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.  
  Shakespeare For The Young's mission is to bring Shakespeare's poetry and wisdom to children and families, especially  
   those in underserved neighborhoods in DC.

  Based on the fairy story from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream,  Midsummer Magic is Shakespeare For The
  Young's first show.  Our second show is The Tiniest Tempest,  based on Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest.  Both
  shows include music and audience participation.  The third show, Adventures in Arden, based on As You Like It, is
  being constructed and will be performance ready in 2019. 

  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 .  
  Shakespeare For The Young was part of a festival INTERSECTIONS 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 Shakespeare For The Young to perform at Shakespeare's birthday for both

  2016. 2017, and 2018.
  Shakespeare For The Young performs for free at Libraries in The Dictrict of Columbia, thanks to a generous grant from    The DC Commission of the Art and Humanities.
  In 2018 Shakespeare For The Young will perform at Strathmore, Atlas Performing Arts Center, The National Theatre,  

  Anacostia Playhouse, and DC Libraries.
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.
20​20 Shannon Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Saturdays at 10:30am
February 17
March 24
April 21
August 18
September 22
November 3

FREE PERFORMANCES thanks to a generous grant from The DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
February 3 10:15 AM
1333 H Streer, NE
Washington, DC 10002
February 24 10:15 AM
October 23-28 check times on website

1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
March 17 at 9:30 & 11:00 AM

201 East Capitol St.SE 20003
April 22 at 12 7 2 PM

1901 Fort Place, SE 20020
May 5 at 10:30 AM

115 Atlantic St, SW 20032
March 3 at  2-3PM
July 2 at 2 PM

5005 Central Ave, SE 20003
April 14 at 10:00 AM

3660 Alabama Avenue, SE 20020
May 12 at 10:30 AM

330 7th Street, NE 20002
June 6 & August 21 at 1:30 PM

1350 49th Street, NE, 20019
June 20 & August 15 at 10:30AM

1360 16th Street NW, 20010
September 18 at 2:00 PM

NEWS 2018
2/18 We launched The Tiniest Tempest at Strathmore to a warm audience of 79.  The performance was well received with parents and children lingering after to examine the puppets and backstage work.

2/24  A wonderful show today at Atlas Performing Arts Center for their INTERSECTIONS 2018.  

3/3 We had our first of many DC Library performances at Bellvue to a fabulous audience.  Their engaged response made us aware of why we perform for families in underserved neighborhoods. We are looking forward to returning to Bellevue this summer.  We are looking forward to performing at other Libraries in DC.   

3/23  We are thrilled to be hired by Atlas Performing Arts Center to perform in the fall, October 23-28.

4/22  Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday at The Folger in The Garden on a beautiful day was a blast.

5/5 Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum hosted us on Saturday.  We were delighted to perform to an appreciative audience.   

5/10 Adventures in Arden has a rough draft of the text.  One song is written, the backdrop for the shadow puppets is being created, and the heads for the puppets have been constructed.  We are underway.  

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

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.
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 and their families.

10/7 We are excited to announce that The DC Commission for The Arts and Humanities has awarded a generous grant to Shakespeare For The Young for 2018. The grant will enable free performances of The Tiniest Tempest to audiences in the DC area and the creation of As You Like It as our new show.

12/17 What a wonderful year this has been. The Tiniest Tempest is almost ready to present to our first venue in 2018 and bookings from DC Public Libraries are starting to materialize.  

NEWS 2016
​​3/16   Midsummer Magic had two successful performances during INTERSECTIONS 2016 at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Shakespeare For The Young was 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.