Actors' Shakespeare Project

Location: 
Somerville, MA

Founded in 2004, Actors' Shakespeare Project has produced 35 plays at 18 unconventional venues throughout Greater Boston. Their resident company of actors and teaching artists approach each play as the centerpiece of a larger community project. The projects include not only the award-winning productions that focus on language, relationships, and storytelling, but a rich set of events, residencies, and outreach programs for both adults and youth that make connections between the plays and our lives here and now. These include open rehearsals, civic dialogue events, workshops, in-school and after-school programs, teacher training, and the company’s Incarcerated Youth at Play program. Actors’ Shakespeare Project was named best theater in Boston by The Boston Phoenix and Improper Bostonian in 2011 and received the Eliot Norton award for best production for their 2011-2012 Shakespeare in American Communities production of Twelfth Night. Their Incarcerated Youth at Play program was named a 2012 National Youth Arts & Humanities Finalist, StayClassy Award Finalist, and received the 2007 Social Innovation Award.

For Shakespeare in American Communities, Actors’ Shakespeare Project presented student matinees and evening performances of Romeo and Juliet co-directed by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Bobbie Steinbach that took place at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The company provided related educational activities, including a teacher institute, workshops, post-performance discussions, and a study guide. They reached more than 2,400 students from 30 schools located in Massachusetts.