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Shakespeare and Company Actor Training

Performance Intern Company

Performance Intern Company
The Performance Intern Company program is on hiatus for the 2015 season. Please contact us to learn more about our other actor training programs.

Performance Interns in “Measure for Measure” (2009). Photo: Danny Kurtz.

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Summer

Bridging our Performance and Training Departments, each season a small group of actors is selected by audition and interview to participate in the Performance Intern Company.

The Intern Company performs in their own show. In the 2011 summer season—The Two Gentlemen of Verona—directed by Director of Training Dennis Krausnick. (the show ran for about 35 performances as part of Shakespeare & Company’s “Lunchbox Shakespeare” series). Interns  also serve as the changeover crew, loading the show in and out of the rotating Bernstein Theatre repertory.)

The Intern Company also performs a piece devised to showcase what it takes to train to become a true Elizabethan actor. The piece features Elizabethan Dance, Singing, Rhetoric, Clowning, Fooling and Stage Fighting, all cradled in the appropriate context of Shakespeare’s text. In short, the actors of this piece embody Elizabethan performance by performing as the Elizabethans did: “in love with poetry, physical prowess and the mysteries of the universe.” This production is performed on the Rose Playhouse Footprint, a tented wooden stage with the same configuration as its namesake playhouse from Shakespeare’s time.

Interns understudy roles in one of our mainstage Shakespeare productions, for which Equity Membership Candidate points are available.

Performance Interns are often an integral part of our July 4th celebrations by executing and performing in a program entitled Revolutionary Moments (vignettes illuminating Shakespeare’s inspiration and impact on various events in America’s founding and history) and assisting and participating in the public reading of the Declaration of Independence later that day. This celebration of our freedoms has been an annual event at Shakespeare & Company for many years and is an inspiring and energizing example of the power of the spoken word.

A Prelude performance outside Founders’ Theatre.
Photo: Enrico Spada.

Vocal Warm-Ups, Check-Ins, Tutorials and ongoing performance notes are a key element of the Intern Program. The Performance Interns  are very much a part of the Shakespeare & Company family. Interns are welcome to attend any performance for free on a seats available basis when their schedule permits. Opportunities to network and interact with members of the acting and production company abound.

The program is geared toward actors who have completed the Month-long Intensive and/or the Summer Training Institute, actors who are in MFA actor training programs that include work in Linklater Voice, and actors who have trained with a Shakespeare & Company Master Teacher. Interns are selected by audition (see below). Actors who have not worked professionally or who have not received conservatory training are encouraged to apply for the Summer Training Institute.

There is no tuition fee for the Performance Intern Program. However, there is a housing fee of $1500 for each intern (some scholarship monies are available to help in cases of financial need).

How to Apply

Submit an application, along with a headshot, resume, statement of purpose and $40 application fee. We will also require an audition video, either VHS or DVD, or YouTube link. Video audition must be sent with application; we cannot process or consider an application without the audition video. The audition video should contain the following:

  • Two contrasting Shakespeare monologues: one dramatic (in verse), one comedic (in verse or prose), 15 – 20 lines each.
  • 30 – 60 seconds of you speaking directly into the camera, discussing why you would like to attend this program, any stupid human tricks you can perform, or anything at all you’d like to be remembered by. The purpose of this section is so that while your application is being reviewed and discussed, you can be authentically represented in the room as yourself.

Download the Application Form

Program Dates

The Performance Intern Company program is on hiatus for the 2013 season.  Please keep in touch!

Contact the Training office to find out more information:413-637-1199 x114
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