How to Apply

What we need from your application

Applicants must submit a completed application form, along with a headshot or recent photo, a resume, and a statement of purpose. This last item is a brief statement of why you are interested in this training at this time. You will also be asked for the names and phone numbers of two references. Please send headshots in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format. Resumes and personal statements should be sent in PDF or Microsoft Word DOC format.

Depending on an applicant’s references and resume, Month-long Intensive and Summer Shakespeare Intensive (formerly the Summer Training Institute) applicants may be asked to submit an audition video.

All programs require a non-refundable $15 (USD) application-processing fee; this fee must accompany the completed application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

The minimum age requirement for all programs is 18 years old.

How to Apply

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Apply Online

Have your headshot, resume and statement of purpose ready to upload before beginning your application. Please send headshots in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format. Resumes and personal statements should be sent in PDF or Microsoft Word DOC format.

Apply via Email

After opening the PDF in Adobe Acrobat, or Preview on a Mac (not the free Adobe Reader) you can type right into the document. Save a copy (or “print” a PDF file) and email it, with your headshot, resume, and personal statement, to our actor training department.

Apply by Mail or Fax

Complete the application below and send it along with your headshot, resume, statement of purpose and application fee to: Center for Actor Training; Shakespeare & Company; 70 Kemble St.; Lenox, MA 01240. Or you may fax your application to 413-637-4274.

Discounts and Scholarships

A 10% discount is available to members of Actors’ Equity, SAG and AFTRA, and members of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, and a 15% discount is available to Shakespeare & Company alumni. Contact the Training office at 413-637-1199 x114 or email for information.

Workstudy positions may be available for the Month-long Intensive and the Summer Shakespeare Intensive. For a period of 8 to 16 weeks, participants are assigned to particular departments or programs to earn credit towards tuition. Shared housing is provided, but transportation and meals are not. To learn more about this opportunity, contact us at

Full and partial scholarships are available for People of the Global Majority/BIPOC artists from the Dennis Krausnick Fellowship Fund for the Month-long Intensive, the Summer Shakespeare Intensive, and some specialized workshops. A limited number of partial need-based scholarships are sometimes also available. To be considered for a scholarship, please indicate it on your application, and you will be contacted re: further requirements. Contact for more information.

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