Free Will: Chautauqua Shakespeare in the Park

As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Directed by Andrew Borba
June 24 - August 15
Rosalind and her cousin Celia journey through the Forest of Arden to find safety, and eventually love. Along the way they meet a rag-tag group of rebels in the woods: the lovesick poet Orlando, the melancholic philosopher Jacques, and the witty clown Touchstone.
Performed on-grounds at Chautauqua Institution and in Allen Park in Jamestown, Lakeside Park Mayville, and at Southern Tier Brewery. 
June 24  | Bestor Plaza | 5 p.m. 
June 28  | Allen Park, Jamestown  | 7 p.m. 
July 18  | Southern Tier Brewery  | 6:30 p.m. 
August 1  | Southern Tier Brewery  | 6:30 p.m. 
August 2  | Lakeside Park, Mayville | 6:30 p.m. 
August 15  | Allen Park, Jamestown | 7 p.m.

Brown Bags

Bratton Theater 12:15 p.m.

Adaptation and Identity in Octoroon: Adapting an old play in a new way  Thursday, June 28 & Monday, July 2 

The Profundity of Air Guitar: Making meaning and connection out of nothing • Thursday, July 12

The Art of Dissent: A roundtable on the role of artists in protest • Thursday, July 26

Fresh Ink: Two Brand New Plays in Conversation • Thursday, August 2

Ladies First, Into the Breeches!: Gender and performance in comedy • Thursday, August 9

Young Playwrights Project
June 26 at 5 & 7 p.m. in Smith Wilkes Hall
Directed by Katie McGerr
Enjoy a performance of the winning plays of Chautauqua’s Young Playwrights Project, a partnership with local elementary students, performed by CTC’s acting conservatory.

 

Leadership

Artistic Director: Andrew Borba
Managing Director: Sarah Clare Corporandy

Senior Staff

Company Manager: Christine McKay
Production Manager: Sarah Chandler
Marketing and Communications Director: Maggie Wilson
Production Stage Manager: Jenny Kennedy & Jenn Rae Moore (Emeritus)

Conservatory Actors

Alex Brightwell, Hannah Rose Caton, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Ricardy Fabre, Janet Fiki, Jennifer Holcombe, Jerrie Johnson, Elijah Jones, Jenny Latimer, Jake Ryan Lozano, Johnique Mitchell, Keshav Moodliar, David Rosenberg, James Smart

Guest Artists

Matt Burns, Kathyrn Metzger, Nija Okoro, Larry Powell, Brett Rickaby, Peggy Roeder, Brian Sills, Nisi Sturgis, Jeff Talbott, Carol Halstead

Artistic Staff

Artistic Associate: Sarah Wansley 
Directors: Nicholas Avila, Andrew Borba, Joshua Kahan Brody, Laura Kepley, Katherine McGerr, Giovanna Sardelli, Sarah Wansley, Summer Williams
Designers: Chris Ash, William Boles, Scott Bolman, Angela Calin, Alan C. Edwards, Mary Eggers, Rob Kaplowitz, Robert Mark Morgan, Sarah Nietfeld, Vincent Olivieri, Miles Polaski, Lee Savage, Masha Tsimring

Conservatory Directing & Design Fellows: Mextly Almeda, Stori Ayers, Jennifer Clark, Samuel Keamy-Minor, Jeff Sherwood

Faculty: Andrew Borba, Chris Corporandy, Jed Diamond, Joy Dickinson, Erica Jenson, Gary Logan, Julian Elijah Martinez, Budi Miller 
Artistic Intern/Marketing Intern: Gillian Goldberg

Administration

Business/Office Manager: Joseph Reyes, Sara Bileaux
Assistant Company Manager: Mia Rosenfeld
Digital Print and Marketing Associate: Samantha Wong

Media and Design Associate:Jeff Meyer

House Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator: Alexis Webb

Assistant House Manager and Production Assistant: Jorge Rodriguez-Sosa
Company Management Intern: Jordan Wagner

Stage Management

Stage Managers: Bonnie Brady, Emily Glinick
Assistant Stage Managers: Jean E. Compton, Mara Westerling Morris
Stage Management Intern: Emily Hambridge

Production

Associate Production Manager: Kaitlyn Meegan

Production Managment Consultant: Ryan Parrow
Production Management Intern: Haley Dunlavey 

Scenic

Technical Director: Liz Haynes

Assistant Technical Director: Matthew Lang
Master Carpenter/Scene Shop Supervisor: Tom Wilson 
Carpenters: Christian Pearson, William Avery 
Scenic Intern: Natalie Kandra
Scenic Charge: Erica Bastida
Assistant Scenic Charge: Haley Talley

