The Overseers’ Training Scholarship Fund has been set up in an effort to broaden access to the Shakespeare & Company Training Programs. The fund is designed to support artists who do not have the financial ability to afford the career-advancing training available from Shakespeare & Company. Click on the profiles below to learn about these artists in need of support. If you have any questions about the Overseers’ Training Scholarship Fund, please call 413-637-1199 ext. 114.
See the bottom of the page for the current Terms & Conditions as of 9/27/2013.
CAROLINE STEFANIE CLAY
“I am deeply inspired by Linklater teachers of color Timothy Douglass and Fran Bennett, Natsuko, and Antonio Ocampo-Guzman: all of whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with. They could not be more different in their diverse pursuits, and yet they stand as testament to the power of the standing in one’s truth and how the voice can be used as a tool for change, creation, social justice, art making, and collaboration. There is a generosity of spirit among those at Shakespeare & Company that I seek to be a part of. For so long I was fearful of revealing the nuance, vulnerability, and delicacy of my voice: convinced that in doing so, I was a less powerful presence. I had received so much affirmation for my sound as an actress; therefore I pushed to produce an effect that had nothing to do with the real Caroline. I see now, that true power involves a willingness to surrender to the ‘yes’ of life. I’m now at a place in my life and career, as both a teacher and actor where I am willing to travel the unknown and say, ‘I don’t know, show me, I’m willing to try!’”
• SAG • AFTRA • AEA •
The Royal Family Della MTC/Friedman DOUBT Mrs. Muller Walter Kerr DOUBT (The National Tour) Mrs. Muller
Light Raise the Roof Mother NYTW Force Continuum Mrai Atlantic Theater Co. FunnyHouse of a Negro Queen Victoria Signature/Public
Richard II Queen Yale Rep Crumbs from the Table Lily Yale Rep The Duchess of Malfi Cariola Shakespeare Theater The Merchant of Venice Nerissa Hartford Stage The Old Settler Lou Bessie McCarter Theater/Long Wharf Ooo Bla Dee Gin del Sol Goodman Theater/La Jolla Playhouse
Morning Glory Producer Roger Michell Everybody’s Fine Train Supervisor Frank Goode Holy Rollers Narcotics Cop Kevin Asch Sherrybaby Private Investigator Laurie Collyer The Heights Nadine Chris Terio
Law and Order Drug Counselor “Turnstile Justice” House of Cards Sec’y of Commerce Season II: 2014
30 titles as a Narrator with: Recorded Books LLC.
Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress: DOUBT National Tour
New England Regions Critics Award: Best Supporting Actress: DOUBT
- Duke Ellington High School for the Performing Arts: 1986
- BFA in Theater Arts: University of the Arts: 1990
- MFA in Performance Candidate 2013: University of MarylandSpecialization in Voice and Dialect
Currently studying the Linklater Progression with mentor and Professor Leigh Wilson Smiley with serious intent and interest in eventual designation. Taking group and private classes reading FREEING THE NATURAL VOICE and FREEING SHAKESPEARE’S VOICE. Also receiving introductory exposure to Roy Hart Voice Work, and Louis Colaianni’s IPA Pillows.
Blues for an Alabama Sky African Continuum Theater Wash. DC Suckerpunch Studio Theater Wash. DC Rent UMd Main Stage The Old Settler UMd Main Stage The Seagull UMd Main Stage
Twilight: Los Angeles: 1992 Kogod Theatre School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies: Spring 2014
MELISSA NUSSBAUM FREEMAN
“My purpose in taking the Intensive is to remove, receive, renew, take risks and do the next right thing.
- Remove: obstacles, real or imagined, to my creativity, imagination, power, stability and joy as a performer/writer… to reside in the confidence of that freedom.
- Receive: new images, information… In my training as an actor in Mexico, we studied Shakespeare academically but our productions were translated versions and a lot is lost in translation! I realize how much classical training would have enriched our Spanish Shakespeare productions and now, as a primarily English speaking actor, I feel it is an indispensible foundation not just for performing Shakespeare.
