About

Who Are We?

The Boise Bard Players is a mobile, minimalist nonprofit theatre company based in Boise, ID that focuses primarily on Shakespeare’s plays.

Our mission is to bridge the 400-year gap from Shakespeare’s day to ours by focusing on each and every word in the plays we produce.

What we lack in lights, elaborate sets, and fantastical costumes we make up for in focus on the language—the true star of these plays.

The common conception is that Shakespeare is only for the educated. We challenge this notion with every play, taking our productions into unconventional venues like breweries, bars, and backyards, and assert that the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon is “not of an age but for all time.”

The Tempest (2019)
Antony & Cleopatra (2020)
Taming of the Shrew (2018)

What Do We Do?

The Boise Bard Players produces minimalistic performances of classical plays with an emphasis on Shakespeare. We break the traditional expectations of classical texts by performing them in nontraditional locations and understanding each play on its own terms.

Instead of accepting traditions without question, we experiment with them to rediscover how they became traditions in the first place.

Our History

In 2013, our artistic director, Chris Canfield, saw Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London. The experience inspired him to bring that level of intensity and artistry back to Boise.

The following spring, Chris called on some fellow actors and former classmates, including Samantha McAllister and Catherine Richardson, to produce their own Macbeth in a downtown Boise coffeehouse.

In 2015, Dakotah Brown joined to produce the next play, Julius Caesar, at a small brewery.

With the success of two tragedies, the troupe took the name The Boise Bard Players and put on As You Like It at Payette Brewing in 2016.

We produced four more plays—Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale in 2017, and Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night in 2018—before becoming a nonprofit.

From there we produced Richard III and The Tempest in 2019, Antony & Cleopatra in 2020, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2021.

We’re ready to bring three amazing shows to our 2022 season: Romeo & Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and All’s Well That Ends Well.

Chris Canfield 2013 (left) & 2021 (right)
Much Ado About Nothing (2017)

The Leading Players

 

STAFF

Chris Canfield, Artistic Director

Chris Canfield

Artistic Director

Chris Canfield is the founding artistic director of The Boise Bard Players, as well as a member of the board of directors. He is a Boise native with a BA in theatre arts and Masters in Teaching from Boise State University. When he’s not running The Boise Bard Players, Chris can be found playing D&D, or in the foothills taking in the sights. 

Tiffany Eller, Managing Director

Tiffany Eller

Managing Director

Tiffany Eller is the Managing Director of The Boise Bard Players, and all-around creative. On any given day, Tiffany may be found planning comedy competitions, theatrical events, or her next home improvement project. Her work outside of BBP includes producing the Idaho Pun Slam and Upstaged Comedy Competition, and building LEGOs with her daughter, Henley. She’s happy to be part of The Boise Bard Players and loves to watch the company flourish and thrive. 

Lex Gonzalez, Patron Services Manager

Lex Gonzalez

Patron Services Manager

Lex Gonzalez has lived in Boise for 12 years and attended Boise State University where she pursued studies in the performing arts and nonprofit business. Lex has worked and played in many of Boise’s local theater companies and is currently the Patron Services Manager at Boise Contemporary Theater. Lex has previously been in The Boise Bard Players’ productions of The Winter’s Tale and The Taming of the Shrew and is excited to continue her work with them.

BOARD MEMBERS

Emily Clovis, Board President

Emily Clovis

Board President

Emily Clovis is excited to be a part of The Boise Bard Players, currently serving as Board President. A communications professional by day, Emily’s roots are in storytelling, with degrees in theatre, journalism, and business. She is thrilled to be back in the Boise theatre community. When she’s not on Zoom or Slack, Emily can be found exploring Idaho’s mountains and redirecting any conversation topic back to her dogs. 

Kyle McAllister, Board Treasurer

Kyle McAllister

Board Treasurer

Kyle McAllister is the treasurer for the BBP board. When not enjoying a show Kyle spends his time spinning his own stories in D&D, or spending time with his dog Tybalt and his wife, fellow board member, Samantha McAllister.

Dakotah Brown

Founding Member, Board Member

Dakotah Brown is eternally grateful to be one of the founding members of the Boise Bard Players. Dakotah is a local theatre professional, having worked with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (where he now resides as the Education Associate), Boise Contemporary Theater, Company of Fools, Alley Rep, HomeGrown Theatre, and the Red Light Variety Show. Previous BBP credits include Macbeth, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to performing–Dakotah has served as a theater teacher, director, playwright, fight choreographer, clowning instructor, and occasionally a sound designer. Dakotah holds a BFA in Acting from UC Santa Barbara.
Sam McAllister

Samantha McAllister

Founding Member, Board Member

Samantha McAllister is a founding member of the Boise Bard Players and a member of the board. She has lived in Boise for over a decade and received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Boise State in 2013. Sam was bitten by the theater bug at the age of eight and since that time has tried her hand at just about every aspect of a theatre production you can think of (on and off stage). She is currently employed at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival as their Box Office Manager. When she’s not working, or buried deep in one of her many interests, she’s usually spending time with her husband, Kyle, and their “chocolate chunk,” Tybalt.

Who We Serve

Boise is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation and is discovering its own identity as it morphs with every new citizen.

It will find itself in the art produced here in the coming years. We hope to be at the forefront of Boise’s cultural renaissance, providing a classical voice among the many contemporary ones. As part of that effort, we look to employ Boise actors, rather than hire from “artistic hub” cities, to share in the development of our company and the artistic face of Boise.

Shakespeare, as is often quoted, is, “not of an age but for all time.” This applies to Boise as well. Produced by Boiseans for Boiseans, The Boise Bard Players is here to “hold the mirror up to nature” from a place of equity with the audience.

Who We Serve

Boise is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation and is discovering its own identity as it morphs with every new citizen.

It will find itself in the art produced here in the coming years. We hope to be at the forefront of Boise’s cultural renaissance, providing a classical voice among the many contemporary ones. As part of that effort, we look to employ Boise actors, rather than hire from “artistic hub” cities, to share in the development of our company and the artistic face of Boise.

Shakespeare, as is often quoted, is, “not of an age but for all time.” This applies to Boise as well. Produced by Boiseans for Boiseans, The Boise Bard Players is here to “hold the mirror up to nature” from a place of equity with the audience.

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