I first encountered the ASC during their 2008 tour. They came to Waldorf College in Forest City, IA and performed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and I was lucky enough to hang around these actors after their performance.
Two years later, I came to Staunton to intern with the touring troupe. The first shows I saw in the Blackfriars Playhouse was The Taming of the Shrew and Othello. I greatly enjoyed the work that the ASC does and it was during my 2010 internship that I decided to pursue my MLitt/MFA in Shakespeare and Performance through Mary Baldwin College. I visited Staunton twice more before moving and fell in love with the town even more each time I visited.
This is a special place and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
– Jessica Shiermeister