• Shakespeare on the Common

  • Cancellations

    Weather information:


    Food & Beverages

    • · Vendors available onsite
    • · Personal food & drink welcome
    • · No alcohol
  • Tickets & Seating

    · Performances are free & open to the public

    · Bring a blanket to sit on

    · Bring or rent a chair - rentals $5 + $5 deposit

    · Learn more about sitting in our Friends Section

    · Additional information will be posted in the spring

  • Other Info

    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

Our American Hamlet

Beckett In Brief

See Calendar for matinee schedule

Apprentice Application

  • July - August, 2017

    Romeo & Juliet

    • When:

      July - August, 2017 (Exact performance schedule announced in Spring 2017)

    • Venue:

      Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common

    • Need to know:

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  • March 23-April 2

    Our American Hamlet

    • When:

      March 23 - April 2, 2017

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.

      Runtime: 90 minutes

      Tickets: $25-$60

      March 23 performance is pay-what-you can with a minimum of $10 per ticket. Seating locations will be based on availability.

      Students with a valid student ID may purchase in advance for $15 per ticket for any performance.  Tickets will be located in the balcony. 

      Groups with 10 or more attendees will receive a 20% discount off the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  A deposit will be due for half of the total cost upon booking and the remainder will be due one week before the performance.  Call 781-239-5682.

      Seniors 60+ receive $4 off the ticket price for the first two price levels (not applicable for the $25 seats).  


      Scenic Design:
      Julia Noulin-Merat

      Lighting Design:
      Brian Lilienthal

      Sound Designer:
      David Remedios

      Costume Design:
      Nancy Leary

      Nile Hawver

      Properties Designer:
      Lisa Berg

      Assistant Director:
      Leah Carnow

      Stage Manager:
      Jenna Worden

      Assistant Stage Manager:
      Rachel Corning

      Fight Captain:
      Kelby Akin

      Assistant Sound Designer:
      Isaias Pedreros







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  • May 8-16, 2017

    Stage2 Series: Julius Caesar

    • When:

      May 8-16, 2017 90 minutes

    • Venue:

      Babson College's Sorenson Center for the Arts

    • Need to know:

      Recommended for grades 6 and up.

      Directions & Parking Information for the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

      Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

      Wheelchair Accessibility: Wheelchair seating is available at the Sorenson Center for the Arts. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your needs for wheelchair accessible seating and House Management staff will be happy to reserve appropriate seating for you and your guests.

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  • April 27–30 and May 3–7

    Beckett In Brief

    • When:

      April 27–30 and May 3–7

    • Venue:

      Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College

    • Need to know:

      Wednesday–Saturday evenings at 7:30 P.M.
      Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 P.M.
      NOTE: There is no 3pm performance on Saturday, April 29

      General Admission $40
      April 27 (only) is pay-what-you-can

      Scenic Design:
      James Fenton

      Sound Design:
      Elizabeth Callas

      Costume Design:
      Chelsea Kerl

      Lighting Design:
      Alexander Fetchko
      Lisa Berg

      Stage Manager:
      Greg Nash
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  • 04/05/2017

    Shakespeare & Leadership: Richard II

2017 Apprentice Program Application Information

Please direct any additional questions to Program Coordinator Victoria Townsend at apprentice@commshakes.org.


Tuition for the 2017 Apprentice Program is $2600, a $600 deposit on this amount is due by May 22nd and the remaining balance is due in full on the program's first day.

CSC recognizes that artistic training is a significant financial investment for students and young artists. To this end, we have a robust financial aid program and also offer some work-study opportunities each year to help with the cost of tuition. Please visit the bottom of this page for more info on these programs. 

Housing Options

Some dormitory housing at Babson College is available to students at an additional cost. This year's housing rate is $1950. These are double-occupancy dorm rooms each with a private bath and kitchenette as well as access to in-building laundry and parking. Please click here for a picture and more information on Woodland 9 where Apprentices are housed on campus. Students are not required to live on campus though it is recommended for any student living more than an hour away from Wellesley, MA. 

Students may also request a single-occupancy room at an additional cost of $350. Students who are granted financial aid are not eligible for a single-occupancy room. Housing space is limited and all housing requests are first come, first serve and interested students are encouraged to apply early. Students will also be asked for a $150 security deposit which will be returned after the program's end barring any damage to their room. 

