4 Shakespeare Plays Every Actor Should Read

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We know he’s world-renowned as the greatest dramatist of his time, but diving into Shakespeare’s body of work can be a daunting task for any actor. Where to begin? Lucky for you, stage director, teacher, casting director, and Backstage Expert JV Mercanti is offering his top four picks for any working actor today.

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JV Mercanti
JV Mercanti most recently directed the critically acclaimed premiere of Songbird at 59E59 Theaters. He is currently the head of acting for the musical theater program at Pace School of Performing Arts. He served as the casting and associate director on the recent Broadway revival of “Romeo and Juliet” with Orlando Bloom. He also cast the Kevin Kline-starring revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac” with Jennifer Garner.