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Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, operating year-round. The organization attracts more than 60,000 patrons annually, with a core of over 150 artists.
The Company develops and performs Shakespeare, classics, contemporary, and new plays of social and political significance, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds.
Shakespeare & Company embraces the core values of Shakespeare’s work: collaboration, commitment to language, visceral experience and classical ideals, expressed with physical prowess and an embodied contemporary voice.
The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, where professionals from all over the world come to train with the organization known for its original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. Shakespeare & Company is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program, one of the largest the Northeast; it reaches more than 45,000 students annually with innovative performances, workshops and residencies.
Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 by Tina Packer. Born in England, Packer journeyed to the U.S. in the early 1970’s with the idea of creating and running a theatre company that merged the power suits of British actors and American actors: the spoken word and the physical body. Shakespeare & Company’s current home, 70 Kemble Street, was purchased in April of 2000. This large, beautiful property is home to the Company’s administrative offices, housing, rehearsal spaces, and our three theatres: the Tina Packer Playhouse, the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, and the tented outdoor Rose Footprint. From 1978-2000 Shakespeare & Company was located a mile down the street at The Mount, the historic home of Edith Wharton.
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.