Next Stage Ensemble


What is the Next Stage Ensemble?

The Next Stage Ensemble was created to foster the work of early career actors and to train them in ensemble-based performance techniques. Classic drama demands that actors are trained in this tradition. Participants work with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey resident directors and guest directors on a fully developed production of an abridged classic play and a short collection of scenes and vignettes from the classical canon. These productions tour to over 30 locations throughout the state - including libraries, and community centers. The plays are rehearsed and performed in repertory.

In addition to the touring schedule, the plays are performed for The Shakespeare Theatre’s Summer Professional Training Program and The Theatre’s artistic staff. The Ensemble also presents free public performances on the lawn outside The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre as part of The Picnic Series after select Saturday afternoon performances of Main Stage productions. The productions chosen are suited and tailored to meet the needs of the ensemble process.

In conjunction with The Shakespeare Theatre’s mission as a teaching theatre, members of the NSE also take classes in Acting, Voice & Speech, Movement for the Actor and Stage Combat as well as master classes in various disciplines in order to hone and nurture the skills necessary to be a consummate theatre artist. Participants are given advanced seminars throughout the summer with working professionals from around the country to supplement & enhance the work done in the class room, the rehearsal room and on tour.

Information regarding the 2016 Next Stage Ensemble will be available shortly.