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.

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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