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Young Company

The resident teen ensemble of the nation’s premier classical theatre.

You bring the dream. We’ll bring the drama.


Young Company offers a unique opportunity for driven teen actors to train with professional artists at the nation’s foremost classical theatre company.

Members of Young Company…

  • Are selected by audition
  • Meet four afternoons a week for an academic year
  • Build a dedicated ensemble with teens from across the DC metro area
  • Train rigorously in a variety of disciplines, including acting technique, voice, movement, and text analysis
  • Attend performances and engage with arts professionals around DC and across the globe
  • Perform a black-box showcase and a full Shakespeare play with technical and design support
  • Develop an impressive foundation of skills that have helped past ensemble members succeed in professional auditions, college and conservatory

The Young Company Experience: In their own words...

“Young Company has stretched me to limits I didn't know I had and challenged me in ways that will not easily be matched. I've learned to do things that we, as humans, often forget how to do, such as truly listening and following instincts. I’m incredibly thankful to have been part of this remarkable company.”
-Katie Puschel, 2012-2013 Company

“As an artist, Young Company has helped me push past my fears and climb obstacles to reach a new level. As an individual, Young Company gave me a group of friends that know and understand what it’s like to be dedicated to acting. And for that, I am thankful.”
-Francisco Borja, 2012-2013 Company

“Young Company has taught me that the ensemble is just as important as what you bring to it. I didn't realize what an impact an individual can have on an ensemble. I'm certain that if one of us wasn't here, we would be doing a completely different show with a completely different atmosphere.”
-Julia Barton, 2012-2013 Company

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Fall semester begins with attendance of a Free for All performance in August 2014. Workshops begin in September 2014. Participants will meet Monday through Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. A fall workshop performance will take place in December.

Spring semester will begin in January 2015. Participants will meet Monday through Thursday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  As a culminating production, the Company will present a 1½ hour version of one Shakespeare play, with performances in May.


Download the Young Company Application and Information Packet. Young Company members are selected via audition and must submit a completed application to be considered.

Complete the application and return it by May 23, 2014. If you are selected to audition, you will be invited via email and provided with all audition information/requirements at that time.

Please send completed applications to or mail to:

Young Company
Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003