Part of SHAKESPEARE DAY from Barn Arts Collective


Shakespeare is My Hero is an interactive performance event with music, dancing and disguises, showcasing the world's greatest playwright.  

The show uses costumes, songs and help from the audience to introduce Shakespeare and his work to the next generation of readers, theater-makers and playgoers.  It features text from Macbeth, Twelfth NightA Midsummer Night's Dream,andHamlet as well as original music, a slew of Shakespearean insults and a dance party at the end of the show.

Shakespeare is My Hero was originally created for a summer literacy program and has since been performed for hundreds of children at schools, libraries and theaters in downeast Maine.  The show lasts forty-five minutes and is ideal for children between the ages of 4 and 11.

The Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective) is a group of artists that create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Based out of The Barn, a performance and rehearsal space in Bass Harbor, Maine, the organization creates new works of  performance (theater, music, dance, film), provides residencies for artists making new work, hosts and performs at community events, partners with local non-profit organizations to offer arts and educational programs, and develops and leads workshops for young people in the community.

Artist Bios:

Andrew Simon is a theater-maker and co-founder of the Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective).  He creates and produces work at the Barn in Bass Harbor, Maine where he hosts residencies for artists from all over the country to develop new work.  Previously, he worked as a theater teacher at the Bronx Prep Charter School in the South Bronx and is a co-founder of the Bronx Prep Performing Arts Academy.  He has coached high school champions in forensics competitions across the country and worked with speech teams in New York, Maine and Georgia.  Andrew has credits as a writer, director or performer in all of the Barn's teaching programs.  He holds a BA from Emory University. 


Brittany Parker is a Maine based theater maker, musician, and teacher. She is passionate about the power of art to enhance education at any age. Teaching credits include Assistant Director for the community children's theater group Nothin' Productions in Kissimmee, Florida, Arts Counselor for the Lake Dillon Theater Children's Camp in Colorado, Head Teacher for the music and movement based early education group LaPalestra Kids in NYC, and Teaching Artist for the non-profit Making Books Sing in NYC. She also has a decade of experience in professional childcare and running music theater classes for pre-K children. Brittany has co-created and composed music for all of the Barn's teaching programs.  She has a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Florida.

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Show Dates & Times:

2/17/16 - Wednesday

11:00 am,

FREE ADMISSION. Doors will open at 10:30am

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