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  

I had an excellent time at the weekend intensive I took with Dave Demke. Even though the workshop was relatively short, it gave me a fantastic new perspective on my work in the theater and in Shakespeare. The Linklater voice work was particularly useful, as was the training on how to analyze the First Folio for clues in how to speak certain lines. My needs were met and my limits were pushed, and the result was that I felt much more confident in my knowledge and abilities. Shakespeare & Company is an amazingly valuable organization.

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

My performance as an actor, and the higher quality of performance amongst other actors I know who have received training from Shakespeare & Company.

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

Bring them closer to where I live so that I could participate in more of their programs.

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?

My mother, an Equity actress, took a workshop with them and recommended them to me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare & Co. is a magnificent organization for its performances and contributions to our community. My children have taken summer programs in which they learned a lot about Shakespeare, acting and themselves. My son has performed in his high school's productions for the Shakespeare Fall Festival and they have been outstanding, as have those of the other high schools. Having of been a resident of Lenox for twenty years and watched Shakespeare & Co. up close, I couldn't ask for a better organization to entertain and inspire us.

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

as a theatre goer and parent of children who have taken the organization's programs

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

no changes; it's perfect the way it is!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just finishes the moth long intensive for actors in January, and it was life-changing for me as an actor, director, teacher, and as a human being. I have spent the month since I returned home working out how and when I can get back for more training. I have a good bit of training and experience in the field, but this is the training I have always hoped I would find. I want more.

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

my teaching, my directing, my acting, and my partenting.

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

not sure what I would change.... It is an intricately woven fabric.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare and Company has changed my life for the better in the most profound ways. The intensive training program I participated in has helped me in the work I do in a wide variety of ways, and having come to more deeply understand myself and Shakespeare has immeasurably enriched my life.

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

the training programs they run

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

Can't think of anything

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Rating: 5 stars  

Six of my children had the pleasure of partaking in our schools' production for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Each child came away with valuable knowledge of Shakespeare and how it relates to them. I witnessed my shyest child interpret her character with tremendous zeal. Everyday I picked them up from play practice, they were eager to tell me everything that went on. It opened our parent-child communications. The directors imparted their knowledge and skill in a fun and informative way. I can't thank Shakespeare and Co. enough for all they did for my family

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

my family

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

bring a satellite group closer to my county so that our children could take part in even more activities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a graduate of both the Summer Training Institute and the Conservatory program, and I hope to return to work at Shake & Co again. I've found the training environment to be safe, supportive, and conducive to doing good work. The training I received from the company is really the sum of my actor training, and I think there is hardly a better place to study Linklater voice than at the company where all the designations are held. More than just their training programs, however, I've seen first hand the wonderful work they do in the Education department, and the mainstages. The company is filled with good people committed to doing good theatre, and that is sometimes hard to find.

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

STI and the Conservatory

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

Give them more money so they can keep developing their programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I live in Cambridge, MA, but we make sure to spend at least a week in the Berkshires every summer to do a blitz of all Shakespeare & Co. productions. We find most of their interpretations of the Bard to be fresh, though we sometimes question the acting. Tina Packer's "Women of Will" last season was masterful--an exposition of Shakespeare's works by a professional who has spent many years studying the plays and speaking about them with Shakespeare scholars. The company is unique.

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

the theater.

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

Be a bit more careful in casting.

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

A lot

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?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in a winter month-long intensive and found it to be both inspirational and transformative. I can't wait to go back to Shakespeare & Company and participate in another training.

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

my teaching and performing

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

do anything I could to enable them to continue to offer such trainings and expand their reach in the schools

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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare and Company is the most extra-ordinary theater company I have ever had the good fortune to study with. Their education program changed my life, and I cannot express how eternally grateful I am. Shakespeare and Co brings together talented, passionate, and generous people, and I know of no organization more deserving of support.

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

teaching children Shakespeare

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

expand the education program

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?

Friend's recommendation

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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare and Company, Inc. has provided my children's schools with outstanding guidance and support making Shakespeare come alive to middle and high school English students. Their very professional and experienced approach has encouraged parents to scramble to find funding to continue these programs.

In addition to providing education programs, the company provides an outstanding theater program spanning classical to avant garde works. The Bard 's influence continues even as the group builds toward a vision of community theater suited to the upcoming generation of playwrights. The physical theater space reflects the open and engaging philosophy of this group.

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

As a theater goer and as a parent observing their work in our schools, I've personally experienced the work of Shakespeare and Co.

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

Not make any

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