- Renew:…fully engage and integrate my voice in my work.
- Take risks: …a stretch I am ready to make.
- Do the next right thing: a guiding motto. I have limited economic resources, nonetheless, I have resisted taking classes that promise “to land me that job” and have looked for a training, as is the Intensive, that invites and inspires me to engage as an intelligent actor with a compassionate heart, open mind, in relationship to my community, small and large. This is the way I want to learn to tell a better story. The jobs will come later.
I can’t imagine a more enriching experience for an actor than to delve body, mind and spirit into the Shakespearean world in the company of like minded professionals. I hope, with your help, to be able to participate in the 2014 Shakespeare & Co. Actor Training Intensive.”
Height 5’2½” Weight 125 Hair Brown, Long Eyes Dark Brown
THE BULLY PLAYS Multiple Principle THEATRE@FIRST, PRESENT IN THE SUMMER HOUSE Supporting TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FEST, P’TOWN, 2013 CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Ensemble/Bi-lingual APOLLINAIRE THEATRE CO, 2013 ANGELS IN AMERICA PARTS 1 AND 2 Principle (multiple roles) PROVINCETOWN THEATER, 2013 MIMI DIAMOND Principle CAMBRIDGEPORT HISTORY DAY, 2011, 2012 BIRDIE Principle UNIVERSAL THEATER FESTIVAL, 2012 COUPLES COUNSELING Principle 24 HOUR THEATER EVENT/P’TOWN, 2012 DIFF’RENT Supporting TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FEST, P’TOWN, 2011 WOMEN BEHIND BARS Principle Counter Productions, W.H.A.T. THEATER, 2011
Memorable Roles in Spanish Language
THREE PENNY OPERA Mrs. Peachum MORELOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Mexico HAROLD AND MAUDE Harold’s Mother OCAMPO THEATER, Cuernavaca, Mexico TANDROS: FIESTA ESCÉNICO-VOCAL (TITUS ANDRONICUS) Tamora NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Mexico City; CENTER FOR THE ARTS, San Luis Potosi, Mexico THE TEMPEST Ariel/Antonia MORELOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Mexico SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL TO YOU Sister Mary Ignatius EL TELON, Mexico
One-Woman Original Shows Written and Performed by Melissa
SOR JUANA INÉS DE LA CRUZ WASHES ASHORE 10 Days of Art, Provincetown, 2013 MARILYN MONROE, COMMUNIST Eventide Arts’ VOICES OF CAPE COD, Nov 2013; DIVAFest, IndyFringe, 2013, Summer; Provincetown, 2012; Women’s Week, 2011, Provincetown; Women’s In Theater Festival, 2010, Provincetown THE DOÑA OF SANTA CRUZ CTEK Presents: Women’s International Theater Festival, 2013; StarArts Conference, 2012; Women@Work FESTIVAL, 2010, NYC; Universal Theater FEST, 2010; Wellfleet Cultural Council Grant Recipient; performed in English, Spanish and Bi-lingually MY DAYS, FOR MY DAYS (MIS DÍAS, POR MIS DÍAS performed in Spanish, loosely based on Measure for Measure) International Cabaret Festival, 2008, Mexico; National Decriminalization of Abortion Campaign Tour 2008-9 Mexico; El FARO, Mexico City
‘OFFSEASON’ TV SHOW – an episodic indie series, one of the 12 principle characters, core writer, AD, Dir. of Ep. 8. 2011-2013
THE SPIRIT OF SALEM Supporting Gordon College Institute for Public History, 2012, viewed at CinemaSalem
B.A. Theater, CMA (Morelos Center for the Arts), Cuernavaca, Mexico; Rhythm & Voice, Ruben Segal & Indira Pensado, Mexico DF
Singer (soprano), Spanish fluent, Accents (English, Am. Southern, Romance Languages, Russian, Yiddish), Contemporary Dance, Flash Mob dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Stilt walking, mask maker, Midwife, Acupuncturist, Body-worker (Zero Balancing), Driver´s license and car
“I search life for truth. To show what it means to be human. I want to deliver who people really are at their core. I’m not an actor for the sake of being an actor or to make money, I’m in this profession to make a difference in the world. I want to impact and inspire others and give people an opportunity to know they’re not alone in what they feel. I want to share characters stories through me, give them life, the complete naked truth without any armor.
