Bob Mason has been casting director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater since 2000, where his classical credits cover more than two-thirds of Shakespeare’s canon, including numerous productions with Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Other notable CST productions include a quartet of Stephen Sondheim musicals (Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with Geoge, A Little Night Music and Passion ) directed by Gary Griffin, and several more . Prior to casting, Mason enjoyed a 15-year career as a Jeff Award-winning Chicago actor and singer, and has been a visiting educator for the School at Steppenwolf and Northwestern University.
About the course
Whether you're going to be auditioning for college theatre programs or just a have penchant for The Bard...this class boils down and explores the heightened language, reality, and metaphors that many actors fear when approaching Shakespeare. Students will learn to enjoy finding clues in the text that help build character and strong relationships.