Shakespeare & Company, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   391 reviews

Address:

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a coach and consultant for organizations and I specialize in transfomrational change work. I have worked with the faculty and experienced the workshops they offer in the community. They not only create much better actors and therefore performances for our community ...which helps us all be better human beings...but these experiences change the lives of those who participate and that benefits everyone they know and interact with. If you grant S and Co your award you will be contributing in a profound and transformative way to the lives of individuals and our entire community. YOu will increase our humanity and that is an amazing return on your investment.

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

A workshop offered by David Demke to S and Co actors last May.

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

Have them offer more Shakespeare in more venues!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Training is a key component of the work of Shakespeare & Company. This is not just something the company gives lip service to, but is an integral part of every aspect of the day-to-day life of the company. My theatre students who have trained there have received incredible guidance in Linklater voice work, rhetoric, and physical embodiment of text. The Month-Long Intensive is an artistic and personal life-changing experience.

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

My teaching has been enormously affected by my work with Shakespeare & Company. I am more open and collaborative in my approach and have various specific exercises I now regularly use that are based on the work I have both participated in and observed at Shakespeare & Company.

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

Get the word out about the training so more actors could participate

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I started my involvement with Shakespeare & Company's Educational programs when I was twelve years old. I participated in plays at my school (residencies), The Fall Festival, Shakespeare & Young Company, etc. I always found the teachers and directors to be professional, dedicated and passionate about the theater. As a teenager, I felt like their programs gave me an outlet to learn about Shakespeare, theater
and more so myself. I had the chance to be heard and to really listen to my peers. I made lasting connections with other students. These programs really touched my life and I'm still grateful to have been a part of them. It also inspired me to make a life and career in the theater, which I do today.

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

their education program, training program, through seeing their plays and working there.

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

n/a

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

S&C offer terrific Shakespeare training for professional artists as well as workshops for children, adults and teachers. I have been to quite a number of these workshops and have always come back inspired, excited and full of new knowledge & ideas. The care that the staff puts into making sure that every student has a fulfilling experience is phenomenal. I can think of no worthier institution for consideration for this award.

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

Training.

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

That they offer even more workshops in the fall and spring.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I've run NEH institutes for teachers of Shakespeare of my own at the Univ of Maryland, but what Sh & Co does is far, far more powerful. All of their programs, from the schools of Massachusetts to national institutes for teachers change lives. Kevin Coleman is the heart of the operation. He has the most profound and compelling vision of what literature, specifically drama, super-specifically Shakespeare, can do in our classrooms at every level. He is a genius at education (leading folks out of narrownesses) and "inducation" (leading folks into their core fears and hopes. For many Shakespeare, literature, and the arts, are decoration, icons for culture. For Kevin and everyone at Sh & Co, they are the core of what just might make us more human and humane.

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

Improving my own university teaching but giving me the confidence to break free of known ideas and exploring the much riskier and more exciting things that happen when students embody the primal issues Shakespeare's plays seem calculated to allow/force us to experience.

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

Get Kevin time to capture what he does before he gets old...like me.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have nothing but high praise for Shakespeare & Company. The dedication, support and devotion the entire company and staff showed me throughout and beyond the training period is beyond compare. The work is profound and life changing with lasting impact. Shakespeare & Company is without a doubt, the finest and most thorough Shakespeare training program in the nation.

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

My field of interest - acting.

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

I'd make it longer.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been connected with S&Co in a variety of ways since 1989. Initially I came down to visit a friend who was training with the company. At that point I was blown away by the productions - they were so accessible to all audience members. Subsequently I attended two month-long training sessions and could not get enough of this incredibly powerful work. From there I trained with one of their faculty privately and started to help teach at the workshops. And finally I graduated to full faculty myself. Although it has been a few years since I have worked for the company I still believe it is the best place in North America to learn how to perform Shakespeare and their public productions lead the way in terms of how one continues to make Shakespeare accessible, relevant and fun for all. This company truly merits all the support it gets.

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

all levels, as stated in my review.

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

Nothing springs to mind.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Shakespeare & Co came to my school when I was 16. They set the place ablaze. Kids from all parts of the school came together and explored and learned and performed. They came back several times, and it became a highlight and transformational experience for our town. I now run a Shakespeare company in Boston, and have met colleagues from across the US who testify to the transformational influence of Shakespeare & Co on their actors, directors, and teachers. They are pioneers and a treasure. Thank you to Shakespeare & Co for all you do and have done for many generations of theater-goers and students.

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

see above

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

cheer them on as they become more and more financially stable. Go, go, go!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I've enjoyed being an audience member numerous times at Shakespeare & Company, every year since I discovered it more than 15 years ago. I've also taken their weekend seminars for the fine professional training. This is an unusually distinctive company. The best production I've ever seen was a Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Shakespeare & Company.

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

my college teaching work and in my own work on stage.

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

give them money enough to bring Shakespeare to all the schools in the world.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Training with a quality second to none. So passionate, knowledgable and dedicated, the whole faculty is focused on engaging, encouraging and enlivening this and the next generations in the joy of Shakespeare.

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

Every aspect of my work and career since first working with them

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

Encourage the innovation and freshness of their training programs to influence their productions.

 
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