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Shakespeare and Company Actor Training

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed application form, along with a headshot or photo, a resume, and a statement of purpose. This last item is a brief statement of why you are interested in this training at this time. You will also be asked for the names and phone numbers of two references.

All programs require a non-refundable $45 (US) application-processing fee; this fee must accompany the completed application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

Please take a moment to read our Frequently Asked Questions before submitting your application.


Apply Online

Have your headshot, resume and statement of purpose ready to upload before beginning your application.

Please send headshots in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format. Resumes and personal statements should be sent in PDF or Microsoft Word DOC format.

Click here to apply online (application will open in a pop-up window).


Apply via Email

Download the Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader)

After opening the PDF in Adobe Acrobat, or Preview on a Mac (not the free Adobe Reader) you can type right into the document. Save a copy (or “print” a PDF file) and email it, with your headshot, resume, and personal statement, to

Please send headshots in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format. Resumes and personal statements should be sent in PDF or Microsoft Word DOC format.


Apply by Mail or Fax

Complete the application below and send it along with your headshot, resume, statement of purpose and application fee to: Center for Actor Training; Shakespeare & Company; 70 Kemble St.; Lenox, MA 01240.

Or you may fax your application to 413-637-4274.

Download the Application Form (requires Acrobat Reader)


Discounts and Scholarships

Alumni/STAA Member/Union Member Discounts

Discounts are available for certain programs to Shakespeare & Company alumni. Contact us for info.

15% discount is available to members of Actors’ Equity, SAG and AFTRA, and members of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America. Contact the Training office at 413-637-1199 x114 or email for information.


Training workstudy positions may be available for the Month Long Intensive. For 16 weeks, participants are assigned to particular departments or programs and report directly to department heads or to assigned supervisors. Each department head and/or supervisor defines the specific responsibilities according to the department’s needs and the intern’s skills. Work hours generally range from 40 to 60 hours per week, with an assurance of at least 1 day off each week. Shared housing is provided, but transportation and meals are not. In exchange for fulfilling the agreement, the workstudy culminates in full participation in the Month Long Intensive.

To be considered, please include with your regular program application materials a work resume and a completed Workstudy Questionnaire. Participants are chosen for the skills they can bring to the various Shakespeare & Company departments.

Month Long Intensive Scholarships

Need-based scholarships may be available for the Month Long Intensive only. They are generally partial scholarships falling between $400 and $800 off the cost of tuition. To be considered, we require a completed Scholarship Application along with the regular application materials.

It is also possible to participate in Shakespeare & Company programs using grants secured from local funding sources. We have had participants in every one of our programs do so. Please check opportunities in your area.