Classic Repertory Company (CRC) is New Rep’s flagship educational outreach program, bringing theatrical experiences to schools, senior centers, universities, summer camps, and presenting organizations throughout New England. CRC produces streamlined, inventive, original 90-minute adaptations of Shakespeare and classic novels. We seek not only to entertain, but to create a space for critical thinking, risk-taking, conversation, and shared experience. Every performance is accompanied by comprehensive study guides, a pre-show introduction, and a post-show discussion with the actors. We also offer workshops that may be booked alongside the performance, or as a stand-alone experience!

To book now or learn more, call 617-923-7060 x8207
or email!







William Shakespeare’s 


Student feedback:

“I realized that Shakespeare is more fun than I thought” 

“I cared about all the characters, as they seemed real and not fictional” 

“I thought Shakespeare was complex at first, but it’s really simple.” 

“I connected with this play on a personal level because you were so raw” 

“I have a new opinion about Shakespeare because I saw it as it could be in the modern world” 

“Ultimately it is a play that shows the passions of youth, and what it’s like to live with those passions,

and being in that age group it really hits home”


Get an exclusive inside look at the production here:

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s



Student feedback:

“The actors were fantastic at creating a visceral experience by the minimalist use of

props and the music. I thought it was great”

“The judgment of the townspeople is like people in high school and everyday life”

“It was so intimate and easy to understand”

“I connected with this play because being LGBT isn’t accepted by everyone”

“I relate to this play because we have all made a mistake”

“It was really cool to see something we’re reading in class on a stage. It was also cool to hear the actors talk about why they made certain decisions and it was cool to see how much they love it” 

Get an exclusive inside look at the production here:

Meet the 2016-2017 Classic Repertory Company

Siobhan CarrollSiobhan Carroll
Juliet, Sexton/Hibbens
Katie Grindeland
Mercutio, Pearl
Ivy Ryan
Benvolio/Lady Capulet, Hester
Dana Stern
Nurse, Reverend Wilson
Jon Vellante
Paris/Tybalt, Dimmesdale

Samuel L. Warton
Romeo, Chillingsworth
AlexCasillasHeadshotAlex Casillas
Lord Capulet/Friar Lawrence,
Governor Bellingham
Click here to read the company’s bios!



Learn more about Classic Repertory Company!
Check out this video featuring our education associate, Hayley Sherwood, on Comcast Newsmakers, talking about the impact of Classic Repertory Company in our community.

Book with us

We offer three flexible booking options:

Book one or both of our performances

Book a workshop as a stand-alone experience

Book the Performance & Workshop Package

Every Classic Repertory Company performance includes:

Comprehensive Study Guides

Click here for our Romeo & Juliet study guide

Click here for our The Scarlet Letter study guide

Pre-Show Introduction

In this five minute introduction, audience members are able to meet the actors, enter the world of the play, and are given a few questions to keep in mind while they enjoy the performance.

Post-Show Discussion

After the performance, our actors facilitate a conversation with the audience about the production, its themes and aesthetic, how it applies to the world today, and how they relate to it on a personal level. Audience members are also given the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the rehearsal process, our particular adaptation, or theatre in general.

Add a workshop!

Classic Repertory Company offers interactive workshops designed to deepen our audience’s engagement with each production!

Click here for more detailed information and workshop lesson plans


Each Classic Repertory Company production has an accompanying workshop, which can be adapted for students of all ages! These workshops are available to book alongside a performance, or as a stand-alone experience.



Each season, Classic Repertory Company adapts a 19th or 20th century novel for the stage, and this year we are performing The Scarlet Letter. Using a variety of techniques for devising and adaptation, our company members will guide your students through the process of reading a text, identifying what they believe to be the primary elements, engaging their bodies, and creating a story with a group. Your students will learn new modes of analyzing and understanding a piece of text, through the lens of the storyteller. This workshop is offered in three iterations for students of all ages!

BRINGING TEXT TO LIFE – Elementary School

While not all of our performances are appropriate for Elementary school, this workshop is specifically designed as a stand-alone experience for this age group.

