Tina Packer

Tina Packer, actor, playwright, and creator and author of Women of Will, is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has directed most of Shakespeare’s plays and has taught at more than 30 colleges, including Harvard, MIT, and NYU. Tina also taught in the MBA program at Columbia University for four years. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she won the Ronson Award for most Outstanding Actor. She came to the United States in 1974, when the Ford Foundation funded an 11-month project for her to research the visceral roots of Elizabethan theater. She then received two grants from the Ford Foundation to travel the world, looking at the relationship of mind, body, sacred texts, stand-up comedy, voice, and actor-audience relationship in her studies. The book of Women of Will was published in 2015.