No matter what background we come from, we all share the need to be loved and understood. My passion in life is much more than just being an actor, it’s to bring people together around the world and share in the realization that we’re all in this together and we’re all brothers and sisters. Through this outlet, through this medium, this vehicle of art, I feel that I can open people’s hearts to experience their true nature.
Acting isn’t a hobby for me. I spend every waking moment working to understand how to be a better actor. I feel this month long intensive is exactly what I need for the next stage of my life. After close to a year of intensely working with Adele Cabot (Linklater coach-Dennis Krausnick’s student) I have realized the true necessity of having a trained voice. After a weekend with Dennis in his intensive, I got the bug for Shakespeare. The idea of spending a whole month training with such integrity brings me to tears. The last couple years in the business have shattered me and I feel that this experience will bring back my confidence and clarity, and empower me to trust my instincts, interpretations and my belonging on the stage.
I just booked my first lead in a feature film (next year) and I can’t think of any better training ground than this month intensive. This scholarship will mean the world to me. I wasn’t fortunate enough to attend a conservatory or full time acting school so something like this would be a dream come true and take me to such great heights. I can’t express enough what this opportunity would mean to me. Thank you for your consideration and possibly making this a reality. ”
Television & Film
Young & Restless Co-star CBS All My Children Co-Star ABC Sonrise (pilot) Series Regular PBS Noir Guy Series Regular WEBISODES God’s Country Lead Christ Coats Be Lead Ayden Gramm By The Time The Sun Is Hot Supporting Brad Kester
The Zoo Story Jerry Los Angeles North of Providence Bobbie Los Angeles
Coaching Sandra Seacat Los Angeles Scene Study Martha Gehman Los Angeles Coaching Joan Darling Los Angeles Alexander Technique Jean-Louis Rodrigue & Kristof Konrad Strasberg Sharon Chatten Venice Scene Study Art Wolff Los Angeles
Improvisation, Headstands, Handstands, Surfing, Yoga, ATV & Dirt Bike Racing, Jet-Skiing, Gun Shooting, Fishing, Horse-Back Riding and Billiards
ACCENTS: American and Southern
“As an artist who is an actor, I believe that education is an essential tool for growth and development. I feel that sharpening one’s craft and cultivating the tools that one needs in theater to bring truth to the stage is the core of a strong actor, and it is a continuous learning process. I am specifically interested in classical training, because I believe it is an integral part of training for all actors to explore and expand their craft. The language of Shakespeare is visceral and rich and provides an outlet for imaginative thoughts, endless possibilities, and life experiences that can connect us all. I am in awe of the provocative and challenging work that is being done at Shakespeare & Company, therefore I feel training in The Month-Long Intensive would be a valuable opportunity for me to explore heightened text and expand my knowledge and skills, while continuing to find my own voice in the beauty of Shakespeare’s words. In addition, my expertise as a Teaching Artist will deepen and grow, enhancing what I can provide in the classroom to my future students. ”
Height 5’5 Weight 155 lbs. Hair Black Eyes Dk. Brown
