Summer Young Company is for young actors ages 17 through 19 who wish to engage deeply with Shakespeare’s work through a more rigorous exploration of text, complemented by introductory voice, movement, ensemble building, and more.
In an ensemble guided by Shakespeare & Company Education Directors and Teaching Artists, participants will be led through theater activities encouraging them to discover the themes, characters, and stories that resonate with them. Throughout this five-week program, participants will actively engage in the creation of a performance piece, using Shakespeare’s plays and poetry as the foundation.

Throughout the program, participants will develop connections and build ensemble; immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s world; uncover associations between their lived experiences and Shakespeare’s plays; expand their curiosity and awaken their imaginations; engage with the natural world; develop the art of story-telling through the actor-audience relationship, and attend performances, lectures, and/or talkbacks within the Shakespeare & Company Summer Season. This program culminates in a final performance to be shared with family, friends, and Company members.

Classes may include, but are not limited to:
  • Exploring and Performing Shakespeare’s Text
  • Monologue and Sonnet Work
  • Foundations of Scene Work
  • Movement and Dance for Shakespeare’s World
  • Introductory Voice, inspired by the work of Kristin Linklater
  • Fight for the Stage
  • Play and Introduction to Clown
How to Apply
Participants must audition for this program, and prepare a 12-to-16 line Shakespearean monologue that resonates with them in a personally meaningful way. Shakespeare & Company auditions invite playfulness and spontaneity. Please wear clothing in which you feel comfortable moving. Applicants unable to travel to Shakespeare & Company, in Lenox, may audition via Zoom.

To schedule an audition, applicants must email Education Programs Manager Meg Marchione at, with their name, application, and a letter of interest.

Auditions will be held in-person at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street Lenox, Mass., 01240. Dates are coming soon.

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The goal of Shakespeare & Company Education is to develop the skills of imagination, empathy, and effective communication, strengthening one’s specific thoughts and feelings in an ensemble environment. Alumni of our Educational Programs are valued not only for their talent and skills, but also for their collaborative spirit, creative risk-taking, authenticity, and social-emotional courage – qualities they may carry through life, and bring to any endeavor they choose to explore.

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