Shakespeare for the Young
  is a company of puppeteers and designers dedicated to bringing Shakespeare's
  stories and poetry to young audiences through the medium of puppets.  
  Based on the fairy story from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream,  
  Midsummer Magic is Shakespeare For The Young's first show.
  About to open, our second show is The Tiniest Tempest,  based on Shakespeare's last    
  play, The Tempest.  Both shows include music and audience participation.

  Shakespeare For The Young has free monthly shows at Anacostia Playhouse, thanks
  to a generous grant from The DC Commission of The Arts and Humanities .  
  We were part of Festival 2016 at Atlas Performing Arts Center and performed for a
  week in May 2017 for Theater for the Very Young also at Atlas Performing Arts Center.  
  The Folger Shakespeare Library has invited us to perform at Shakespeare's birthday for
  both 2016 and 2017.
  We have performed at Libraries in The Dictrict of Columbia.
  We have been asked to perform in 2018 at Strathmore in Maryland.
Shakespeare For The Young is designed to bring Shakespeare to young audiences.  

The target ages are 2-10.  

Puppeteers use the medium of puppetry in combination with the artists' voices to present the stories and poetry of Shakespeare.  

The goal is to provide children with a fun, interactive cultural experience that will encourage
language growth, risk-taking creativity, and empathy for others.

The puppeteers provide a workshop with music and movement after the performance to help children explore their imaginations.
FREE PERFORMANCES thanks to a generous grant from the
DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities

20​20 Shannon Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Saturdays at 10:30am
June24, July 22, 
September 23

NE Library
330 7th Street, NE, WDC 20002
Wednesday 6/28 at 1:00 pm

Anacostia Library
1800 Good Hope Road, SE
WDC  20020
Wednesday 7/19 at 10:30

Deanwood Library

1350 49th Street, NE  WDC 20019
Wednesday 8/2 at 10:30

Woodbridge Library

1801 Hamlin Street, NE
WDC  20018
Saturday,  9/16 at 10:30

NEWS 2016

​​3/16   Midsummer Magic had two successful performances during INTERSECTIONS 2016 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. We were tapped by Theater for the Very Young to perform May 2017 again at Atlas.

4/16   Shakespeare For The Young will be performing Midsummer Magic at The Folger for Shakespeare's Birthday on Sunday, April 24.  Free performances are at 12 noon and 2 pm in The Garden.

6/16   Construction of The Tiniest Tempest has started!  It is a play based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and created for 4-10 year olds.

7/16   Shakespeare For The Young will be performing at Anacostia Playhouse Saturday, August 6 and Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 AM.  Tickets are $5

8/16   Read Jane Horwitz's article in The Washington Post about children's theater in the DC area. Shakespeare For The Young is listed.

9/16   Just finished composing Ariel's songs for The Tiniest Tempest.  The script has been created.  Now we are working on creating space for children's interactions during the performance.  Master puppeteer Matt Magee and artist Tati Kaupp have given invaluable advise about creating puppets and set.

9/16   ​Watch for future postings of new performances of Midsummer Magic.

10/16  Shakespeare For The Young just received a grant from The District of Columbia Commission of The Arts and Humanities to bring our shows to DC inner city children.

12/27 Just finished composing Ferdinand and Miranda's song about Friendship.  Creating shadow puppets for The Tiniest Tempest.

NEWS 2017
Excited about our partnership with Anacostia Playhouse.
Free Performances every month on Saturday at 10:30:  6/24, 7/22, 8/26, 9/23. 

​4/16  Shakespeare For The Young performed Midsummer Magic at The Folger for Shakespeare's birthday celebration on Sunday, April 23 at 12 noon and 2 in The Garden

5/16 Shakespeare For The Young has just booked performances at 4 Washington DC Libraries:
NE Library Wednesday 6/28 at 1:00 pm
Anacostia Library Wednesday 7/19 at 10:30
Deanwood Library Wednesday 8/2 at 10:30
Woodbridge Library Saturday 9/16 at 10:30
5/17-21  Shakespeare For The Young performed for Theater For The Very Young at Atlas Performing Arts Center

9/17 As summer draws to a close, Shakespeare For The Young is excited about the developments of the past several months:  performing Midsummer Magic at DC Libraries in addition to our regular gigi at Anacostia Playhouse and the evolution of The Tiniest Tempest.  The script has become stronger and clearer.  The puppets are created and the costumes made.   The soundscape is composed and we are about to record Ariel's three songs in a studio. The backdrop is emerging as a big wave that hosts a moon where the shadow puppets will appear.  
The Strathmore in Maryland has invited us to be part of a Poe and Shakespeare exhibition where we will perform The Tiniest Tempest for young audiences.