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Shakespeare & Company Education The Education Program strives to bring the classical works of Shakespeare alive and into the lives of students and teachers alike.
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Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program strives to bring the classical poetry and plays of Shakespeare alive and into the lives of as many students and teachers as possible in ways that are personally meaningful, educationally inspiring, and theatrically compelling. One of the most extensive arts-in-education programs in the northeast, Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program reaches more than 40,000 students and teachers each year with innovative, socially responsive, and educationally challenging performances, workshops and residencies.

Mission: To meet the demands of classical theatre built on language, we must help students to breathe more deeply, free their voices, and commit their bodies through acting, stage combat, and dance. We must teach them to speak sublime poetry with clear thought and deep feeling; to listen openly and respond passionately and reflectively; to embrace the paradox of human nature as it is expressed in dramatic situations; and to be sensitive, flexible, and expansive mentally, physically, and emotionally. We must help them to become inclusive in relationships and honest with themselves and others, and to add their energy to the group through conviction — or through conviction, to stand alone. We must help them to practice both success and failure, to give and receive praise, support, and criticism, and we must lead them to a more vital experience of their own and others’ humanity. This is the masterpiece we are committed to creating.

Shakespeare & Company
01/21/2017

Shakespeare & Company

"Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard." ~Joan la Pucelle, 'Henry VI, Part One'-1.2.

We wish everyone participating in the Women's March on Washington and all Sister Marches across the country our strongest support! Show them all of your passion, drive, and courage like any brilliant Shakespeare heroine!

Photo: Kevin Sprague
Plays: Richard III, King Lear, and Hamlet
Actresses: Leia Espericueta as Lady Anne, Kristen Wold as Cordelia, and Kate Abbruzzese as Hamlet

Shakespeare & Company
12/08/2016

Shakespeare & Company

Don't forget! Tonight at 7PM, a staged reading of 'Flight of the Monarch' featuring Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Company actor Tod Randolph!

FREE with a suggested donation, Elaine P. Bernstein Theatre! See you tonight!! #IntheBerkshires #freetheatre #nightout

Fall Festival of Shakespeare
11/30/2016

Fall Festival of Shakespeare

After this past weekend's cancellations of shows due to the weather, Taconic Hills High School and Chatham High School will present their productions on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD at the Tina Packer Playhouse!

This event is free for everyone, and no tickets necessary for entry! Please see the schedule below; we can't wait to see you there! #taconichillshighschool #chathamhighschool #shakespeare #theatre

Shakespeare & Company
11/30/2016
Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company

With one door closing as another one opens, we go behind the scenes as our new Artistic Director Allyn Burrows directs Actors' Shakespeare Project latest production of 'The Tempest', and how he finds parallels between the play and the changing world around us. #shakespeare #theatre #thetempest

Shakespeare & Company
06/15/2016

Shakespeare & Company

A round of applause for our very own Kevin G. Coleman, Shakespeare & Company Director of Education, who was a finalist in this years Tony Awards, nominated for the award for Excellence in Theatre Education. Kevin has been at the helm of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare for 27 years. We are so proud of his nomination and grateful for everything he does, both at Shakespeare & Company and in our community. Thank you and congratulations, Kevin.

Photo by: John Dolan Photographer

http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/education_award.html

Did you know that Financial assistance is available, in the form of partial scholarships, work-study, and paid positions...
03/31/2016
Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory - Education

Did you know that Financial assistance is available, in the form of partial scholarships, work-study, and paid positions for our Summer Conservatory?

There are also additional available scholarships, pending eligibility requirements:
• Berkshire Resident Scholarship – for full time Berkshire county residents.
• Mari and Kenneth Share Scholarship Fund - for African American student/actors.

Please call (413) 637-1199 x172 or Contact Jenna Ware to find out more.

Popular spring and summer theatre program designed for youth age 17-20 to begin or continue their actor training.

03/22/2016
Shakespeare & Young Company Experience, Rachel

"One of the biggest things that Shakespeare & Young Company taught me was to be open and take a risk."

