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Shakespeare & Company Co-Founder Dennis Krausnick Dies At 76

Eloy Garcia
Shakespeare & Company
Dennis Krausnick.

A co-founder of Lenox, Massachusetts-based Shakespeare & Company has died. WAMC’s Josh Landes has more.

Publicity director Molly Merrihew tells WAMC that Dennis Krausnick died peacefully at home surrounded by his family Tuesday morning.

“As one of Shakespeare & Company’s founders and the director of the actor training program, Dennis’s contributions to the company are immeasurable,” read Marrihew from the company's statement.

Krausnick was 76 and died after a year-long struggle with prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. The company will hold a public memorial service for him in June.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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