Apprentice Showcase 2022

July 29 - August 6

Suffolk University's Modern Theatre

The Academy Showcase 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.

Performance Dates and Times
July 29 7:30 pm As You Like It
July 30 2 pm Romeo and Juliet (ASL interpreted)
July 30 7:30 pm Pericles
July 31 2 pm As You Like It
Aug 2 7:30 pm Romeo and Juliet (ASL interpreted)
Aug 3 7:30 pm Pericles
Aug 4 7:30 pm As You Like It
Aug 5 7:30 pm Romeo and Juliet (ASL interpreted)
Aug 6 2pm Pericles
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Our Audience Ambassadors
Are you attending CSC’s Free Shakespeare on the Common show Much Ado About Nothing? If so, keep an eye out for cast members of the Apprentice Showcase Productions in their capacity as Audience Ambassadors on the Common. These early career actors understudy smaller roles in Much Ado About Nothing and assist our general audience throughout your evening at Much Ado About Nothing as part of an Apprentice Work Study program. When you collect your program from an Audience Ambassador, ask them about their Apprentice Showcase Production!
Our Spark Scholars

Please note, in our artist bios, and asterisk * denotes CSC’s 2022 Spark Scholars. Spark Scholarships are available every year for fantastic BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Apprentice candidates from all across the country who have an aptitude for, interest in, or angst for Shakespeare and performance. Nomination required, learn more here!

Safety Protocols

Masks are required for all indoor Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performances. At this time, we will not be checking for proof of vaccination. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company reserves the right to update protocols for the health and safety of our artists and audience as we see fit.

Cast

Lily Ayotte
Pericles- GOWER 7 / ENSEMBLE
Lily Ayotte
Pericles- GOWER 7 / ENSEMBLE

Lily Ayotte is currently a senior at Suffolk University studying for her Bachelor’s in Theatre and Psychology. She’s had the privilege to work with renowned directors on inspired projects both in and out of University, and she’s excited to continue her education in Acting and Playwriting.

Fatima Barrie
Pericles- HELICANUS / LYCHORIDA
Fatima Barrie
Pericles- HELICANUS / LYCHORIDA

Fatima is a 21 year old actress from Virginia Beach, VA. She is a proud Pisces, and in her free time she enjoys spending time in nature, eating dessert, and tarot card readings.

Ross Brunschwig
Pericles- CLEON / PANDER
Ross Brunschwig
Pericles- CLEON / PANDER

Ross is a rising senior at Elon University’s BFA Acting program. He was recently in the spring production of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” as Pischik. Ross was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Some of his favorite hobbies include singing and playing guitar.

Constance Cifelli
Pericles- GOWER 3 / 3RD FISHERMAN / LEONINE
Constance Cifelli
Pericles- GOWER 3 / 3RD FISHERMAN / LEONINE

Constance Cifelli (Suffolk University ’23) is an undergraduate theatre major excited to be spending the summer studying in Boston.

Mara Cohen
Pericles- BAWD / ESCANES
Mara Cohen
Pericles- BAWD / ESCANES

Mara is thrilled to return to CSC after participating in the 2021 Virtual Apprenticeship! Favorite Regional/ NYC: Mamma Mia! (Sophie- BroadwayWorld Regional Award winner), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), A Chorus Line (Val), Disaster (Maury), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout). TV: And Just Like That, Billions. BFA NYU Tisch NSB.

Liv Cunha
Pericles- GOWER 5 / ENSEMBLE
Liv Cunha
Pericles- GOWER 5 / ENSEMBLE

Liv Cunha is a rising senior at Dean College as a musical theatre major. Her recent credits include How to Succeed in Business…, Steel Magnolias, August Osage County, and Pride and Prejudice. She is wicked excited to be back with CSC this summer.

