April 17

June 9, 2019

CST’s Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

Bob Mason


BOB MASON recently celebrated his twenty-first anniversary as CST’s casting director, where his credits include over 150 productions and programs and thirty-five plays in Shakespeare’s canon. In addition to numerous productions with Barbara Gaines, other productions of note include: a host of Sondheim musicals (Pacific Overtures, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Passion, Road Show, Gypsy, directed by Gary Griffin); SIX (CST, Broadway, A.R.T., Ordway Center, the Citadel); Ride the Cyclone directed by Rachel Rockwell (CST, off Broadway at MCC, Fifth Avenue/ACT, The Alliance); Rose Rage: Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, directed by Edward Hall (CST, The Duke on 42nd Street); and The Molière Comedies, directed by and starring Brian Bedford. He also directed and co-created Shakespeare Tonight! with Beckie Menzie, as part of CST’s Shakespeare 400 Festival. Prior to casting, Mason enjoyed a career as a Jeff Award-winning actor and singer and has been a visiting educator for Northwestern University, the School at Steppenwolf, the Guthrie BFA program, Acting Studio Chicago, and DePaul, Columbia, and Roosevelt University, among others. Last year, he hosted “Speak the Speech,” a free bi-weekly webinar coaching actors in classical pieces of text.

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