The Theatre Collaborative @ Massasoit is a summer repertory theatre program, geared towards offering a pre-professional theatre experience to young artists. The 5-week program is designed to invite students from the surrounding communities into a collaborative environment where they can work alongside professional mentors to explore acting technique, music, and movement. It will also help hone their artistic skills through a series of work-shops and repertory theatre experience.
No experience necessary!
TCM is a non-audition program. Students that are confident and ready to explore a Shakespeare or classical text alongside a Musical, are certainly ready for TCM.
Max. of 25 students will be accepted into the program based on their essay and recommendations.
Acceptance notices are sent within 12 days of application submission.
The program is contingent on a minimum of 10 participants.
Peter A Carey (TCM Program Artistic Director)
Peter is a professional actor, director and performing arts educator. Stage director credits for Lyric First Stage include A Midsummer Nights Dream & Joseph/Technicolor Coat (co-directed with Corinne M. Mason), Lucky Stiff, Berlin’s As Thousands Cheer, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest. Peter is very proud to have been recently inducted into the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Hall of Fame for his contribution to the arts in Massachusetts. Recent teaching and Guest Lecturer credits include Salem State University, Massasoit Community College, Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory. He is the recipient of the Connecticut Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as John Adams in 1776 at the Goodspeed Opera House. He also earned the IRNE award for Best Actor in a musical as John Adams in 1776 at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Also at the Lyric, Peter has performed in Big River, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, parts I and II (and IRNE nomination for his role as Newman Noggs), Follies and Side Show (both of which he received IRNE nominations), Arms and the Man, The Lisbon Traviata, Shakespeare in Hollywood and When Pigs Fly. At Wheelock Family Theatre, Hairspray, Honk and Seussical, The Musical. Peter also has performed with American Classics, The Hanover Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Northshore Music Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Speakeasy Stage. Favorite directing credits include The Spitfire Grill, Das Barbeque (Stonehill College) Much Ado About Nothing (Wellesley Summer Theatre), Die Fledermaus, The New Moon and The Merry Widow (New England Light Opera), Deathtrap, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dirty Blonde (The Company Theatre).
Corinne Mason (Program Managing Director)
Corinne received her Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School University in conjunction with a Certificate in Musical Theatre from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since returning to Boston, she has been Directing and Choreographing with organizations such as The Company Theatre, Lyric First Stage, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Stonehill College, Massasoit Theatre Company, MMASBlackBox, and Curtain Call. Currently Corinne serves as a Theatre Faculty Professor in the Communicative Arts Department at Massasoit Community College. She also serves as an Artist in Residence for Stonehill College, where her focus is choreography and movement. Corinne has worked with students of all ages, and finds each endeavor to be a mutual learning experience, enriching in its own unique way. Whether directing, choreographing, teaching, or performing, Corinne’s values remain the same. She is passionate about the power of performing arts as a catalyst for social change. She believes theatre has the potential to promote empathy, understanding, open dialogue, and reflection for both participants and audiences alike, and strives to infuse these values in every project she takes on.
“Theatre allows us to converse with our souls—to passionately pursue and discover ways of living with ourselves and others. We are all artists, and theatre is a language. We have no better way to work together, to learn about each other, to heal, and to grow.”
Alex Portenko (Director, Shakespeare)
Alex is a professional actor and photographer in the greater Boston area. After emigrating from Uzbekistan at the turn of the millennium, he received his BFA in theatre arts with a concentration in performance from Salem State University. Directing credits include Circle Mirror Transformation, Stage Directions, Laundry and Bourbon, and The Spotted Man. He has served as an assistant director for The Lyric First Stage program and assistant director/choreographer at Brookline High School on productions of Midsummer's Night Dream, Joseph, Much Ado About Nothing, Me and My Girl and King Lear. He has also acted in numerous Shakespeare plays including; Much Ado, Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like it, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night. His recent professional acting credits include The Merry Widow (The Boston Lyric Opera), O Happy Port! and Six Degrees of Separation (Bad Habit Productions) and The Normal Heart (Salem Theatre Company) and he will be next appearing in the New England premiere of The Totalitarians (Gloucester Stage Co.). Alex was nominated twice for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at K.C.A.C.T.F. and won the N.E.T.C. Best Partner Award for his portrayal of Romeo. He was a regional finalist for the S.D.C. Fellowship for his direction of Clybourne Park and received merit awards for his work as playwright and assistant director on The Hero Project based on the life of Joan of Arc. He was the recipient of Salem State’s Creativity Award, the university’s highest honor in the arts, for his contributions to the theatre department. Alex’s work as a photographer has been published by companies such as the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, The Lyric Stage of Boston, The Salem Gazette, and the Salem Theatre Company.
Jennifer Spagone (Costume Designer)
Jennifer has been designing costumes for theatre for the past 19 years. She has costumed dozens of musicals, straight plays and operas for community, regional and professional theatre in and around the Boston area. She has also created costumes for the Cappachione School of Performing Arts. Jennifer has been on staff at The Buckley Performing Arts Center for the past 15 years, leading to professional experience in every aspect of technical theatre. She values the collaborative effort that must exist between theatrical technicians, producers, directors and actors. Some of her favorite costume endeavors include, Chicago, Dream Girls, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Driving Miss Daisy, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Arsenic and Old Lace, just to name a few. In 2014, Jennifer co-authored an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, with Nathan Fogg, that was mounted by the Massasoit Theatre Company in collaboration with director Corinne M. Mason. Jennifer also enjoys working wardrobe at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston where she has had the opportunity to work with, Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons, Smokey Robinson, Dancing with the Stars, and Weird Al Yankovic.
Deb Martin recently appeared as Sam in Mud Blue Sky at Bridge Repertory Theater, Eleanor in Casa Valentina at SpeakEasy Stage (Eliot Norton Nomination, Best Production & Best Ensemble), Goneril in King Lear at Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. (IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actress), and Corrine in Gidion’s Knot (IRNE Nomination, Best Actress). Favorite roles include Holly in Next Fall, Victoria Grant in the 2nd National Tour of Victor/Victoria, Anna in Ivanov, Irma in The Balcony, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kristín in Miss Julie. She recently participated in development workshops with New Repertory Theatre & German Stage. Film: Spartan, with Val Kilmer and William H. Macy, written and directed by David Mamet. Deb received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater/Musical Theater from Emerson College and trained with off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company, founded by William H. Macy and David Mamet. Upcoming projects: Lady Croom in Arcadia at the Gamm Theater in Rhode Island, and Barbara in Barbecue at The Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
*Indicates a Member of Actor’s Equity Union
Steve Shannon (Music Director)
Steve has taught music and theater full time in the Abington Public School system for the last 28 years, and has music directed shows at Stonehill, Massasoit, Bridgewater State and The Company Theatre. In addition to music directing, Steve is an active performer on stage. Favorite roles over the years include Dan in Next To Normal, Wilbur in Hairspray, Leo Bloom (twice) in The Producers, Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace, Fr. Flynn in Doubt, Harry in Company, Zach in A Chorus Line, Frankie in Forever Plaid as well as many other musicals and concerts including Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy and Songs For a New World. In 2006, he performed in Overture Productions award-winning On the 20th Century starring Alice Ripley at the Emerson Majestic Theater in Boston