About Us


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Programs to Raise Voices

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, and residency programs.  

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.  

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Emphasis on Ensemble

No matter the project, Shakesperience generates evocative productions that both create and benefit from a positive ensemble. Individual performers develop a defined sense of self through the creation of and interaction with all other company members. Shakesperience creates programming to celebrate and explore what it means to be human. From student professional, we find and we raise our voice.  

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Invest in the Impact

Shakesperience can mean something different to everyone.  Attend a performance, schedule a program for your school or event, enroll in our Acting Intensives, audition, volunteer, donate, or contact us.  Sign up for our mailing list to keep yourself up-to-date with our latest programs.  And please invest in our impact or engage with our investors.  There are many ways to keep Shakesperience a voice of leadership, thought & action, onstage & off.