EIN 04-2666826

Shakespeare & Company

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To deliver a sustainable and vital program of Performance, Training, and Education, integrated for the deepened experience of the artists, the audience, the Company, and the community.
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Shakespeare and Company
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Program areas at Shakespeare & Company

Performance. The Company engages in the productions of live theatre performances that include the building of costumes and sets from organic raw materials and designs; original lighting and sound design and musical scores. In fy 2021, most live performances were postponed or cancelled due to the spread of the covid-19 virus and associated government restrictions on business activities and a series of online readings and production and lectures were devised, in addition to a few one-time, outdoor live events. A september fundraiser was presented live, with Company talent as well as visiting artists as well as a halloween live event, each event accommodating 80 to 100 patrons; a series of drive-in movies were shown on site through a collaborative with berkshire international film festival (biff); three live "zoom readings" were presented in november; two productions (martha mitchell calling and emma) were filmed and shown via video; a series of lectures by the founding artistic director were presented via zoom. All online programming was presented for free with donations encouraged; the drive-in movies were pre-paid to biff with a portion of the net proceeds forwarded to s&co. Projects produced were a mix of equity and non-equity productions.
Training -- no in-person programs were offered, and fy21 consisted of a limited number of virtual workshops and classes in linklater voice, the feldenkreis technique, connecting with Shakespeare's text, movement, play & dance, and public speaking offered to theater professionals throughout the world. The 2020 summer intensive was cancelled and no virutal programming offered in its place. The january 2021 month-long intensive was canceled and 8 short virtual workshops were offered in its place, 80 total participants. A total of 16 virtual workshops/classes were offered from may to july 2020, and october 2020 to march 2021.
Education -- fy21 consisted of a reimagining of our education programs. From november of 2020 through april of 2021, we reached approximately 400 students through on-line or hybrid in-person/digital programming. Beginning with our flagship, nationally recognized program the "fall festival of Shakespeare", this year was for our graduating senior classes and involved nearly 50 high school students from 8 different high schools in ny and ma. Each rehearsing a Shakespeare play over zoom or google classroom, performing a pre-recorded festival to share with the public. Our six week Shakespeare in the courts digital "Shakespeare project" program offered 7 adolescent offenders or at risk youth participating in an effective and action-oriented program as alternate to traditional sentencing, which has been celebrated at a white house ceremony and honored as an outstanding community arts program with a gold star award from the mass. Cultural council. Northeast regional tour of Shakespeare furthers classical literacy in 75 communities' schools from Maine to Maryland, this year also went digital and included multiple online workshops for our school communities. Other programs include 5 on-line elementary & middle school residencies, hybrid of in-person and digital spring young Company. Our riotous youth summer theatre program for ages 7-17 as well as our summer conservatory were both cancelled in 2020. Riotous youth to join us again in 2021, summer conservatory in 2022.

Who funds Shakespeare & Company

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$285,225
Bok Family Foundation TrustCharitable Contribution - Productions and Classical Training$100,000
Community Foundation of New JerseyGeneral Support$50,000
...and 15 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of AgricultureCOMMUNITY FACILITIES LOANS & GRANTS$1,395,500

Personnel at Shakespeare & Company

Bonnie StevensChief Development Officer
Wendell Adam DavisManaging Director$72,070
Richard MartelleFinance Director and Controller$86,567
Jennifer YoungDirector of Marketing and Communications
MacOnnia ChesserAdministrative Director
...and 13 more key personnel

Financials for Shakespeare & Company

RevenuesFYE 03/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$2,966,119
Program services$76,134
Investment income and dividends$1,449
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$14,405
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$6,619
Total revenues$3,064,726

Form 990s for Shakespeare & Company

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-032021-10-07990View PDF
2020-032021-04-05990View PDF
2019-032019-10-31990View PDF
2018-032018-11-15990View PDF
2017-032017-10-17990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 1, 2022
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $100,000 from Bok Family Foundation Trust
July 11, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
July 6, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
July 2, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
September 23, 2021
Received grants
Identified 10 new grant, including a grant for $50,000 from Community Foundation of New Jersey
Nonprofit Types
Arts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsPerforming arts organizationsTheatersCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanities
Receives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
70 Kemble St
Lenox, MA 01240
Metro area
Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire County, MA
Website URL
(413) 637-1199
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A65: Theater
NAICS code, primary
711110: Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
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