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Riotous Youth


These fun and inspiring 1-, 2- and 3-week summer theater programs introduce students ages 6 to 17 to Shakespeare's language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Riotous Company is a more advanced 3-week program for high school students.

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"Riotous Youth is one of the best summer camps in the region. My kids love 'the awesome teachers who make it really fun and include everyone'. As a parent, I love that they teach the kids to really understand the Shakespeare play performed, and perhaps most importantly, I love seeing the clear confidence boost my kids gain by the end of camp." -Riotous Youth Parent, Summer 2017

2023 Riotous Youth

2-Week Program for Ages 7–15
July 3 – August 14

The Riotous Youth program is designed to introduce young actors to the language, stories, characters, and ideas in Shakespeare’s plays in imaginative and playful ways. Classes incorporating voice, movement, and acting enable students to explore Shakespeare’s text emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Students will then create a performance piece based on their experience of the play, which they will share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session.

*In order to participate in Riotous Youth your child must have at least one year of full day school.

Riotous Youth Schedule

A Midsummer Night's Dream: July 3–14
Session A: 7–9 years
Session B: 10–12 years
Session C: 13–15 years

Hamlet: July 17–28
Session D: 7–9 years
Session E:10–12 years
Session F: 13–15 years

As You Like It: July 31–August 11
Session G: 7-9 years
Session H:10-12 years
Session I: 13-15 years

2 Week Riotous Youth Session
: $800

The Game's Afoot!

1-Week Program for Ages 7–12
August 14–18

A fast-paced one week exploration of Shakespeare’s Characters as they clash their way through raucous friendships and royal responsibilities. Using text and characters from Henry V.

1-Week Riotous Youth Session: $425

Riotous Company

July 31–August 18
for High School Students

This 3-week advanced program is designed to provide an opportunity for young actors to take the next step in their training. Actors who are heading into 9th-12th grade who have participated in Riotous Youth for at least two sessions, or have equivalent experience in other Shakespeare & Company Education Programs, are eligible to apply.

Classes may include: ensemble building, voice, movement, clown, fight, and acting. At the end of the three weeks they will perform scenes chosen specifically for them from a number of Shakespeare’s plays.

Riotous Company: $975

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Form

Financial assistance is available. Please contact to find out more.

Riotous Youth Information & Required Forms

Medical Emergency Form
General Release Form

Due to limited availability this summer, multiple sessions and / or siblings need to be enrolled separately. Thank you for your patience!

Contact Information

Please contact Megan Marchione at or call (413) 637-1199 ext. 172 with any questions.


Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.