August 6th & 7th 2021 5:00PM EST
Streamed Live to YouTube
Join CSC as we celebrate the work of our Session 2 2021 Virtual Apprentices! Over four weeks this summer, these apprentices have joined us over Zoom from all across the country to train with our artists in Shakespeare’s text and voice. Their work will culminate with live streamed performances of the monologues and scenes they have worked on over the course of this program.
2021 Apprentice Program Staff:
Bryn Boice: Program Director
Victoria Townsend: Program Coordinator
Paul D’Agostino: Voice Teacher
Alicia Hartz: Casting & Recruitment Assistant
Madeline Hartrich: Production Manager
Kelsey Whipple: Stage Manager
2021 Session 2 Scene & Monologue Coaches:
Siobhán Carroll, Duncan Gallagher, Jessica Golden, Rachel Greene, Kaci Hamilton, Alicia Hartz, Mihir Kumar, Ashley Knaack, Sarah Mass, Bri Pollock, Arisael Rivera, Michael Underhill , Sarah Vasilevsky, Regine Vital, Dylan C. Wack, Amber Walker.
Madlynn is an actor and playwright from the Washington D.C. area. She is graduating from Suffolk University in December of 2021 with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Psychology. She looks forward to continuing her creative endeavors post-graduation as she also explores potential careers in education
Catherine Bennis is a rising senior in Penn State’s BFA Acting program. Before studying acting at PSU, Catherine performed throughout the South Shore of Boston. She last voiced Sister Lawrence in Penn State’s radio play production of Romeo & Juliet and will perform as Ester in Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel this fall at Penn State.
Stephanie is a New York actor who studied at the American Musical Dramatic Academy and the Atlantic Acting School. She is currently a senior at The New School earning a BFA in Musical Theatre and Minor in Political Science. Past credits of Stephanie’s include Marvalyn (Almost, Maine) and Ursula (The Little Mermaid). Stephanie is very grateful to be studying with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and would like to thank her colleagues, friends, and family for their continued support.
Alexa is a Boston based actor, singer, director and graduate of Green Mountain College. Favorite credits include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nurse Ratched), Hurly Burly (Donna), Waiting for Lefty (Agate Keller). Alexa looks forward to her role as Sister Aloyisius in Studio Theatre Worcester’s upcoming production of DOUBT.
Margaret Camilletti is going into her senior year as a BFA musical theatre major at Marymount Manhattan College. Her previous Shakespeare credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Marymount Manhattan College, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Five Towns College, and As You Like It with Striplight Theatre Company. She is so excited and grateful for this opportunity to be an apprentice with CommShakes!
Mara is recent graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama (New Studio). She was the recipient of the 2019 BroadwayWorld Regional Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her work as Sophie in The Shawnee Playhouse’s production of Mamma Mia!. www.marafcohen.com. @marafayecohen
Abbi Colborn is a Raliegh, NC native currently studying acting at Shenandoah University. Working on classical texts and films inspire her most. She hopes to move to either New York or Chicago after graduating next June!
Recent credits include KENNEDY CENTER MILLENNIUM STAGE: Start Spreading the News: The Music of Kander and Ebb; WOLF PACK THEATRE COMPANY: Puffs, A Christmas Carol, WAY OFF-BROADWAY DINNER THEATRE: Disaster!, Mamma Mia!; MC SUMMER DINNER THEATRE: West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY: Kiss Me Kate, City of Angels, Carousel. B.M. Musical Theatre, Catholic University. Fordham London Dramatic Academy. emmaccooley.com.
Liv Cunha is a rising junior at Dean College as a musical theatre major. Recently, she has been in Dean’s virtual productions. Her roles include Violet Weston in August Osage County and Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias. In addition to being a performer she is also an activist.
Sean is an actor based in the Greater Boston area. Previous credits include The Sound of Music (BCE), Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Matilda (Wayne Theatre), and Crazy for You (UVA Drama).
Hailey Eriksen is a student at Michigan State University pursuing a BFA in Acting along with a Musical Theatre Minor and Minor in Music. She was recently seen on screen as an ensemble member in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at MSU. Hailey is delighted to be joining this apprenticeship program.
Alexandra Everbach is from Dallas, Texas, and is a rising junior at Tufts University, majoring in Drama. She has performed in various plays and musicals at Tufts University and has participated in community theatre in Dallas. Alexandra is so thrilled, honored, and excited to be a part of CSC this summer!
