Actor will take Babson community behind the scenes in “Ask the Producer” Q&A

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Tuesday, November 19th Jeffrey Donovan, acclaimed television, film, and stage actor, along with Steve Maler, Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, will be leading the Babson College community in a Q &A entitled “Ask the Producer” which will center around Donovan’s career as Executive Producer of USA’s Burn Notice, and provide insight into the entertainment business. Open to the public, the Q &A will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in Babson’s Carling-Sorenson Theater.

Donovan has had starring roles in films such as J.Edgar, Changeling, and Hitch, but is most credibly noted for being the producer and main star in USA’s hit show, Burn Notice. This event reinforces Babson’s continuing goal of enhancing the natural synergies between entrepreneurship and the arts.

Babson College’s new theater company in residence, CSC is a renowned Boston arts organization dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the public and exploring Shakespeare’s works in educational and community settings. CSC is one of the most highly regarded theater companies in Boston, delivering free Shakespeare to more than 100,000 people annually and serving hundreds of young people in public schools and after-school programs.

During his visit to Babson, Donovan will also help debut CSC’s Theater In The Rough, a script-in-hand ready performance of William Shakespeare’s Richard III directed by CSC’s Steve Maler. Both events aim to kick off the CSC and Babson’s newly announced partnership that will work to infuse new resources to enhance the arts and culture offerings on the Babson campus for its students and the college’s surrounding communities.

For more information on Theater in the Rough, please visit

About Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (, best known for its annual free performances on the Boston Common, is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston and to exploring Shakespeare's works with Greater Boston's youth in innovative and creative ways. In addition to the annual Boston Common productions, CSC presents a summer “Tour of the Parks” program that tours Shakespeare-inspired programming designed for families to Boston neighborhood parks. CSC also presents several free play-reading events during the year: Theater in the Rough, Shakespeare and Law as well as Shakespeare and Leadership. CSC fulfills its educational mission with actor-training programs for both high school students and pre-professional actors with its Summer Academy. Throughout the year, CSC partners with area high schools and Boys and Girls Clubs to provide in and after-school theater activities to inner-city youth. Recent productions include The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well (2012 Elliot Norton Award-winner for Best Production, Large Theater), Othello and The Comedy of Errors.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society—while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 11/15/2013 03:00