Apprentice Repertory Company Performances

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).

Performance Dates and Times

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 28 at 7:30 pm
July 30 at 1 pm
Aug. 3 at 5 pm

Julius Caesar
July 29 at 2 pm
Aug. 2 at 5 pm
Aug. 4 at 7:30 pm

Official Partner for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Training Program:
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Our Audience Ambassadors
Are you attending CSC’s Free Shakespeare on the Common show Macbeth? If so, keep an eye out for cast members of the Apprentice Repertory Company in their capacity as Audience Ambassadors on the Common. These early career actors understudy smaller roles in Macbeth and assist our general audience throughout your evening at Macbeth as part of an Apprentice Work Study program. When you collect your program from an Audience Ambassador, ask them about their ARC Production!

Cast

Noah Braunstein
Theseus/Oberon (Midsummer)
Noah Braunstein
Theseus/Oberon (Midsummer)

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
Hippolyta/Titania (Midsummer)
Kathryn Parr
Hippolyta/Titania (Midsummer)

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
Philostrate/Puck (Midsummer)
Chloe Boyan
Philostrate/Puck (Midsummer)

Chloe Boyan – Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apprentice Repertory Company 2023). New Works: Mother in 500 Rats, A Love Story (In Confidence Club), 2 in The Elevator (New York Theatre Festival), Lily in Ranked (UC Davis Catalyst Theatre Festival), Self in Feelin’ Alright, a one-person show (Southern Oregon University). Regional: Chorus in Lysistrata at the Green Show (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (Oregon Cabaret Theatre). Education: BFA in Acting from Southern Oregon University, CSC Apprentice Program 2023. (She/Her/Hers) www.chloeboyan.com.

David Walker
Egeus/Moth (Midsummer)
David Walker
Egeus/Moth (Midsummer)

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
Hermia (Midsummer)
Katie Brough
Hermia (Midsummer)

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
Lysander (Midsummer)
Pascal Phoa
Lysander (Midsummer)

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
Demetrius (Midsummer
Aidan Ryan
Demetrius (Midsummer

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
Helena (Midsummer)
Grace Feidt
Helena (Midsummer)

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
Quince (Midsummer)
Noah Good
Quince (Midsummer)

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
Snug (Midsummer)
Kayla Armstrong
Snug (Midsummer)

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
Bottom (Midsummer)
Wyatt Anton
Bottom (Midsummer)

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
Flute (Midsummer)
Bethany Cabral
Flute (Midsummer)

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
Snout (Midsummer)
Sophie Leiton Toomey
Snout (Midsummer)

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
Starveling (Midsummer)
Amelia Rodriguez Josoy
Starveling (Midsummer)

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
Peaseblossom (Midsummer)
Julia Norcross
Peaseblossom (Midsummer)

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
Mustardseed (Midsummer)
Amelia Elmen
Mustardseed (Midsummer)

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
Cobweb (Midsummer)
Ava Longarzo
Cobweb (Midsummer)

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
Brutus (Caesar)
Rebekah Brunson
Brutus (Caesar)

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
Cassius (Caesar)
Seamus Doyle
Cassius (Caesar)

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
Caesar, Caesar’s Ghost, Octavius Caesar (Caesar)
Chloe Burton
Caesar, Caesar’s Ghost, Octavius Caesar (Caesar)

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
Portia, Cato, Ensemble (Caesar)
Fiona Herter
Portia, Cato, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Cicero, Lepidus, Ensemble (Caesar)
Louis Bose
Cicero, Lepidus, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Calpurnia, Cinna the Poet, Ensemble (Caesar)
Hope Hanson
Calpurnia, Cinna the Poet, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Antony (Caesar)
Anne Borzner
Antony (Caesar)

Anne Borzner  – Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar (Antony, Apprentice Repertory Company 2023). Recent theatre credits include: Nevermore Lenore (Lenore), twang. (Lucille), She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms (Lilith/Lilly), and Once in a Lifetime (Susan Walker). Film: “Just Visiting” (Sky).  Anne graduated from the College of the Holy Cross where she double majored in Theatre and History.

Marleena Garris
Casca, Ensemble (Caesar)
Marleena Garris
Casca, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Cinna the Conspirator, Pindarus, Ensemble (Caesar)
Avery Burnap
Cinna the Conspirator, Pindarus, Ensemble (Caesar)

