July 28th- August 4th
The Modern Theatre
The ARC Performances is the culmination of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program. These three productions are performed indoors at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre, and are FREE and open to the public (though Pay-What-You-Can Tickets are utilized to help subsidize the Apprenticeship Program and ticketing service costs).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 28 at 7:30 pm
July 30 at 1 pm
Aug. 3 at 5 pm
July 29 at 2 pm
Aug. 2 at 5 pm
Aug. 4 at 7:30 pm
Noah Braunstein is a current student at Northeastern University and is a Boston-based multidisciplinary theatre artist. He is thrilled to be joining Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program this summer! He has a few productions’ worth of Shakespeare experience, and he is looking forward to expanding his skillset and his repertoire.
Kathryn Parr is an actress based out of Washington, DC, pursuing her BFA in Acting at Catholic University. Her recent credits include Amstel in Tel Aviv (Fen), Rejoicing in Broken Pieces (Marie de France), and Twelve Angry Jurors (#6). She sends love to her family and friends for their support.
Chloe Boyan is a theatre artist originally from Sacramento, CA. Some of her favorite roles include The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (Oregon Cabaret Theatre) and Smeraldina in The Servant of Two Masters (Southern Oregon University). You can learn more about Chloe at www.chloeboyan.com.
David Walker is a rising senior at Bates College with a double major in theater and economics, and he is thrilled to be involved with CSC! He loves all things theater, technology, and basketball. His favorite movie is Shutter Island and his favorite plays are The Ferryman and Topdog/Underdog.
Katie Brough is a rising senior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and she is so excited to be honing her skills at Comm Shakes this summer. Some favorite credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug/Peaseblossom), Into the Woods (Female Swing/Ens), and Rabbit Hole (Izzy). Thanks to mom, dad, Tim, and all my peers and teachers who encourage my passion and continue to inspire me.
Pascal Phoa is thrilled to be a part of CSC’s Apprentice Program. Born in Indonesia, Pascal studied computer science at the University of Notre Dame, where he acted in numerous productions including Cymbeline, King Lear, and Julius Caesar. He is based in New York City, and he will be attending Circle in the Square Theatre School this fall to study acting.
Aidan Ryan is an NYC based actor/singer/pianist currently training at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts. Recent Credits: Cabaret (Tisch New Theatre, Herr Schultz), Newsies (TRYPS, Jack Kelly). He would like to thank his family for all of their support. @aidan_p_ryan
Grace Feidt (she/her) is delighted to be a part of this program. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she is a senior Acting major at Baldwin Wallace University. Grace has worked with companies such as Great Lakes Theater, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Historic Palace Theatre, and Radio on the Lake Theatre.
Noah Good (they/them) is a recent Smith College graduate from Arlington, Massachusetts. Some of their favorite past roles include Bruce (Fun Home), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Prospero (The Tempest), Viola (Twelfth Night), and Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Kayla Armstrong is excited to join CSC. Kayla graduated from Suffolk University with a BA in law in May, but she has always loved the arts. She believes theater can empower marginalized populations by sharing their stories. Suffolk University’s Working: A Musical, directed by Wesley Savick, features her most prominent performance as Diana Wilson.
Wyatt Anton was born in Seattle and grew up in San Diego. Showing an early talent in a variety of arts, he went on to study at a series of arts programs: Stage Door Manor, NYU Steinhardt’s Summer Institute of Music Production Technology, Christian Youth Theater, and the University of Michigan’s MPulse Summer Program, amongst others. He’s trained in voice, saxophone, guitar, piano, music production, and theatre studies, honing his skills as both a creator and performer. Wyatt is currently cultivating his distinct talents while attending the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he will receive a BFA in Musical Theatre in the spring of 2025.
Bethany Cabral is so excited to be participating in the CSC Apprenticeship Program! She is a Theatre major with an Arts Administration minor at Suffolk University. Along with acting, she loves playwriting and directing.
Sophie Leiton Toomey is a recent graduate from NYU Tisch Drama where she studied acting for film, television, and theatre under the Lee Strasberg Institute, Playwrights Horizons, Classical Studio and Stonestreet Studios. Recent Credits include Ganzala (The Tempest), Brutus (Julius Caesar), and most recently in the original work Space Pirates (General Lucia)
Amelia Rodriguez Josoy is a recent Suffolk University graduate. After taking part in Suffolk University’s Cymbeline (2022), her love for Shakespeare blossomed and her quest to further study the bard has continued with CSC’s Apprenticeship Program.