Cadessa Davis*
Pericles- GOWER 6 / ENSEMBLE
Cadessa Davis*
Pericles- GOWER 6 / ENSEMBLE

Cadessa is excited to be in the CSC apprenticeship program. Her credits include Home for the Holidays (vocalist), White Christmas (ensemble), and Hello Dolly (ensemble) (Four County Players, Barboursville, VA). The Mom Journals (Mickey), Locally Sourced 2020 (Molly), and Ragtime (ensemble) (Live Arts, Charlottesville, VA)

Carmia Imani*
Pericles- MARINA
Carmia Imani*
Pericles- MARINA

Carmia is a recent graduate of Ball State University where she received her BFA in Acting with a minor in New Works for the Stage. She is so excited to be back in-person with CSC this summer to continue exploring finding a sense of self in Shakespeare’s work. In August, she will be moving to St. Louis to be an acting fellow at The Black Rep. She would like to thank her family for all of their support. Follow along with Carmia @carmiaimani

Gayané Kaligian
Pericles- THAISA / DIANA
Gayané Kaligian
Pericles- THAISA / DIANA

Gayané Kaligian is an actor, writer, and fight director currently working in Boston. Her work encompasses stage, screen, and voiceover, with a particular emphasis on diasporan theater. Her recent credits include Apollinaire Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as the Student Production Award-winning music video Ivory.

Prenda Mercado*
Pericles- GOWER 2 / 2ND FISHERMAN / BOLT
Prenda Mercado*
Pericles- GOWER 2 / 2ND FISHERMAN / BOLT

Prenda is so excited to come back to Commonwealth in person this time! She has just finished her undergrad with a degree in Acting and is in the process of relocating to Boston. Recent credits include: Duke Senior – As You Like It, Lady Montague – R&J, and Lisa – Mamma Mia! Instagram: @prendam

Ryan James Moskalick
Pericles- SIMONIDES / LORD CERIMON
Ryan James Moskalick
Pericles- SIMONIDES / LORD CERIMON

Ryan James Moskalick is an actor hailing from NW Indiana. With a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration Theatre, Ryan has theatrical experience both on and off stage (although he prefers being on stage)! Ryan is thrilled that in-person performance opportunities are finally open again!

Sylvia Nicol
Pericles- GOWER 1 / 1ST FISHERMAN / THALIARD
Sylvia Nicol
Pericles- GOWER 1 / 1ST FISHERMAN / THALIARD

Sylvia Nicol has been performing Shakespeare for over 10 years. She is honored to be a part of CSC’s 2022 Apprentice Program. Her past acting credits include Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Much ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), Macbeth (Macbeth), and The Tempest (Ariel).

Rose O’Malley
Pericles- GOWER 4 / ENSEMBLE
Rose O’Malley
Pericles- GOWER 4 / ENSEMBLE

Rose is delighted to be returning to work with CSC this summer, and this time in person! She is going into her second year at The University of North Carolina Greensboro this fall, where she is working on her BFA in Acting. This spring she had the wonderful opportunity to be in the production MOMO, a modern fairytale play, portraying the character Momo. She grew up in the small town of Warrenton, North Carolina. She is so excited to continue learning about Shakespeare in the beautiful city of Boston, Massachusetts. Rose would like to thank her family, friends, and most importantly God for the unconditional love and support to do what she loves every day!

Zachary Russell
Pericles- PERICLES
Zachary Russell
Pericles- PERICLES

Zachary Russell, originally from Milford, MI, is a rising senior at Western Michigan University, studying to earn his BFA in Acting. Previous Credits: Cuddy Banks, WITCH; Snug/Moth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Sam, The Flick. Special thanks to my parents for their endless support!

Nikki Stone
Pericles- DIONYZA / DAUGHTER
Nikki Stone
Pericles- DIONYZA / DAUGHTER

Nikki Stone, MFA Performing Arts graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Previously studied with Kristin Linklater in a Shakespearean Voice Workshop in Scotland. Previous roles include Desdemona in Othello, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fanny in On the Verge, and Lenny in Crimes of the Heart.

David Wysocki
Pericles- ANTIOCHUS / LYSIMACHUS / FIGHT CAPTAIN
David Wysocki
Pericles- ANTIOCHUS / LYSIMACHUS / FIGHT CAPTAIN

David Wysocki, from Buffalo, NY. A graduate of Niagara University ’18 with a Bachelor in Theatre Performance, and Associate’s in Theatre Studies from Genesee Community College. David is an actor living in Buffalo. He has performed with various companies in the Buffalo District including Shakespeare in Delaware Park, O’Connell & Company, Irish Classical Theatre, Alleyway Theatre, Theatre of Youth, and ART of WNY. David would like to thank CSC for the support and guidance, and especially his family and friends.

