Artistic & Education
Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). IAt CSC he has been directing Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common productions since 1996, including Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Comedy Of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet. In collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the Overture and Incidental Music of Felix Mendelssohn, as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me Kate at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell. For CSC he has also directed one-night-only readings of iconic plays featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Paul Rudd, Blair Brown, Tony Shalhoub, Leslie Uggams, David Morse, and Jeffrey Donovan among others. He also conceived and directed Shakespeare at Fenway an evening of Shakespeare scenes performed at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park, featuring Mike O’Malley, Neal McDonough, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Kerry O’Malley, Seth Gilliam, Zuzanna Szadkowski, and Jason Butler Harner.
In collaboration with Google, he recently adapted and directed a first of its kind sixty minute virtual reality film of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, entitled
Other CSC works include his recent critically acclaimed production of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, the world premiere of Jake Broder’s Our American Hamlet, and the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will. He directed Péter Eötvös operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (U.S. Premiere) and Thomas Adès Powder Her Face for Opera Boston, The Turn of the Screw at New Repertory Theatre, Santaland Diaries and Chay Yew’s Porcelain at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Top Girls and Weldon Rising at Coyote Theatre, and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong at A.R.T. HIs New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written and starring Anthony Rapp. The production has been seen in Boston, Edinburgh, Toronto, London, and Seoul.
He received the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, as well as for Best Production for Twelfth Night and All’s Well That Ends Well., Outstanding Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Best Production, Suburbia; Best Solo Performance, John Kuntz’s Starf***ers (which also won Best Solo Performance Award at New York International Fringe Festival). His feature film “The Autumn Heart”, starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bryn Boice is an award-winning director, educator, actor, and producer. She has spent the past three summers as a Showcase Director working with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Apprentice Program, coaching and directing Henry IV part 1, Henry VI part 2, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also for CSC, Bryn directed last season’s 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: Last Night at Bowl-Mor Lanes with Paula Plum and Nancy E. Carroll (Greater Boston Stage Company); an all-female production of Julius Caesar for Actors’ Shakespeare Project with Bobbie Steinbach, Marianna Bassham, and Marya Lowry; and the Boston premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti (OWI Theatre).
She is the Artistic Director of Boston fringe ensemble Anthem Theatre Company, a member of the 2016-2019 cohort of Resident Performing Arts Companies at Boston Center for the Arts. With Anthem she has created and directed multiple devised works and reimagined classics including the Red Sox/Yankees-themed Romeo vs. Juliet, performed free in Cambridge’s Joan Lorentz Park; I, Snowflake, a devised post-election reaction play; and her original work, The Merry Way, featuring traditional Irish folk song. Upcoming directing projects include My Fascination with Creepy Ladies (devised with Anthem), Admissions by Joshua Harmon (The Gamm Theatre), and The Children by Lucy Kirkwood (Speakeasy Stage). She will also be directing the reading of Pru Payne by Steven Drukman for The Derrah Theatre Lab, the newly formed theatre company honoring Boston great, Tommy Derrah. 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 currently teaches at Salem State University, where her wide-ranging experience has allowed her to teach Voice for Performance, Applied Stage Movement, Public Speaking, Dramatic Theory & Criticism, and Dialects, 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
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.
Adam Sanders is a theater artist, director, and administrator with a background in educational theater and community outreach. He began working at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in 2011 as Artistic Associate. In 2012 he was made Associate Artistic Director and built its CSC Academy educational and training programs.
As Associate Artistic Director, Adam directed the Apprentice Program, an intensive classical actor training program for undergraduate and recently graduated students where he also taught text analysis and directed public performances. During Adam’s tenure, the Apprentice Program served over 200 acting students from across the country. Adam created and directed CSC2, a cohort of early-career actors that works with CSC for an extended period. As part of the CSC2 program, Adam led the creation of the Stage2 performance series, Shakespeare performances performed by CSC2 actors and staged for middle and high school audiences that serve over 3,000 students a year. Adam developed several community performance/education pieces including The Greenshow and CSC’s Lecture in the Grove series on the Boston Common and Henry, a Shakespeare for Young Audiences script. He created and ran several long-term theater residencies at Everett High School, Boston Collegiate Charter School, as well as the Blue Hill, Charlestown and Jordan Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Under Adam’s leadership, education and training have become key components of CSC’s success and continue to grow in scope, reputation, and quality.
