THE ENCHANTED FOREST
By Jason Richards
Directed by Jason Richards
July 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, at 10:00 AM
A new play by the author of last year’s Quest for the Lost Chalice, The Enchanted Forest is a modern fairy tale, touched with mystery and magic, about the powers of hope, faith, and courage.
Jason Richards, Playwright and Director
This season marks number eleven for Jason at TSF. How time flies! During this time he has served the Festival as an actor, director, Company Manager, Production Manager, Education Director, Festival Associate, and as of late, playwright. You may remember him from last year’s Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged which he acted in and directed. Other TSF credits include: Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Gloss in The Beaux Stratagem, Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew, Vadius in The Learned Ladies, and Malcolm in Macbeth. Other acting credits outside of TSF are: Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and George in All My Son’s. Last summer was Jason’s debut as a playwright, he wrote last year’s children’s production for TSF, Quest for the Lost Chalice. This summer’s children’s production, The Enchanted Forest, is his second play. He is very thankful to be given this opportunity. Jason was born in Longview and went to Hallsville High School and then spent two years at Kilgore College. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in directing from Baylor University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Nebraska. He is an avid reader, runner, and baseball fan (Red Sox!!). He currently teaches acting at DePauw University. Thank you for coming to the theatre today and for supporting the Arts in our community. Enjoy the show!
Jennifer Burke, Vocal Director
Jennifer Burke is returning for her fifth consecutive season as the vocal director at TSF. A New England native, Jennifer has called South Florida home since 2006 and is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami, teaching voice and speech in the Bachelor of Fine Arts theatre training program and serving as Artistic Director of the SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) Interactive Theatre Ensemble. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Jennifer was an instructor of voice, speech and acting at the Boston Conservatory and worked for many years in the Boston area as a director, vocal coach, and actor, performing at the New London Barn Playhouse, Boston Playwrights Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. She has served as vocal coach the King’s Head Theatre in London, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Cleveland Play House, the Paper Mill Playhouse and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has conducted workshops and trained young actors at the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse, NY, the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, Peking University in Beijing, China as well as in several high schools and theatre festivals. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Bates College and a Master of Fine Arts in acting degree from Brandeis University. She is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and long-time member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
Justen Locke, Scenic Designer
Justen Locke has been working with at the Texas Shakespeare Festival for seven consecutive seasons. This season he was granted the opportunity to do the scenic design for the children show. He is has recently been awarded a full scholarship to attend Ohio University’s Master of Fine Arts design program . After Graduating from Midwestern State University, Justen worked as the shop foreman and staff lighting designer at Lon Morris College and was granted the opportunity to teach, which is what in strives to do at a University one day.
Tiffany Towns, Costume Designer
Tiffany Towns, a Georgia native, is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brenau University with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance (Gainesville, GA) and her Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design and technology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her previous design credits include selections from The Nutcracker and the Alabama Repertory Dance Concert, Hair: The Musical, Candide, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Threepenny Opera, and most recently Arsenic and Old Lace. Tiffany has worked with companies such as Glimmerglass Opera and the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. She would like to dedicate her work this summer to her students who inspire and challenge her. This is Tiffany’s fourth consecutive summer with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Chelsea Touchet, Lighting Designer
Chelsea, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in theatre design and technology from the University of Evansville, has been working as a freelance electrician and lighting designer in Houston, Texas. She has worked as an electrician at The Alley Theatre and Stages Repertory Theatre. Her design work can be seen with Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, Stark Naked Theatre, and the University of Houston where she has also spent the last six months as the Master Electrician. This will be Chelsea’s third season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Andrew Mulkey, Sound Designer
S. Andrew Mulkey a native to Greenville, South Carolina, started studying theatre at the Fine Arts Center in 2006. Currently, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatrical design and technology at the University of Central Florida, where he has been an assistant sound designer for Zombietown and assistant lighting and projection designer for Eurydice. He has also served as production audio engineer and master electrician for several other shows. This is his debut at Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Meaghan Potter, Technical Director
This is Meghan’s third consecutive season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival family. Previous to her time in Texas, she has worked for theatres in Georgia, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, and Indiana. She is studying at Indiana University for her Master of Fine Arts degree in technical direction. She would like to thank John, Raymond, and all of the wonderful people of East Texas for creating a home away from home.
Sarah White, Properties Supervisor
Sarah White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and English from Anderson University (’11) and is currently studying for a Masters of Fine Arts degree in scenic design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City(’15). Her recent design credits include Eat This! Kansas City Chews on the Politics of Food at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a remount of her design for Its A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play with the Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project. Her all-time favorite theatre experience remains Anderson University’s presentation of Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck where she played Mary, as well as designed the set. This is her first visit to Texas and she is ecstatic about being part of the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Samantha Goessner, Master Electrician
Samantha Goessner graduated this past May with a degree in theatre with an emphasis in design and technical production from Viterbo University. she has interned at the Orpheum Theatre Center, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and the Texas Shakespeare Festival. She is very excited to be returning to TSF for her second season.