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 (Caesar)
Aidan Heaney
Metellus Cimber, Lucilius, Dardanius, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Titinius, First Citizen, Ensemble (Caesar)
Kayla Sessoms
Titinius, First Citizen, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Flavius, Servant 3, Second Citizen, Ensemble (Caesar)
Jess McGowan
Flavius, Servant 3, Second Citizen, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Marullus, Servant 1, Third Citizen, 1st Soldier, Ensemble (Caesar)
Lillian Salazar
Marullus, Servant 1, Third Citizen, 1st Soldier, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Decius Brutus, Clitus, Ensemble (Caesar)
Chloë Clark
Decius Brutus, Clitus, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Soothsayer, Volumnius, Ensemble (Caesar)
Jackson Randall
Soothsayer, Volumnius, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Carpenter (1st Commoner), Artemidorus, 2nd Soldier, Ensemble (Caesar)
Eliza Zangerl
Carpenter (1st Commoner), Artemidorus, 2nd Soldier, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Cobbler (2nd commoner), Trebonius, Messala, Ensemble (Caesar)
Charlie Rose Hardy
Cobbler (2nd commoner), Trebonius, Messala, Ensemble (Caesar)

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
Lucius, Servant 2, Ensemble (Caesar)
Anna Davis
Lucius, Servant 2, Ensemble (Caesar)

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.

Creative Team

Bryn Boice
Director- "Julius Caesar"
Bryn Boice
Director- "Julius Caesar"

Bryn Boice is an award-winning director, educator, actor, and producer, as well as CSC’s Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education & Training. Also for CSC, Bryn helmed 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: The Sound Inside and The Children (both Elliot Norton nominated for Outstanding Production, Speakeasy Stage); The Book of Will, Into the Breeches! (Elliot Norton nom. for Direction and Production, Hub Theatre Company); Tall Tales from Blackburn Tavern, Gloria (Gloucester Stage); The Half-Life of Marie Curie (The Nora Company); Admissions (The Gamm Theatre); Last Night at Bowl-Mor Lanes (Greater Boston Stage Company); an all-female production of Julius Caesar for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; and a number of Apprentice Repertory Company and Stage2 productions for CSC. New York, regional and other Boston credits as an actor and/or director include work with Asolo Repertory Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Anthem Theatre Company, Okoboji Theatre, InProximity Theatre, Theatre Row, Martha’s Vineyard PAC, Monomoy Theatre, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Before turning full-time to CSC, she taught at Salem State University, where her wide-ranging experience allowed her to teach Voice for Performance, Applied Stage Movement, Public Speaking, Directing, Acting III (Early Realism), Dramatic Theory & Criticism, and Dialects, among others. MFA in Directing, Boston University. MFA in Acting, Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training (FSU). Member AEA. For more information visit www.brynboice.com

 

Victoria Townsend
Director- "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Victoria Townsend
Director- "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Victoria Townsend is a Boston-based director, teaching-artist and occasional performer who has been working with CSC since 2011. 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.

Lisette Van Den Boogaard
Production Manager
Lisette Van Den Boogaard
Production Manager

Lisette Van Den Boogaard is a freelance Stage Manager around the Boston area and is very excited about returning to Stage2 at CSC for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent credits include: Machine Learning (ASM, Central Square Theatre), How I Learned to Drive (ASM, Actor Shakespeare Project), Taming of the Shrew (SM, Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Romeo and Juliet (SM, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Metamorphoses (PSM, Suffolk University), Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus and Marry Me A Little (ASM PA, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre).

Jess Meyer
Fight/Intimacy Coordinator
Jess Meyer
Fight/Intimacy Coordinator

Jess Meyer – Jess is a nonbinary multi-hyphenate theatre artist. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Apprentice Program Administrative Associate, HandShakes Program Associate, Apprentice Repertory Company (ARC) Romeo and Juliet, CSC2 Romeo and Juliet, ARC Julius Caesar, and ARC A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Plays in Place: Revolution’s Edge, Nothing But Victory!. Lyric Stage: Preludes, On Paying Attention, Monster in the Sky, Kill the Dogs Knock Them Over, Unpacking. Fresh Ink: Orpheus in the Overworld, Revolutionary Spirits. Boston Playwrights’ Theater: Silvertone. Providence Fringe Festival: Silvertone. CentaStage: Noir Hamlet. Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Noir Hamlet. They have a BFA in Theatre and Performance from Emerson College and an American Sign Language Interpreter Certificate from Northern Essex. For more information about Jess, check out their website: jess-of-all-trades.com (they/them)

Elena Toppo
Assistant Director of Julius Caesar
Elena Toppo
Assistant Director of Julius Caesar
Chris Daly
Stage Manager of Julius Caesar
Chris Daly
Stage Manager of Julius Caesar
Lauren Cook
Assistant Director of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lauren Cook
Assistant Director of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jasper Scott
Stage Manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jasper Scott
Stage Manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ellie DeLucia
Costume Designer
Ellie DeLucia
Costume Designer
LaNiyah Grovell
Wardrobe Supervisor
LaNiyah Grovell
Wardrobe Supervisor

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.

Public Transportation is convenient from all directions:

  • Green Line to Boylston Street or Park Street.
  • Red Line to Downtown Crossing or Park Street.

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