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Shakespeare and Company Education

Youth Programs Overview

Shakespeare’s plays provide a unique opportunity for artistic exploration and expression for young people. No other material offers the wealth of powerful, beautiful, playful, and expressive language that Shakespeare does. When young people encounter Shakespeare as actors, they experience it in the most engaging, compelling, and personally meaningful way. They meet characters that inspire them. They tell stories that capture their imaginations. And they learn language that helps them make sense of and articulate their own thoughts and feelings, thereby improving their ability to communicate in constructive ways.

Performing material as complex as Shakespeare challenges students to keep their commitments, solve problems, and work in collaboration. Accomplishing such a difficult and meaningful task gives young people an experience of themselves as successful and important.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare
Residency program in which over 500 youth are immersed in a Shakespeare play at their high school, culminating in a performance for the public on Shakespeare & Company’s main stage.


Shakespeare & Young Company
Popular spring and summer program specifically designed for youth 16-20 years old to begin or continue their actor training.


Riotous Youth
Summer program introduces kids aged 7-15 to the language and ideas in Shakespeare. Provides them the opportunity to explore and perform a play from our mainstage season.


Shakespeare in the Courts
In conjunction with the Berkshire Juvenile Court System, adolescent offenders study, rehearse, and perform Shakespeare as an alternative to more punitive consequences.


Participant in the 17th Annual Fall Festival.

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