Evelyn Reidy is a Chicago-based actress and teaching artist and a recent graduate from Tufts University with a double major in English & Drama. Following a Junior semester abroad studying Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in London, Evelyn became involved with the Boston Shakespeare Project as a teaching artist, intern, and member of Lord Barnum's Players, a traveling troupe that writes, directs, and performs Shakespeare for schools across the Greater Boston area. Evelyn's specific research interest is how Shakespeare explores gender identity and mental illness, an interest that resulted in her Senior Honors Thesis in English, Shakespeare’s “Mad Women”: Investigating the Gendered Representations of Mental Illness in III Henry VI, Hamlet, and Macbeth. Evelyn also completed a Senior Capstone in Drama, a production of Macbeth where she served as Dramaturg and portrayed Lady Macbeth.  Favorite Shakespeare play: a three-way tie between King Lear, Macbeth, and Hamlet.

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The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i