Performances @ the Center

The Renaissance Center hosts several productions and theater companies yearly. Some performances are held outside if the season permits, others are held in our own on site indoor performance space, the Black Box Theatre.

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Follow link for ticket information. All performances 7pm curtain. All shows in the meadow at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.

2018 Calendar:



Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The Company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful. For more information about this season contact

Young Shakespeare Players East

Our newest partnership is with the Young Shakespeare Players - East. YSP is a non-profit theater program founded in 1980, invites young people ages 7-18 to perform full-length, original works of Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw and Dickens. There are no auditions at YSP. All members of the YSP ensemble receive one or more substantial speaking roles. Designed to show participants, their families, and the community that these plays are delightful, accessible, and fun, YSP is the only year-round program of its kind. Actors learn to appreciate both the language and the drama in these great works as well as the technical aspects of acting and stagecraft. Special programs are also available for veteran YSP actors ages 12 and up, and adults.


To Be Determined for 2018

Free and open to the public. Great Meadow Stage, Renaissance Center (650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA). No reservations required.

Enchanted Circle Theatre

The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies is proud to partner with Enchanted Circle Theater Company in Holyoke, MA.

Enchanted Circle Theater performs the accomplishments of their Performance Studies in Shakespeare workshop (a 5-week intensive summer program) in the meadow of the Renaissance Center every August.

For more information on the program email Celine or call (413) 534-3789. Check out the trailer for American Graduate Day from WGBY featuring Enchanted Circle Theater!

Keep checking back for more information on the August 2015 performance!

Touring Company Performances

The Center partners with other organizations to bring touring professional performances of Shakespearean and Renaissance plays to the University stages.