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Bio by Andrew Codispoti (support my work)
Published: Mon, Jan 1, 0001; Updated: Thu, Oct 12, 2023
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Andrew Codispoti (he || they) is a wandering theatre maker. He is a founding member of The Shakespeare Ensemble and the Bridge Theatre Ensemble, and has worked extensively with Advice to the Players, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, and The Barnstormers Theatre. He was the Artistic Director of Advice to the Players for the 2016 & 2017 seasons, and is the curator & instigator of Vicious Mole Theatre Collective.


Andrew Codispoti (he || they) is a wandering theatre maker specializing in creating productions of Shakespeare’s plays using a “quick-raise” process derived from Elizabethan/Jacobean theatrical practice and fused with modern innovations. They are a founding member of both The Shakespeare Ensemble and the Bridge Ensemble, working alongside actor, author, & producer Ben Crystal to gather & build these ensemble-based theatre companies internationally and in North Wales, respectively. With The Shakespeare Ensemble they co-produced a three-week, three-show tour of Japan in 2019, with four days to raise the three shows. Andrew facilitated the production of Hamlet for that tour, as well as performing as Rosse, Juliet, and Gertrude. With the Bridge Theatre Ensemble they co-produced a four-day quick-raise of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 2022 (which will be re-mounted in 2023), using a new, ensemble-created dramatic adaptation of the novella, and which was performed under candlelight in 12th- and 13th-century churches throughout North Wales. As the curator & instigator of Vicious Mole Theatre Collective Andrew has produced & facilitated quick-raises of The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dreame, and Romeo & Juliet in New Hampshire & around New England. He has served as a guest facilitator for Theater in the Open in Massachussets and Incite Shaksepeare Company in Santa Fe, guiding their existing ensembles through quick-raises of Arther Miller’s The Crucible and Richard III, respectively. With his acting & devising partner Ariana Karp he works on the continually-evolving production Shakespeare’s Duets: Turn & Change, which they have performed in Waterville, ME, Newburyport, MA, and Santa Fe, NM. He has worked extensively with Advice to the Players, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, and The Barnstormers Theatre. He was the Artistic Director of Advice to the Players for the 2016 & 2017 seasons.