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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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the January Intensive two years ago, and I'm STILL mining the discoveries about myself to be a more generous actor and authentic person. The Intensive stretched and grew me in ways I hadn't had in years, if ever. It's NOT for sissies; fourteen-hour days in six-day weeks will take you beyond what you thought you could do, and they'll bust you on old habits and mannerisms and life-cheating inauthenticities, which isn't pretty. But when confronting self-defeating barriers, their message isn't, "you're not good enough" but rather "this isn't worthy of you," meaning, "you're capable of greatness and I want to see it!" It's a tremendous gift when someone (and in Shakespeare & Co.'s case, everyone) takes a stand for the personal truth and passion you've been hiding from. The entire faculty is rooting for your truest, most life-affirming self to emerge, and the spirit of compassion and generosity runs deep and wide here.

Further, spending a month with some forty-odd other people who seek to show up and take themselves on in the name of Shakespeare and Art is nothing short of awe-inspiring. You'll adore these people for the rest of your life.

Again, not for the faint of heart, but if you really want to find depth and freedom in your work, it's a jolly good place to start. Worth every single penny, whether it boosts your career or not (and it often does).

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

my ability to mine the richness of Shakespeare's language for a visceral, immediate and passionate human experience.

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

let everyone sleep in ONE morning, in the middle of the second week during the Intensive. I'd be happy to stay an extra day at the end to make it up...

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have attended many performances at Shakespeare & Co. We have never been disappointed. The plays -- including cast and directing -- as well as the beautiful Berkshires setting, has been extraordinary. Shakespeare & Co. is also known for its community outreach and its training. We now spend our summers in the Berkshires. We depend on Shakespeare & Co to provide the best in theatrical performances year after year.

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

Yes

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

I can't think of a thing.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

This is an oustanding organization that pervides a quality service for it's community.

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

I've experienced results in my profession after I attended classes and seminars at their Theater. I have a new appreciation fir my craft.

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

I would not make changes to this organization. Onnly make it more accessible to the communitee.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My younger daughter attends the Shakespeare & Company summer camp programs. My older daughter did Fall Fest, and Young Company. The staff is dedicated and knowledgeable, not just on the topic of the wordsmith himself, but also on child psychology etc. I am grateful to Shakespeare & Company that they have given my girls an outlet for their creative energy and opened a world to them that they would never have seen otherwise. Also- Best performance of Midsummer's ever!

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

watching my children gain confidence on stage through experiences at Shakespeare & Company

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

have millions of dollars gifted to them by anonymous donors- I can't think of any changes.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Shakespeare and Company can only be described as excellent. The highly knowledgeable staff gave me most of the tools and skills that I use today. A truly wonderful organization that changes the lives of so many.

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

all aspects of my life

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

No change needed

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare and Company is a WONDERFUL organization! Having participated in both Fall Festival and Shakespeare and Young Company, I can honestly say that Shake and Co is a place that CHANGES LIVES! Thank you!

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

all aspects of my life...

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

keep it just the way it is!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended S&Co's month-long intensive a couple of years ago and LOVED it. Not only did it help me build great practical skills such as vocal and physical fitness, the creativity with which they teach is second to none. I would go back in a heartbeat. This company REALLY deserves this award. I would write a hundred reviews if it would help!

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

My professional acting career, in the way I approach classical text. I also became a much more open-minded person even outside of acting. It was truly a life-changing experience.

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

Do nothing, seriously.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Initially, the Dallas Shakespeare Festival

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Open-mindedness toward both people and approach to my acting work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended the month long intensive at Shakespeare & Co and it was te best actor training I've received thus far in my career. The time they spent with each one of us and their attention and care for all of our various needs and talents was truly extraordinary. This is the only training I've participated in where the students felt like a family and ensemble instead of competitors. They do beautiful work and changed my acting for the better. I am so glad they exist!

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

My self esteem, talent, and career

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

Make them more affordable and make them build a branch in NYC so I could work with them all the time!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare and Company made me want to sell my possessions, pack up, and go live in a cottage on their grounds for the rest of my life. Their passion, excitement, dedication, and undying love for their work is palpable from the moment you step onto the property. All of the teaching I experienced here, while being vast and mind-blowing, was suffused with a depth and love of the work that made my time here life-changing. The passion is infectious - it permeates every person who arrives here.

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

my own acting work and my life.

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

write them a huge check so they could expand their programs and fix up more of the buildings on their property to increase their housing capabilities.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have returned to Shakespeare & Company several times to train as a teacher and artist, and to bring my students to see the annual High School Shakespeare festival & for them to take workshops. This year, Shakespeare & Co. graciously sent a teacher to help me with our Shakespeare production - what an AMAZING experience for all!!! This organization is truly the best in training teachers, artists and young people in the dynamic art of playing Shakespeare. They help all to get to the truth of the humanity of the characters & ourselves, while teaching us how to PLAY fully!!! Truly tremendous organization that gives and gives and gives to the communities that surround it and also succeeds in reaching-out far afield, sending teachers all over New England and the nation and touring their wonderful productions. Fantastic place!

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

Improvement in my artistry and teaching because of their training. Artistic inspiration and improvement of skills in my students They have been VERY generous with their resources - people, advice, arranging accommodations and workshops for my students and scripts.

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

GIVE THEM LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY TO KEEP DOING THEIR FABULOUS WORK!!!

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