Check out what Rachel had to say about her experience with Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory! Interested in joining? Drop a line to Jenna Ware at [email protected]. Know someone who is? Share this post!

03/21/2016
Shakespeare & Young Company Summer Conservatory Experience, Gwen

"With guidance from fantastic teachers, Shakespeare's plays allow anyone to make a connection with the text. Shakespeare & Young Company means the world to me and was one of the best decisions I ever made."

Check out what Gwen had to say about her experience with Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory! Interested in joining? Drop a line to Jenna Ware at [email protected]. Know someone who is? Share this post!

03/18/2016
Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory Experience, Ally

"Shakespeare & Young Company gave me the opportunity to play a part that I wouldn't normally be cast as, and that I thought to be very different from myself, and through that challenge discovered all these different aspects of myself and I think that is some of the important work that Shakespeare & Company and does."

Check out what Ally had to say about her experience with Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory! Interested in joining? Drop a line to Jenna Ware at [email protected].

03/17/2016
Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory Experience

"You will study Shakespeare in a profound and revealing way, explore and experience what it means to be a young actor, and be a part of and help shape a company."

Check out what Max has to say about his time at Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory! Interested in joining? Email Jenna Ware at [email protected]. Know someone who might be interested? Share this post!

03/16/2016
Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory, Georges

"I learned so much about Shakespeare, about acting, about myself - and I made such good friends along the way."

Check out what Georges has to say about his Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory experience! Thinking of joining the program? Send an email to [email protected]. Know an aspiring young actor? Share this post!

03/15/2016
Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory Experience

"Shakespeare & Young Company, thank you for the best summer of my life."

Check out what Dvorah had to say about her 2015 experience at Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Conservatory. Interested in joining the Summer Conservatory? Email Jenna Ware, Associate Director of Education at [email protected]. And stay tuned for more Young Company experience videos!

Did you know that Shakespeare & Company has summer programs for kids? Riotous Youth is a series of 2-week summer theatre...
03/07/2016
Riotous Youth - Education

Did you know that Shakespeare & Company has summer programs for kids? Riotous Youth is a series of 2-week summer theatre programs designed to introduce students age 7 to 15 to the language and ideas in Shakespeare, providing the opportunity to explore and perform a play from our main stage season. Know of a family looking for summertime opportunities, or a kid who love theatre? Please share!

A series of 2-week summer theatre programs designed to introduce students age 7 to 15 to the language and ideas in Shakespeare, providing the opportunity to explore and perform a play from our mainstage season.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess! Our Publicity Director, Molly Clancy, helps celebrate Read Across America Day with Lenox 4th ...
03/02/2016

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess! Our Publicity Director, Molly Clancy, helps celebrate Read Across America Day with Lenox 4th graders and The Lorax! #readacrossamerica #shakeandco #intheberkshires — in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Our Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare is NOW on stage in the Tina Packer Playhouse, presenting Macbeth for local sc...
02/25/2016

Our Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare is NOW on stage in the Tina Packer Playhouse, presenting Macbeth for local school groups. You can bring The Tour to your school, college, or community venue - call to reserve seats at 413-637-1199 ext. 123 or email [email protected]
#shakeandco #intetheberkshires

AUDITIONS for Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Session, are going on now! Classical training for actors ages 16-20. C...
02/23/2016

AUDITIONS for Shakespeare & Young Company, Summer Session, are going on now! Classical training for actors ages 16-20. Contact [email protected] to schedule an audition. Spread the word, share this post!

Riotous Youth rehearses the Battle of Agincourt for their performances tomorrow! Join us at the Rose Footprint Theatre a...
07/23/2015

Riotous Youth rehearses the Battle of Agincourt for their performances tomorrow! Join us at the Rose Footprint Theatre anytime from 10am - 1pm to see our youngest actors performing scenes from Henry V.

07/20/2015
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We still have a few slots left in Riotous Youth Company.

