Artistic & Education
Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). At 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 Google, he adapted and directed a first of its kind sixty minute virtual reality film of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, entitled Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit, starring Jack Cutmore-Scott, Jay O. Sanders, Brooke Adams, and Faran Tahir. It is currently available for viewing on Boston public media producer WGBH’s YouTube channel; for more information, visit www.wgbh.org/hamlet360.
Other CSC works include his critically acclaimed production of Naomi Wallace’s adaptation of William Wharton’s novel Birdy, 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. For CSC he has also directed one-night-only readings featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Paul Rudd, Blair Brown, Tony Shalhoub, Leslie Uggams, David Morse, Anthony Mackie, Charles Busch, and Jeffrey Donovan among others. He conceived and directed Shakespeare at Fenway, an evening of Shakespeare scenes performed at Boston’s beloved Fenway Park, featuring Mike O’Malley, Neal McDonough, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Kerry O’Malley, Max von Essen, Seth Gilliam, Zuzanna Szadkowski, and Jason Butler Harner.
Other theater credits include 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 production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp has been seen in Boston, Edinburgh, Toronto, London, Seoul, and New York.
He directed Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet for Boston Lyric Opera and Maria, Regina D’Inghilterra for Odyssey Opera. He directed the U.S. premiere of Péter Eötvös’ operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face for Opera Boston. In collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell, he directed Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me, Kate, featuring Marc Kudisch and Kerry O’Malley, and Andrew Burnap.
He received the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, as well as for Best Production, Twelfth Night; 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. Her work with CSC began 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: The Children (Speakeasy Stage); 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 the Boston premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti (OWI Theatre). Upcoming for 2021-22: The Sound Inside (Speakeasy Stage); The Half-Life of Marie Curie (The Nora Company at Central Square) and the realization of the pandemic cancellation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Stage2 at The Strand Theatre, Boston.
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 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 www.brynboice.com
Victoria Townsend (She/Her/Hers) 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.
Brittney Holland (she/her/hers) is a non-profit arts administrator with a background in costumes and arts education. She previously spent over six years working with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA as the Company Manager and Intern Program Coordinator and Education Tour Coordinator, and has worked in Company Management at Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, Theatre by the Sea in RI, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in NY and interned with Headlong Theatre in London, UK. Film credits include Production Coordinator for Down with the King (2021) and Wardrobe Supervisor for I’m Not Him (2020).
In addition to her administrative work, Brittney also works as a freelance costume designer, primarily for educational theatre. Recent credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park) and numerous productions in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare with local high schools including Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Dramatic Arts and English.
Chantelle Escobar-Leswell has been working in the role of Development Manager here at CSC since the summer of 2022. She completed her Masters in English at Salem State University in 2022 and her Bachelors in English and Sociology at Smith College in 2019. She has a background in higher education and nonprofit fundraising. Her work with CSC is her first foray into the arts world officially, but she grew up around theater and is incredibly passionate about the work!
Mark W. Soucy is a theater admin professional and an award-winning actor from the Boston area. Mark was part of the leadership staff at New Repertory Theatre for over 17 years, serving as their Development Manager and raising support from many local and national institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Shubert Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, Boston Foundation, and The Foundation for Metrowest. He was Theater Manager at the award-winning Arlekin Players Theatre during the pandemic, helping to grow the company into an international sensation, garnering two New York Times Critics Picks. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and most recently performed as Bill in Lobby Hero at Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany NY). He received the 2018 IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Max in The Royale at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, a role which he later reprised at Capital Repertory Theatre. Other local appearances include Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato); Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet (Lord Montague), The Boys from Syracuse (Aegean), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Sir Nathaniel), and King Lear (The Duke of Albany).
Corey Cadigan (he/him/his) is a non-profit arts marketer with a background in directing and arts education. He previously spent five years working with The Company Theatre in Norwell, MA, as the Director of Marketing.
In addition to his marketing work, Corey also works as a freelance director and stage manager. Recent credits include Puffs and Wonderland: Alice’s Immersive Adventure at The Company Theatre and Mary Poppins, Sister Act, and West Side Story at The Stadium Theatre. He received an assistant direction award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work on A Christmas Carol, and his production of Wonderland won “Best In-Person Play 2021” from BroadwayWorld Boston.
He is a graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communications with concentrations in LGBT Theatre and Documentary Theatre.
Janet M. Bailey has an extensive career spanning both strategic consulting and direct line management in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors.
She is currently President of her own consulting practice, Janet Bailey Associates, which provides marketing, strategic, development, organizational, and communications consulting services to arts and cultural organizations and other nonprofits. Prior to starting her own practice in 1997, Janet served for five years as General Manager and Director of Marketing for the Handel & Haydn Society. Earlier in her career she spent five years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in their New York office and in several locations in Latin America, advising major corporations in a variety of industries on matters of organization and strategy. She subsequently served in several line-management positions with the Times Mirror Corporation, working as Operations Director and General Manager in two of Times Mirror’s cable-television subsidiaries.
Janet has been deeply involved in the leadership of professional associations and volunteer activities throughout her career, and has served in the past as President of the Boston Arts Marketing Alliance, the Boston Ballet Volunteer Association, and the Boston chapter of Women in Cable. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of StageSource, the alliance of New England theater professionals, and on the Board of Directors of the Community Music Center of Boston.
She holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Boston University. She is currently on the faculty of BU’s graduate program in Arts Administration and is the 2007 recipient of the Deveau Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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.
Christopher Robinson joined Boston University as staff ASL/English interpreter in 2005 and when on to become the Coordinator of Outreach and Training at Boston University Disability & Access Services (DAS) in 2013. He has practiced as a Performing Arts ASL/English Interpreter since 1994. Much of his work as an ASL/English interpreter has been influenced by his conversations with the late playwright August Wilson. When not interpreting, he is a stage and television actor. Christopher has over 25 years experience as an ASL/English Interpreter, Mentor and national presenter in the content areas of inclusion practices in the Performing Arts, Mentorship for Interpreters, and Cross-Cultural Mediation within Deaf and hearing communities.
In 2001, Christopher entered the Conference Interpreter Mentorship Program (CIMP), a collaborative project with the then Northeastern University Interpreter Education Project and Boston University Center for Interpreter Education (BUCIE). Upon completion of the program in 2003, he went on to become coordinator of the program until 2006. From the Fall of 2007 to the Fall of 2008, Christopher was one of two lead facilitator trainers for the Gallaudet University Regional Interpreter Education Center (GUREIC) interpreter mentoring project, and most recently he was a program advisor and the lead facilitator for the National Community of Practice for ASL/English Interpreters for the College of St. Catherine’s Graduation to Certification program in 2017-2018
He is also Certified Facilitator in the LEGO® Serious Play™methodology. In this capacity, he organizes facilitated sessions to adjust student group programming practices, mitigate program barriers that obstruct the participation of persons with disabilities in campus life.
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