The Young Company
Re-envisioning the world of Shakespeare for a new generation.
For almost 15 years, The Young Company has been forging a dynamic relationship between the MFA Acting students of Columbia University School of the Arts and the youth of New York City. Let us introduce our students to your students as they engage with the universal themes of Shakespeare in the context of their own world and experience through a holistic experience of The Bard on stage, resulting in a richer, deeper experience than merely attending a performance.
Through a community partnership with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, each year Columbia's third-year MFA Acting students present a 90-minute production of a Shakespeare play that is designed specifically for young audiences. This same diverse company of actors are also trained as teaching artists using a curriculum based on rehearsal techniques. With this training, the teaching artists visit middle and high schools throughout New York City. There, they lead workshops to empower students to understand, and thus appreciate, Shakespeare’s world.
Last year, 467 New York City schoolchildren from 13 schools attended our production of Romeo + Juliet. Before engaging with The Young Company, 30% of them enjoyed studying Shakespeare. After working with our students, almost 70% reported enjoying learning about Shakespeare. And 89% of teachers who worked The Young Company in 2019 would recommend the program to a colleague.
Give your students the opportunity to experience how exciting Shakespeare’s work can be through personal relationships with young actors they can relate to.
This season's production...Twelfth Night; Or What You Will.
Performances run March 3-13, 2020
Join the MFA Acting Class of 2020 on the island of Illyria where shipwrecked twins, bitter rivals, and lots of love triangles come together in this serious (and funny) masterpiece. Performances run from March 3rd through March 13th on weekday mornings. Shows take place at the Theatre@Schapiro, Columbia's intimate and versatile black box theatre on West 115th Street and Broadway, just steps away from the 116-Columbia University subway stop on the 1.