Blood & Courage

2017 Blood and Courage performance dates: January 6, 7, 13, and 14; May 26 and 27 and June 2 and 3. Shows and directors to be announced. Stay tuned!

Click here to read Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s press release about Blood & Courage 

Statement from Ian Gallanar, Founding Artistic Director, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

“I launched the Blood & Courage company to provide an educational opportunity for early career professional artists,” says Ian Gallanar, Founding Artistic Director of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. “In theatre, the craft and business are learned by practicing, and I worry that there are not enough professional opportunities for young artists to get that experience.  So we created an environment where they can experiment, stretch their skills, take pride in their achievements, and learn from their mistakes – in other words, a place where they can grow.” 

About Blood & Courage:

Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Under-30 Company was formed in early 2015 as a way to provide young emerging artists in the theatre community the opportunity to showcase their talents in a professional environment both on the stage, and behind the scenes.

Dedicated to this point of view, every aspect of the Blood & Courage Company is handled entirely by a collaboration of individuals all under the age of thirty. The crew rotates roles with each new show to allow different approaches geared directly toward that particular production. Intentionally operating with a limited budget, Blood & Courage sets out to focus on the heart of the show without the worry of financial pressure often associated with the use of elaborate sets, or extravagant costumes. This practice allows both actor and director to challenge themselves in the creation of the performance. Participating artists are ages 18 to 30 and auditions are held for each production.


Blood & Courage: Production History

All’s Well That Ends Well, May 15-23, 2015

Unscene, January 29-February 6, 2016


Blood & Courage:
Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Under-30 Company presents…

UNSCENE: The Most Frequently Cut and Least-Performed Scenes in Shakespeare, Presented for your Approval or Decapitation

Performances: January 29, 30 and February 5, 6
Showtime: 9pm
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 South Calvert Street, corner of Calvert and Redwood
Tickets: $10 at the door, cash only please, open seating. Reserve tickets by emailing

Adapting the scenes most commonly removed from modern performances of William Shakespeare’s classics, director Séamus Miller leads Blood & Courage’s young artists in a production that frames the scenes around an uptight professor who is under the staunch belief that there is only one true way to perform the works of The Bard.

Featuring a troupe of seven actresses specializing in commedia, UNSCENE sets out to prove that “one true way” is anything but the case, in a hilarious production laced with audience participation, clowning, innuendo, and a demon cat.

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About UNSCENE, from director and creator Séamus Miller:
“I don’t think there’s one right way to do anything. I’ve been reading criticism lately of projects like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s contemporary translations—and, locally, Synetic Theater’s silent productions—of Shakespeare’s plays, which have been widely accused of being ‘not Shakespeare.’ This is a meaningless distinction. Fine. A duck is not Shakespeare. A duck onstage might not even qualify as a Shakespeare adaptation—though I would certainly like to see someone try—but there’s no need to go up to a perfectly interesting duck and say, ‘Garbage! This isn’t The Merchant of Venice at all!’ To me, in evaluating this kind of work, the questions that matter are: Do we like it? Is it engaging? Does it achieve what the director and the creative team intended? And if so, does it make us want to create—or perceive, or live—in a different way? UNSCENE is an interactive parody of Shakespeare-as-sacred-text academia and ‘traditional’ casting. It is performed by seven women in their 20s—a demographic that is statistically and nonsensically under-employed in the performing arts—and it asks us to think of the Shakespeare canon as a dynamic inspiration for new kinds of work. I don’t think Shakespeare is realism. I don’t think Shakespeare is polite. His original productions were performed by actors of a single gender and included many scenes that are invariably cut from productions today. In that light, UNSCENE is very traditional. It is also political, irreverent, and insane.  Your vote matters. We hope to see you at the show.”

The cast includes Madeline Burrows, Francesca Chilcote, Lisa Galperin, Carson Gregory, Chloe Mikala, Kelsey Painter, and Meghan Stanton.

The production team includes Séamus Miller (director), Robby Rose (production manager), Javon Morris-Byam (stage manager), and Amanda Bennett (marketing director and graphic design).

All’s Well That Ends Well – Inaugural Production of the Under-30 Company

Photo by Amanda Rose
All’s Well That Ends Well, Photo by Amanda Rose

“Who ever strove to show her merit that did miss her love?”

 All’s Well That Ends Well

Performances: May 15, 16, 22, and 23

Showtime: 10pm

Location:  Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 South Calvert Street, corner of Calvert and Redwood

Tickets: $10 at the door, cash only please, open seating

Presented by: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Under-30 Company

Clever, middle-class Helena loves the aristocratic Bertram. But when her ingenious plan to snare him goes awry, she conceives a daring trick to win his love. Join us for this late-night presentation of one of Shakespeare’s dark comedies, as our young lovers struggle with desire, rejection, and growing up. Directed by CSC Resident Acting Company member Lizzi Albert.

Performances at 10pm on May 15, 16, 22, and 23 at the new Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, 7 South Calvert Street at Redwood Street, in Downtown Baltimore.  Tickets are $10 and only available in cash at the door. Contact Robby Rose at to reserve your seat. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter @CSCUnder30

About All’s Well That Ends Well:

All’s Well shows what happens when a fairy tale crashes into reality,” says All’s Well director Lizzi Albert. “The things Helena and Bertram struggle with—love, sex, parents, friendship, identity, betrayal—are the questions that consume young people. I can’t think of a better way to launch the Under-30 Company than with this surprisingly modern love story.”

“All’s Well That Ends Well is considered one of Shakespeare’s ‘problem plays,’” says dramaturg Catherine Ritter. “Containing elements of both comedy and tragedy, this play doesn’t fit neatly into a genre category. It’s dark yet funny, daring and at times a little unsettling; it rings true to the reality of life and the human condition.”

The cast included Caitlin Carbone, Keegan Cassady, Amber Gibson, Tyler Groton, Shaina Higgins, Briana Manente, Chelsea Mayo, Elana Michelle, Jack Novak, Meghan Stanton and Stephanie Tomiko. The production team included Lizzi Albert (director), Robby Rose (production manager), Ruthie Griffith (stage manager), Catherine Ritter (dramaturg), Sophie Kurtze (sound design), Amanda Rose (photographer), Rachel Austin (costume consultant) and Amanda Bennett (graphic designer).