We're looking for students going into grades 9-12, who have worked with us before (Fall Festival, Riotous Youth, Residencies).

Students will be led by Education Artists Luke Reed, Kelly Galvin and Caitlin Kraft. Comment below if you're interested or know someone who is!

It's Costume Day at Riotous Youth! Our youngest actors are exploring the characters and themes in Shakespeare’s plays.
07/03/2015

It's Costume Day at Riotous Youth! Our youngest actors are exploring the characters and themes in Shakespeare’s plays.

"Great way to introduce your kids to Shakespeare" - Berkshire Family Focus
07/03/2015
Parent's Eye Review: S&Co.'s 'Henry V' — highly recommended for parents and teens - Berkshire...

"Great way to introduce your kids to Shakespeare" - Berkshire Family Focus

Henry V By William Shakespeare; directed by Jenna Ware Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Ave., Lenox June 18-Aug. 23 Tickets are $24.50 and up, shakespeare.org. I was happy to be invited to attend opening night of Shakespeare & Company’s “Henry V” last Friday night. Even in the rain, the drive to and…

We're looking forward to this 'bare Bard' performance of Henry V running June 18 through August 23. Anyone have a favori...
06/08/2015
With Ryan Winkles in title role, "Henry V" explores the absurdity of war

We're looking forward to this 'bare Bard' performance of Henry V running June 18 through August 23.

Anyone have a favorite Henry V quote to share?! #SCO15

Using some of the most beautiful and heart-breaking language in all of Shakespeare, Prince Hal takes on the crown, rallies his exhausted troops and sets forth to repair his post-civil war nation.

Click the link below to hear an Interview with Kevin Coleman and Theatre Talk's Bob & Sally Sugarman on WBTN!
05/13/2015
More Theatre Talk

Click the link below to hear an Interview with Kevin Coleman and Theatre Talk's Bob & Sally Sugarman on WBTN!

Discussing all aspects of theatre

05/06/2015

Spring Shakespeare & Young Company Performances are this Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm in the #PackerPlayhouse #InTheBerkshires. Both original pieces are derived from various Shakespeare plays and include excerpts from over half the Canon. Do you have your tickets? #SCO15

03/19/2015
Theatre Educator Kevin Coleman: Tony Award Nomination

Thanks for sending in your videos everyone! #GiveKevinColemanATONY #NominateMyTeacher #SCO15

Theatre Educator Tony Award video nomination for Kevin Coleman, Director of Education at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare
03/12/2015

Fall Festival of Shakespeare

AUDITIONS for Shakespeare & Young Company happening now through May. Young Company is where high school and college students age 16–20 can begin or continue their actor training. Train, work, and play in the thick of the Shakespeare & Company professional performance season. Click the link below for more info: http://www.shakespeare.org/education/for-youth/shakespeare-young-company/

03/09/2015

We need you! Annie Considine is nominating Kevin G. Coleman for a Tony Award, it's the first ever Theater Education Award presented at the Tony's and we know Kevin can win with your help.

It's very important for the award committee to hear how Kevin and his work has impacted you and your community. Here is how you can help:

Record a video (shorter than 30 seconds) talking about how Kevin Coleman directly, or indirectly through the Fall Festival, has impacted you, your school, or your community. Be specific. How has Kevin or the Fall Festival enriched your life and your surrounding community? At the end of the video, please also share your favorite Shakespeare line (please keep'em short).

Please send your video by this Saturday, March 14 by 5pm. Use your cell phone or a video camera and email the file to [email protected]. (If you keep it short you should have no trouble emailing it — if not, sending a YouTube link will work) Make sure the video has enough light that we can SEE you, and that the audio quality is clear enough to HEAR you.

Please share this message so we can collect as many videos as possible! Use hashtags #NominateMyTeacher #GiveKevinColemanATONY #SCO15 to help Kevin win!

Thank you #TonyAwards and #CarnegieMellonUniversity for celebrating the teachers who create our next generation of theatre artists!

