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Shakespeare & Company, Inc.
February 28, 2011

Shakespeare and Company are successful in pursuit of (at least) two important goals. They produce and present excellent regional theater including wonderful productions of several Shakespeare plays each year. Perhaps more importantly, they are working to produce a new generation of actors and theater lovers. This work includes training for actors and the "fall festival" program where members of the resident company work with local high schools to cast and produce a Shakespeare play that is performed in the high school and then brought to the theater in Lenox, MA for a 2-3 day festival where each high school cast performs their work and shares in the love of the work and of theater. For the teens who participate the experience can be transforming, and generates a life long interest in the plays, the language and in theater generally. I have seen few regional theater companies who directly serve such a broad range of ages and audiences, and do so with outstanding results.

The Great!

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

I have attended many productions and encouraged my children to participate in their programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Create/extend some adult education programs - perhaps including lectures or scene labs.

More feedback

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Matching gift program.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Financial crisis created shortage of funds for organization. I responded because I know how important this organization is for the community.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This is not only a great arts organization, but an important contributor to the education and well-being of young people in the community as well.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Donor & I have contributed to the organization and been a supporter for many years.

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