New England Shakespeare Festival | P.O. Box 191, Deerfield, NH 03037 | 603.290.2171 | info(AT)    

Bring Shakespeare to your community this summer!

Dates are available for our 2011 summer tour. For information about hosting a performance, contact us.

Northeast Shakespeare Ensemble, North East Shakespeare Ensemble, NESE. New England Shakespeare Festival (NESF) of Deerfield, NH should not be confused with Northeast Shakespeare Ensemble of New London, NH (NESE).
We're Ready To Play!

Since 1994, we've been bringing professional Shakespearean theatre to audiences of all ages, from all walks of life. We offer productions of the Bard's original plays, not adaptations.

We remain true to Shakespeare's text and meaning while reviving the rollicking spirit of his theatre. Our family-friendly shows are fast-paced, interactive and spontaneous.

What Some of Our Fans Say

* "Hip Shakespeare" - The Boston Globe
* "Rompin' stompin' Shakespeare action"
                                  - The Portland Phoenix
* "This is the most fun that I have ever had watching plays."
* "The whole world should see this presentation of Shakespeare!"
* "The kids are begging to see it again."

About New England Shakespeare

New England Shakespeare presents authentic Elizabethan-style productions of Shakespeare's plays. We also offer workshops based on our dynamic approach to Shakespeare.

Our Mission

is to bring Shakespeare's works to the widest audience possible through professional performances and educational programs that demonstrate the value of the plays as entertainment for people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Auditions / Internships / Summer Staff

Watch here for upcoming audition dates and other hiring information.

New England Shakespeare Festival
Contact Information

     (603) 290-2171
Postal address
     P.O. Box 191, Deerfield, NH 03037
Electronic mail  

