Theatre in the Rough
A new series debuting in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 2013-2014 season. An expansion of CSC’s longstanding American Voices, TITR is a script-in-hand reading series presented without common theatrical elements like sets or costumes. These pared-down readings uniquely engage the audience by immersing them in the immediacy of the text and the actors’s performances, allowing one’s own imagination to take creative flight.
Shakespeare and the Law/Leadership
A favorite script-in-hand reading series, Law and Leadership each bring together local, state and national lawyers and judges and renowned business leaders with some of Boston’s best local acting talent to perform Shakespeare plays each season. Each performance is followed by a panel discussion addressing questions and themes in the text that resonate for these professionals within their modern fields.
Tour of the Parks
CSC’s touring initiative to local parks brings free outdoor theater to neighborhood venues and under-served communities. Past seasons have included: Shakespeare on Love, a collection of love scenes complimented with popular music performed by CSC Apprentices and Bard Over Broadway a new Shakespeare-inspired musical-theater review performed in collaboration with The Boston Conservatory.
Shakespeare on the Common
A Boston tradition since 1996, CSC has been presenting fully-staged productions of Shakespeare plays free-of-charge to Boston audiences.
Sponsored by New England Conservatory and the Free For All Concert Fund, Commonwealth Concerts is a series of pre-show concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles before performances of Shakespeare on the Common.
Special events--including our Annual Gala--held throughout the year to raise funds to support all of CSC’s FREE programming.
February 6, 2014
Art, by Yasmina Reza
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's
June 16-August 10, 2014
Thank you to the 2014 Apprentices for a wonderful summer! We miss you already and wish you the best in your careers.
Please visit this page in winter 2014 for information about the 2015 Apprentice Program
The CSC Apprentice Program is an intensive summer training program for young professionals who are actively pursuing a career in theatre. Besides invaluable training, CSC offers a unique opportunity to work alongside theatre professionals on a truly massive scale. Our summer programming reaches over 100,000 audience members every year, and our Apprentices are an integral part of every aspect of the production.
In Fall of 2013 CSC became the Theater in Residence at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Thanks to this exciting partnership, much of CSC’s training will take place at Babson’s beautiful campus and in the state-of-the-art Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts.”
Training at CSC means preparing yourself for the next stage in your career as an actor while developing the skills that are crucial to performing classical drama. We blend a thorough classroom experience with immediate performance opportunity. We also focus on training our Apprentices as successful professionals with skills that differentiate you from other young actors in the rehearsal studio as well as on the resume.
To discuss the Program in more detail, please contact Associate Artistic Director, Adam Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For eight weeks, six days a week, Apprentices participate in a series of skills-building classes and activities. CSC’s nationally recognized faculty focuses on the fundamental skills necessary to unleash Shakespeare’s text onto the modern stage.
Master classes supplement the training with work in special topics essential for the classical actor. Master class offerings change every year, but past offerings have included:
Apprentices will work intensively on two Shakespearean verse monologues throughout the eight weeks, preparing them as strong audition pieces for life after the Program. Monologues will be coached by Program staff as well as members of the professional main-stage company.
2014 Faculty: (Click on the photo to see bio)
Training with CSC is put to an immediate, “real world” test with ongoing performance opportunities throughout the summer.
Every Apprentice will be given an understudy role in CSC’s main-stage production of Twelfth Night. There will be ample opportunity to observe the professional rehearsals as well as an opportunity to rehearse those roles.
Apprentices will develop scene work as part of their training that will be incorporated into CSC’s “Greenshow,” a short piece that will be performed on the Boston Common as a prelude to the main-stage production.
The Apprentice Company will be cast in its own performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays. The Academy Showcase. This piece will be directed and designed by professional Boston artists and performed at the Sorenson Theater on the Babson Campus.
Working alongside dozens of professional faculty, staff and artists, you will gain valuable and varied insights as well as an indispensable opportunity for making major networking connections.
Gain an intimate introduction to Boston’s thriving professional theatre scene
Accrue Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) points and gain an introduction to the actor’s union, Actor’s Equity Association
Rotate through various front-of-house responsibilities
Earn college credit through your university (contact your institution for availability)
What Former Apprentices are Saying about the Program:
"Along with the solid classical acting foundation I gained, the relationships I developed are indispensable."
"I have grown increasingly comfortable with a genre of theatre assumed 'un-masterable' by many, including myself."
"Truly a summer I will never forget."
"Speaking of transformative, the ending of the program allowed me to step back and truly appreciate what I had gone through that summer. It was hard to go, but it was such a great experience that I will carry with me as I move forward into my career."
Application and Additional Information
Thank you for your interest, applications for our 2014 Apprentice Program closed on May 9, 2014.
Applicants must submit the following:
The Apprentice Program Application Form (available below)
A theater resume
One personal essay describing your goals in acting training
One letter of recommendation (may be sent separately by recommender)
A $30 non-refundable application fee, submitted via check made out to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company or by using the PayPal button below
There is also a required audition consisting of two contrasting monologues, one Shakespeare and one contemporary, not to exceed five minutes.
Open Audition dates for the Summer 2014 program will be held throughout the spring both in Boston and on the Babson campus BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please see schedule below. Call or e-mail email@example.com to schedule a specific time or for information on how to audition remotely.
Acceptance notifications are issued on a rolling basis within two weeks of your completed application submission.
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Tuition for the Apprentice Program is $2400. There is limited financial aid available, up to a half scholarship. Financial aid is awarded on a need basis and requires a separate application. Decisions on financial aid offers will only be made after an apprentice is accepted into the Program.
There is limited dormitory housing available on the Babson campus. The cost is $1740 for the eight weeks of the Program, is furnished, has a kitchen, in-unit laundry, free parking, and is in very close proximity to classes and rehearsals.
2014 APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT RESOURCES
*Boston/Babson audition dates are by appointment only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your audition slot.
Jan. 31: 12:30PM-1:30PM KCACTF auditions in Hyannis, MA (open to festival participants only)
Feb. 1: 12:00PM - 3:00PM KCACTF auditions in Hyannis, MA (open to festival participants only)
Feb 23: 5:00PM-7:00PM: Boston Audition
March 15, 16, 17: NETC auditions in Natick, MA. For more details visit: http://netconline.org/
March 22: 12:00PM-2:00PM: Babson College Audition (Wellesley, MA)
April 12: 5:00PM-7:00PM: Boston Audition
May 9: Final day to submit applications
May 10: 12:00PM-2:00PM Babson College Audition (Wellesley, MA)
May 13: Final decision notifications (including financial aid offers) released
May 26: Deposits due for accepted students
June 16: First day of classes; all remaining tuition owed due at top of class