The Shakespeare Theatre Academy


JON BARKER (Shakespeare Intensive) has been a company member at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for seven seasons, where he has appeared in The Guardsman, The Alchemist, The Tempest, Pericles, Tovarich, Trelawny of the Wells, Henry IV, Part One, Othello, The Misanthrope, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The School For Wives, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, King Lear, and Amadeus on the Main Stage; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Nevermore with Shakespeare LIVE!. New York/regional credits: Venus In Fur, The Wild Duck at Colorado Theatreworks; Omnivores at Hamilton Stage; The Dangers of Electric Lighting at Luna Stage; The Strange Dog Eat Dog and Pony Show at The Tank Theater; The Woods at The Red Room; Attention Span of a Fly at the Paramount Theater; Close Shave at 12 Miles West; and Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things at The Kennedy Center.

BRIAN B. CROWE (Shakespeare Book Club / Mask-Making) is in his twentieth 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.
FELIX MAYES (Teen Acting, Adult Acting) is in his second season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Company credits: Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Learned Ladies on the Outdoor Stage, and Shakespeare LIVE! tours in 2014 and 2015. Felix is also a teaching artist with the Theatre and has worked with the Theatre’s Junior Corps summer program, in-school residencies, and the Shakespeare Theatre Academy.  He has had the opportunity to perform on stages from NJPAC to the Lincoln Center to Dvorák Hall in Prague, as a singer, actor, and dancer. Some of his credits include: Rent, Bat Boy, Merrily We Roll Along, and Ghost Sonata. He has participated in the Philly Fringe Festival and Irene Ryan Acting Festival, as well as the American College Dance Festival. Felix is a graduate a Muhlenberg College.

BONNIE J. MONTE (NYC Shakespeare Weekend Intensive) is now in her 25th 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.

LAILA ROBINS (Shakespeare Intensive) is a distinguished actors on stage and in film, and she in her eleventh season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Broadway: Heartbreak House, Frozen (Lucille Lortell nomination for Best Supporting Actress), The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing. Off-Broadway and national tour: Mrs. Klein, opposite Uta Hagen (Joseph Jefferson Award; Helen Hayes Award nomination); New York credits: Anthony and Cleopatra, Sore Throats (Lucille Lortell Award nomination for Best Actress), The Film Society, Tiny Alice, The Merchant of Venice  (Calloway Award), The Extra Man and Bloody Poetry.  Shakespeare Theatre credits: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, King John, Three Sisters, The Homecoming, Electra, The Comedy of Errors, Arms and the Man, The Seagull and Twelfth Night. Regional credits: Hedda Gabler, Summer and Smoke, Antony and Cleopatra and the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues (Guthrie Theater); Skylight (Mark Taper Forum; Drama-Logue Award); A Streetcar Named Desire (Steppenwolf Theatre; Jefferson Award); and Fiction and Fool for Love (McCarter Theatre). Film and television credits include: Homeland; Murder in the First; Person of Interest; Damages; Blue Bloods; The Good Wife; The Good Shepherd (directed by Robert De Niro); True Crime; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael; Bored to Death; In Treatment; God in America; 30 Rock; Gabriel’s Fire; Book of Daniel; Sex and the City; all three Law & Orders; and The Sopranos.  She received her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama, and coaches privately in NYC.

DOUG WEST (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.