Michaela Elise Fox (“Kiki”) is an emerging musical theatre actor, having graduated from Long Island University, Post, with a BFA in theatre arts with a concentration in musical theatre. Michaela has an eclectic history on stage, having performed in an assortment of new works like The Smog is Rising with the Voyage Theatre Company, experimental pieces like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with the Post Theatre Company, and in cabarets like Always a Bridesmaid, directed by Emily Zentis. Kiki is excited to be returning to the stage, even if only virtually, with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company for their 2021 apprenticeship, after a long year of personal pursuits and making the best of the artistic world we are in!
Chloe Goodman is currently studying theatre with a concentration in musical theatre at Dean College in Franklin, MA. As of recently with the COVID-19 pandemic, Chloe has been doing virtual shows. She can be seen in Dean College’s virtual performance opportunities named as Werk Your Craft (Bad Jews’ Daphna, Sure Thing‘s Betty, Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike – Vanya). Pre-pandemic, Chloe could be seen in Norwood Theatre’s production of Peter Pan as part of the Lost Boy Ensemble, as well as Dean College’s mainstage production of Wonderful Town as part of the Ensemble and understudy for Ruth.
Jack is an 18-year-old NC native, where he recently graduated from the high school senior drama program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is an alumnus of the National YoungArts Foundation and currently studies acting at Boston University.
Emily is an actor and writer from Northeast Minneapolis. A graduate of Macalester College, she has acted locally with Wayward Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, The BAND Group, Theatre Coup d’Etat, and more. Previously, she participated in a Summer Intensive at the Atlantic Acting School in New York.
Samuel Huhn is currently attending Iowa State University. He desires to learn all aspects of acting, directing, designing, and any other features of theater. Samuel is always looking for opportunities to learn and especially for opportunities to work!
Jeremy Kaplan is a Senior in the Department of Drama’s New Studio on Broadway at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts where he studies musical theater. Favorite credits include Senator Fipp in Urinetown-The Musical (NYU Tisch Drama Stage), Orville in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (NYU/NSB), Dr. Verlon in Blood of a Robot (NYU/FREEPLAY), Paris in Romeo and Juliet (NYU/NSB), Warner in Legally Blonde (MMTC), and Billy Flynn in Chicago (Stagedoor Manor). Jeremy is excited to be participating in CSC’s Apprentice Program this summer!
Logan Kelly is a North Carolina-based actress who has been performing since she can remember. She began taking professional voice lessons at the age of nine and has taken many voice, acting, and dance lessons since then. She is currently studying English w/ a Concentration in Film while also majoring in Vocal Performance at the UNC-Chapel Hill.
Sadie Koopman is a Music Theater and Vocal Performance major at Oklahoma City University. She is originally from Cincinnati, OH and is super excited to be exploring Shakespeare. When not studying The Bard’s work this summer, she was hiking and kayaking. To her family: I’ll be seeing you.
Brandon Lee is delighted to be part of CSC’s Apprentice Program. He has played lovers, fighters, the Bard of Avon (twice!), and a host of morally questionable characters. Next month, he will play Theseus and Flute/Thisbe in Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Love to LOS. brandonleeactor.com
Noah Leikind is a rising sophomore studying theater arts at Brandeis University. He is so excited to return to Shakespeare after a long hiatus. Previous roles include; the Valet in No Exit, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, and Franz in Rock of Ages. He has also co-directed Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap.
Demitri Magas is a young actor currently training at Millikin University’s BFA Acting program. Before his training, Demitri grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin where he attended Appleton North High School and worked closely with the school’s theatre department. Demitri plans on continuing his theatrical training with the hopes of moving to New York City to continue his theatrical experience.
Daniel currently studies Musical Theatre at Ithaca College, having played Jordany in the premiere of Off the Palisades Parkway. Other credits include The Music Man and 9 to 5 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as numerous pilot productions with MTI in partnership with the Riverdale Children’s Theatre.
Prenda Mercado is an Acting Major graduating in spring 2022 from Lipscomb University. She is super excited to be diving into more Shakespeare during this summer with CSC. Some of her favorite past roles include: Duke Senior (As You Like It), Vivienne Kensington (Legally Blonde), and Elena (Shop Girls). She is so excited to use the skills she learns as theatre opens back up and she enters the real world next spring.
Kleo is thrilled to be training with CSC this summer. She is currently pursuing a BFA in acting from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to acting, Kleo studies producing, writing, and stage management.
