see a show, come to a talk, or join a Dramatic reading, workshop, or Production!

Please come see the young Shakespeareans perform on stage! Your support in the audience is an extremely important part of their process in becoming who they are as adults.

See below for talks, plays, dramatic readings, or workshops that you can see and students can join.,



Two exciting opportunities to meet and work with Ben Crystal

The author of Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard, Ben has also co-authored four books with his father, scholar David Crystal, including Shakespeare’s Words: A Glossary and Language Companion and the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of Shakespeare. He appeared in the 2006 season at the Globe Theatre in London. In 2014 he and his theatre company (Passion in Practice) were awarded one of the inaugural Owls Schreame Awards for innovation in historical theatre, specifically for their work on Shakespearean Original Pronunciation (OP) in performance. That year he produced an original pronunciation production of Macbeth at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe. In 2015 he produced OP shows of Pericles and Henry V.

An Evening with Ben Crystal on original pronunciation

Friday • October 26 • 7 p.m.
El Museo Cultural
555 Camino de la Familia (at the Santa Fe Railyard)
Tickets: $15 general • $10 students

Upstart Crows of Santa Fe and the International Shakespeare Center host a public event featuring author, actor, and Passion Practice producer Ben Crystal. Ben will talk and demonstrate Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation. What did Shakespeare’s accent—and that of his actors and audience—sound like? What can we learn from hearing and speaking his works in that accent? And with no recordings or transcriptions available to us, how do we know? Actor and author Ben Crystal (Shakespeare's Words, Shakespeare on Toast) explores the fascinating 400-year-old sound of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, Original Pronunciation, that shows a world full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humour, hidden beneath our modern accent readings. And a not-so-subtle world, too.

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And if you’re an actor (or would like to be . . . )

Acting Workshop with director and Globe Theatre actor Ben Crystal

Friday • October 26 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Crows Nest • 7 Caliente Road, Building B • Eldorado

Upstart Crows and the ISC are hosting a unique opportunity for local actors: Join us for a workshop with British author, actor, and Passion Practice producer Ben Crystal. This workshop explores the original practice of the theatre company Shakespeare worked in—how well did they know each other, what was their performance space like, and their writer? How did they turn their short rehearsal time to their advantage? We will be workshopping in the nature and tempo of an ensemble for a Shakespeare company, providing participants with take-away tools for future work on stage.

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Christmas Carol Cast

Upstart Readers 

dramatic reading of
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Rehearsals begin October 14th. Readers meet once a week on Sunday afternoons (time TBD after we have filled our limit of 12 participants).

Performances December 22 • 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. • Unitarian Universalist Church • Santa Fe

December 23 and 25 at 6 p.m. • Vista Grande Library in Eldorado

Last year's production performed to full-house audiences which enjoyed a high Victorian tea and the true meaning of Christmas! 

Join the casts! No acting experience necessary—the only requirement is the ability to read out loud! The 2018 productions begin in early October with up to four casts.

This program is open to all ages. 

Tuition: $150

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Our Fall/Winter Production: As You Like It

Directed by Brooke Bauer with support from Caryl Farkas and Ariana Karp

Rehearsals with three casts
Saturdays - Cast Motley • 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Crows' Nest                                                                                      Mondays - Cast Arden  6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Crows' Nest
Tuesdays - Cast Ducdame                                                                                                                                             Thursdays - all called • 6:00 to 8:30  p.m. at the Unitarian UniversalistChurch

Dress rehearsals at El Museo Cultural:
Friday • January 11 • 4 to 9 p.m.
Saturday • January 12 • 4 to 9 p.m.
Sunday • January 13 • 2 to 6 p.m. 

Performances at El Museo Cultural:
Friday • January 18 • 7 p.m. (call time 5 p.m.)
Friday • January 25 • 7 p.m. (call time 5 p.m.)
Saturday • January 19 • 7 p.m.  (call time 5 p.m.)
Saturday • January 26 • 7 p.m.  (call time 5 p.m.)
Sunday, January 20, 2 p.m. (call time noon)
Sunday, January 27, 2 p.m. (call time noon)


Youth Shakespeare Festival 2018

Join the Crows’ entry group and perform at Meow Wolf on December 1st.

Five special rehearsal meetings to work on scenes or soliloquies: September 15, October 13, 20, and 27, and November 10 • 3:45 at the Crows Nest.

Special stage-fighting workshop with Ambrose Ferber tailored to the wishes of the group.

Acting workshop with Ben Crystal of London's Globe Theater: Wednesday October 24.

Free tickets to Ben Crystal’s public event in Santa Fe.

Site-specific theater workshop with Ariana Karp: Saturday November 24.

Free tickets to the ISC’s preview of King Lear at the Adobe Rose: Wednesday September 12

Open Mic Shakespeare Night with other groups: Friday November 9

Tuition: $50

Two Spring Productions!


The Importance of Being Earnest

We depart from Shakespeare to explore Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece.

This production will be limited to two casts of eight actors.

Introduction to the play: Saturday, February 2, 1-3:30 p.m. at the Crows' Nest (7 Caliente Road)

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Performance dates and location TBD.

Tuition: $295



The Winters’ Tale Workshop:

Actors will take on multiple roles with onstage character changes.

Introduction to the play: Saturday, February 2, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Crows' Nest.

Rehearsals Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

Performance dates and location TBD

Tuition: $295