Class Notes & Profiles

Acting Fellows

By Rachel Beck '04

A character in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" proclaims: "I like this place, and willingly could waste my time in it." Many actors would gladly "waste" their time in a theater, yet few get the chance to do so full time. But thespians Caleb Mayo and Timothy Sekk, both class of '03, have been doing just that. For almost a year, the two have been performing with The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC, as acting fellows. The fellowships, which were given to only six actors this year, allow Mayo and Sekk to participate in a full theatrical season while also receiving professional training. "We're doing a lot of furniture moving and spear carrying," said Sekk, "but we get some speaking roles too."

"The fellowship has been, and continues to be, a rich and rewarding experience for me," said Mayo. "It is, indeed, nearly all consuming of my time," he acknowledged, "but the payoff is in the work."

Thus far the two have been onstage in productions of "The Rivals," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2." Starting in June, you can catch them in "Cyrano de Bergerac." For more information, contact The Shakespeare Theatre at