Alex Angrist
Romeo and Juliet- LADY MONTAGUE
Alex Angrist
Romeo and Juliet- LADY MONTAGUE

A New York City native, Alex currently attends Northwestern University where she studies Theatre, English, and Dance. Performance highlights include SOMETHING ROTTEN! (Swing/Dance Captain), SWEENEY TODD (Johanna), and ALADDIN (Golden Fairy, Edinburgh Arts Festival). She is thrilled to be spending another summer in Boston! All for Diana Byer. Go cats!

John Blair
Romeo and Juliet- MERCUTIO / SAMPSON / FRIAR JOHN
John Blair
Romeo and Juliet- MERCUTIO / SAMPSON / FRIAR JOHN

John Blair is a New York based actor from DC. He has been doing theater consistently since middle school, and recently finished a BFA program at NYU Tisch. Shakespeare has always been his passion, and he has dedicated many years to reading and performing his plays.

Benedict Cezair-Thompson
Romeo and Juliet- MONTAGUE
Benedict Cezair-Thompson
Romeo and Juliet- MONTAGUE

Benedict Cezair Thompson is a 2022 graduate of Fitchburg State University (double-major in Film & Theater). This past year at FSU, he played Rosencrantz/Guildenstern in Rot From Beneath, and performed original spoken-word poetry at juried events. He’ll begin MFA training this upcoming fall at East 15 Acting School in England.

Caroline Conner
Romeo and Juliet- PRINCE / CO- FIGHT CAPTAIN
Caroline Conner
Romeo and Juliet- PRINCE / CO- FIGHT CAPTAIN

Caroline Conner is so excited to be apprenticing with Commonwealth Shakes! Caroline has a double major in Theatre and Math from Belmont University. A Tennessee native, she has most recently worked with Nashville Shakespeare Festival playing Ariel (The Tempest, 2019) and Officer 2/Priest/Antonio Understudy (Twelfth Night, 2021).

Michael Cox
Romeo and Juliet- CAPULET
Michael Cox
Romeo and Juliet- CAPULET

Michael Cox is a senior theatre major at Missouri Baptist University. He was last seen on an MBU stage as Sheldon Potts in Junie B. Jones the Musical. His favorite roles include Nick Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Junior Turpin in Dearly Departed. He loves Shakespeare and his works.

Joshua T. Crockett*
Romeo and Juliet- ROMEO
Joshua T. Crockett*
Romeo and Juliet- ROMEO

Joshua is also a Filmmaker and loves to be behind the camera whenever he can. His New York theatre credits include “Drought” at Teatro Latea and “Sometime, Child” at Theatre For The New City.
TV & Film “FBI: Most Wanted”, “ Saturday Night Live” and “Naked Singularity”.

Theatre Education: BFA, Montclair State University.

Anna Kate Gossett
Romeo and Juliet- JULIET
Anna Kate Gossett
Romeo and Juliet- JULIET

Anna Kate is very excited about being an apprentice at the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. She is a student at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee pursuing her BFA in Contemporary Theater. She recently played Sylvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Cynthia Breene Halaby
Romeo and Juliet- BALTHAZAR
Cynthia Breene Halaby
Romeo and Juliet- BALTHAZAR

Cynthia Breene Halaby is a resident of Wellesley and is entering her junior year at NYU; she is developing her own major at The Gallatin School. She aspires to be a multi-hyphenate creator who achieves fame, glory, and universal adoration. Her favorite animal is the raccoon.

Bella Grace Harris
Romeo and Juliet- NURSE
Bella Grace Harris
Romeo and Juliet- NURSE

Bella Grace Harris (they/she) is a non-binary, Jewish, multi-hyphenate creator who is passionate about making the theatre a safe and fulfilling place for ALL! She is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where they studied Musical Theatre and Child Development. bellagraceharris.com

Libby James
Romeo and Juliet- GREGORY / SERVANT
Libby James
Romeo and Juliet- GREGORY / SERVANT

Libby James graduated Boston University in 2020. While at BU, she took part in productions with Boston University Shakespeare Society, Wandering Minds, and Stage Troupe. After a brief theater hiatus during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she is incredibly excited to be acting again with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Caitlin Ledin
Romeo and Juliet- PARIS / ABRAHAM
Caitlin Ledin
Romeo and Juliet- PARIS / ABRAHAM

