BONNIE J. MONTE enters her 27th season as Artistic Director in 2017. Under her leadership for almost three decades, the Theatre has evolved into one of the most respected classical theatres In the nation. Ms. Monte has garnered national recognition for her highly successful revitalization of the institution and for her commitment to arts education; and during her tenure, The Shakespeare Theatre has become one of the leading training grounds for emerging professionals.

Since 1990, she has directed over 65 productions for The Shakespeare Theatre, including acclaimed stagings of numerous Shakespeare plays, as well as a number of plays from the Russian classic canon with a focus on Chekov and Ostrovsky. Her special affinity for Tennessee Williams resulted in highly acclaimed productions of A Streetcar Named DesireCamino Real and Sweet Bird of Youth. She also directed shows for the Theatre's Shakespeare LIVE! touring company including The Myths of Ancient Greece: Old EchoesNew Ears, which she also authored. She has created a number of original translations/adaptations for the Main Stage including Pride and Prejudice, Marivaux's The Triumph of Love, Pirandello's Enrico IV, Ostrovsky's Artists and Admirers, Maeterlinck's The Blue BirdAround the World in Eighty Days, and Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters (published by Playscripts, Inc.), and Molnar's The Guardsman.

Ms. Monte obtained a post-graduate conservatory degree in directing from The Hartman Conservatory and a B.A. in theatre from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. She has Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Drew University and the College of Saint Elizabeth. Prior to assuming leadership of The Shakespeare Theatre, Ms. Monte was one of the casting directors at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City, and before that, she spent almost a decade at The Williamstown Theatre Festival working closely with Nikos Psacharopoulos as his Associate Artistic Director. She is originally from Stamford, Connecticut.

TODD ROSEN was appointed Managing Director in June 2016. Prior to joining The Shakespeare Theatre, he served as Development Director with the Kevin Spacey Foundation. Mr. Rosen also served for nearly eight years as Managing Director for Theatre Forward (formerly known as National Corporate Theatre Fund), a New York based association of 19 resident theatres in key US markets. Mr. Rosen served as Managing Director of the Lark Play Development Center, The Flea Theater, as well as Development Director at Classic Stage Company. Mr. Rosen holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College.

Board of Trustees:

MaryAnn Baenninger, President of Drew University*
Bob Conley, Mayor of Madison*
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Honorary Chairman


S. Dillard Kirby
Heath McLendon
Karl Meister

*Honorary Trustee  

Thomas W. Keffer, President

David Bradford
James R. Gillen
Bonnie J. Monte
Patricia A. Connell
T. Randolph Harris
Edward Ng
Lawrence Delson
Haywood Huntley
Kate Ransom-Silliman
Frank DiPrima
James B. Kobak, Jr.
Constance Silverman
Kristin Elliott
Edward C. Leithead III
Rick Sordelet
Suzanne Engel
Joe McDonald
Gretchen Thomas
Sarah Fargo
Richard B. McGlynn
Dr. Edward J. Yaw
Richard Fuchs
Claire Zweig