Shakespeare Works is The Shakespeare Society’s multifaceted initiative in support of actors, directors and theatrical institutions. Through residencies, workshops, open rehearsals, lectures, post-show discussions, affordable classes and discounted memberships, The Shakespeare Society partners with a range of artists, theaters and cultural institutions to develop and support the production, exploration and appreciation of Shakespeare's works.
The cornerstone of Shakespeare Works is a series of weeklong artist development Residencies. The Society provides participating actors and directors with modest stipends, study materials, rehearsal space and access to artistic, academic, and voice and text advisors who work in order to examine a single Shakespeare play over the course of 1 week (25 to 30 hours). The week concludes with a panel discussion reviewing the week’s work in front of a live audience. The program is designed to give participants the time and space to learn, experiment and explore the plays with a freedom that producing theater companies can rarely provide. The only residency requirement is that every word of the chosen play be read aloud.
In 2014-2015, The Shakespeare Society will host some of its Residencies in collaboration with the Public Theater. Panel discussions for these Residencies will be hosted by The Public Theater.
The Shakespeare Society's Ambassadors Program is an opportunity for early career theater artists and teachers passionate about Shakespeare to develop their skills while helping The Society further its mission. Actors, teaching artists, directors, dramaturges and designers who have finished their undergraduate degrees should apply. Ambassadors participate in the program for at least 1 year, with the option to stay an additional year as a mentor to incoming participants.
Ambassadors enjoy free admission to Society events, discounted tickets for friends, and participation in two artistic development weekends a season. In Fall 2014, the Ambassadors Weekend included master classes on Shakespeare's Verse with Michael Sexton (Artistic Director, The Shakespeare Society), Clowning with Keith Fasciani (San Francisco Circus Center), and Shakespeare Education with Jordan Dann (Education Director, Teachers & Writers Collaborative). In Spring 2014, the weekend explored Richard III and featured classes with Michael Sexton, Rob Clare (director, UK National Theatre), and Peter Francis James (professor of acting, Yale School of Drama).
In 2014, the Ambassadors also helped develop new programming for The Shakespeare Society. These included young member socials following Major Evening Events; a Shakespeare Society Tumblr; podcasts featuring interviews with special guests; and a bi-monthly play discussion group called Bard Club. The Ambassadors will continue these initiatives in 2014-15 while developing new ideas to engage current Society members and cultivate younger membership. In 2014-15, The Society will also explore options for the Ambassadors to showcase their talents, e.g. through a public event as part of The Society's regular season.
The application period for 2014-2015 is now closed. Check back for more opportunities in June 2015!
Meet the 2013 Shakespeare Society Ambassadors:
Comedy Of Errors (Public Theatre), HAMLET (Shakespeare Theatre Company), HENRY IV PART 1 (Extant Arts), TRANQUIL (TERRAnova). Clint is a recent graduate of Juilliard.
Max's acting credits include off-Broadway and major regional theaters, studio and independent films, network television, web-series, and commercials. He teaches with Classic Stage Company, The Public Theater, The 52nd Street Project, The Shakespeare Forum, The Brooklyn Acting School, Child's Play NY, the Actors Shakespeare Theater, and Columbia University, and he has led workshops at over 35 NY/NJ schools. He trained at The Shakespeare Theater in DC (MFA), U.C. Berkeley (BA), The American Conservatory Theater (STC), Chris Bayes’ Funny School of Good Acting / Clown, Scott Freeman Studio, Fiasco Theater (FTI), and The Actors Center, and is working towards his AMSAT certification in the Alexander Technique. www.maxondavis.com
RJ Foster is a New York based Equity actor. Born in Baltimore, MD, he attended college at Fordham University at Lincoln Center majoring Theatre Performance. He as worked in theatre regionally and off-broadway with the Pearl Theatre Company mainly focusing on the works of Shakespeare.
This is Shannon’s second year as a Shakespeare Society Ambassador. Select credits: Unsex Me Here (Queen Margaret), Fortune (Sarah “Mama” Fortune), The Winter's Tale (in NJ & London - Paulina/Time/Dorcas & Hermione), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), AUDELCO Award nominated original play Dream Deferred (Lovey Jones/Angela Walker), Mama Africa (Mama), Comedy of Errors (Adriana), for colored girls... (Lady in Red), AMSND (Titania), and Trojan Women (Hecuba). Training: Royal CSSD (MA, Classical Acting – Distinction); AADA-LA; Barnard College (BA, English). Proud AEA member.