Shakespeare & Company
02/25/2015

Shakespeare & Company

Talk back with students happening now after the performance of #Hamlet in the Packer Playhouse.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare
01/30/2015

Fall Festival of Shakespeare

The Berkshire Waldorf High School in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company proudly presents Much Ado About Nothing...

The Berkshire Waldorf High School in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company proudly presents William Shakespeare's Muc...
01/22/2015

The Berkshire Waldorf High School in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company proudly presents William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Lezlie Lee & Beth Robbins.

At the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street, Stockbridge. Fri-Sat, Feb 13-14, 2015 at 7:30pm. Matinee Sun, Feb 15 at 2 pm. Tickets $15 each or $40 per famil, at the door, but seating is limited. Reserve today; call (413)298-3800.

See you there!

Shakespeare & Company
01/13/2015

Shakespeare & Company

#Hamlet rehearsals for our Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare began yesterday! #BookYourSchool #ToBeOrNotToBe

Shakespeare & Company
01/12/2015

Shakespeare & Company

Thank you to everyone who helped us meet and surpass our 2014 matching challenge, we look forward to another great year with you.

12/09/2014
Sound and Fury

Shakespeare & Company Teaching Artist's Caitlin Kraft and Josephine Wilson are interviewed about the Hayground School Residency

Pastor Katrina Foster speaks with Josephine Wilson and Catelin Kraft, members of Shakespeare and Company, about their work with the Hayground School students and…

Andy
11/24/2014

Andy

Fall Festival, Winter's Tale, Monument Mountain Regional High School.

Shakespeare & Company
11/24/2014

Shakespeare & Company

Henry V is happening now! #fallfest

11/24/2014
Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company

Dance call for Springfield Central's Midsummer. 3 shows left in the festival! #fallfest

11/19/2014
Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Are you as excited about Fall Festival starting tomorrow as we are?

Techies unite!

Check out this compilation of footage from the Oct 21 Technical Common Class.

The Festival begins tomorrow night with Chatham High School's Hamlet at 6:30pm followed by Lee Middle and High School's Richard III.

http://tickets.shakespeare.org

11/17/2014
Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Fall Festival of Shakespeare

A dedicated and talented volunteer (who chooses to remain anonymous at this time) has put a great deal of time into editing this amazing video for us from selected footage of the Oct 8 Stage Combat Common Class.

Check it out, and remember the Festival starts at the Packer Playhouse on Nov 20. BE THERE.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare
11/17/2014

Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Bring Shakespeare to your school! Our 90-minute performance comes with a 15-minute Post-Show Forum and a 45-minute works...
11/10/2014
Touring Productions of Shakespeare - Shakespeare & Company

Bring Shakespeare to your school! Our 90-minute performance comes with a 15-minute Post-Show Forum and a 45-minute workshop for students. http://www.shakespeare.org/education/for-schools/touring-productions-shakespeare/

NORTHEAST REGIONAL TOUR OF SHAKESPEARE Bring Shakespeare to your school! Our 90-minute performance comes with a 15-minute Post-Show Forum and a 45-minute workshop for students. Bring your students to Shakespeare! Click here for our Public Performance schedule. Contact Jonathan Croy at 413-637-1199 e…

SLaW is a fun accessible, 45-minute introduction to Shakespeare with enough depth to please students who have already st...
11/07/2014

SLaW is a fun accessible, 45-minute introduction to Shakespeare with enough depth to please students who have already studied The Bard. Book your school now!

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Fellow teachers! Want to infuse fun into your Shakespeare lessons? If so, registrations are now open for ShakeMeUp Season 2, the world's first and only international online student Shakespeare film festival! Contact Director Doug Hart at [email protected] for more information. You may also want to check out last year's submissions at www.youtube.com/shakemeupfilmfestival.
Fellow Teachers! The 2016-17 ShakeMeUp Film Festival has concluded its inaugural season and is now readying for another round! Read the quick and dirty review at ShakeMeUp.Ning.Com/Home.
2017 Teacher Workshops!