“The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited.”
- Hamlet, Act II, sc.ii
During this milestone 50th anniversary season, we will celebrate many achievements, past and present, and honor many of the people and organizations who have helped us reach this landmark in our history; but no group of people deserves a warmer spotlight than our extraordinary family of artists, who over the years, have been the primary purveyors of the great works of literature that we bring to life each season. Each day of this year, from this first day of rehearsal for the first show of the season, to the last day of our final show, we will highlight one of our company artists and their specific achievements here at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. As they accumulate, you can go to the special calendar link and revisit any of the profiles in the large array of incredible artists who grace the “wooden O’s” of our amazing institution.
June 15th, 2012
Artist of the Day Erin Partin ~ Actor
Erin Partin was introduced to Bonnie and The Shakespeare Theatre by Brian B. Crowe when she was just a spring chick back in 2000. After having worked with her in Ohio at The Human Race Theatre Company, Brian felt that Erin was a perfect candidate for Shakespeare Live! and he was very excited to have her audition for Bonnie. As happens, on occasion, Bonnie did not respond as Brian anticipated. Bonnie recalls saying something to Brian like, “Well, she has beautiful hair and a lovely voice, but she seems very determined to prove she’s Shakespeeeeeearean, and she keeps doing weird things with her hands and head as though she’s trying to look all classical or something.” Brian dug his heels in and with Erin having made the recommended physical “amendments” at her call-back, Bonnie acquiesced to her acceptance into the 2001 Shakespeare Live! company. From that inauspicious and wobbly start, Erin Partin has, over the past decade, won Bonnie’s (and many other people’s!) vast admiration, performed an impressively eclectic collection of roles here at The Shakespeare Theatre, and become one of our most cherished and celebrated leading ladies. In Erin’s first season with Live!, she was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet. Just months later, she made her Main Stage debut opposite Paul Niebanck and Dana Reeve inThe Crucible, wreaking havoc in the Proctor household and throughout the village of Salem, Massachusetts. Erin returned for a second Live! stint in 2002, adding Macbeth and Julius Caesar to her tour repertoire. Immediately following that touring season, she was cast in Menander’s early Greek comedy, The Grouch — the production that launched our Outdoor Stage, playing a delightfully innocent and enticing ingénue. Numerous leading and supporting roles followed in productions throughout the ensuing decade including Hamlet (2002),Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (2003), A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midwinter’s Night Dream, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Cherry Orchard, A Christmas Carol (2007 and 2011), The School for Wives and Twelfth Night. Now about to enter her 11th season with the company, Erin will be returning in just a few weeks to play one of Shakespeare’s most complex and challenging heroines, Isabella, in Measure for Measure. In addition to being one of our most frequent and valued artists, Erin’s commitment to our education work, and indeed to all aspects of what we do and how we operate, is phenomenal. She can often be seen outside the Kirby Theatre, tending to our Shakespeare garden that lines the ramp to the stage door, and she has often lent her time, energy and talents to projects that help us survive and thrive as an institution. She is a go-getter and a person who goes out of her way to help her friends and colleagues. She tends to those she loves as well as she tends to the beautiful flowers she makes bloom in our garden.