A New Approach to Shakespeare for Los Angeles
There are already several fantastic classical theater companies in Los Angeles, including one award winning company just down the road in Pasadena (A Noise Within). So why another? The California Shakespeare Ensemble (CSE) has a different vision for a different community.
The CSE is a theater group dedicated to professional and engaging performances of the works of Shakespeare. We strive to bring brilliant actors from theater, film and television to some of the best written material of all time. Minimal staging, minimal props, simply: beautiful stories told with beautiful words by brilliant performers.
The idea was formed by three of the founding ensemble members around dinner one evening: what if we got the best Shakespearean actors we know together, and stripped the plays down to only the words and the people? No fairy costumes. No artificial inflection. Just a dogged determination to tell the story at hand.
The ensemble is based on the idea of a supergroup; it is a side project for currently working actors, and an incubator for up-and-coming actors. Some of our actors are the stars of hit TV shows, and some in our ensemble are from recent training in NYU, RADA and Shakespeare’s Old Globe in London. Roles are cast from the ensemble without regard to name recognition.
The mission of the CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE ENSEMBLE is:
•To tell Shakespeare’s stories to excite the imagination; to bring his timeless words to life.
•To bring attention and assistance to artistic and cultural causes we support.
•To create cultural events that inspire and encourage thought and conversation.