Romeo and Juliet (2018) at Columbia University

The Young Company

Re-envisioning the world of Shakespeare for a new generation. 


For more than a decade, The Young Company has been forging a dynamic relationship between the graduate acting students of Columbia University School of the Arts and the teens of New York City. Join us in introducing your students to our students as they grapple with the universal themes of Shakespeare’s plays in the context of their own world and experience.


Co-produced with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, each year Columbia University’s third year MFA Acting students present a 90-minute production of a Shakespeare play that is staged and designed specifically for young audiences. This same diverse company of actors also serve as teaching artists, facilitating workshops in schools throughout New York City and beyond. Give your students the opportunity to experience how exciting Shakespeare’s work can be through personal relationships with young actors they can relate to.       


Our roster of teaching artists is also available for in-school workshops focusing on other plays in Shakespeare’s canon. For more information on our 2019-20 programming, please visit the “Booking” tab or contact our office at



Booking for The Young Company's Spring production of Twelfth Night will begin in Fall of 2019. Performances will take place in mid-March 2020. To stay up to date on information as it becomes available, click below to fill out our online information request form.