Educational Theatre Workshops

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is dedicated to continuing our work with children during these trying times. Please continue to check back for information about virtual and hybrid programming this Spring and Summer 2021.

Summer 2021 Hybrid Programming

Hampshire Shakespeare is offering very limited programming this summer. Please see below for more info. We are looking forward to coming back next year with a full summer of opportunities.

August 2-6
Educational Theater Program with Carissa Dagenais, MA
Mon-Wed are Virtual, Thurs & Fri in person outside @ Williston Northampton School
CDC approved masks are required for the in person days, social distancing will be maintained.
Ages 8-10, 9am-12:30pm Outdoor Performance on Friday at 11:45am. Register HERE
Ages 11-13, 1pm-4:30pm Outdoor Performance on Friday at 3:45pm. Register HERE
Tuition (we will send you an invoice): $200

In this half day program students will learn age-appropriate storytelling and performance skills from home for the first few days, and work together to present on Friday. Come practice acting, public speaking, empathy, creative writing, prop making, costume designing, resiliency, and play (just to name a few!) with us.

2021 Virtual Spring Programming – Registration CLOSED

Sunday Storytelling Workshop with Carissa Dagenais

Via Zoom April 4- May 2, Sundays 10am-12pm 
Ages 9-12, maximum 8 students 
Tuition: $200-$275 Sliding Scale 

Build skills in creative writing, public speaking, improvisation, self-confidence, zoom etiquette, and empathy.
Open class/Family invited to observe final class on May 2nd starting at 11am.
Please use this registration form to secure a spot for your child: Registration Form-Spring

Carissa Dagenais, MA is a local actor, clinician, and teacher. She holds a BA in theater from Smith College and an MA in drama therapy from NYU. She has been teaching with Hampshire Shakespeare for over 5 years and recently stepped into the position of Director of Education with the company. Through the pandemic Carissa has been conducting telehealth with kids and adults through zoom as well as performing (Silverthorne Theater, WAM Theater) virtually. 

Please contact for any further questions, inquiries, or concerns about the educational workshops. 

2 thoughts on “Educational Theatre Workshops

  1. Is there a summer camp that takes place in Amherst? The summer camp program guide says it takes place in both Amherst and Easthampton. Thanks

    • Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out to us. We offer two summer camp programs. The first is a series of week-long workshops for a variety of ages, which takes place in Easthampton. If you have questions about those, you can email Steve Henderson at Anyone can participate in these, and at the end of each week there will be a sharing for family and friends.
      In Amherst, we have a program called “Young Company”, where actors aged 13 to 18 take two weeks in August to put on a production of Romeo and Juliet, that they then perform as part of our summer season. This program is audition-based. For more information, please email
      Thank you!
      -Sara Berliner, 2015 Season Producer

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