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Shakespeare and Company Education

Riotous Youth

Riotous Youth is our educational program for students age 7-18 to introduce them to the language, story, characters, and ideas in the Shakespeare plays being performed in our summer season on the Mainstage and on the Rose Footprint Theatre.

Classes incorporating voice, movement, acting, and theatre games enable these young actors to explore the plays intellectually, physically, and emotionally, and present their versions in a performance piece based on their explorations. Performances on the final day of each session are joyfully anticipated by family members, friends, and the actors, teachers, and staff of Shakespeare & Company. This program began in 1999.

Financial Assistance is available. Click here for an application »

Contact Jenna Ware, Associate Director of Education (413) 637-1199 ext. 172 or for more information.

Riotous Youth Summer Session

The program is designed to introduce young actors to the language, stories, characters and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays in imaginative and playful ways. Classes incorporating voice, movement, and acting enable students to explore Shakespeare’s text emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Students will then create a performance piece based on their experience of the play, which they will share with family, friends and Company members on the final day of the session.

Ten sessions, June 29—August 21, 2015

Information & Enrollment Form – 2015 (PDF) | Enroll Online » (LINKS TO A FORM)


Riotous Youth Company

This program is designed to provide an opportunity for young actors to take the next step in their training. Actors who are heading into 9th-12th grade who have participated in Riotous Youth for at least two sessions, or have equivalent experience in other Shakespeare & Company Education Programs, are eligible to apply. Classes may include: ensemble building, voice, movement, clown, fight, and acting. At the end of the three weeks they will perform scenes chosen specifically for them from a number of Shakespeare’s plays.

August 3—August 21, 2015

Information & Enrollment Form – 2015 (PDF) | Enroll Online » (LINKS TO A FORM)