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Shakespeare and Company Media

Shops and Theatrical Studios

Shakespeare & Company has several top-notch production facilities available for rental:

Accomodations

Shakespeare & Company has a number of dormitory and apartment-style rooms available at various times throughout the year for rental.

For info and rates, contact the Company Manager, at comgr@shakespeare.org

Costume Shop

The fully outfitted 2300-sq.-ft. Costume Shop at Shakespeare & Company is situated on the second floor of the newly renovated Production and Performing Arts Center.

With large windows creating a full wall of natural light, and newly installed air conditioning, the sewing room provides a comfortable, well-lit environment for building and altering costumes.

The Costume Shop includes over a dozen sewing machines, three over lock machines, two industrial irons and five large cutting tables. Two 7.5′ x 9′ fitting areas are situated in the main sewing room.

We have over 4,600 sq ft of costume storage, holding approximately 2,000 pairs of shoes and boots, 1,800 hats and crowns, 425 masks, and 20,000 pieces of clothing which cover most historic and modern periods.

Our wardrobe facilities include three washers and dryers, and plans for a dye and paint room in the near future.

The Costume Shop can be rented at various times throughout the year, depending on Shakespeare & Company’s production season requirements. Please contact us to learn when the Costume Shop is available for rental.

For Costume Shop rentals, please contact Govane Lohbauer, Costume Director at costumes@shakespeare.org or (413) 637-1199 ext. 376.

Production Shop

The Production Shop includes a scene shop, finishing shop, prop shop, professional sound recording studio, armory and welding room.

The scene shop is 110 feet by 60 feet and features enhanced electrical capability and high-yield, low-glare, energy efficient lighting.

The scene shop includes a paint deck (20′ x 40′), pneumatic and power drop down located all over the shop, and the following equipment: table saw, radial arm saw, panel saw, metal chop saw, miter saw, various other hand tools. (If you need a specific piece of equipment that we don’t have yet, we can accommodate you by acquiring it for our collection — just ask!)

A ventilation and heat-recovery system along with overhead radiant heat provides a comfortable working environment.

For Production Shop rentals, please contact our Technical Director at td@shakespeare.org or (413) 637-1199 ext. 380.

Theatrical Studios

Shakespeare & Company has three new state-of-the-art theatrical studios that can double as performance spaces. Each room is equipped with lighting grids (at 15′ 9¾”) with 400 amp stage lighting, in an array designed and installed by High Output from Canton, MA, nationally known experts at stage and film lighting.

Sprung floors are on neoprene pads, which make the airy rooms particularly suitable for dance, yoga and other physical movement.

Two of the three rooms have multi-glass panels set in the wall, allowing for natural light, an aesthetic and functional concept that heightens awareness of natural lights, spaces and contours surrounding the building. Each room has immediate entrance to the outdoors.

An elaborate series of acoustically advanced features were built in to prevent the transfer of sound between the three rehearsal rooms and the production shop, including sound absorbent panels on the walls and sound dampers on the ceilings of all three rooms.

For Theatrical Studio rentals, please contact our Group Sales and Rentals Manager at groupsales@shakespeare.org or (413) 637-1199 ext. 132.

Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is a versatile stage space, 70 feet by 35 feet, with four distinct seating configurations for stage presentations and events. Moreover, the space is designed to serve various dining configurations for special events. The space is highly adaptable and flexible, depending on the creative and hospitality needs of any event.

  • The entire space is covered by a lighting grid (at 13′ ¾”) so that every part of the environment can be transformed into performance space.
  • There are entrances at all four corners of the room and on every side.
  • Body-contoured seats are removable and storable, allowing the space to be turned into a unique function room for business or non-profit meetings and events.
  • A full, commercial-grade catering kitchen is adjacent to the theatre space.

Theatre Seating: In a thrust configuration it seats 186, with seats aligned to three sides of the stage. In its end-stage configuration, it will become even more intimate, seating 150, 130 or as few as 65, complementary to special group functions with more intimate, focused presentations.

For Bernstein Theatre Rentals, please contact Group Sales and Rentals Manager at groupsales@shakespeare.org or (413) 637-1199 ext. 132.

For information about our other spaces, including Founders’ Theatre, Josie’s Place Café and the Rose Footprint Theatre, CLICK HERE.