Caitlin Ledin (she/her),originally from Ashland Wisconsin, is a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre. Select credits include Measure for Measure (Isabella, SMUMN), Girls Like That (Ensemble, SMUMN, Irene Ryan Nomination), and Nutcracker (Russian, SMUMN). She is looking forward to furthering her training at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Noah Leikind
Romeo and Juliet- FRIAR
Noah Leikind
Romeo and Juliet- FRIAR

Noah Leikind is so excited to be returning to CSC in person! A Greater Boston-based actor and playwright, he is a rising junior at Brandeis University, where he is a theater arts major and creative writing minor. Recent credits include Orlando (Various) and Macbeth (Angus, Lords). He will be studying at the British American Drama Academy in London this fall. Many thanks to Mom and Dad for their continuous support and for taking him to see CSC’s work on the Common from a young age.

Fleurette Modica
Romeo and Juliet- LADY CAPULET
Fleurette Modica
Romeo and Juliet- LADY CAPULET

Fleurette Modica is a performer, writer and composer from Los Angeles. She recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and has also trained at the National Theater Institute (NMTI, Fall ’20). In the fall, she will be moving to New York to pursue a career in theater.

Dani Grace Nissen
Romeo and Juliet- TYBALT / CO- FIGHT CAPTAIN
Dani Grace Nissen
Romeo and Juliet- TYBALT / CO- FIGHT CAPTAIN

Hailing from her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dani Grace Nissen is a rising senior at Wright State University working towards her Acting BFA. She is an avid reader and poet who loves to bring those words and stories to life onstage. She is known as a true Shakespearean nerd and ice cream enthusiast.

Connor Staub
Romeo and Juliet- BENVOLIO
Connor Staub
Romeo and Juliet- BENVOLIO

Connor Staub is an actor currently attending Elon Universities BFA Acting Program. Connor was most recently featured in Elon’s production of The Cherry Orchard, directed by Kevin Otos, as Yepikhodov.

Rose Beardmore
As You Like It- PHEBE
Rose Beardmore
As You Like It- PHEBE

Rose Beardmore (Suffolk University English Literature +Theatre 2024) is a Boston-based actor, writer, and director. Recent credits include Cymbeline and Pilgrims of the Night. Rose is so excited to explore Shakespeare’s work live and in-person! In her free time, she loves talking about books and local ramen restaurants.

Dominic Cárdenas
As You Like It- LE BEAU
Dominic Cárdenas
As You Like It- LE BEAU

Dominic Cárdenas (they/them) is a rising sophomore MT BFA student at LIU Post! Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona; Dominic attended Arizona School for the Arts and for four years studied Musical Theatre, Percussion, and Piano.

Emma Cooley
As You Like It- DUCHESS SENIOR / FIGHT CAPTAIN
Emma Cooley
As You Like It- DUCHESS SENIOR / FIGHT CAPTAIN

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.

Tessa Joanna Dougherty
As You Like It- ROSALIND
Tessa Joanna Dougherty
As You Like It- ROSALIND

Tessa Dougherty attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she received her BA in Acting. She is a graduate of The Conservatory Program at The Second City and recent graduate of The Fundamentals of Acting Course at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She performed in a recurring show A Family Affair at The Second City, IO Theatre, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She was also recently a part of a production of Midsummer Nights Dream. Tessa would like to thank her family for their love and support and dedicates all of her performances to the memory of her late grandmother, Nanny, who instilled in her a love for theatre. Tessa currently resides in Chicago.

Matthew Fama
As You Like It- SILVIUS
Matthew Fama
As You Like It- SILVIUS

I am an actor/singer/playwright from Long Island. My goal as a member of this community is to create and perform in works (new and existing) that both ignite and sustain the conversation surrounding mental health, hoping to play even a small role in fully breaking the stigma surrounding the topic. Aside from my love of theatre, I am a lover of all things Marvel, Tim Burton, True Crime, and The Paranormal. Much love to my entire family for their constant love and support every step of the way.

