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We believe that practical experience with the plays of William Shakespeare and the art of dramatic storytelling are critical components of any education. This is no less so during this extraordinary time for our schools and our society.


This spring, Red Bull Theater is continuing its Shakespeare in Schools initiative with an online interactive initiative centered on Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET. Central to this program is a 60-minute LIVE online presentation of Shakespeare’s play performed during school hours by a diverse cast of teaching artists. This viewing experience will be complemented by online interactive residency activities with members of the company. And it’s all being offered for FREE.

Activities are being planned through MAY 8, 2021. If you would like more information, please email us

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Directed by Nathan WINKELSTEIN

Teaching Artists | Austin Burrowes, Madeline Calais, Topher EmbreyReagan Tankersley, and Sarin Monae West 

Community Engagement Manager | Matt Freeman

Visual Designer | Nicole Wee

OBS Designer and Operator | Jessica Fornear

Sound Designer | Megumi Katayama

Zoom Manager | Victoria Gelling

Assistant Zoom Manager | Sarah Preston

General Manager | Sherri Kotimsky

This program is made possible through the leadership support of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.​ Program support has also been provided by The Achelis & Bodman Foundation, KAM Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Michael Tuch Foundation.



Austin Burrowes, a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, has performed, studied and directed contemporary and classical texts in an educational, festival, regional and community setting. He is a founding company member of Spokane Valley Summer theatre, where he also was a resident conservatory director/instructor for three years. He is grateful to have the opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with a new creative team.

Madeline Calais received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (summa cum laude) in Acting from the University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance while working with multiple companies in and around Houston. Following undergrad, Madeline performed in theatres across the country with the American Shakespeare Center's national touring troupe based out of Staunton, Virginia for two years where she had the opportunity to lead workshops for students ranging from the intermediate to undergraduate levels. These sessions focused on Shakespeare's use of rhetoric, poetry, music, and more within his works. Past credits include Puck (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Imogen (Cymbeline), Luciana (The Comedy of Errors), and Ismene (Sophocles' Antigone).

Topher Embrey is a graduate of Christopher Newport U with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor is Philosophy. Theatre's/roles: 1st Swordsmen in A King and No King (Redbull Theater, New York, NY) Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night; Montano in Othello, Mrs. Jennings in Sense and Sensibility; Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew; Lennox, Scottish Doctor in Macbeth; Shepherd’s Son/Clown, Lord in The Winter’s Tale; Tiresias, Chorus in Antigone; Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors; The Bear in 16 Winters or the Bears Tale; Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol; Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Cloten in Imogen aka Cymbeline, and Grandpa/ensemble in Grapes of Wrath (American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA)Simon Fernando in The Lost Colony 79th Season (Waterside Theater, Manteo, NC); Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher; Francisco/Alonso, understudy in The Tempest; Ensemble/Cleon, understudy in Pericles; Merlin, Mr. Pinch in Magic Treehouse: A Ghost Story for Mr. Dickens; Eros in Antony and Cleopatra (Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando, FL); Morocco in The Merchant of Venice; Outlaw in The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Titinius, Ensemble in Julius Caesar; Lord Grey, Ely in Richard III (Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Williamsburg, VA) Awards include: Best Featured Actor in a Drama as Eros in Antony and Cleopatra at Orlando Shakespeare Theater 2017

Reagan Tankersley is an actor in New York City. He began teaching Shakespeare through performance and play in central Texas, to K-12 students in rural and urban communities (Shakespeare at Winedale). Most recently, he performed and led discussions on Macbeth in NYC schools, community centers, and jails (Stella Adler Studio). Reagan holds a BA in Rhetoric from The University of Texas at Austin, and recently completed study at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting (‘20).

Sarin Monae West is a New York actor, writer, singer, producer and teaching artist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sarin recently graduated from NYU Grad Acting with her MFA in Acting. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University with additional training from the British American Drama and the National Theatre Institute. She’s recently been seen as Bulrusher (Bulrusher) directed by Michele Shay, as Angela Davis (Angela’s Mixtape) directed by Adrienne D. Williams, and as Esther (Intimate Apparel) directed by Arin Arbus. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Epic Theatre Ensemble, Arthur Miller Foundation, Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, and as a private acting coach. Sarin is currently serving as Artist in Residence with Opening Act in Brooklyn.