Mary Stuart Alex/Lady in Waiting Stratford Shakespeare Festival (dir. Antoni Cimolino) Measure for Measure Francisca Stratford Shakespeare Festival (dir. Martha Henry) Twelfth Night Maria *Stratford Shakespeare Festival (dir.Robin Phillips) Private Lives/Tons of Money Amanda/Simpson *Stratford Shakespeare Festival (dir.Christopher Newton) The Miracle Worker Viney Indiana Repertory Theatre (dir. David Bradley) Teddy Ferrara(New Stage Reading Amplified) Campus Police Goodman Theatre (dir.Evan Cabnet) Macbeth (SS!) Lady Macduff/1st Witch Chicago Shakespeare Theater (dir. David Bell) Trust Louise Lookingglass Theatre (dir.David Schwimmer/Heidi Stillman) I, Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan The Alley Theatre (dir. Eileen Morrison) The Way of the World Lady Wishfort Oscar Brockett Theatre (dir.Jesse Berger) Summer People Olga B.Iden Payne Theatre (dir.Johanna McKeon) Twelfth Night Maria Austin State Theatre (dir. Paul Mullins) Macbeth First Witch Oscar Brockett Theatre (dir. Ken Albers) A Lie of the Mind Lorraine Oscar Brockett Theatre (dir.Lee Abraham) Conduct of Life Olympia The Laboratory Theatre (dir.Corey Atkins) Rich, Red, Clay Lisa SHSU Main Stage Theatre (dir.Patrick Pearson) Beating a Dead Horse Miss. Vicki Main Street Theatre (dir. Travis Johns) * – Birmingham Conservatory Productions
Chicago Code: Wild Onions (#105) Lois Adam Arkin, dir. 20th Century Fox Checkout Principle-Checkout Girl Jenn Garrison, dir. GinJar Productions Industrial – Textbooks Principle Voice Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston
THE BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATORY- STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (2012/13) – CANADA
Voice: Cicely Berry, David Smuckler, Janine Pearson, David Ley, Kennedy C. MacKinnon, Richard Stewart Text Analysis: Martha Henry, Ian Watson, Terry Tweed, Sarah Shippobotham (Dialects) Movement: Annette av Paul (Ballet), Thomas Morgan Jones (Viewpoints/Suzuki), Melinda Little (Leban), Frank Bach Performance: Seana McKenna, Lucy Peacock, David Latham, Perry Schneiderman, John Stead, Liza Balkan
SCHOOL AT STEPPENWOLF – STEPPENWOLF THEATRE 2009 – CHICAGO, IL
Viewpoints: Alex Billings, Jon Berry Meisner: K. Todd Freeman, Erica Elam Improvisation: Sheldon Patinkin, Michael P. Thornton Contemporary Monologues: Jane Alderman Shakespeare Monologues: Tom Aulino Text Analysis: Kimberly Senior On Camera: Claire Simon Voice: Kate DeVore
STELLA ADLER ACTOR STUDIO- SUMMER DAY INTENSIVE 2003 – NEW YORK, NY
Acting: Don Williams Voice/Text: Alithea Phillips Adler Technique: Betsy Parris Improvisation: Noel Wilson Shakespeare: Angela Vitale Movement: Joanne Edelmann
M.F.A. – Acting – THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS @ AUSTIN – 2007
Dialects:Standard British, Urban African-American, Various African Dialects, Jamaican, Spanish, Afro-Latino, & Indian
Awards & Honors: Nominated for Irene Ryan – Rich, Red, Clay (2003)
Nominated for Austin Critic’s Table award, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy – The Summer People
Special Skills: Poetry, Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga, Hula Hoop, Hip Hop Dancing, Tap, Ballet
“Since I first started working for Shakespeare and Company in June, I have received bits and pieces of the training model that the company is based on. It is a different way of working than anything I have ever experienced in my life. I have seen the effectiveness of certain elements through Teacher Training and directing for the Fall Festival, but I am eager to work through this technique as an actor. I also have no doubt that it will benefit me as an educator and as a director a well. I never rest on my laurels, but continue to seek out training and education that will help me become a better artist in all three facets of my career. My desire is that the Month-long Intensive will give me more tools to share Shakespeare with the world as an actor, director, and educator.”
