The Shakespeare Theatre Academy



BRIAN B. CROWE (Shakespeare Book Club / Mask-Making) is in his twenty-first season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is currently the Director of Education. Directing credits: Love's Labour's Lost (2004, 2015), The Learned Ladies, Pericles, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Timon of Athens, The School for Wives, The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI: Blood & Roses, Julius Caesar, The Tempest (2002) and The Comedy of Errors (2001) on the Main Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Taming of the Shrew (2006) on the Outdoor Stage and the 1999 world premiere of his original script, Wonderland (...And What Was Found There) on the Other Stage; as well as more than twenty productions for the Shakespeare LIVE! touring program. Mr. Crowe also directs in-school residencies, teaches in the Summer Professional Training Program, and works with the Junior and Senior Shakespeare Corps for the Theatre. The Star-Ledger called Mr. Crowe “one of the state’s most ingenious directors” for his work on Love’s Labour’s Lost and named him Best Director of a Drama (Julius Caesar and Wonderland) as well as one of three “theatre artists to look for in the new millennium.”Other directing credits include Red Herring and A Perfect Ganesh at 12 MilesWest;  Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest (DayTony recipient), Noises Off, the Midwest regional premiere of The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Patient A with The Human Race Theatre Company, where he is currently a resident artist; Somewhere in Between and Children of a Lesser God at Dayton Playhouse. Mr. Crowe received BFA degrees in directing and acting from Wright State University, and was a Fellow at the 2000 International Salzburg Shakespeare Seminar.

STEPHEN MICHAEL DAVIS (Make-Up) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary College, a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, and has frequently served as a teaching artist for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for over the past eleven seasons. He worked for the Ben Nye Makeup Company in Los Angeles from 1999-2002 and has taught makeup workshops all over the country (USITT, SETC, RMTA, TETA) as well as a semester long course at Centenary. Stephen has a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an M.F.A. in directing from University of South Carolina, where he received the Two Thumbs Up Teaching Award for making a difference in the lives of students with learning disabilities.  While at Centenary, Professor Davis was honored with the 2010-2011 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award. He teaches classes and in-school residencies to all ages in Shakespeare, stage combat, theatrical makeup, acting, directing, playwriting, video production and movement for the theatre.
JORDAN LAROYA (Teen Acting, Adult Acting) is in his sixth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, where he has performed on the Main Stage and Outdoor Stage, toured to schools, and been a lead teaching artist.  Shakespeare Theatre credits include: Pericles, As Your Like It (on the Outdoor Stage), Henry IV-Part 1, Man of La Mancha, and Othello.  He toured for two seasons with the Theatre’s Shakespeare LIVE! education tour, performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), and Julius Caesar. Regional credits: Anubis in The Infernal Machine and Tyrell in Richard III.  Jordan holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts.
VICTORIA MACK is an actor and teacher living in New York City. She received her MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded Tony Kushner’s Sylvia Kushner Memorial Award for Excellence. Her BA is from Columbia University’s Barnard College, where she majored in English Literature. As an actor she’s worked on Broadway (Venus in Fur), and extensively off-Broadway (including 5 productions at the Mint Theater and 3 at TACT). She’s also done considerable regional work, including two world premiere Theresa Rebeck plays, Dead Accounts and The Nest; starring roles at Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and 13 productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, most recently The Guardsman, directed by Bonnie J. Monte; and a self-produced collection of two-person, ten-minute plays directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt that traveled to Santiago, Chile. On television she’s had guest roles on “The Good Wife,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Black Box,” “Unforgettable,” “Law and Order,” and several pilots. Most recent film work includes Resolutions, directed by Tamara Fisch, and We’ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew, directed by Thomas Woodrow. In 2016 Victoria directed two plays at NYU’s undergraduate Stella Adler Studio, The Wake of Jamey Foster and Steel Magnolias; she taught a monologue workshop to visiting Australian high school students through Brooklyn theatre company Colt-Coeur; and a workshop on Michael Chekhov’s Psychological Gestures at The Dalton School. She also coaches privately. She has taught her workshop on on-camera audition technique to various groups, including professional actors and casting directors in Santiago, Chile. Next: Ellen Tree in Red Velvet at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.

