THE MONTANA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
With a company of actors from across the nation, the Montana Shakespeare Co. is the Treasure State's resident, professional Shakespeare Co., performing full-length productions of the Bard's great works in the Capital Ciity.
Founded in 1997 the Montana Shakespeare Co. is a division of Artists Group, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization.
BIG NEWS THIS SEASON!
For the first year, MSC brings the words and world of the Bard to the Great Northern Amphitheater! Come be part of the MAGIC!
MEET THE DIRECTORS
KIM DeLONG, Helena, MT
Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Kim has been a lifelong arts advocate and theatre professional - a director, actor, fight choreographer and instructor - and has been part of theatre collegiate instruction for over 25 years. As a professional actor and member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild, he has worked in theatre and film across the country. He received his MFA in Acting from Cornell University on full scholarship and has served on the Artistic Committee of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association. He is also a screenwriter for Meridian Films.
MARTHA SPRAGUE, Helena MT
Managing Director, Co-Founder
Martha has been actively involved in arts education for the past 20 years and teaches at the Grandstreet Theatre School. She has done extensive musical theatre choreography and taught tap dance for over 15 years. She received a B.A. in theatre from Arizona State University before working as an actress in Los Angeles. Since moving to Montana, she has also worked for the Montana Arts Council as its Director of Artists Services and Public Arts Coordinator.
The Abridged Version!
Enriching and empowering individuals and community through extraordinary theatre!
The Extended Version:
With commitment to the blending of physical dynamics, poetic language and artistic collaboration, the Montana Shakespeare Company, aspires to create theatre of extraordinary quality.
With emphasis upon the works of William Shakespeare, MSC presents innovative and powerful full-length productions of his plays, along with other master dramatists, in an effort to enrich, enlighten, and entertain audiences of all ages while contributing to the economic & cultural health of our community and state.
The Montana Shakespeare Company (MSC) has grown dramatically since its birth as Kim DeLong’s dream baby in 1997.
In 1997, they began MSC: a Helena-based organization that auditions professional actors from Montana and across the United States to find the perfect few who will make Shakespeare come alive in Helena. “We really want people to come to Helena to join in the cultural activities that are going on here and we think the Great Northern Town Center is at the heart of that activity,” Sprague says.
“We like intimate Shakespeare, and the Great Northern Amphitheater gives us venue to create that” says DeLong, “It’s really wonderful to be in the center of that energy, and the community has been really supportive of us… We want to give back a little [by] contributing to the economic and cultural vitality of Helena,” says Sprague. DeLong joins in: “We want to be in the heart of things.”
Write to us at:
Montana Shakespeare Company
6137 Moondance Rd.
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 431-1154—Ticket Reservations and Information.
photos: upper left: Luis Gallindo, "A Comedy of Errors", 2005;
upper right: Keri Safran, Julia Porter, "As You Like It", 2006;
lower right: Chris McKeon, "Hamlet," 2006