Costumes

Costume Shop Manager: Cece Hill
Cutter/Draper and Costume Shop Foreman: Cody Lorich
First Hand/ Stitcher: Meaghan Carlo
Wardrobe Supervisor: Erin Harteau
Costumes/Wardrobe Intern: Mikayla O'Neil

Props

Properties Master: Hyla Sue Stellhorn
Assistant Properties Master: Ivy Thomas
Properties Artisan: Meg Valentine
Props Intern: Cooper Nickels

Sound and Electrics

Master Electrician: Stacy McQueen
Electrician/Op: Meghan Settle
Lead Audio Engineer: John Kolbinski 

Sound Tech/Op: William Lowe
Sound/Lighting Intern: Mark Dulac

Patron Services

House Manager: Alexis Webb
Assistant House Manager: Jorge Rodriguez-Sosa

The Chautauqua Theater Company has a unique role to play in the American Theater -- it offers our loyal and discerning audience the best in classical, contemporary, and new plays and features a company made up of internationally acclaimed professional actors, directors, designers, playwrights and faculty, joined by 14 of the finest emerging actors in the country.

As originally conceived by founding artistic director Michael Kahn, the goal of the CTC was to build "a professional theater company centered at Chautauqua that would, in the future, be able to do a season of very, very good theater combining professional actors and students."

Under the 18-year stewardship of the incomparable Rebecca Guy, the Conservatory emerged to fill Michael's original vision of a resident company at Chautauqua. Patiently, with years of support from Chautauquans near and far, Guy built the infrastructure of a sustainable theater organization and completed the stunning renovation of Bratton Theater.

Now, the future that Michael Kahn once envisioned is here. Building on the firm foundations laid by their predecessors, our leadership team is poised to bring CTC to the forefront of summer theaters in this country and unite the twin traditions of performance and training under one Bratton roof.

 

History of Bratton Theater

Theater has existed at Chautauqua for over 100 years. Many theater companies have performed at Chautauqua over the last century, including the Jamestown Players, the Pittsburgh Players Club and the Chautauqua Players. The Cleveland Playhouse made Chautauqua Institution its summer home for over 51 years beginning in 1930. During that time, Normal Hall (as Bratton Theater was then called) served as the rehearsal hall and scene shop for the Chautauqua Opera Company. In the early 1980's the prestigious Acting Company made Chautauqua a recurring stop on their national touring circuit. This fortuitously brought Michael Kahn to the grounds of Chautauqua, and under his leadership, the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater Company was created in 1983 and Normal Hall became a dedicated theater space.

Andrew Borba, Artistic Director

A BorbaAndrew Borba is in his second season as Artistic Director. He has served 8 seasons as CTC’s Associate Artistic Director and this is his 13th summer at the Chautauqua Theater Company.

Andrew spent the early part of this last year performing Claudius in Lisa Peterson’s Hamlet and Jaggers in Penny Metropolis’ Great Expectations at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also appeared as the head of NASA on the FOX series Rosewood written by CTC alum Marc Halsey ​- i​n this case acting literally was “rocket science.” All of this paled though when compared to the joy he felt as his beloved Liverpool football team finally returned to Championship level soccer! He also began a full-time professorship at UC Irvine, where he teachers the MFA students Advanced Acting and Shakespeare.

This season he is directing Noises Off and performing in Building the Wall.

Andrew has directed The Taming of the Shrew, After Love by David West Read, The Comedy of Errors, The Philadelphia Story, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Swimming Thru Abu Dhabi by Michael Gaston, and Carve by Molly Smith Metzler all at CTC as well as Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and Ellis Island with the CSO in the Amp. Andrew also conceived and directed the Chautauqua Inter-Arts work Go West! The Mythology of American Expansion. Outside of CTC, he has directed: ​The How and the Why, ​Woyzeck​,​; Hamlet-the First Quarto​,​ Satisfy Me; A Song of My Own, ​Evolution; Skins and Bones; Right to Post-all by Ruth McKee,​ A Midsummer Night’s Dream and others.

As an actor at CTC, he has appeared in Our Town, Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, The Just, All My Sons, Frankenstein and Dracula. Outside of CTC, Andrew has performed in theaters around the country, including South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, The Globe Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (5​ seasons), Chalk Rep., Antaeus, Theater @ Boston Court, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, Long Wharf, Delaware Theatre Company and others.

On film, he has appeared in small parts in big films and big parts in small films and has had recurring and guest appearances on over 30 television series.