Chloe Goodman
As You Like It- FIRST FORRESTER
Chloe Goodman
As You Like It- FIRST FORRESTER

Chloe is excited to be back and be performing with CSC once again! During the school year, she attends Dean College (BA Musical Theatre) and will be a rising senior this fall. Past performance credits: The Theory of Relativity (Catherine), Hand to God (Margery), Bad Jews (Daphna), Wonderful Town (Ensemble/Ruth US). Special thank you to the CSC community for encouraging creativity and making the summer amazing.

Cori Jobman
As You Like It- ADAM
Cori Jobman
As You Like It- ADAM

Cori Jobman (they/them) is very excited to work with this fantastic company! They study musical theatre at Creighton University, and their credits at Creighton include Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Secret Garden, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Nutcracker.

Melinda Kalanzis
As You Like It- CORIN
Melinda Kalanzis
As You Like It- CORIN

Melinda Kalanzis recently graduated UT Dallas (Spring ‘22) with a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Concentration. Roles include Gretchen (Faust), Lysander (Midsummer), and Tiresias (Oedipus). Melinda has trained with the British American Drama Academy, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare & Company, and interned in education at Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

Logan Kelly
As You Like It- CELIA
Logan Kelly
As You Like It- CELIA

Logan is delighted to be back with CSC after last summer’s virtual apprentice program! She is currently entering her senior year and pursuing a B.A. in English & a Minor in Vocal Performance at UNC Chapel Hill. She would like to thank her family for unwavering support.

Jesse Kriesel
As You Like It- JAQUES
Jesse Kriesel
As You Like It- JAQUES

Jesse Kriesel majors in both theater arts and music at Gordon college, where he is a student leader, actor, and sound apprentice. He participates in their theater department through performance and tech in such shows as Antigone, Titanic the Musical, and Measure for Measure, which he starred as the Duke.

Michael Lazarus
As You Like It- CHARLES/SECOND FORRESTER
Michael Lazarus
As You Like It- CHARLES/SECOND FORRESTER

Michael Lazarus has previously portrayed Antony, Laertes, Macbeth, Caliban, and Malvolio. CSC 2020 Virtual Apprentice.  Shakespeare training with Liz Smith, (Speaking Shakespeare), Jonathan Rosenberg, (Directing Shakespeare), and Neil Gaiman, (Adapting Shakespeare). SAG-AFTRA.  MichaelLazarus.com.

Matt Neary
As You Like It- AMIENS / MUSIC DIRECTOR
Matt Neary
As You Like It- AMIENS / MUSIC DIRECTOR

MATT NEARY (he/him) is a rising junior at SUNY Fredonia where he is pursuing his BFA in Acting with a minor in Music Industry. Matt would like to thank Commonwealth for this incredible opportunity as well as his friends and family for supporting him every step of the way.

Caleb Palmer
As You Like It- DUKE FREDERICK
Caleb Palmer
As You Like It- DUKE FREDERICK

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.

Brendan Ryan
As You Like It- OLIVER
Brendan Ryan
As You Like It- OLIVER

Brendan is 21, from Milton, Massachusetts, and currently goes to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He spent the year in Dublin, Ireland, where he performed in student-run plays for Trinity College’s DU Players. In Worcester, he performed in Richard II, Le Deluge, and Secret Life of Plants.

Luke Wisniewski
As You Like It- ORLANDO
Luke Wisniewski
As You Like It- ORLANDO

Luke is ecstatic to being joining CSC’s 2022 Apprentice Program. He is currently enrolled in NYU Tisch’s Drama program and receives acting training from The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. He’d like to thank his parents, professors, and pals for their help and support.

Creative Team

Bryn Boice
Associate Artistic Director/ Director of Romeo and Juliet
Bryn Boice
Associate Artistic Director/ Director of Romeo and Juliet

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
Artistic Programs Manager/ Director of As You Like It
Victoria Townsend
Artistic Programs Manager/ Director of As You Like It

Victoria Townsend is a Boston-based director, teaching-artist and occasional performer. In addition to her work on artistic programing 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: 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 a degrees in Theatre and English Literature.

