Shakespeare Now! Named Resident Theatre Company at PMC

WESTWOOD, Mass. – May 10, 2002 – Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company, which brings live performances of Shakespeare to middle and high school students in Massachusetts, has been named Theater Company in Residence at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill for 2002-03.

"This is a major step forward for our company, and we are delighted and honored that Pine Manor has invited us to be its resident theater company," said Linda Lowy, Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare Now!. "We look forward to working with Pine Manor students and faculty in their excellent facilities."

Pine Manor Drama Department Chairman Robert Owczarek said that having Shakespeare Now! on the campus will further enrich the college’s academic and cultural life, while providing internship opportunities for students interested in theater production, management, and promotion.

"Shakespeare Now! is a first-rate theater company that has achieved significant renown within a relatively short time," said Owczarek. "The company’s mission to teach students about Shakespeare harmonizes with our own mission to prepare women for involvement in the larger community through active, collaborative, applied liberal arts learning."

Lowy also announced that Shakespeare Now! will stage a full-length production of Romeo and Juliet at Pine Manor’s Ellsworth Theatre November 7 - 24, 2002.

Evening performances will be held for the general public. There will also be weekday matinee performances for students.

In addition to offering internship opportunities for Pine Manor students, members of Shakespeare Now! will present performance workshops in Shakespeare to Pine Manor students.

In Spring 2003, Shakespeare Now! will continue traveling to schools with its highly acclaimed touring productions.

About Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company

Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company, founded in 2000 and based in Westwood, Massachusetts, is a professional theater company which brings the great works of William Shakespeare to elementary, middle, and high schools in Massachusetts and the rest of southeastern New England in easily accessible formats. Each performance lasts approximately one hour, followed by a question and answer period. Scene workshops for students, led by actor/educators, are an integral part of the company’s work in schools.

Shakespeare Now! is on the Web at www.shakespearenow.org.