Adam has supported CSC’s artistic programming as a director and dramaturg. Credits for CSC include: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar (CSC2 Company); Symphonic Shakespeare (in collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Boston Hatch Shell); and Shakespeare and Leadership and Shakespeare and Law; co-director: Kiss Me Kate, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Boys From Syracuse (also BLO/Hatch Shell collaborations), and CSCs unprecedented Shakespeare at Fenway performance in 2014. He served as dramaturg for CSC’s 2018 production of Richard III. Adam is also at the center of CSC’s work in virtual reality, promoting Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit, the first of its kind feature length VR adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play Hamlet. His work involves bringing the piece to college and high school students and teachers, theater companies, and audiences across the country.
During CSC’s residence at Babson College, Adam supported the artistic development of undergraduate students as the Associate Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts. He worked with student groups to advance artistic missions on campus and ran a scholarship program of his own design called the Sorenson Scholars, a cohort of undergraduates that present new artistic projects to the community yearly and grow through peer feedback. He curated programming that included workshops, conversations, and performances meant to complement Babson’s entrepreneurship curriculum. Adam has also directed and performed with a dozen theater companies in Boston and Western Massachusetts and is a former company member of Theater Espresso and the Improbable Players, educational companies that tour to New England middle and high schools. He holds a B.A. in English from UMass, Amherst, an M.A. in theater and community from Emerson College, and an M.B.A. from Babson College.
Heather Darrow is the Director of Marketing for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Previously, she was Development Director for New Repertory Theater which included overseeing the 30th Anniversary Campaign. Before that, she was with Broadway Across America-Boston (now Broadway in Boston) as Associate Marketing Manager before assuming the role of Marketing Director and supporting the marketing efforts of touring Broadway productions. Her career began at New York City Opera where she spent 5 years in the Marketing Department.
Erin Coffey has been in the role of Director of Development at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company since December 2017. Prior to coming to CSC she spent two years at Boston Lyric Opera as the Associate Director of Major Gifts and prior to that was at the Celebrity Series of Boston for five years as their Manager of Annual Giving. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Women in Development of Greater Boston. She holds an M.S. from Boston University in Arts Administration, where she also received a Certificate in Fundraising Management.
Rebecca Wallis joined CSC as the Manager of Annual Giving and Events in June 2019. Prior to coming to CSC, she worked in Development at ArtsBoston and The Dance Complex. Before moving to Boston, she began her non-profit career at ArtsFund in Seattle, WA. Rebecca holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University.
Diana Lobontiu also works as the Executive Assistant and Coordinator for ClassACT HR’73, a nonprofit aimed at organizing members of the Harvard Radcliffe class of 1973 around social issues, and previously worked with ArtsBoston as a Bostix Supervisor. Diana graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Theatre Studies and Psychology, and is an alum of the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill. She is also an actor and playwright, and has toured her solo show Sfânta: Hell Bent on Heaven – an absurdist comedy based on a wannabe saint in 1680’s Romania – across the country.
Katalin (Kati) Mitchell is the Media Relations Representative at CSC. She retired from her position of Director of Press and Public Relations of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in 2017 after twenty-seven years in charge of national and international press relations, publications, and promotions for the A.R.T. Mainstage productions and offerings on its second stages, as well as the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training; she also collaborated with New York producers and publicists on the transfer of several A.R.T. productions to Broadway. She worked with major international theater and film artists, and was instrumental in maintaining the theater’s institutional image under three Artistic Directors. Previously Kati served for seven years as the Executive Director of the early music ensemble The Boston Camerata, managing the general operation of internationally-acclaimed early music ensemble, including their touring and recording projects. She was a founding member of the arts advocacy group, the Boston Arts Marketing Alliance, where currently she holds the post of President. Kati was born in Hungary and raised in Brazil, and has made Boston her home for over 40 years.
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