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Scholar Spotlight: Brian

HPAC Scholar and Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble (HPCSE) Alum Brian  continues his acting journey with the Children’s Shakespeare Theater of Rockland.

After spending three seasons in the HPCSE and giving great performances in roles such as  Juliet’s father, the powerful head of the Capulet family in Romeo and Juliet, and Orlando, the lovesick poet in As You Like It, Brian  is soon to tread the boards in Rockland County, NY with the Children’s Shakespeare Theater.

After his amazing performance in As You Like It in May, Brian was awarded a full scholarship to attend the intensive Children’s Shakespeare Theater summer program run by CST founding director Diana Green. Over three weeks in July the group studied acting, stage combat, movement, and singing, finishing off the program with an edited performance of Shakespeare’s Henry the Fifth.

The Children’s Shakespeare Theater was founded by Diana Green in 1999 and is now made up of 80 young actors between 8 and 18 that produce and perform five large scale productions per year, plus a range of summer activities.

During the Summer Intensive, Brian proved such a hit with the leaders of the group and the other participants that he was asked to return to CST and join their Rogues (14-18 year olds) group to perform the next play in Shakespeare’s history sequence Henry VI.

This kind of work requires a great deal of skill and commitment! After a long week at school, Brian travels to Rockland to rehearse into the evening and over weekends with his company, as well as having to find time for homework and learning all of his lines. As we always say in HPAC programs, ‘all that is good takes work.’

Diana Green said of Brian ‘Brian is so deeply committed to his own work that he elevates the level of everyone else’s work simply by example. Having Brian in our summer cast of Henry V made it a production we could all be very proud of. His present work with the much older cast of Henry VI has been inspiring. We hope to have Brian involved with our company as long as he chooses to stay‘

Alongside Henry VI, Brian is also a member of the Storefront Ensemble, HPAC’s new writing and performance program for 7th and 8th Grade students. Brian brilliantly negotiated his schedule with school, CST and HPAC to allow him to be as busy as possible with all of his programs in the Fall!

You can check out the work of the Children’s Shakespeare Theater and get more info about their work at

And why not see Brian in action with CST in Henry VI Part One, NOV 9th / 10th / 16th / 17th at 7pm. Palisades Presbyterian Church, 117 Washington Spring Rd, Palisades, NY.

Purchase tickets here!

Good luck Brian! Everyone is very proud of your amazing achievements in acting and of all your hard work!

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