July 24, 26, 27
Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Adam Sanders
Featuring Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice program for pre-professional actors
Stage Manager: Madeline Hartrich
Assistant Director: Josh Telepman
Production Manager: Kat Alix-Gaudreau
Costume Designer: Brooke Stanton
Wardrobe Manager: Alison Balis
Helena would do anything to win the affections of Bertram, but differences in class keep him from seeing her much admired virtue. Helen schemes to win her love and we’re asked to decide whether her means justify her ends. This is a comedy for our times, fraught with plots, riddles, fools, mistaken identities and characters that, for better or worse, could have come straight from today’s headlines.
This program is made possible in part by a gift from the Kevin C. Kynock Foundation for the Arts.
Michelle Atwood is a recent graduate of Wellesley College. At Wellesley, she appeared as Chuck in She Kills Monsters, Melchior in Spring Awakening, #25 in The Wolves, and Oswald in King Lear.
Fernando Barbosa is a Boston based, actor, singer and musician. He is currently pursuing a BFA in acting from Salem State. Recent credits include Ensemble in Assassins (Arts After Hours), Ensemble/Dancer in Jesus Christ Superstar (Marblehead Little Theatre), Abel/Ham in Children of Eden (Theatre Co. of Saugus), Banquo in Macbeth, (UMass Lowell), Nelson in Cloud Tectonics (Fort Point Theatre Channel), Cobweb/Musician in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apollinaire), Alex/Tyesin in P.O.V, (Umass Lowell), Martin Vanderhoff in You Can’t Take it With You, King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, and The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.
Avery Carlson from Redmond, OR, is a rising senior at Oklahoma City University. Recent credits include: Poor Murderer, After Ashley, Bad Shakespeare, The Servant of Two Masters, and Dark Play.
Alcides Brito Costa Jr. is a recent graduate from Drew University. As a resident of Newark,NJ, he is looking forward to taking his skills of verse and classical training back to the community. Most recent work includes Edmund in King Lear at Drew, and a workshop of Ella Fitzgerald: Reach for Tomorrow
Ali Estey is a rising junior from Beverly, MA and is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts at Hofstra University. Past credits include, The Most Massive Woman Wins, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Proof, and King Lear.
Zachariah Angel Gonzalez is an actor from Methuen, MA finishing his associates in theater at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA. Past credits include Native Gardens, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Everyman, The Music Man, and Spring Awakening.
Lea Hawthorne is so excited to be a part of this summer’s Apprentice program. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support., especially her mother.
Madelyn Elyse Levine is a San Francisco Bay Area native heading into her third year in the University of Southern California BFA Acting program. USC Credits: Great Expectations (Young Pip), Queen Margaret – Henry VI & Richard III (Margaret); Other Credits: Punk Rock (Cissy) and A Christmas Carol (Martha Cratchit), both with American Conservatory Theater.
Kelsey Malanowski is a New York City based actor who has trained at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (class of 2019), the Atlantic Acting School, and Stonestreet Studios. Recent credits include The Importance of Being Earnest and Isabella in Measure for Measure at the Atlantic Acting School.
Michael Mazzone graduated from Boston College with a BA in Theatre. He studied at the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Previous acting credits include Hamlet (Hamlet), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), This Is Our Youth (Warren), The Cherry Orchard (Lopakhin), Invisible (Felix), and A Number (Salter).
Tanner McCormick is originally from Nashville, TN. He is currently studying theatre at Miami University of Ohio where some of his favorite roles include Damis (Tartuffe) and Claudius (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead).
Kate Piatti is a senior at LIU Post pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous credits include Dolores in The Wild Party, Emperor Alexis in Ubu Roi, and Luce in The Comedy of Errors.
Paige Nina Ruggles is a recent graduate of Salem State University, where she received a BFA in Theatre Performance. Previous credits include Mrs. Plumm (Uncommon Women and Others), Eurydice (Eurydice), Maggie (Dancing at Lughnasa), and Mrs. Van Daan (The Diary of Anne Frank).
Aria Saltini graduated from Adelphi University with a BFA in Acting, where she appeared in several productions including The Rimers of Eldritch, Peter and the Starcatcher, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2018 she studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where she played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.
Grace Tiso is a current student of acting at Ithaca College, and will prospectively receive her degree in spring of 2020. Most recent credits and training include: Ragtime (Dance Captain/Swing, Ithaca College), Shakespeare & Company Summer Training Intensive, Big Time Adolescence (Sundance Film Festival 2019), Marjory in The Moors (Ithaca College reading), and On Common Ground (Theater Wallay devised piece in collaboration with Ithaca College).
Melissa Medaglia-Zeller is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre and an emphasis in Songwriting. She is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with CSC and to deeply explore Shakespearean texts.