Elm Shakespeare students having fun at Players Camp

We strive to ignite a creative spark...

...bringing people together through Shakespeare to share their humanity and build community. We work to strengthen the already vibrant artistic and educational landscape of Greater New Haven, through world-class productions coupled with rigorous and joyous education programs that enrich our diverse community. We value inclusivity, artistic excellence and the power of these plays in our lives.

We believe in the power of Shakespeare’s stories and language in the lives of New Haven’s youth, especially when told by the youth themselves. Elm Shakespeare Company offers a host of educational programs for all ages in the community and in schools. Come take a class, make a play, be inspired! Below are four of our Shakespeare programs for teens and young adults. 

I don’t know how to describe the experience except to call it magical. From seeing the set designer sketches, taking the supplies off the truck, seeing the set fully built was a great feeling. But then making a magical experience for the kid in the audience, or the old man reminiscing about how he may have done Shakespeare in high school was a whole different exhilaration. I am interested in participating in the program again because I cannot get enough of the magic.
— Mark Ifill-Haney, Elm Scholar Apprentice 2012 and 2013