The Next Stage Ensemble





THE LATE-NITE SERIES affords students in all areas the opportunity to collaborate with peers, and showcase their talents and theatrical vision. It is produced primarily by Interns under the guidance of the Director of Education and the Director of Production.  In addition to previewing the touring production, Next Stagers will present two additional works in the Late-Nite Series.

1THE NEXT STAGE ENSEMBLE PROJECT is an ensemble-based piece created by the NSE with a staff or guest director.  Pulling from classic text, this piece focuses on the deliciousness of language, choral techniques, and physical story-telling.  Rehearsals begin for this project in week one of the program, and it is presented in week three.

 

2THE NEXT STAGE ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE is a collection of classic scenes selected to push each member of the ensemble and showcase his/her work.  It is presented in the final two weeks of the program.

 

 

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has a long-standing tradition of nurturing the careers of young artists. Actors who have participated in the Next Stage Ensemble are considered for ongoing opportunities. Numerous NSE members have returned to The Shakespeare Theatre to perform on the Main Stage as part of the Non-Equity company or move onto the Shakespeare LIVE! educational touring company. Many NSE members have gained their Equity cards by performing in subsequent seasons at The Shakespeare Theatre.

Sample roles played by Next Stage alumni in recent years include:

 

Richard*, Lady Anne —RICHARD III
Coriolanus*, Virgilia, Citizen — CORIOLANUS
Connor* — THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged) (revised)
Mistress Page*, Bardolph — THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Peter Van Daan* — THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Tony Cavendish* — THE ROYAL FAMILY
Costard*, Katherine — LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
Hamlet* — WITTENBERG
Ferdinand* — THE TEMPEST
Orlando*, Charles the Wrestler*, Silvius, Audrey, William, Hymen — AS YOU LIKE IT
George Gibbs*, Joe Crowell, Si Crowell, Sam Craig — OUR TOWN
Pegeen* — THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
Antipholus of Syracuse*, Antipholus of Ephesus*, Dromio of Syracuse*, Dromio of Ephesus* — THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Prince Hal*, Lady Percy — HENRY IV, PART I
Arsinoe* — THE MISANTHROPE
Lysander*, Snout/Bottom US, Starveling — A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

As well as an average of 50% of the roles in each year’s Shakespeare LIVE! educational touring company.

*denotes AEA contracted roles