Actors' Shakespeare Project

Somerville, MA

Founded in 2004, Actors' Shakespeare Project has produced over 45 plays in 20 unconventional venues throughout Greater Boston. Their resident company of actors and teaching artists approach each play as the centerpiece of a larger community project. The projects include not only the award-winning productions that focus on language, relationships, and storytelling, but a rich set of events, residencies, and outreach programs for both adults and youth that make connections between the plays and our lives here and now. ASP's Shakespeare in the Schools programs include a partnership with the Boston Public School Arts Expansion Program and residencies in several urban high schools, as well as guest artist visits, matinee performances, and a Summer Teacher Institute in partnership with Salem State University. ASP has a strong track record of working with vulnerable youth, and is in residence at multiple Department of Youth Services treatment centers as well as offering year round youth performance projects and a Summer Youth Intensive in its Forest of Arden Youth Studio in Charlestown. Actors’ Shakespeare Project was a Finalist for the National Youth Arts & Humanities Award in 2012 and won the Social Innovation Award in 2007, as well as the Elliot Norton Award for best production for their 2011-2012 Shakespeare in American Communities production of Twelfth Night.

Actors' Shakespeare Project will present student matinees of Hamlet directed by Doug Lockwood and one matinee of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The company will provide related educational activities, including teachers' institute, workshops, open rehearsals, post-play discussions, and a study guide They anticipate reaching 10 schools from Massachusetts.