Emily Lyon is a director who loves witty, thought-provoking, accessible stories. Her work includes: directing/producing Max Frisch's The Arsonists in a TriBeCa firehouse; directing Hamlet, Measure for Measure, and Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse; coaching students in Detroit to present their own poetry; participating in a Royal Shakespeare Company residency; assisting a series of readings for Julie Taymor at Theatre for a New Audience. With a thorough background in Shakespeare, she’s studied at Shakespeare’s Globe, Folger Shakespeare Library, and University of Michigan (BFA: Directing). A new member of Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre, she directed their Tennessee Williams one-act in the NY Fringe festival. In the past, Emily co-founded an award-winning film production company, known for creative pieces for community impact. Emily’s two favorite moments as a director are hearing audience members leave Hamlet saying, “I completely understood that!” and making Sir Michael Boyd belly-laugh.
Off Broadway: No One Asked Me, Somewhere Safer, The New Hopeville Comics. Regional: The Bedroom Window (world premiere), Blackbeard and Beautiful Star (Triad Stage). Television: "Smash" (dir. Craig Zisk) and "The Ordained" (dir. R.J. Cutler, CBS Pilot). Film: "A Good Marriage" by Stephen King (dir. Peter Askin). Terra produced, directed, designed, and starred in a site-specific production of Sam Shepard's Fool For Love set in a Brooklyn apartment. She has participated in many readings around New York, at such venues as The Public, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, and The Lark. Training: B.A. in Musical Theatre from Ball State University (Honors College Diploma) and Scott Freeman studios. www.terramackintosh.com
Katharine Pitt is a native New Yorker who loves everything Shakespeare. A twin brother, the nickname “Kate”, and extraordinary teachers were strong prevailments in her unhardened youth. She graduated from Yale in 2012 with a dual degree in History and Theater Studies, writing both theses on Shakespeare during the American Civil War. In college, she acted, directed, produced, or dramaturged over twenty-five plays, including productions of Richard III, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello. She was one of the student coordinators of the spring 2012 Shakespeare at Yale celebration and is a proud member of the Elizabethan Club. An former All-American foil fencer, she studies stage combat in Shakespeare and nineteenth-century Shakespeare performance. She has studied at RADA and Shakespeare & Company, where she also taught in the youth program. She currently works at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and is proud to be a Shakespeare Ambassador this year.
Montgomery Sutton is an actor, playwright, and producer. In NYC, he has been seen in King Lear (American Bard, 2013 NYIT Award Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role); The Nightmare Dream (Bloody Shakespeare, FringeNYC ’13); Othello, Candide (Gallery Players); Clothes for a Summer Hotel (White Horse Theater Company); Henry IV, Henry V (Rebellious Subjects), and with theaters including the Metropolitan Playhouse, GTTP, EBE Ensemble, and Crosstown Playwrights. Regional: Gruesome Playground Injuries (Second Thought); A Bright New Boise, The Whipping Man (Circle Theatre); The Temperamentals (Uptown Players); Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (Shakespeare Dallas) and with Watertower Theatre, Theatre Three, and the Dallas Children’s Theater. Film: Brute, Office Rehab, The Monkey’s Paw, Those Four Words, Net Worth. Upcoming: Oswald (Casa Manana), and the films Trouble with Women, ANIMALS, and Turncoat. BFA, NYU (Atlantic Theater Company).http://www.montgomerysutton.com/
Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein is thrilled to be returning for a second year with the Shakespeare Ambassadors. She recently graduated from Yale University where she studied Shakespeare's texts alongside performing musical theater and opera, for which she has won multiple awards. Since reaching New York she has done several plays and musicals (most recently including the Secret Theater, and NYMF), and continues her singing and acting studies. She hosts a weekly interview show, BreakThru News, for BreakThru Radio, the largest online radio station.
