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Spring Young Company

Popular spring theatre program designed for youth age 16-20 to begin or continue their actor training. What young actors haven’t found elsewhere they will find here.

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Spring Session 2018

One Weekday Evening. One Weekend Afternoon.
Program begins February 27, 2018.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2017
Auditions: December 13 - 20, 2017
Tuition: $375 (Scholarships are available)
Final Performances: Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6 at 7pm.

Rehearsal days and times:
Program 1: Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 and Saturdays from 10-1
Program 2: Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 and Sundays from 10-1

*Students who are accepted will be placed in one program only.
You may apply to one program only, if you have a scheduling conflict. You will not be accepted if you have a conflict during the tech weeks.

For information contact Jonathan Croy at

Spring 2018 Session Information
Spring 2018 Session Application
Financial Aid Form

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available, in the form of partial scholarships, work-study, and paid positions.Please contact to find out more.


What is Shakespeare & Young Company?
A training and performance program for actors age 16-20 (see next question for exceptions). Classes may include: ensemble building, voice, movement, clown, fight and text.

How old do I have to be?
You may apply if you are 16-20 or if you are a freshman in high school and you have participated in The Fall Festival of Shakespeare or Riotous Youth.

Can I have a job or play sports and still do Young Company?
YES! Young Company meets only one weekday night and one weekend morning per week.

Can I go away during April vacation?
YES! Just include the dates you will be away on your application.

Are there any scholarships?
There are need-based scholarships available for all students and work-study.

What is work-study?
You can earn money for tuition by helping out at Shakespeare & Company. Previous work-study jobs have included painting, cleaning, working in the costume shop, hanging up posters and stuffing envelopes. All work-study must be arranged before the start of the program.

How hard is the audition?
EASY! Prepare to perform 10-16 lines of Shakespeare that you feel strongly about. This should be a new monologue that you have rehearsed, are ready to perform, and to which you have a personal connection.

Where and when do we perform?
The performances will be in the Tina Packer Playhouse Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6 at 7pm.


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.