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Shakespeare and Company Actor Training

Actor Training

“Be great in act as you have been in thought.”
-King John

Shakespeare & Company’s Professional Actor Training has for three decades concentrated on heightening actors’ abilities to engage, explore and express fearlessly and lucidly to bring language, character and the physical instrument together in such a way as to help actors “to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature.” Read more…

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Workshops are designed for various levels of experience. Local housing is always included for workshops in Lenox.

Comprehensive Training

The Month-long Intensive
A four-week immersion in the full range of performing disciplines. Room and Board Included.

Weekend Intensive
Twenty hours of introduction to Shakespeare’s text and voice. In cities nationwide.

For Early-Career Actors

Summer Training Institute
A summer of intense training for undergraduates and recent grads. Room and Board included.

Performance Intern Company
A full-summer professional performance internship. Auditions required.

The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company
A full semester of study for professional actors.

Specialized Study

Clown!
A week of Glorious Failures and Epic Imbalances. Being funny is not a requirement.

Shakespeare and Gender with Tina Packer
Shakespeare’s women: who they are, what they do and why – and how they survive and thrive.

Shakespeare’s Rhetoric
Five days of learning to speak the text with clarity and authority.

First Folio
Five days of unlocking the potential of Shakespeare’s original texts.

Dropping In Workshop
Learn our signature dynamic and visceral rehearsal technique for connecting to the text.