Claire works as an actress both in New York City and regionally. Acting credits include: Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten, Mary Stuart in Mary Stuart, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Hecuba in The Trojan Women, Titania, Hippolyta and Helena in various A Midsummer Night’s Dreams, The Player King in Hamlet, Narrator in Women of the Sidhe, Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Bella in Lost in Yonkers, Charlotte Payne Townsend in Engaging Shaw, and Rosie in Humble Boy. Film/TV work includes Jack the Ripper for the Discovery Channel, When the Night Falls, Tomorrow Comes Today, The Factory and Departure. You can also hear her as the voice of the Open Technology Fund Website. Claire Holds a B.A in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham (UK) with a specialization in Shakespeare and studied with The National Theatre (U.K) and Shakespeare & Company, MA. Her passion for and investment in the accessibility and power of Shakespeare’s work and its relevance for our society and especially our young people lead her to create The Shakespeare Society Ambassador program along with Terra Mackintosh. She is thrilled to be expanding the reach of the amazing work that The Shakespeare Society does in our community. Claire is also the Director of Education for The Shakespeare Forum.
Grant Chapman is a New York based actor and teaching artist. Theater credits include the Guthrie, Trinity Rep, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival,Stonington Opera House, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Allentown Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare on the Cape, and readings/workshops at Red Bull Theater, the Player's Club, the Lark, and the Drama League. He has taught at Brown University, Barnard College, the University of Minnesota, and MCC Theater, among others. Grant holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater, and an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
Amanda is pumped to join the Shakespeare Ambassadors! Roundabout Theatre: The Milktrain Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (with Olympia Dukakis, dir. Michael Wilson), Shakespeare Theatre: King Lear (with Stacy Keach, dir. Robert Falls), Twelfth Night (dir. Rebecca Taichman), Ion (dir. Ethan McSweeney) Hartford Stage: Milktrain..Anymore. NY Credits include all female productions of Julius Caeser, As You Like It, Twelfth Night. With a taste for adventure (running with the bulls in Spain, hanging off the CN Tower, a goal to run a race in all 50 states, stunt classes, and a French Bulldog named Moose), Teddy Roosevelt, a fine bourbon, and of course, the Bard. www.amandatudor.com
Andrew Fallaize is a New York-based British actor. In the UK he has worked widely in theatre and radio for companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Colchester Mercury, English Touring Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Finborough Theatre. In 2013 he appeared off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres in the box-office record-breaking sell-out NYC run of CORNELIUS by J B Priestley. He also toured throughout the US in British production of Hamlet. Since his arrival in New York in 2014 he has appeared in a number of staged readings including the Mint Theatre, MTC, The Actors Studio, The Bruno Walter Theater, Lincoln Centre and a sell-out performance of Harold Pinter’s stage play of Remembrance of Things Past at NYC’s 92nd St Y. He was born in Kent, UK and was educated at University of Cambridge.http://www.andrewfallaize.com/
Tai Verley is a New York born actor, dancer and lunatic, who is so very happy to work with the Shakespeare Society and the wonderful artists who make up the Ambassadors. Past acting credits include: The Mountaintop (Fusion Theatre Company), To Kill a Mockingbird (Bristol Valley Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Shakespeare Forum), Romeo and Juliet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival – education), Twelfth Night (Accidental Shakespeare Company), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Sanguine Theatre Company). In addition, she is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association. For updates on all things feisty, ridiculous, and sincere, look here: www.taiverley.com.
Briana Pozner is an actor/writer currently living in Brooklyn. Recent New York Theater: 59e59, Ensemble Studio Theater, Rattlestick, The Flea, Here Arts Center. Regional: Arkansas Rep, Shadowland, Premiere Stages. Berkshire Theater Festival. Film: “Meet my Boyfriend” (Manhattan FF and NYC FF), “Real Life Mallory” (Miami and L.A. FF), “Ticking Bomb” music video (TriBeca FF). Writing: Contributor to the poetry magazine “Walk Write Up” and co-writer of the pilot “Grow(n) Up.” She is very excited to be a part of the Ambassadors program, and to further her passion for Shakespeare. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. www.brianapozner.com
Dan Hasse is a recent graduate of NYU's Film School with a concentration in screenwriting. His feature screenplay, Fritz Haber, won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award and Grant. Directing credits include: Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Comedy of Errors, Alan Ayckbourn’s Round and Round the Garden (The Kraine Theatre), Fist in Mouth (Cherry Lane), Henry VI, Part 3 (American Shakespeare Center).
Andrew is thrilled to be joining The Shakespeare Society's Ambassadors program. After touring as a touring actor/director for two and a half years with Missoula Children’s Theatre, he will be attending NYU-Steinhardt for his Masters of Arts in Educational Theatre. Favorite directing credits include PETER PAN, SEUSSICAL, ALICE, and THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE. Favorite acting credits include Joe Keller in ALL MY SONS, Richard Greatham in HAYFEVER, The Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ, and Brutus in JULIUS CAESAR. Andrew would like to thank The Shakespeare Society for this amazing opportunity, and all the people who have been there for him through his journey.
