Dennis Krausnick, 76, of Stockbridge, founding member of Shakespeare & Company

In his 25 years of leading Shakespeare & Company’s renowned Center for Actor Training, Dennis mentored and taught more than 5,000 actors and students from across the country and around the world. His legacy of innovative actor training methods, quick wit, spirit of generosity and depth of thought will be carried on through the artists, teachers and students with whom he collaborated.

The Ages of Aquarius: Turbulent evolution of Shakespeare & Company

“I know I’m supposed to say that I’m excited about the season coming up, but I am actually really excited about the season coming up. I think our education process is great and our training program is having an outstanding success. Maybe I’m being a bit Pollyanna, but from where I’m looking, the company is really doing great.”

— Jonathan Croy, interim director at Shakespeare & Company