The Shakespeare Society's Ambassadors Program is an opportunity for early career theater and teaching artists to continue developing their skills, help The Society further its mission, and connect to a growing network of fellow artists and educators who share their passion for the Bard's works. Actors, directors, teaching artists, and dramaturges who have finished their undergraduate degrees should apply. Past and present Ambassadors have studied at Fordham, NYU, Yale, and Juilliard, and have worked at Lincoln Center, the Folger Library, American Shakespeare Center, and Shakespeare's Globe. They participate in the program for at least 1 year, with the option to stay an additional year as a mentor to incoming participants.
Ambassadors enjoy free admission to Society events, discounted tickets for friends, and opportunities for artistic development throughout The Society's season. Since the program's founding, the Ambassadors have also helped develop new programming for The Society. These have included socials for young people following Major Evening Events; a Shakespeare-themed Halloween party (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016); a Shakespeare Society Tumblr; podcasts featuring interviews with special guests; and a popular bi-monthly play discussion group called Bard Club.
On May 4, 2016, the Ambassadors presented their second annual public event at The Pearl Theatre, "Skirmishes of Wit," at which they performed selected scenes from Shakespeare for an audience of invited guests, friends, and Shakespeare Society members. In Fall 2016, the Ambassadors took part in a weekend workshop on Cymbeline featuring master classes with actor and dramaturg Dakin Matthews, actor and clown teacher Zack Fine, director Daniela Varon, and Shakespeare Society Artistic Director Michael Sexton.