Height 5’10″ Weight 200 lbs. Eyes Brown Hair Black
War of the Roses Edmund, Westmoreland, Elysium Theatre (Richard II-Richard III) Clifford, Buckingham, 2Murderer RSC Open Stages, WSF Art Ivan Elm Shakespeare The Imaginary Invalid Bonnefoi Elm Shakespeare Holiday Nick Potter Elm Shakespeare The Matchmaker Cornelius Hackl Elm Shakespeare Hamlet Horatio Elm Shakespeare Three Musketeers Porthos Elm Shakespeare As You Like It Charles, Corin/Duke Frederick Elm Shakespeare/Globe Robin Hood Fitzwalter Elm Shakespeare Othello Othello Oak Park Festival Thr Amistad Voices James Covey, various DBA Studios Much Ado About Nothing Claudio, Soldier/Don Pedro Long Wharf Thr/ES Two Gentlemen of Verona Duke of Milan Theatre-Hikes Taming of the Shrew Lucentio Elm Shakespeare Macbeth Macduff/Ross Godlight Theater/ES Henry IV part 1 Sir Walter Blunt Elm Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Mercutio/Escalus Godlight Theater/ES Pinned Tony “TNT” Roberts Action Theater Sensitive People Bart Beckett Theater Canned Goods Boy Long Wharf Theater The Circle 4 Bailiwick Theater
Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare and Company, Fall Festival Mother Courage and her Children Assistant Shakespeare and Company Julius Caesar Southern CT State U Measure for Measure: Twisted Virtue Northcott Theatre Lysistrata PG Theatre Company Titus Andronicus Exeter Fringe A Midsummer Night’s Dream Regional Center f/t Arts The Children’s Hour RCA Rumors RCA Momma’s Boyz Bregamos Theater
University of Exeter (UK) – MFA Staging Shakespeare Southern Connecticut State University – BA Theatre BS Education Circle in the Square Theater, NYC (Residency) Shakespeare’s Globe, London (2x Residency)
dialects, driver’s license (standard), stage combat (hand to hand), sword fighting (broadsword, rapier/dagger), musical instruments by ear (piano, bass guitar, percussion)
Terms and Conditions(Acting student) will be a participant in the (designated program) at Shakespeare & Company. In order to raise partial funds towards the tuition of $4,200, (acting participant) has agreed to have his/her profile posted on the Training Scholarship Page of the Shakespeare & Company website. This profile provides an outlet to which he/she may direct friends, family, and others to make individual donations towards his/her tuition. All funds received from such donations are contributions to his/her scholarship fund for the (designated program). Shakespeare & Company will provide the donors of such contributions with all supporting documentation necessary for tax reporting purposes.The Training Scholarship Page does not obligate Shakespeare & Company to provide scholarship funds for the applicant’s desired training program. Shakespeare & Company does not give additional advertisement to this page on the website. It is the responsibility of the applicant and only the applicant to direct individuals to the Training Scholarship Page.The applicant must adhere to the stated payment deadlines as indicated in their acceptance letter; tuition must be paid in full by (date: dependent on program) to reserve a spot in the designated program. If the applicant drops out of the designated program, he/she can choose:
- To reserve the individual donations made on the Scholarship page as credit towards another designated program for up to two years after the original program of choice.
- If the applicant or his/her designee fails to take such actions as described, the funds will be deposited into the Shakespeare & Company General Scholarship Fund to be distributed at the discretion of the Director of Training.
(Acting student’s) profile will be posted on the Training Scholarship Page on (date: dependent on program). Once the full amount of the required tuition has been raised the profile will be removed. If the applicant did not receive enough funds, they may choose to keep their profile live and continue to raise money for the required tuition which can be applied to another program at a later date at Shakespeare & Company. (S&Co employee) will monitor the page and keep track of all payments in that time period.