MY GOAL IS TO MAKE THE BAY COLONY SHAKESPEARE COMPANY A STURDY THREE-LEGGED STOOL, COMPRISED OF ENTERTAINING THE AUDIENCE, ENCOURAGING THE ACTOR AND EDUCATING THE STUDENT.

– Eric Joseph, Executive Director

Mr. Joseph, a Marshfield resident raised in Cohasset, is responsible for the quality, funding and administration of the BCSC.

Eric joined the BCSC after returning from New York City as the Senior Vice President of Sponsorship and Marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment’s Theatrical Division and Broadway Across America, where he was responsible for securing and overseeing sponsorship and marketing extensions of Clear Channel’s Broadway investments and subsequent tours in over 50 US and Canadian markets. Some of the many show sponsorships his team worked on include ‘The Producers’, ‘Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays’, ‘Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out’, ‘Blues Clues’ and ‘Dora the Explorer’.

Eric was an actor throughout his teens, 20’s and 30’s, appearing in Summerstock and touring productions of ‘West Side Story’, ‘The Miracle Worker’, ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘Carnival’, ‘Same Time Next Year’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Fantasticks’, ‘But Mostly Because It’s Raining’ and ‘Oklahoma’. He was most recently seen playing Selsdon Mowbray in “Noises Off!’, Freddy in ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’, Joe in ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ and Banquo in ‘Macbeth’.

As Founder, Executive Producer and Director of the Talking Information Center’s ‘Radio and Podcast Players’, Eric has directed and produced radio play versions of ‘Sorry, Wrong Number’, ‘Working, the Musical’, ‘The Lottery’, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, ‘The Maltese Falcon’ and ‘Three Skeleton Key’. He is also an adjudicator for the METG Drama Festival.

Eric’s other career resume listings include: Associate Publisher for Stuff and Stuff@Night magazines, Global Marketing Director/Senior Vice President of Titan Outdoor Advertising, and President/COO of 3rd Dimension Technologies.

I want to bring students a timeless world where the words and the story are primary. Shakespeare skillfully portrays stories of ambition, betrayal, love and loyalty, things we have faced for millennia.

– Thomas Grenon, Education Director

My first professional job out of drama school was working for The National Shakespeare Company, touring 4 plays each year to high schools, colleges and communities to almost every state in the country. We toured 2 plays in the Fall and 2 more in the Spring; all the sets and costumes were stored in the bays under the bus. Eight actors gainfully employed and happy to be outside of NYC and seeing the country at the same time. We would pull into a venue; unpack, set up the lights, sound, sets and costumes, have a quick dinner break, perform, break it all down and get on the road to the next venue.

What made is exciting when I was in my 20’s still makes it exciting in my 50’s. For some in the audience it may be the first time they have seen Shakespeare, maybe the first time they have seen a play. For actors, that is a wonderful position to be in and a great responsibility to have. We want students to feel this story is still relevant to their lives today. We want them to attend more theatre and to have that moment when they are caught up in the story being played out, live and in front of them. There is no pause button, no rewind, and one chance to hook them into a story, to get them to see beyond that “old language”. When it works, it is a wonderful feeling for both actors and audience.

As actors we all had that spark at some point in our childhood. Attending a play, seeing a story play out in front of us, suspending our disbelief and in the interim finding a career that can have transformative moments and connections between actors and audience.

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