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Allyn is thrilled to return to Shakespeare & Company as the company’s Artistic Director. He was an artistic associate here for several years and acted in numerous productions, including King John (King John), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Henry V(Henry V), A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Oberon), Henry IV, Part 1(Hal), Measure for Measure(Angelo), Betrayal(Jerry), The House of Mirth(Lawrence Selden), Love’s Labours Lost(Berowne), Macbeth(Macduff), and The Compleat Works of Shakespeare. He was the Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston for 7 years. Directing credits there include Romeo & Juliet , Pericles, Jon Lipsky’s Living in Exile, Richard II, and The Tempest. Acting credits for ASP include The Winter’s Tale(Leontes), Henry VI Part 2(Gloucester and Jack Cade)Henry VIII( Henry VIII), Twelfth Night(Malvolio), Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2(Hotspur and Pistol), Timon of Athens(Timon), All’s Well that Ends Well(Parolles), King Lear (Kent), Measure for Measure(Duke Vincentio), and Richard III(Duke of Clarence) . Recently in the Boston area, he has performed in productions of Can You Forgive Her at the Huntington Theatre, Breaking the Code at Underground Railway Theatre, Shipwrecked at The Lyric Stage, Oceanside, The Seafarer, Pursuit of Happiness, and The Homecoming at Merrimack Repertory Theater, and Five by Tenn, at Speakeasy Stage. He was the 2006 Elliot Norton Award recipient for The Homecoming, King Lear, and Five byTenn and a 2011 IRNE Award Winner for Breaking the Code. Off-Broadway credits include Bug, Killer Joe, Louis Slotin Sonata, Closetland, and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd. He has worked at a number of theaters around the country, including Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, The American Conservatory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Denver Center, and The Walnut St. Theatre. Television credits include The Broad Squad, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Against the Law, and he can be seen in the films The Company Men, Julie& Julia, and Manchester by the Sea.
Ariel Bock came to Shakespeare & Company as an acting apprentice in 1979. As an actress with the Company she has appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Richard III, Winters Tale, Henry V, Private Eyes, Laughing Wild, The Aspern Papers, Off the Map and last season’s Henry IV. She has also acted with The Wharton Salon and Mixed Company in the Berkshires and has been in many productions with The Ensemble for the Romantic Century in New York City. Ariel has directed and taught young people with Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program since its inception and performed in the 1983 schools tour. A Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, she has taught at MIT, Mt. Holyoke, Smith and Dartmouth Colleges and is a faculty member for Shakespeare & Company’s Training Program workshops. She also teaches privately, coaching actors and other professionals who are interested in public speaking. In 1995 she became the Company’s first year-round Artistic Associate, working with Tina Packer and the management and artistic teams planning, budgeting and producing over ten successful seasons – serving as casting director for five of those years. Ariel was Director of Individual Giving at Berkshire Theatre Festival for four years. She has her own consulting business with a focus on grant writing and has worked extensively with The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, where she has also curates the Wharton on Wednesday reading series. For the past three years she has been Shakespeare & Company’s grant writer and event manager. This year she was named Associate Producer for the 2015 season. She is married to actor Jonathan Epstein and is the mother of three sons.
A Company member since 1982, Jon has played more than 70 roles in over 60 plays, including Richard II (John of Gaunt), It’s a Wonderful Life (Potter, Uncle Billy), King Lear (Gloucester), Kaufman’s Barbershop (Morris), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dr. Watson), Rough Crossing (Sandor Turai), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Dr. Caius), The Taming of the Shrew (Baptista), The Tempest (Caliban), Complete Works (Jon), Twelfth Night (Orsino), Richard III (Buckingham), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), The Custom of the Country (Elmer Moffat), Twelfth Night (Aguecheek), and Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick, Don Pedro, Don John & Dogberry…twice.) Directing credits include Richard III, The Compleat Wrks of Wm Shkspr (Abridged), Twelfth Night, The Real Inspector Hound, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 39 Steps, Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet (twice) and Scapin, along with many New England Tours, Shakespeare in the Courts programs, Summer Institute productions, Young Company projects, and more than 40 others in Residencies. Jon has directed professionally in Chicago, Milwaukee and North Carolina…and has acted at the NY Shakespeare Festival, Missouri Rep, NC Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Rep, St. Louis Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Playmakers Rep, the Studio Arena, The Woodstock Playhouse, The Actors’ Theatre, the Actors’ Warehouse, and the Actors’ Lab…others, too, with stranger names: Sparkplug Stage Co., The New Theatre Co., Monkeywrench Productions, Twentieth Century, ComedyCo., The Lighter Side Theater Co.
Stephen D. Ball
Managing Director/General Manager
Steve is a Florida native (Greater Miami Opera production intern before it became the Florida Grand Opera!) who relocated to the Berkshires in 1989. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in theatrical design from N. Y. U.’s Tisch School of the Arts, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami, and has participated in an Executive Education in non-profit management at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He has provided Design services to theatres in Boston, Falmouth, Foxboro, and Lenox, MA; Sharon, CT; New York, NY; New Hope, PA; Marietta, GA; and Miami, FL. In the course of 26 seasons at Shakespeare & Company, Steve has served as Production Manager, Company Manager, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Theatre Designer, General Manager, and now interim Managing Director. He has coordinated the logistical aspects of the Company for many years, negotiating space rental and use, staff contracts, and season schedules. He has provided budgetary information and participates in the annual budgeting process each year, hires and supervises personnel in many facets of the Company, negotiates with theatrical unions on the Company’s behalf, spearheads retail activities, and serves as the primary liaison to the Volunteer Company. He leads public, behind-the-scenes tours throughout the summer. Through coordination of the multi-faceted, multi-departmental activities at Shakespeare & Company and the supervision of several supporting departments within the Company, Steve has developed a unique understanding of the Company’s operations and aspirations.
Director of Finance
Information Technology Manager
Director of Marketing and Communications
Publicity & Playbill Director
Patron Services Manager
Natalie Johnsonius Neubert
Director of Development
Director of Business Sponsorships & New Donor Development
Director of Training
Training Programs Manager
Kevin G. Coleman
Director of Education
Associate Director of Education
Allison S. Galen
School Programs Manager
General Education Information
Director of Facilities
Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.