About the crows!

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Upstart Crows of Santa Fe is a Shakespeare troupe for young people ages 10 to 18 which produces workshops and uncut plays with a focus on understanding and collaboration.

We explore Shakespeare’s language and meaning with the help of experienced Shakespearean directors and professional actors, learn stage fighting from Fight Director Ambrose Ferber, and provide extensive outreach to schools, libraries, and community centers, sharing our passion for the plays.

There are no auditions and no prior theater experience is necessary—the only requirement is a desire to do the work. All who participate receive substantial roles. Each project has two to three casts so that actors can direct each other and take part in every aspect of the process of creating a production.

The Crows perform two full plays a year and two scenes workshops with productions in the spring, summer, and fall/early winter. We also produce Upstart Reader dramatic reading events and special workshops for all ages on prosody, movement, and acting Shakespeare. Performances at our home, The Swan Theater, and at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

Rehearsals take place at our rehearsal space in Eldorado at 7 Caliente Road (Building B at La Tienda in Eldorado) which we call the Crows’ Nest, and in town at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation (107 Barcelona Road, Santa Fe).

Apprenticeships: The Upstart Crows of Santa Fe supports company members who are interested in learning how to stage productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Actors who have been in three productions (or two productions and outreach programs) and would like to explore the directorial process can apply to apprentice a production.

Upstart Crows of Santa Fe is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with no paid staff and no overhead. Tuition and donations to the company go directly to productions costs: stage rental insurance, costumes, props, make-up, sets, and a modest director's stipend. Any additional funds collected go toward scholarships for actors.

The Crows are associated with the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe, participating in their educational outreach, community events, and producing their annual Youth Shakespeare Festival.