The Shakespeare Theatre Academy



BRIAN B. CROWE (Shakespeare Book Club / Adult Acting: Moliere) is in his twenty-second season with The Shakespeare Theatre where he is currently the Director of Education. Directing credits: Coriolanus, 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.
VICTORIA MACK (Shakespeare Weekend Intensive) is in her ninth season with The Shakespeare Theatre. Company credits: Red Velvet, The Guardsman, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Pride and Prejudice, As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Of Mice and Men, Pygmalion, Much Ado About Nothing, and Pericles. Broadway credits: Venus in Fur. Off-Broadway credits: Hard Love, Natural Affection, Happy Birthday (TACT), The Fatal Weakness, A Little Journey (nominee, Drama Desk for Best Revival), The Truth About Blayds, Mr. Pim Passes By, and Far and Wide (Mint Theater), The Silver Cord (Peccadillo Theatre Co.), Flight (Lucille Lortel). Regional credits: The Nest, Dead Accounts (Theresa Rebeck world premieres), Sense and Sensibility (Milwaukee Rep), Private Lives (Pittsburgh Public), 39 Steps (Denver Center), The Turn of the Screw (Fulton Theater). Film credits include: The Letter (with Wynona Ryder and James Franco), Atlantis, A Song in the Shell. TV: Orange is the New Black, Doubt (pilot), Members Only (pilot), Boardwalk Empire, Black Box, Unforgettable, The Good Wife (recurring), Law & Order: Criminal Intent and MTV. MFA: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Victoria is a proud member of TACT. She recently took her self-produced show, Love Stories, to Santiago, Chile.

BONNIE J. MONTE (NYC Shakespeare Weekend Intensive) is now in her 27th 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.

DOUG WEST (Adult Acting/Teen Acting/Monologue Coaching) is in his sixteenth 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: It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, as well as the Shakespeare LIVE! touring productions of Romeo and Juliet (2016) and Julius Caesar (2017), 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.