Regine Vital
Director of Pericles
Regine Vital
Director of Pericles

Regine Vital (she/her/hers) is a theatre artist, administrator, educator, scholar, and storyteller from Somerville, MA. As an actor, director, dramaturge, and coach, she has worked with several Boston area theatre companies, including Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, ArtsEmerson, Company One, Central Square Theatre, HUB Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Flat Earth Theatre. She has taught composition, introductory literature, and public speaking at the college level; text and performance to high schoolers; and continuing adult education classes in literature. Regine holds degrees from Boston University, UMass Boston, and studied Shakespeare at King’s College, London and Shakespeare’s Globe. Currently, she is the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at The Huntington.

Paul D’Agostino
Voice Coach

Paul D’Agostino joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2014, and currently serves as an assistant professor of theater, specializing in voice & speech and The Alexander Technique. Designated to teach by world-renowned voice pedagogue and theater artist Kristin Linklater, he has taught on the faculties of Emerson College, Gordon College, and Boston University – where he taught in the Summer Theatre Institute for six years. Since 2013, D’Agostino has been the resident voice instructor for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which has afforded him the opportunity to teach in the Summer Apprentice Program, coach mainstage actors, and offer workshops on the intersection of actor training and public speaking for M.B.A. candidates at Babson College. A longtime member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, he directed the youth training program Riotous Youth, taught in the Month-long Intensive, and acted in numerous productions on the main stage and on tour. He’s also taught workshops at Brandeis University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Extension School, MIT, Wheelock Family Theatre, and the ReachArts Center in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

His acting credits include work with acclaimed director Irina Brook, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Hanover Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Gloucester Stage Company, The Devanaughn Theatre, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

D’Agostino holds an M.F.A. in theater education (with a concentration in voice and speech) from Boston University, an M.M. in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory, and a B.A. in theater arts from Gordon College. Additional training includes seminars on vocal health and rehabilitation at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; extensive study at Shakespeare & Company with Kevin Coleman, Tina Packer, and Dennis Krausnick; Alexander Technique with Debra Adams, Jamee Culbertson, Tommy Thompson, Bob Lada, and Betsy Polatin; and Linklater apprenticeship under master teacher Paula Langton at Boston University. In 2019, he graduated from The Boston Conservatory Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course — a three-year, 1600-hour teacher training program.

He currently resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where he maintains a private studio for voice & acting coaching, Alexander Technique, and public speaking.

Alicia Hartz
Education Associate
Alicia Hartz
Education Associate

Alicia Hartz (she/her) has acted as a CSC Apprentice, performed virtually with CSC2, and is excited to be making her CSC Stage2 debut! Other credits include Viola in Twelfth Night (RADA, London, UK), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (Playwrights Horizons, NY), Hero Worship (Signature Theater, D.C.), Medea (Queen’s Theater, NY), The Circle Rules (Player’s Theatre, NY), and a Summer Cabaret Artist (Carousel Music Theater, ME). Much love to Bryn and Victoria for their continued support! alicia.v.hartz@gmail.com

 

 

Kelsey Whipple
Production Manager
Kelsey Whipple
Production Manager

Kelsey Whipple (she/they) is a Boston-based stage manager and is very excited to be working with CSC in person for the first time! Recent credits include: Merchant of Venice (ASM, Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado about Nothing, and Solitaire Suite (SM/OBS engineer, Hub Theatre Company), and ONWARD: Votes for Women (ASM, Birch Tree Productions). Kelsey is also a choreographer for Suffolk University’s show choir Rampage and works as a part-time teaching assistant at Perkins School for the Blind.

Brooke Stanton
Costume Designer
Brooke Stanton
Costume Designer

Brooke Stanton (she/her) is a costumer who has worked in theatre, film, and television. During her five years with George Lucas’ ILM, she built creatures for the Star Wars Special Edition Trilogy and The Phantom Menace. She has toured internationally and nationally designing for Peter Sellars. Other clients include Disney, Columbia Pictures, CBS, American Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Aspen Music Festival, Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra, Commonwealth Shakespeare, New England Conservatory, and Odyssey Opera. She studied Costume Design at NYU and Textiles at California College of the Arts. www.brookestanton.com

Jessica Scout Malone
Fight/Intimacy Coordinator
Jessica Scout Malone
Fight/Intimacy Coordinator
Jess Meyer
Romeo and Juliet Assistant Director, HandShakes Coordinator
Jess Meyer
Romeo and Juliet Assistant Director, HandShakes Coordinator