Andrew is a member of The Antaeus Theater Company, a cum laude graduate of Brown University and received his M.F.A. from New York University.

 

Sarah Clare Corporandy, Managing Director

Sarah Clare

This is Sarah Clare’s ninth season with Chautauqua Theater Company. Having started at CTC in 2009 as Company Manager, she took over the role of Managing Director in 2012. She has also served as line producer for two of Chautauqua’s Inter-arts collaborations: The Romeo & Juliet Project and Go West.

Sarah Clare is co-Founder and co-Producing Artistic Director of the Detroit Public Theatre, which will enter its third season in the Fall of 2017. In its inaugural season, DPT collaborated with playwright and DPT board member Dominique Morisseau, to bring her nationally celebrated play Detroit ’67 home for the first time, in a co-production with Baltimore Center Stage. The theater has also received a Kresge grant to bring a mobile production of Detroit ’67 to lower income communities throughout the city, and a WeWork grant to support their successful Shakespeare in Prison program at the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility.

Sarah Clare also served as Managing Director for Philadelphia’s celebrated interdisciplinary ensemble Pig Iron Theater Co., as company manager for Barrington Stage, and for New York Stage & Film. She served as an artistic partner with the Canadian-American cross-border Breathe Art Theater Project, and has served on the advisory boards of New York Shakespeare Exchange, and the Serenbe Playhouse in Georgia.

Sarah Clare held a professorship at Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching in the master’s program for arts administration on both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses and through their online eLearning program, for which she developed new course curriculum. She currently serves as a professor at SCAD, the University of Kentucky and Wayne State University. Her work has been published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society. Sarah Clare earned her BA in voice and theater from Hope College and an MFA in arts administration from Wayne State University.

Signature Staged Readings

Due to our limited resources, we are unable to accept unsolicited scripts at this time. Agent submissions may be sent to Artistic Associate Sarah Wansley at wansley@ctcompany.org

Over the last eleven years, CTC has been committed to using our resources to launch new work onto the stage and into the industry. Our signature staged reading format offers a unique bridge between written play and production. Though performed script-in-hand, plays are staged, receive design and technical support, and run for three ticketed performances in our 270-seat Bratton Theater. As one of our playwrights described it, “CHQ’s NPW series is not just another music stand stop for plays in development – it's an exceptional opportunity to see the play come to life on its feet in front of a wonderfully supportive audience.”

Past seasons have hosted new work by Anna Ziegler, Zayd Dohrn, Molly Smith Metzler, Nick Gandiello, Chelsea Marcantel, Heidi Armbruster, Kate Fodor, Rinne Groff, Quincy Long, and Michael Mitnick, among others. Our past NPWs have gone on to receive productions both off-Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club, Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons and at regional theaters across the country.

2018 Season

July 30 - August 1: Untitled Russia Play by Lauren Yee, directed by Nicholas Avila 

Two young Russian men try to find their way after the fall of communism. An absurd comedy about art, love and advertising in the dawn of capitalism.

August 2 - 4: Jump by Charly Evon Simpson, Directed by Summer Williams

After a death in the family, Fay finds unexpected solace on a bridge. A poetic drama about family, loss and the kindness of strangers.

August 19 - August 21: The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey, Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

A fictional investigation of the real life Nickel Mines school shooting, this riveting one-woman show explores the Amish community’s concept of radical forgiveness. Performed by CTC Conservatory alumna Kathryn Metzger, The Amish Project portrays two communities shattered by a mass shooting, and the journey to healing.

 

Previous Seasons

2017

DAN CODY'S YACHT
by Anthony Giardina  |  June 9-10

Chautauqua Theater Company is pleased to announce an unorthodox addition to its 2017 repertoire — on June 9 and 10, the company welcomes playwright Anthony Giardina and director Doug Hughes to Bratton Theater for a "New Play Workshop: Pre-season" staged reading of Dan Cody’s Yacht. Its stop at Chautauqua represents a significant step for CTC and Chautauqua toward the long-term goal of more off-season offerings.

BIRTHDAY CANDLES
by Noah Haidle  |  Aug. 1-4

Birthday Candles follows Ernestine Ashworth on a magical 100-year journey from her 17th birthday through her 117th. This quirky and clever play invites us into questions of identity, family and legacy. Birthday Candles was commissioned by Detroit Public Theatre and will premiere there this fall. 

BUILDING THE WALL
by Robert Schenkkan |  Aug. 2-5

Written by the Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, Building The Wall is a tense, immediate drama that brings a human element to what could happen when inflamatory rhetoric transforms into policy. Not to be missed!