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Shakespeare And Co Ma Actor Training

Specialized Workshops

A variety of specialized workshops exploring a full range of disciplines including:
• Public Speaking*
• Clown
• Rhetoric
• Linklater voice
• Stage fight
• And more!

*PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP applicants: Please scroll down for more information and link to application for this workshop.

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Public Speaking Workshop with Tina Packer and Samuel "Mooly" Dinnar



Learn to speak in front of any size audience and move them with your words.

  • Free your natural voice
  • Understand the basics of speech construction
  • Tap into your truth
  • Connect with and understand your audience
  • Focus your message
  • Persuade an audience of the validity of your message
  • Inspire your audience to act

This weekend is designed to meet your needs as activists, community organizers, business people, educators, and concerned citizens. This is a time of urgency to empower people to let their voice be heard and to move others to action!

This unique workshop was designed and launched in Summer 2017 by Tina Packer and Samuel Dinnar at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox Massachusetts.

Our goal is to improve your skills and confidence in connecting to an audience, delivering your message and moving your listeners.

The workshop includes knowledge gained from Shakespeare & Company’s experience of embodying the text of a great speech, and improving the alignment of the speaker’s personal voice to who they are as a person.

Each participant comes in with a message that is intended to move a certain audience to action. Throughout the workshop, you will have the opportunity to improve your message using the lessons learned from great speeches. You will taste the experience of speaking with “the whole of who you are” and learn tools you can use to further develop yourself and your message.

The workshop is open to all walks of life, and all age groups and is limited to 12 participants.

This workshop is a prerequisite for the optional Advanced Public Speaking Workshop.


SCHEDULE: Friday – 6pm to 10pm, Saturday – 9am to 6pm, Sunday – 9am to 1pm

TUITION: $325 USD (scholarships available)

This is an experiential group workshop; therefore participants must be present and fully available at all sessions, from start to finish.


Tina Packer is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company. She has directed, acted, and taught both Shakespeare and theater performance at Shakespeare & Company as well as at over thirty colleges around the globe including Harvard, MIT, Columbia and NYU. She is a social entrepreneur, actor, playwright, author and a recipient of the state of Massachusetts’s highest honor, the Commonwealth Award.

Samuel Dinnar is an instructor with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard, a mediator of business disputes and a Meedance consultant on business and entrepreneurship. He is also an actor, director and graduate of Shakespeare & Company’s education and professional actor trainings.



An exploration of Glorious Failures and Epic Imbalances. Being funny is not a requirement.

Throughout history, the Clown has played a vital role in our communities. Cross-culturally, the Clown has been looked to in order to reveal what is most human about us all and asks us to laugh about it. In these three days, actors will explore what is most human about themselves–revealing it and celebrating it publicly. This is a workshop in Clowning, an exploration of the Red Nose, Play, Complicity and how each of these are vital to the actor’s training.


SCHEDULE: Friday – 7pm to 10pm, Saturday – 10am to 10pm, Sunday – 10am to 4pm


INSTRUCTOR: Michael F. Toomey


NYC Shakespeare Intensive

A week-long immersion in the language and the world of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare & Company is coming to NYC to celebrate 40 years of excellence in training actors to perform Shakespeare and making that performance both compelling and accessible for today’s audience.

This workshop is designed to be either an introduction to or a refresher in the Shakespeare & Company approach to unlocking the vitality and power of the Shakespeare text for professional actors. Classes will include daily Voice and Movement, Personal Connection, Dropping In, Feeding In and other S&Co approaches to unlocking the exuberant power of the Shakespeare text.

Faculty will include—but is not limited to—Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick and Dave Demke. The workshop will encompass two weekends and the five evenings in between and will include work in both Monologues and Scenes.

You know this is the training you’ve always wanted but have never been able to take a full month of rural immersion in Lenox. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the luxury you’ve always known you deserve!


TUITION: $850 USD (union and alumni discounts available)

INSTRUCTORS: Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, Dave Demke, Andrew Borthwick-Leslie

From the Alumni

Maura Matarese

Maura Matarese

I attend at least one workshop at Shakespeare & Company each year as it always allows me an opportunity to grow as actor, to continue to free my actor’s instrument, to meet exciting new artists from around the world, and to spend time in an environment I love, with a faculty whom I deeply respect. moreI attend at least one workshop at Shakespeare & Company each year as it always allows me an opportunity to grow as actor, to continue to free my actor’s instrument, to meet exciting new artists from around the world, and to spend time in an environment I love, with a faculty whom I deeply respect.


Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.