As You Like It

 Written by: William Shakespeare  Directed by: Rhys McClellend and Eli Thacker Taylor  Scenic Design: Claire Deliso  Costume Design: Heather Stanley  Lighting Design: Drew Florida  Original Music and Lyrics: Justin Ellington  Movement Director: Tracy Einstein   Comprehension Teaching Artist: Alice Renier  Fight Director: Justin Fuller  Dramaturg: Ann McDonald  Production Stage Manager: Christie Love Santiago  Puppet Advisor: Ora Fruchter  Asistant Movement director /  Stage Manager: N'dack Flemming 

Written by: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Rhys McClellend and Eli Thacker Taylor

Scenic Design: Claire Deliso

Costume Design: Heather Stanley

Lighting Design: Drew Florida

Original Music and Lyrics: Justin Ellington

Movement Director: Tracy Einstein 

Comprehension Teaching Artist: Alice Renier

Fight Director: Justin Fuller

Dramaturg: Ann McDonald

Production Stage Manager: Christie Love Santiago

Puppet Advisor: Ora Fruchter

Asistant Movement director /  Stage Manager: N'dack Flemming 

 

 

Now entering its eleventh year, the HUNTS POINT CHILDREN’S SHAKESPEARE ENSEMBLE is the product of an extraordinary collaborative effort between the Public Shakespeare Initiative and our community partner, the Hunts Point Alliance for Children. Fourth, fifth and sixth graders from local schools in Hunts Point spend an entire academic year learning about, rehearsing, and ultimately performing a Shakespeare play. In May, the Ensemble's teamwork, creativity, and commitment come together in a full production, complete with professionally designed sets, lights, costumes, props, a chorus, and live musicians.

Ensemble members work with the original text, learning to read, understand, speak, and memorize a Shakespeare play. The experience of working with Shakespeare also helps students develop broader and more complex intellectual, social, and emotional capacities, while strengthening practical skills such as speaking, listening, taking responsibility, teamwork, and generosity that will serve them throughout their lives.

In 2017-18, the Ensemble worked on Shakespeare's popular pastoral comedy, As You Like It.