Northeast Shakespeare Ensemble, North East Shakespeare Ensemble, NESE.
Northeast Shakespeare Ensemble Stagin ghte best of the classics in scenic New Hampshire About Us Education Box Office Vistor Info Events Site Map Fall in love for the first time–or all over again–with the power and poetry of Shakespeare and his timeless wit, wisdom and humor. In June 2009, NESE celebrated its 5th Anniversary by presenting Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH. NESE has been enriching our community with the majesty of Shakespeare and the splendor of live theatre since our inaugural season production of Twelfth Night. Education is an important part of our mission. In 2009, we expanded our educational outreach by conducting in-school workshops in two dozen schools in both New Hampshire and Vermont, and by distributing free tickets to Much Ado to workshop participants and via more than fifty libraries in both states. All of this takes time and money, and ticket sales, unfortunately, account for only a small portion of our budget. Our success depends on strong financial support and volunteer help. Click here if you would like to offer your help or pledge your financial support. Much Ado About Nothing: Milan Dragicevich* (Signior Benedick), Gordon Myles Woods (Count Claudio). *Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Website development by Stephen P. Trostorff ©2005-2009. Website design and photography by ©2003-2009. NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble • PO Box 1559 • New London, NH 03257 • Tel. 603-526-8251 • The NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble (NESE) is a non-profit professional theatre company formed to bring quality classic theatre to scenic New Hampshire each summer. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. NESE is the brainchild of John Goodlin,a resident of New London, NH, who has extensive experience in regional theatre in the United States, including Shakespeare Festivals in Georgia and Virginia, and in Canada with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival and the Stratford Touring Company. In 2004, our inaugural presentation of Twelfth Night ran for 14 performances with growing audiences and broad acclaim. Building on this momentum, we devoted our second season to growth and outreach, first by producing our first non-Shakespeare classic, The Gin Game in New London, and second by presenting Blackfriars Stage Company's touring production of Much Ado About Nothing to audiences in Lebanon, Newport and Concord. In June, 2006, we returned to the Lebanon Opera House to stage our own production --- the magical and enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream. And in 2009 we tackled what many consider Shakespeare's greatest tragedy-- King Lear--receiving high praise for an ambitious and challenging production. In future years, as support grows, NESE plans multiple productions each summer, including the works of other classic playwrights. For our community, Shakespeare and other classics will no longer be merely "such stuff as dreams are made on." Live theatre will be a respected and valued part of our summers. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Bernard Bygott* (Demetrius), Heather Murdock (Hermia), Nurit Monacelli* (Helena), Jordan Meadows* (Lysander). *Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. * NESE BOARD MEMBERS * Robert Moser, President * Robert Moser is a graduate of Fordham University in New York City . One of the things he enjoyed the most about being in New York was the NYC Shakespeare Festival in Central Park during the summer. He welcomes the opportunity to be part of a group that will bring a similar cultural experience to our area of New Hampshire. Robert is a retired landscape contractor and currently serves as President of Caring Animal Partners, a pet therapy organization. * Jill C. Fischman, Vice President * Jill has been involved with the development and growth of NESE since its inception in 2002 and assisted in the business plan process. Marketing a quality theatre company in this region has been a priority. From performing to setting the tone with her logo and graphic design work, Jill has been involved in every aspect including the position she held as Managing Director for NESE's inaugural 2004 season production of Twelfth Night. * Patricia Denny, Secretary * With Masters degrees in Theatre Arts (Michigan State University) and Anglo-Irish Studies (University College, Dublin, Ireland), Patricia has a life-long love of the arts. Volunteer involvement with NESE includes media contact, advertising buys, brochure writing, sponsorship development, and event planning. Patricia is in Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. * Andrew R. Supplee, Treasurer & Producer * After a career in city planning and politics, Andrew is/has been treasurer of several NH nonprofits. A graduate of the Princeton University English Dept., he has been a student of Shakespeare since high school and attends every NESE performance with delight. He is involved voluntarily in development, grant writing, events, logistical arrangements, and state/federal reporting. * Morris Edwards, Director * Morris came to the U.S. from his native England more than 40 years ago after graduating from the University of London and working for Britain's largest engineering firm. He recently retired from an entrepreneurial career in information technology involving the creation and editing of various business publications. He now applies his work experience and love of Shakespeare to help promote NESE's productions and educational outreach activities. * Kurt Feuer, Director * Kurt received a B.A. in Drama from Furman University and a M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has been an actor all his life and performed in regional theaters, on television, and in films. He is currently a teacher at the B.A. Ray school in Hanover. He hopes to continue acting with NESE and work towards making the Education Outreach program a success by working with students and teachers in the Upper Valley. * Liz Knox, Director * Liz has a BA Hons in English from the University of Bristol and a graduate degree from Oxford. She has both acted in and directed many Shakespeare plays, taught English and theatre, and most recently worked as Communications Director at Kimball Union Academy in the Upper Valley. Her knowledge and love of Shakespeare and her organizational experience are extremely useful to NESE. * Stephen Trostorff, Director * Steve attended Hobart College, then earned a degree in engineering at the University of Colorado. After a career in the telecommunications industry he has pursued his interests in music and the arts. He is responsible for developing and maintaining NESE's web site. Making Shakespeare more accessible for students, including making the Bard's plays come alive in the classroom and on stage, is the goal of NESE's 2009 educational outreach program, which is aimed at schools and libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 2004, NESE has provided students at local schools and libraries with free tickets to its productions to help them appreciate what makes Shakespeare so enriching. In 2009 NESE expanded its educational outreach by conducting a series of in-school workshops in 12 elementary and secondary schools in New Hampshire and Vermont, in addition to giving the students free tickets to its performances of King Lear. In all, NESE gave over 3,000 free tickets to students, their families and friends through schools and through 28 New Hampshire and 23 Vermont libraries. In 2009, NESE is expanding its workshops to 24 schools and distributing over 4,000 free tickets to students. NESE has been recognized for its educational outreach program with grants from the N.H. State Council on the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation-Upper Valley Region, the Arthur Getz Charitable Trust and the Byrne Foundation underwriting the school workshops and the distribution of free tickets to students. If you are interested in the school or library program, please contact NESE, P.O. Box 1559, New London, NH 03257, or call 603-526-8251. Workshop Participants in Action: Sean Eastman leads a workshop at Kearsarge Elementary School in New London, NH. Sean teaches the meaning of Shakespeare's words through movement. His goal is to help students connect the powerful language of Shakespeare with the body, using the body's full range to further express the language of the text WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT With the success of our first four seasons, we have considerable momentum in preparing for our summer 2009 production of Much Ado About Nothing. However, much work remains to be done, and considerable funds need to be raised to make Shakespeare and other classics a respected and valued part of our cultural lives each summer. We invite you to join the NESE team as a volunteer or with a pledge of financial support. You can contact us by: Mail NESE c/o Patricia Denny P.O. Box 1559 New London, NH 03257 Phone (603) 526-8251 email A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Front Row (left to right): Jack McGowan (Snout), Michael Dell’Orto* (Peter Quince), Jeff Berry* (Bottom); Back Row (left to right): Scott Sweatt (Starveling), Sean Eastman (Snug), Richard Crowley (Flute). *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. For its fifth anniversary season, NESE is staging Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing at the Lebanon Opera House, in Lebanon, NH, opening June 19, 2009. See our synopsis. NESE's inaugural 2004 presentation of Twelfth Night enjoyed widespread press coverage and rave reviews from highly enthusiastic audiences. Building on this momentum, we devoted our 2005 season to growth and outreach, and produced our first non-Shakespearean classic, The Gin Game in New London, NH. In 2006 we staged the magical and enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lebanon Opera House, followed by the tumultuous tragedy King Lear in 2009, and once again audiences praised the production and valued the opportunity to experience quality live theatre without having to travel to Boston, New York or Montreal. # NESE's 2009 Season - Much Ado About Nothing # Performance dates & times at Lebanon Opera House (LOH): * Thursday, June 19th & 26th @ 8 pm * Friday, June 20th & 27th @ 8 pm * Saturday, June 21st & 28th @ 8 pm * Sunday, June 22nd @ 2 pm * Wednesday, June 25th @ 2 pm # Ticket prices * : Adults, $28; Students, $12; Groups (8+), $23. # Tickets available via LOH Box Office: * By phone: (603) 448-0400 * By mail/make checks payable to: LOH, P.O. Box 384, Lebanon, NH 03766 * In person (M-F, 9-6): Lobby of Lebanon City Hall, 51 N. Park Street, Lebanon, NH Much Ado About Nothing: Dee Nelson* (Beatrice), Milan Dragicevich*(Signior Benedick). *Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States Welcome to the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region! * For more than two centuries, visitors have chosen New Hampshire's scenic Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region, noted for its wonderful hospitality, numerous recreational activities, excellent dining, lodging, and full schedule of cultural events, as their ideal year-round vacation destination. * For full details, visit the following regional and local sites: o o o o o A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Megan DeLay (Mustardseed), Jessica Goodlin (Peaseblossom), Jeff Berry* (Bottom), Bonnie Black* (Titania, standing) and fairies. *Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. King Lear: Andrew Clateman (Fool) Site Map * HOME o About Us o Education * PERFORMANCES o 2004 - Twelfth Night + Reviews + News Clips o 2005 - Gin Game + Reviews + News Clips o 2006 - Midsummer + Reviews + News Clips o 2009 - King Lear + Reviews + News Clips o 2009 * GET INVOLVED o Volunteer o Pledges * INFORMATION o Visitor Info o Box Office o Events o Site Map

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