Julia Norcross is a rising sophomore at Agnes Scott College, where she is studying history and music. She has loved acting since she participated in her first play at five years old. She has acted in over 25 productions, including three Shakespeare plays. She also enjoys singing and playing guitar.
Amelia Elmen is excited to be joining CSC’s 2023 Apprenticeship Program! She is currently pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre at SUNY Fredonia with hopes to graduate in the class of 2025. More info at ameliaelmen.com
Ava Longarzo is currently studying drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and minoring in Cinema Studies through NYU Tisch. Ava has acted in an array of plays, musicals, and film projects all over NYC and NJ, and she is excited to expand to Boston for a Shakespearean summer!
Rebekah Brunson is excited to be returning to theatre after a long time away! Since graduating in 2020, she’s volunteered with AmeriCorps City Year and taught English in South Korea. This will be her first time performing Shakespeare, and she’d like to thank her loved ones for their support!
Seamus Doyle (he/him) is delighted to return to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company after appearing in Richard III, and Fear and Misery in the Third Reich. He currently attends Syracuse University as a BFA Acting Major, most recently appearing in their production of Barbecue, as White James T.
Chloe Burton is thrilled to be in the CSC Apprentice program! Some prior roles include Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Emily in Our Town, Vera in And Then There Were None, and most recently #7 in The Wolves. She also had the pleasure of participating in the 2021 Chekhov Intensive at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Chloe is proudly autistic and is a fierce advocate of disability rights and acceptance, especially onstage.
Fiona Herter is a Massachusetts-based actor, voice actor, and teacher. Some of her critical acclimations include: Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Edelweiss Productions, Perdita in A Winter’s Tale with Eggtooth productions, Hamlet in Hamlet with Shakespeare & Company, and Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew with Shakespeare and Company.
Louis Bose completed his Acting BFA at Montclair State University in May. His professional credits include Track at the Villagers Theater in NJ and Drought at Teatro Latea for NYC’s Winterfest, where he received a Best Actor award. His recent college performances included lead roles in Elephant’s Graveyard and Dance Nation. Louis is also a videographer and loves music.
Hope Hanson is going into her senior year at UNC-Chapel Hill where she studies dramatic art. She is so excited to be back at Commonwealth after doing the online program back in 2021.
Anne Borzner is thrilled to be part of the 2023 CSC Apprentice Program. Anne graduated from The College of the Holy Cross, where she majored in theatre and history. She currently lives in Queens, NY. She enjoys making people laugh and reading historical fiction books in coffee shops.
Marleena Garris is a performance artist who received her BFA in Acting from Lindenwood University. Noted for clear work and curiosity in training, Marleena specializes in historical, thought-provoking, and challenging storytelling – with an emphasis on what it means to be human. She can’t wait to dive into classical work and break barriers!
Avery Burnap, a current student at Drew University, is ecstatic to be a Commonwealth Shakespeare apprentice this summer. He has been in multiple student-written, developmental readings, as well as Alfonso in a student-translated and directed production of “The Kiss on the Asphalt.”
Aidan Heaney (Metellus Cimber, Lucilius, Dardanius, Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining Commonwealth Shakespeare this season. She is a rising junior BFA Acting major at SUNY Fredonia. Originally from Belfast, New York, Her recent credits include Rosaline/Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, and her directorial debut, Fredonia PAC’s Eurydice.
Kayla Sessoms is an actor and a writer. Recent credits include Working the Musical and Pilgrims of the Night. She is thrilled to expand her knowledge of Shakespeare with CSC! When she isn’t acting, she loves playwriting and rewatching Bridgerton.
Jess McGowan is an actor, singer, and dancer currently based in Baltimore, MD. Jess is overjoyed to re-join the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Apprentice program, previously a 2020 Virtual Apprentice. American University, 2019.
Lillian Salazar is thrilled to be apart of the 2021 Commonwealth Shakespeare Apprentice program! A sophomore Musical Theatre major at Boston Conservatory At Berklee, They have appeared in Our Town at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company and Bye Bye Birdie at Forestburgh Playhouse. She would like to thank her parents for supporting her in all endeavors!
Chloë Clark just graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. Her favorite graduating role was Jocasta in Oedipus. Prior to acting, Chloë was a professional dancer working with a company off-Broadway in NYC. Chloë is excited to bring her passion of acting to CSC and Boston’s theater community.
Jackson Randall is honored to be debuting as a CSC Apprentice! Majoring in Contemporary Theatre at the Boston Conservatory. Roles include “Mysterious Man” in Into the Woods and “Dog” in Dog Act.
