The Quote

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

Act II, Scene 2
William Shakespeare



Fall 2007. When we read Hamlet, my twelfth grade English teacher Mr. Baird asked us to find our quintessence of dust. How are we inspired? How do we inspire? What is beyond this classroom, this suburban town?

Mr. Baird passed away in 2013. His legacy, his spirit, and his questions live on. We're on the eternal search for our QUINTESSENCE OF DUST.

                                                     Rachel Kunstadt, Founder & Artistic Director


Quintessence of Dust produces theatrical creations that ask challenging questions, inspire exploration and passion, expose the taboo, and give voice to the underrepresented, through the lens of mental health.