"My daughter...had a
wonderful time working with your actors on Comedy of Errors.
It was fun and educational, providing her with professional
instruction. I would recommend this program to any child who is serious
about the art of drama. Programs like yours are becoming increasingly
important seeing as arts programs are slowly diminishing from public
schools. Thank you again for a wonderful experience!!!!" -Heather Dostert, East Haven, CT
Shakesperience is a professional theater company located in Connecticut
that reaches a Northeast audience of adults and students alike with
outdoor and in-studio performances,
Saturday and private acting
classes, school & camp tours,
Shakesperience was founded
in 1996 by Emily
Mattina and Jeffrey
Lapham, with a mission
to educate and inspire students, families, and theater professionals
through the arts. The non-profit organization is headquartered on Bank Street
in the heart of downtown Waterbury, Connecticut.
serves as rehearsal space, classroom space, and performance space.
Shakesperience is a fiscally responsible company whose management
believes that the economic and cultural climate, and indeed the future
of theatre, call for well-thought-out use of multi-purpose spaces.
Therefore, every inch of our facility is put to excellent use and
of our downtown location, Shakesperience is poised to
collaborate with many other for-profit and non-profit organizations;
its headquarters also serve as a meeting place and community outreach
base. Many of the staff and resident
artists serve in a volunteer capacity for art, culture,
education, and service organizations. This is but one
outcropping of the Shakesperience
Approach to creation through
07.23.16:"Shakespeare in Hollow Park" saw almost 400 turn out to enjoy Two Gentlemen of Verona on a beautiful summer evening. Great Crowd, great partners, great sponsors! Let's do it again next year!
05.06.16:Did you give during Shakespeare-a-thon? If so, you earned Shakesperience 7th place in total donations and 10th in number of total gifts out of more than 100 nonprofits in our area Give Local. We truly appreciate you, the Connecticut Community Foundation, and all of its great sponsors.
03.19.16:There are no words to express the support, generosity, and fellowship we experienced at the 2016 Sweets to the Sweet. Thanks to our guest stars, sponsors, committee, dessert vendors, and our hosts who put it all together.
08.11.15:The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare on the Shoreline 2015! What a run! What great weather! What great audiences! What a great partnership! Congratulations to Ms. Mattina, Mr. Green, and the entire cast. Don't miss the encore performance at McLaughlin Vineyards.
05.06.15:Shakesperience appreciates all of the students, visitors, guest speakers, and of nearly 90 donors who made Shakespeare-a-thon and Give Local such a success for us. We're proud to announce we raised $20,780 during the event (before the Give Local match) and almost $2000 after the event. We needed it this year, and thank you!
03.28.15:Many thanks to the celestial stars of and all of our guests at Sweets to the Sweet. The opinion is unanimous, you can't miss Sweets to the Sweet 2016! More in store.
07.20.14:Shakesperience thanks the boards, staffs & volunteers here and at the Mattatuck Museum for a great weekend of Radium Girls. Vast apprecation to our audiences, to CT Humanities and to Connecticut Community Foundation Women's Fund for supporting the voices of all the girls and their families.