Shakesperience Productions and Artistic Director, Emily Mattina, are proud to announce the receipt of a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation to hold Residency Training this spring for incoming actors. 

Conducted through the Shakesperience Approach, residencies utilize techniques regarding language that have proven track records to accessibility, poetry, and storytelling, as well as memorization.  The training will take place in March, and will allow for an expanded capability for Shakesperience to perform residency programs at schools throughout the Northeast.  Included in the proposal is a similar training session for area artists, which will take place during the summer of 2012. 

Residency programs have become an increasingly important part of the fabric of Shakesperience programming. According to evaluations and testimonials, positive effects on student behavior and achievement include improvements in attendance, test scores, self-confidence, and collaborative skills.  Culminating in a final performance, residencies provide students with a long-term, in-depth experience.   

The Connecticut Community Foundation invests in organizations and programs that build vibrant and healthy communities throughout the entire 21-town service area. The Foundation awards more than $1 million in grants annually, addressing issues including arts and culture, youth, the environment, health, basic needs, and more. Thanks to unrestricted funds contributed by many donors, the Foundation is able to support a variety of programs to strengthen our communities and provide opportunities to the people of our region.

Shakesperience is a professional theater company located in Connecticut that reaches a Northeast audience of adults and students alike with School and Public Theatre Tours, Saturday and Private Acting Classes, Summer Camps, Residencies, and outdoor and in-studio performances.  To find information on these programs and other upcoming events visit, or check us out on Facebook.