The Shakespeare Theatre Academy


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: 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, Love’s Labour’s Lost, 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 hisoriginal 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 indirecting 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 served as a teaching artist for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for 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.

MARIA SOUZA (Teen Acting) is in her fourth season with The Shakespeare Theatre where she is the Professional Training and Outreach Coordinator.  Maria graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a BFA in Theatre.  In addition to teaching for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Maria has performed and taught for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Childsplay Theatre in Tempe, Arizona.

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.

More faculty information coming soon.