Rose O’Malley is thrilled to be a part of the CSC Apprenticeship summer program! She grew up in Warrenton, North Carolina and will be starting at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro as a BFA student in acting. Some favorite credits include Geisha in Appalachian Geisha and Shulie in SchoolHouse Rock Live! JR. She will miss her love of showing pigs and residing in the country but can’t wait to make new memories and develop her craft as she embarks on her new journey.
Caleb Palmer is an actor, writer, and playwright and is thrilled to be an apprentice with Commonwealth Shakespeare! Favorite performance credits include Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Lucky Stiff, and The Boy Who Stole the Stars. He is a graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre and Performance.
Sophie Pels is an actor, director, and playwright. Recent performance credits include Amanuensis, or the Miltons (Anne Milton) with Emerson Stage and Echo: A Devised Movement Theatre Piece (Foxtrot) with RareWorks Theatre Company at Emerson College. Her original one act, SMIKE, was produced by Emerson Shakespere Society in 2019.
Austin Prebula is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music’s inaugural musical theatre program and he has trained overseas at LAMDA where he studied Shakespeare performance for a summer. To enrich his mind and aid his fellow man; Austin serves as a legal intern and tutors English.
Lisa is beyond grateful to be joining CSC as a virtual apprentice. Credits include THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Kate); original musicals REINVENTING THE WHEEL (Edith Garrett) and THE GLASSBLOWER’S DAUGHTER (coming this fall); COMPANY (Susan), ASSASSINS, AMADEUS, PARADISE REVISITED (which she wrote and directed), and musical theatre revues.
Sarah Stark is an award-winning stage and screen actor. A few of her favorite past roles include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Nina in The Seagull, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for which Sarah won the “Best Shakespearean Performance” award from Broadway World in 2014.
Sarah has a diverse history of 50+ stage performances, regional touring Shakespeare shows, regional commercial credits, and a rich range of independent film and episodic roles – including The Fatal Flaw which garnered critical acclaim in the global film festival circuit and landed Sarah with the “Short Film Best Actress” award for her portrayal of the leading role in both the Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival as well as the European Independent Film Festival.
Sarah has worn many hats in her past including but not limited to: actor, casting director, choreographer, co-founder, dancer, designer, director, educator, executive director, model, marketing manager, and producer. For more info visit sarahstarkactor.com.
Sarah is excited, honored, and thrilled to be a CSC apprentice and marketing assistant!
Nate Stephenson graduated from Bates College in 2018 and has spent the time since performing throughout New England in Providence, Boston, and Portland. Since 2020, he has resided in his hometown of Ellsworth, ME and is excited to make his post-pandemic return to theater with CSC.
Fallon Sullivan recently earned her B.A. in Theatre at Fairfield University. She is so excited to be an apprentice with the CSC family this year! Favorite credits: Tamora (Titus Andronicus), Judy (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and Hannah (The Spitfire Grill).
Prashant Tiwari / Mumbai, India. Regional- Kauon ki pathshala Kauon ki Pathshala , Apne Apne Dao and Ek Mamuli Aadmi (Awaara Theatre- Veda factory) Training- Barry John Acting Studio, The Barrow Group, Shakespeare & Co, The pandemonium Studio (Clown), Encompass, Guthrie Theatre. BMM (journalism) – Mumbai University.
Aïssatou Thiam is a 20-year-old from Andover, Massachusetts. They are currently in the BFA Musical Theatre program and study political science at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She hopes to pursue her passions in dance, law, theatre, and vocal performance in the future. Some of their other interests include mac n cheese, writing music, and playing iMessage games.
Sarah Thorn is a New York based actor. Favorite credits include: Sally Bowles (Cabaret; Peregrine Theatre Ensemble; BroadwayWorld Nomination), Julia (The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). Training: Manhattan School of Music (BM Musical Theatre), and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA; Acting Shakespeare Certificate).
Throughout Southern New England, Britney works freelance as a performer, director, and teaching artist, working recently with The Contemporary Theatre Company, The Wilbury Group, Providence Fringe Festival, Norwood Theatre, BSU Family Performing Arts Center, and The Artists’ Exchange. Britney holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Ithaca College.
Dan is a rising senior BFA Theatre Performance major at the University at Buffalo! His most recent performance was as George Henderson in Trifles at UB. He is so excited to be working on his Shakespeare knowledge and understanding with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.
Nettie Chickering New Hampshire native Nettie studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Nettie is a member of Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s Resident Acting Company. Most recently, she performed in Fools & Kings’ Richard III and Fair Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Favorite roles: Mama Nadi (Ruined) and Titania. Nettie sings with the experimental jazz band, Heroes Are Gang Leaders. @nettiechickering