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. 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. 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.
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.
Adriana Zuñiga (She/Her/Hers) is a writer, storyteller, and digital marketer. She is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. She previously worked in marketing at the Huntington Theatre Company and American Repertory Theater. Adriana holds a BA in Theatre from Suffolk University. She is also a bookworm who is always looking for new and upcoming fiction written by local authors!
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.
Free Shakespeare on the Common 2021
Jenna Worden, Production Manager
Marsha Smith, Production Stage Manager
Ross Gray, Assistant Stage Manager
Allison Hanna, PA: Production Management
Hannah Huling, Associate Production Manager
Ashley Pitchford, Assistant Stage Manager
Brian Robillard, COVID Safety Manager
Matt Ciommo, Stage Operations Supervisor
Andrew Andrews, Master Electrician
Grace Dolan, Production Assistant
Luisa Earle, Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
Baz Kouba, Electrics Crew
Lexie Lankiewicz, A2
Paul Marr, Assistant Master Electrician/Programmer
Brian McCoy, Chief Audio Engineer
Brittany Meehan, Dresser/Wardrobe Crew
Gabe Raines, Board Operator/Audio Crew
Lauren Reuter, Wardrobe Supervisor
Kendyl Trott, Production Assistant
New England Scenic, Scene Shop
Stacey D’Onofrio, Access Coordinator
David Chu, c2 Captioning Open Captions
Cori Couture, Audio Describer
Shana Gibbs, DASL Consultant
Deirdre Benson, Audience Services Manager
Jill Costa, Associate Audience Services Manager/Company Manager
Amanda Barnett, Box Office/Audience Services
Caitlin Hudecheck, Box Office/Audience Services
Caroline Alcantara, Audience Services Associates
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