Brittany N. Williams
Brittany N. Williams is an actress, writer, traverser of time and space, & lover of ampersands & the Oxford comma. Off-Broadway: The Fabulous Miss Marie (Wanda), Bob Marley's Three Little Birds (Nansi - Helen Hayes Award Nomination), We the People: America Rocks! (Dawn u/s). Regional: All Shook Up (Lorraine), Walmartopia (Maia), Miss Nelson is Missing (Cheryl). International: The Festival of the Lion King (Nala), The Hard Comedy: Offline (writer/performer), Antony and Cleopatra (Soothsayer/Clown), Lear (Cordelia/Fight Captain). Nat'l Tour: Curious George Live! (Ensemble/Swing). Education: Howard University – BFA: Musical Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama – MA: Classical Acting.http://www.brittanynwilliams.com/
Will O'Hare is a director, photographer, actor and educator in NYC. Recent credits include Julie Taymor's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and serving as the Associate Director on Woody Harrelson’s Off-Broadway production Bullet For Adolf. Will currently teaches Shakespeare in the Conservatory program at Michael Howard Studios and is a teaching artist for The Shakespeare Society, working with k-12 students all over the city. Other credits include Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, The History Boys and Mary Poppins on Broadway, The Classical Theatre Project in Toronto (two Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations for Outstanding Production). Will is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, and is also a freelance photographer. For more information, please check out www.willohare.com.
Lauren Sowa attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Drama. NY Credits: New York Shakespeare Exchange, The Shakespeare Forum, Metropolitan Playhouse. Select Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Lantern Theater Company, NC Shakes, Walnut Street Theatre. She was chosen to participate in the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange, where she had the chance to perform on the Old Vic stage in London and work with Kevin Spacey. Proud member of AEA. www.laurensowa.com
Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Abbi Hawk is a New York-based actress, writer, and choreographer. New York: The Wonder (The Queen’s Co.), Othello (Wandering Bark Theater), Until We Find Each Other (MITF), Richard III (Extant Arts), The Oedipus Project (New Light Theater Project). Regional: Rabbit Hole (Hampton Theater Co.), The Servant of Two Masters, The Maid’s Tragedy, As You Like It, Epicene, Timon of Athens, Henry VIII, The Country Wife, Julius Caesar, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Custom of the Country, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Lion in Winter, King John, and Cymbeline (American Shakespeare Center). She holds a degree in Language and Cultural Anthropology from New York University and is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s Conservatory. www.abbihawk.com
Greg Taubman is a New York-based director and dramaturg with a lifelong passion for enduring stories He is the Associate Artistic Director for Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health issues. As a freelance theater artist Greg has worked with many local and national arts organizations including The Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Extant Arts Company, where he served as Artistic Director from 2006-2013. He holds a BA in Classical Studies from Princeton and a Directing MFA from Columbia University.
Kate Hamill is an actor/writer. Her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility will be produced off-Broadway by Bedlam (Off-Broadway Alliance Winner, Best Revival) in fall 2014. S&S was also recently included in Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s HVSF2 series. She is playing Marianne Dashwood in S&S, as well as Polina in Bedlam’s The Seagull. Plays include Little Fellow, Emma, Love Poem, and In the Mines (a folk musical). Acting credits include: Internet Famous (Youngblood), All That Fall (Cherry Lane), Dreams of…Marsupial Girl (State Theatre), When the Levee Broke (Workshop Theater Co.), Playboy of Paris (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble), Separation Rapid (Chenango River Theatre), Walk Two Moons (Theatreworks). BFA Acting, Ithaca College. Member, Jose Rivera’s writing group. www.katehamill.com
Matt Gordon is a New York-based TV, film and theater actor and is thrilled to be part of the Shakespeare Society Ambassadors Program. After studying Renaissance Literature and Theater up at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Matt obtained his post-graduate education with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London before moving back to New York to pursue his acting dream. He's had roles off and off-off Broadway, as well as with regional and touring companies. And he's a Shakespeare-a-holic. Without a 12 step plan. Bar none: He will not be satisfied until he performs the entire canon - a lofty but obtainable goal, surely. Hey, a boy can dream, right? You can find Matt on the web at www.mattbgordon.com and on twitter @mbg98.