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 (Director); Boston Playwrights’ Theater and Providence Fringe Festival’s Silvertone (Director); CentaStage and YASPLZ LLC’s Edinburgh Fringe Noir Hamlet (Assistant Stage Manager / 5th Business); Emerson Stage’s Amanuensis (Assistant Director); and Mercutio Troupe’s Girl in the Machine (Assistant Director). Jess has a BFA in Theatre and Performance from Emerson College and is currently finishing their ASL Interpreter Certification at NECC. An endless thank you to the Romeo and Juliet team, the HandShakes team, and Jess’ invaluable support system! jess-of-all-trades.com

Kendra Elizabeth Waugh
Stage Manager of Romeo and Juliet
Kendra Elizabeth Waugh
Stage Manager of Romeo and Juliet

Kendra Elizabeth Waugh is going into her senior year as a Theater Major with minors in Women & Gender Studies as well as Arts Administration at Suffolk University. On top of her work with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, she is also stage managing a production of Wendy MacLeod’s Slow Food, at the Hub Theater Company. She’d like to thank the cast & crew for all their hard work and her parents & sisters for all their support. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Cassandra Clark
Assistant Director of As You Like It
Cassandra Clark
Assistant Director of As You Like It

Cassandra Clark is a Boston-based director, dramaturg, and cinephile making her debut with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. She is a late graduate of the University of Massachusetts where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater. Having a background in dramaturgy cultivated with both the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival in 2017 and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Dramaturgy Intensive in 2018, Cassandra discovered a passion for directing during her undergraduate years, serving as Chairperson of the UMass Theatre Guild and there directing productions of ‘Chicago, the Musical’ and ‘If-Then: A New Musical’ among others. She is beyond ecstatic to be revisiting Shakespeare with a inspiring group of theatre makers and sends her congratulations to the cast and crew! Lastly, Cassie wants to thank her family, her friends, and her incredible boyfriend for their enthusiasm and unwavering support throughout this process.

Katelyn Thompson
Stage Manager of As You Like It
Katelyn Thompson
Stage Manager of As You Like It

Katelyn Thompson (she/her) is a junior at Boston University, majoring in Theater Arts with a minor in Media Science. Recent notable works include: Shakespeare In Love (Assistant Stage Manager, BU CFA), Shakespeare’s R&J (Assistant Director, BU CFA), Opera: The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace (Assistant Stage Manager, BU CFA and BU Opera Institute), Transfers (Stage Manager, BU CFA). Upcoming in the fall, Katelyn will be stage managing The Moors at Boston University College of Fine Arts. Katelyn is very grateful for the opportunity to work with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company!

Arielle Greenspan
Assistant Director of Pericles
Arielle Greenspan
Assistant Director of Pericles

Arielle Greenspan (Assistant Director) (she/her) is thrilled to be a part of this project. Production credits include Props Director for ADA AND THE ENGINE (upcoming, Central Square Theatre); BOSTON NEW WORKS FESTIVAL (Moonbox Productions), TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (Fresh Ink Theatre), ANTIPODES (Northeastern University); Director, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL (New Renaissance), and more. Acting credits include the short film T****Y F****T (Rachel), THE BACCHAE (Bacchant) and SHE KILLS MONSTERS (Evil Tina/Tina) at Northeastern University, and CRAIGSLISTED (Haley) at the National Women’s Theatre Festival. Arielle is a recent graduate of Northeastern University.

Cassie Lebeau
Stage Manager of Pericles
Cassie Lebeau
Stage Manager of Pericles

Cassie Lebeau  recently graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in technical theatre with a concentration in stage management from Salem State University. Previous stage management/assistant stage management credits include Gloria (Gloucester Stage Company), Into The Woods (Salem State University Theatre Department), The Skin of Our Teeth (Salem State University Theatre Department), The Laramie Project (Salem State University Theatre Department), Much Ado About Nothing (Salem State University Theatre Department), and Top Girls (Salem State University Theatre Department). Awards: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 stage management nominee (2019, 2021).

Kiara Escalera
Assistant Wardrobe
Kiara Escalera
Assistant Wardrobe
Luisa Earle
Assistant Wardrobe
Luisa Earle
Assistant Wardrobe
Kat Lawrence
Assistant Wardrobe
Kat Lawrence
Assistant Wardrobe

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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