Shakespeare & Company

Lenox, MA

Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company is a classical theater company dedicated to excellence in performance, education, and training. With a core of more than 150 artists, the company produces innovative and accessible Shakespeare performances that hold language at their center. Shakespeare & Company also produces new works of political and social significance, and, in 2008, inaugurated the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre while simultaneously expanding the performance season to ten months. With an international reputation for providing original, in-depth, classical-theater training, the company combines Linklater voice work, text analysis, Alexander movement, fight, dance, clown, and innovative techniques to offer a unique exploration of the actor/audience relationship. The company has been working in classrooms and after-school programs for more than 30 years, reaching teachers and students through year-round performances, workshops, and residencies. Core programming includes an extensive nine-week fall festival of Shakespeare and a 15-week New England Tour of Shakespeare. The education program has been recognized as a model in theater arts-in-education by Harvard University's Project Zero. Shakespeare & Company has received honors, such as the Commonwealth Award from the state of Massachusetts (2005); Coming Up Taller Award (2006) for the recognition of their pioneering work with adjudicated juvenile offenders through their Shakespeare in the Courts program; and a champion of change from the Arts Education Partnership, GE Foundation, and President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Shakespeare & Company will present touring productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet directed by Interim Artistic Director Jonathan Croy, as part of their Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-show forums, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 90 schools from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.