding.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I teach acting in Boston, and was fortunate to participate in a weekend workshop with Shakespeare & Co. a number of years ago. My experience with them was truly inspirational. It gave me a new love and passion for the words of Shakespeare. Despite having previously earned an MFA in theatre, I never realized the honesty and soul to Shakespeare's work, until I encountered the folks at Shakespeare & Co.

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

Based upon my workshop experience with Shakespeare & Co., I was able to bring a new passion for the words of Shakespeare back to my own work as an actor and teacher of acting.

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

Expand their touring program.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I are from Washington state and started attending Shakespeare & Company summer productions in Massachusetts two years ago while in Massachusetts visiting an elderly relative. She fell in love with Shakespeare at 8 years old and I credit the intimacy, immediacy (and affordability) of the Shakespeare & Co venues. We've seen something in every theater on the site the past two summers and are planning our next trip east around the upcoming season. Even though my daughter doesn't understand all the words, our proximity to the actors and their ability to make Shakespeare's intentions so well understood have meant that she has vastly enjoyed the plays. We have seen other Shakespeare productions since in Seattle and I have been to many, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, but we both rank the Lenox company as the best! The relatively low ticket prices, free demonstrations, and free short productions, make them particularly accessible for families and others who otherwise could not afford to enjoy such performances as often. My daughter raved so much about the free show "More Words, More Play" last year that we returned with to see it again with two other families (including 4 more kids under 12). I can't say enough good about the venue, the actors, the productions or the experience - I just wish we didn't have to travel 3000+ miles to enjoy it every summer!

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We paid to attend shows in both indoor theaters and also attended free demonstrations and performances in the outdoor theatre. The most amazing aspect was to see how much the children we brought (7-12) enjoyed the productions. This is particularly true for my daughter who (at 8 and 9) has been fully entranced by the full length Shakespeare plays we saw there.

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

I just hope they can continue to offer free productions as well as their paid performances. It makes it possible to make a whole day of our visit (as it is still a couple hours from where we stay when visiting Mass.) without breaking the bank and is particularly good for introducing children to theater, and Shakespeare in particular.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

i love Shakespeare, it is absolutely amazing. no where else will you find a more devoted group of people that help and train teenagers the language of Shakespeare and have the ability to work with them and create a play with i.

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

fall festival of Shakespeare

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

not do anything except have a spring festival

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare & Co. is an amazing organization, especially in the field of education/teacher preparation. In 2001, I participated in a month-long seminar sponsoted by the National Endowment for the Humanties. Twenty-five teachers, froma cross the country, learned the most effective ways to teach Shakespeare through performance, as well as what it's like to act Shakespeare. It was an incredible, transformative experience and changed the way I did certain things in the classroom. Because of the seminar, for years I have participated in the NYC Student Shakespeare Festival with students from Grade 2-7. I have used everything I learned in my classroom, and much of the knowledge cuts across the curriculum.

I also participated in many workshops given by the Training Department, including Making a Personal Connection to the Text, Dropping In, and Text Analysis.

Their productions are clear and emotionally accessible.

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

the way I teach my classes. Specifically, this includes working collaboratively, finding joy in learning, and making Shakespeare totally accessible to chlidren.

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

offer more workshops in New York City.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It was pure chance that I attended a weekend workshop and WOW what a difference a weekend can make. I discovered that my voice could rumble my rib cage and that performing Shakespeare is ...well...FUN. Dennis is truly a Master teacher.

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

my work as a librarian and my acting.

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

offer more sessions on the West Coast.

 
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