BONNIE J. MONTE (NYC Shakespeare Weekend Intensive) is now in her 26th season as the company’s Artistic Director.  Under her leadership, the Theatre has evolved into one of the largest and most respected classical theatres in the nation.  Ms. Monte has garnered national recognition for her highly successful revitalization of the institution, and for her outstanding commitment to arts education and professional training.  The Theatre has become one of the nation’s leading training grounds for emerging classic theatre artists. In its January 2003 issue, New Jersey Monthly named Ms. Monte one of “40 New Jerseyans We Love.” She has received numerous awards and honors including a Women of Achievement Award, sponsored by the New Jersey General Assembly; an Alumni Achievement Award from Bethany College in West Virginia; and a Person of the Year Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, for her longtime efforts to nurture young artists. She has also been named Professional Artist of the Year by the Arts Council of the Morris Area, and one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Arts in New Jersey by The Star-Ledger.

Prior to arriving in New Jersey, Ms. Monte was a casting director at the prestigious Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. From 1981 to 1989, she was Associate Artistic Director at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, working closely with renowned Artistic Director Nikos Psacharopoulos. While there, Ms. Monte initiated many new programs, including a second stage and an outdoor free theatre. In 1982, she was part of a writing team, which included Psacharopoulos and Tennessee Williams, collaborating on Tennessee Williams: A Celebration, a major retrospective tribute to Mr. Williams’ entire literary canon. During her tenure at Williamstown, Ms. Monte also cast and helped produce joint ventures with other major theatres, including Sweet Bird of Youth at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway at Circle-in-the-Square, The Glass Menagerie at The Long Wharf Theatre, and Arms and the Man at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Since 1990, she has directed over 50 productions for The Shakespeare Theatre, including stagings of numerous Shakespeare plays, as well as work from the Russian classic canon with a focus on Chekhov and Ostrovsky.  Her special affinity for Tennessee Williams has resulted in highly acclaimed productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real and Sweet Bird of Youth. She has created a number of original translations/adaptations for the company’s Main and Outdoor stages, including Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Marivaux’s The Triumph of Love, Pirandello’s Enrico IV, Ostrovsky’s Artists and Admirers, Maeterlinck’s The Blue Bird, Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, which was published by Playscripts, Inc, The Alchemist, and this season’s highly acclaimed The Guardsman.

Ms. Monte has been actively involved in the training of new talent for the American stage through numerous training programs for over 30 years, and has also engaged in residencies at the University of South Carolina, where she directed The Trojan Women, and the University of Notre Dame, where she directed The Bacchae.  She has been on the faculty of Drew University and The New School in Manhattan. Ms. Monte obtained a post-graduate conservatory degree in directing from The Hartman Conservatory and a B.A. in theatre from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. She has Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Drew University and the College of Saint Elizabeth.  She is originally from Stamford, Connecticut.
ROCKFORD SANSOM is an actor and voice educator based in New York City. Acting: Off Broadway: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (St. Luke’s) Pageant Princess (Bleeker St.). Broadway Tours: Wonderful Town (First National), 42nd Street (Asia), Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (Europe), and Bye Bye Birdie (National). Favorite Regional: Seaside Music Theater, Oklahoma Shakespeare, Orlando Repertory. Favorite Vocal Coaching: Boomerang Theatre, Southern Colorado Rep. Teaching Highlights: Shanghai Conservatory of China (Honorary Fellow of Theatre), Seoul National of South Korea, Central Florida, HB Studios, Marymount Manhattan College. Publications: Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Incite/Insight, Associate Editor for the Voice and Speech Review, World Cultures & Values (textbook chapters for Words of Wisdom Press). Business: Private coaching, North American Associate for Communications and Media Training (London) training Fortune 500 executives and United Nations delegates.  Education: Capella University (PhD), University of Central Florida (MFA), University of West Florida (BFA/BA). Teacher Certifications: Estill Voice (Certified Master Teacher), Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Fitzmaurice Voicework. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, NATS. @rockfordsansom

DOUG WEST (Adult Acting/Monologue Coaching) is in his fourteenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is the Associate Director of Education.  Company acting credits: Main Stage productions of Henry IV Part One, MacbethKing John, The Tempest (2002) and three tours with Shakespeare LIVE!; Fight Choreography credits: Romeo and Juliet and Henry VI: Blood & Roses on the Main Stage and Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Henry V and Julius Caesar; directing credits: The Taming of the Shrew and The Rover with the Next Stage Ensemble.  He is also the resident Stage Combat Instructor for the Shakespeare Theatre's Summer Professional Training Program. Doug has an MFA in Acting from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Faculty subject to change.