TIME: 60 minutes 

AGES: Grades 2 through 6

GROUP SIZE: up to 50

Click here for the workshop lesson plan!

BRINGING TEXT TO LIFE – Middle and High School

Give your students the opportunity to get on their feet and experience the story from inside!

TIME: 60 minutes

AGES: Grades 6 through 12

GROUP SIZE: up to 50

Click here for the workshop lesson plan!


Each season, Classic Repertory Company performs a 90-minute Shakespeare production, and this year we are touring Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare can be intimidating for students of all ages, so come play with us and eliminate the stigma of the Bard! In this workshop, we explore this well-loved text through our voices, our bodies, and our emotions, using a variety of games and exercises. Your students will leave with a new set of tools with which to strengthen their analysis and understanding of Shakespeare’s writing, along with a playful attitude! This workshop is offered in three iterations for students of all ages!


While our Shakespeare productions are not usually appropriate for Elementary School students, this workshop is specifically designed as a stand-alone experience for this age group!

TIME: 75 minutes

AGES: Grades 2 through 6

GROUP SIZE: up to 35

Click here for the workshop lesson plan!

TRYING ON SHAKESPEARE – Middle and High School

Give your students the opportunity to experience Shakespeare from the inside!

TIME: 75 or 90 minutes

AGES: Grades 6 through 12

GROUP SIZE: up to 35

Click here for the workshop lesson plan!



Did you know that Classic Repertory Company is holding auditions for our 2017-2018 tour?

We are looking for seven recent college graduates to play all roles in

OTHELLO by William Shakespeare


Rehearsals start September 4, 2017 and the tour runs October – November 2017, and March – May 2018. Company members must be college graduates with full-time availability during those periods.

Contact our Education Associate, Lily Linke, at for more information!


Public Performances

Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal St, Watertown MA

The Scarlet Letter – Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm

Buy tickets here! 

Are you an educator? 

You can reserve a complimentary ticket to our public performances and learn about special discounts to help bring these productions to your school! Email for more information.

Past Productions

More production photos and videos coming soon!

2015-2016: 1984 & Julius Caesar

featuring Laura Detwiler, Michael Kelly, Lily Linke, Cory Missildine, Alex Rankine, Kai Tshikosi, and Grace Kennedy Woodford


2014-2015: Of Mice and Men & Macbeth

featuring Daniel Anderson, Miguel A Fana, Will Madden, Cesar Munoz, Hayley Sherwood, Kristian Sorensen, and Maxwell Wyndham


2013-2014: Great Expectations & A Midsummer Night’s Dream

featuring Jared Brown, Lorne Batman, David Keohane, Marc Pierre, Simon Pringle-Wallace, Rebecca Sands, Julia Schonberg, and Celia Pain


2012-2013: To Kill a Mockingbird & Romeo and Juliet  

featuring Kyle Blanchette, Melissa Carter, Kyle Cherry, Cloteal Horne, Alexandria King, Nathaniel Punches, Jacob Sherburne, and Sophie Sinclair

Summer Productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

2014: featuring Charlie Coursey, Margaret Clark, Jesse Garlick, Will Madden, James Marin, Kristian Sorensen, Charlotte Thomas, and Savanna Young-Norris

2015: featuring Jenna Bilgore, Michael John Ciszewski, Maria DeCotis, Matt Dray, Lily Linke, Tyler Prendergast, and Hayley Sherwood




Education advisory council:  Karen Coyle Aylward, Brighton High in Brighton, MA; Kimo Carter, Watertown Middle School in Watertown, MA; Clay Hopper, Boston University in Boston, MA; Lisa Stott, Butler Middle School in Lowell, MA.

New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company is produced in cooperation with Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.

Funded in part by generous individual contributors, the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Foundation for MetroWest, Esther B. Kahn Foundation, Fuller Foundation, The Marshall Home Fund, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and Watertown Community Foundation. This program is also supported in part by grants from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, Cambridge Arts Council, Greenfield Cultural Council, Marlborough Cultural Council, Plymouth Cultural Council, and Watertown Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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