Eliza Zangerl is a rising Sophomore at Harvard College where she has played Phyllis in Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan Society), Olga in The Merry Widow (Harvard College Opera), co-directed/choreographed Camp Rock and is a first soprano in the Radcliffe Choral Society. Past favorite roles include: Monica/The Medium, Cinderella/Into the Woods, and Yona/Children of Eden. She founded her high school’s Shakespeare Club where she produced and directed four of the Bard’s plays. She has been selected by Hyperion to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Harvard this upcoming fall. She is currently writing a collection of sonnets and a swashbuckler. Eliza thanks CSC for this incredible experience this summer!
Charlie Rose Hardy is studying theatre at NYU, completing her primary training at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. In addition to acting, Charlie loves to sing, practice yoga, and play with her pets. She thanks her friends, family, teachers, and fellow students at CSC for inspiring her every day!
Anna Davis is an actor, musician, stage manager, and director from Delaware County, PA. She is an experienced performer who has taken part in various plays and musicals. Some of her roles include Mariane in Tartuffe, Koryphaios in Antigone, and Allen Epstein/”The Mason” soloist in Working: A Musical.
Bryn Boice (she/her) is an award-winning director, educator, actor, and producer. Her work with CSC began in 2017 with three summers as a Showcase Director and acting coach for the Apprentice Program, directing Henry IV part 1, Henry VI part 2,and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2019, she was named Associate Artistic Director and Director of the CSC Academy, which encompasses the Apprentice Program, Stage2, and other CSC education & training initiatives. Also for CSC, Bryn directed Universe Rushing Apart: Blue Kettle & Here We Go – two Caryl Churchill one-acts – which garnered her the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director, Large Theatre. Other recent Boston-area credits include: Gloria (Gloucester Stage); The Sound Inside (Speakeasy Stage); The Half-Life of Marie Curie (The Nora Company at Central Square); The Children (Speakeasy Stage); Admissions (The Gamm Theatre); Last Night at Bowl-Mor Lanes (Greater Boston Stage Company); and an all-female production of Julius Caesar for Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Upcoming: the Boston premiere of Into the Breeches! by George Brandt (Hub Theatre).
She is also the Artistic Director of Boston fringe ensemble Anthem Theatre Company. With Anthem she created and directed multiple devised works and reimagined classics including the Red Sox/Yankees-themed Romeo vs. Juliet; I, Snowflake, a devised post-election reaction play; her original work, The Merry Way, featuring traditional Irish folk song; and My Fascination with Creepy Ladies, a devised work centering Edgar Allan Poe’s stories about “the death of a beautiful woman.”
New York and Regional credits as an actor and/or director include work with Asolo Repertory Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, InProximity Theatre Company, Theatre Row, Martha’s Vineyard PAC, Monomoy Theatre, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Manhattan Theatre Club.
As a theatre educator, Bryn has taught Acting, Directing, Voice for Performance, Applied Stage Movement, Public Speaking, Dramatic Theory & Criticism, Dialects, and Shakespeare’s Text among others. A great proponent of higher education and lifelong learning, she holds an MFA in Directing from Boston University, an MFA in Acting from the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training (FSU), and a Master’s Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University. She also holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Emporia State University (KS) and a BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. For more information, visit www.brynboice.com
Victoria Townsend (she/her) is a Boston-based director, teaching-artist and occasional performer. In addition to her work on artistic programming for CSC, she also serves as the Academy Coordinator for the Apprentice Program and CSC2, as well as work on many other educational programs. Directing Credits: For CSC: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2023), As You Like It (2022) and several Boston Theater Marathon pieces; Emerging Playwright’s Festival (Wheelock Family Theater), Cosi Fan Tutte (New England Conservatory’s UGOS Program), The Memorandum (Flat Earth Theater). Assistant Directing Credits: Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Kiss me Kate, Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare and Leadership (CSC) and L’Egisto (NEC/UGOS). She has also served as a teaching-artist for Watertown Children’s Theater and Live Arts Education. A Massachusetts native, Victoria currently resides in Woburn and is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with degrees in Theatre and English Literature and holds a certificate in Social Impact Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice & Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.
Jess Meyer — Romeo and Juliet Assistant Director, HandShakes Coordinator (they/them/theirs)
Jess is grateful to collaborate with such incredible artists! Previous credits: Lyric Stage’s On Paying Attention (Director), Monster in the Sky (Director), Kill the Dogs Knock Them Over (Director), Unpacking (
The Modern Theatre is located on the 525 Washington St, Boston MA 02111. We are accessible via public transit, and there is metered street parking and parking garages close by.
The theatre has zero-step entries on the both the orchestra and balcony levels. Assisted listening devices are available.
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