Application Information/Requirements

We have a rolling acceptance process for our Apprentice Program. This means that we begin reviewing applications and making acceptance decisions the week of February 13 and end when we have filled our company or on May 8, 2017. We encourage you to apply early in this date window for the best consideration. You can expect to hear from us within 2-4 weeks of submitting your completed materials/completing your audition. All applications/financial aid applications are due May 8, 2017.

All Applicants are required to submit the following online materials (click links to access forms):
2017 Application Form, including upload of headshot and standard acting resume
$35 nonrefundable application fee*
One Online Recommendation Form to be filled out by a director or professor who knows your work well

*Application Fee may also be paid via check made out to "Commonwealth Shakespeare Company" and mailed to

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
ATTN: Apprentice Program 
Babson College, Sorenson Center
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457


There is also a required audition for consideration for the Apprentice Program. We ask to see one Shakespeare and one contemporary monologue, each not to exceed two minutes.
There are several audition opportunities throughout the spring:


Program representatives will be holding auditions in January at The American College Theater Festival for festival attendees ONLY:

Please visit the links above for more information about these opportunities


We will also be in attendance at the annual New England Theatre Conference Auditions March 11-13. Please visit the link for more information about these auditions and how to register

Local Auditions

In addition, we host three audition dates throughout the spring at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Please email apprentice@commshakes.org if you’d like to schedule a 15 minute audition slot during one of these days:

  • Saturday, March 25: 12:00-2:00PM
  • Saturday, April 15: 12:00-2:00PM
  • Saturday, May 6: 11:00-1:00PM

Video Audition

While an in-person audition is always preferred, for applicants who are not local we will accept a video audition. A video link can be sent to apprentice@commshakes.org. Applicants who send a video audition may also be required to schedule a short phone or video chat interview, preferably during one of our three spring audition date times listed above. 

Financial Aid/Work-study

Artistic training requires a significant personal investment of time and money and we know that figuring out how to finance these opportunities can be challenging for applicants. We encourage ALL interested candidates to apply for our program and CSC will do our best to make the program as accessible financially as we can. Please learn more about specific opportunities through CSC below and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have questions. A reminder that your Academic Institution may offer additional grants or scholarships for extended study, check with your adviser to see. We've also had alumni use kickstarter and other personal funding sites to help defray the program's cost. There are a lot of possibilities to help get you here. 

We will accept financial-aid and/or work-study application from any prospective student; however, these applications will not be reviewed until after an individual has been accepted to the program and do not figure into our acceptance process. Final deadline for these applications is May 8th, 2017. While the application may be submitted at any time, scholarships and work-study positions will not be offered until on or around the week of May 15th, 2017. Applicants may apply for either or both of the opportunities below.

Financial Aid: Tuition scholarships are awarded based firstly on financial need and secondly on the apprentice's commitment to CSC's primary values: access, excellence and education.  The amount of the scholarship is based on the financial aid application as well as the personal statement in the regular program application. If you are interested in applying for aid, please use the form below:

Please click the link below to access the form to apply for financial aid: 

2017 Apprentice Program Financial Aid Application

Work-study: 2017 Apprentice Marketing: $400 tuition credit (multiple positions may be offered)

The Apprentice Marketing Work-study will begin a small amount of work approximately one month before the program’s first day (telecommuting is possible for a non-local student). The work-study will work closely with CSC’s Director of Marketing and Marketing Intern on various Apprentice-related marketing projects. This may include, promotion for Apprentice shows, blogging about experiences in the program or creating a video about the 2017 Apprentice Company. This is an exciting position perfect for someone with an engaging personality, social media experience, strong writing skills and/or an interest in film-making. The work-study will also be responsible for at least one daily post to the Apprentice Program Facebook page. This position will require an additional 2-3 hours per week and a handful of phone or in person meetings with CSC staff throughout the summer. This work will never interfere with the Apprentice’s primary schedule but is a wonderful opportunity for a student who wishes to learn more about Artistic Marketing. 

Please click the link below to access the form to apply for this position: 

2017 Apprentice Marketing Work-study Application