Madeleine Lombard: Young Shakespeare group accepting of all

Published: 6/26/2016 11:37:41 AM

Before joining the Young Shakespeare Players East this spring, I’d never acted before in my life. During 13 exciting weeks, I not only learned the amazing language of William Shakespeare and prepared for a large role in “Romeo & Juliet,” but I also became embraced by a community that accepted kids of all ages, incomes and abilities, and empowered them, on a tiny budget, to teach each other all the aspects of running a full-length Shakespeare production. 

I found that I love to act, love the works of Shakespeare, and love that YSPE gives kids autonomy and leadership. What a rare and precious thing in our fearful society. My experience is that YSPE and its director, Suzanne Rubenstein, are loving, warm, and accepting to all.

Madeleine Lombard, 15


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