Kevin Calhoun, Stage Manager
Kevin Calhoun was born and raised in Paris, Texas. He has graduated from Paris Junior College with his Associates degree in drama with a concentration in stage management. Kevin has managed several shows including: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Crucible, Cyrano de Bergerac, Tom, Dick, & Harry, and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also served as a stage management intern for the Houston Ballet. Kevin plans on attending Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois this fall where he will work toward earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in stage management.
Elizabeth Krane, Assistant Stage Manager
Elizabeth Krane is thrilled to be returning to the Texas Shakespeare Festival for her second year in wonderful Kilgore! She recently received her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Purdue University, and will be traveling in the fall to teach and perform at Peking University, in Beijing, China.
Parker Arnold has just recently graduated from Midwestern State University with his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre. He is excited to be a part of Texas Shakespeare Festival for a second season. His favorite roles to perform were Chris, in All My Sons, and Grehner, in Bandersnatch. When the summer is over, Parker plans to travel wherever the wind is blowing in pursuit of his new career.
Rachel Keller will graduate Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in acting in 2014. She recently appeared in Three Sisters, Oleanna, and As You Like It at Carnegie Mellon. Her theatre training has taken her to Oxford, England with the British American Drama Academy and to the Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota for the Guthrie Shakespeare Intensive. Rachel grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she attended the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. This is Rachel’s first season with Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Olivia Grace Murphy
Olivia is in the process of obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has recently appeared in Spike Heels (Lydia), Brutal Imagination (Susan V. Smith), Eurydice (Eurydice U/S), Vinegar Tom (vocalist and bass player), and Zombie Town: A Documentary Play (Zombie and Didi Drago U/S). Last year Olivia originated the role of Cindy Starr in Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park’s production of The Scandalous Edwin George. This is her first season with Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Will Stout is a recent graduate of West Virginia University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program. Some of his credits while at school include: Tofimov in The Cherry Orchard, the Bridegroom in Blood Wedding, Vince in Buried Child, and Torvald in Doll’s House. Will grew up in West Virginia. This is his first season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Robert Svetlik is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre. He is also a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, NY. Past performances include Hatfields & McCoy’s (Theatre West Virginia), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Dracula, Twelfth Night, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Robert is thrilled to be making his Texas Shakespeare Festival debut.
Chance Wall, from Winder, Georgia, has recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre with performance emphasis from Valdosta State University. He is thrilled to start his first season with Texas Shakespeare Festival. His credits include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Orestes in The Oresteia, Pippin in Pippin, Wayne Frake in State Fair (at Valdosta State) I.Q in Hairspray, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book at Peach State Summer Theatre. He thanks his family and friends for their amazing love, support, and for always being there.
Jacob Wingfield recently graduated with his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre performance and is so proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of TSF! Jacob is also an alumnus of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Some of his previous credits include: Six Degrees of Separation (Hustler/Woody), The Three Penny Opera (Mack the Knife), Impossible Marriage (Rev. Jonathan Lawrence), Death of a Salesman (Happy), The Arabian Nights (Pastrycook/Ensemble), The Phantom of the Opera (Slave master dancer/Shepard in the ballet), Jane Austin’s Emma (Frank Churchill), Closer (Dan), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Sid Prince), Three Days of Rain (Pip/Theo). Jacob would like to thank his family, friends, and the theatre community for their love and support. Enjoy the show!
Stephen Bassinger, Scenic Carpenter
Stephen Bassinger graduated from Texas State University in the fall of 2010 and has been living in La Porte, Texas where he is attending San Jacinto College to receive training in welding. This is Stephen’s first season with TSF.
Robert Baxley, Scene Painter
Robbie Baxley is a 2013 graduate of Indiana University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre. He concentrated in scenic design and scenic painting and served as a scenic painter for the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama from 2010 until graduating. He was a scenic artist for the Indiana Festival Theatre’s 2011 and 2012 seasons. He served as a painter for the Weekly Special at WTIU, Indiana University’s radio and television broadcast center. He also painted the Wizard of Oz and the 39 Steps for Cardinal Stage Company. This is Robbie’s first year with TSF.
James Baxter, Scenic Carpenter
James Baxter is a scenic carpenter from Dallas, TX. He majors in theatre arts at Hendrix College and will graduate May 2014. James is proud to participate in many parts of the Hendrix Theatre. James has worked as a carpenter for three years, danced in the Hendrix Dance Ensemble for two years, and most recently stage managed his first show, The Anatomy of Gray. He is excited for his first summer as with Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Amy Brown, Audience Services / Ticket Office
Amy Brown is a current student matriculating in technical theatre as well as english literature at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She focuses in design, but has a passionate love for audience services and stage managing. Amy is from Pennsylvania and is a pizza enthusiast. This is her first season with TSF.
Daniel Brown, Stratford Room Manager
Morgan Burkey, Scene Painter
Morgan Alyse is about to be a senior at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. Last year, she completed her scenic painting apprenticeship under Don “Capt.” Henschell, the Technical Director at Midwestern. Her recent projects include Paint Charge for The Bacchae and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Morgan is also an actress and has played such roles as Evelyn in The Shape of Things and Annie in All My Sons. Her most rewarding, theatrical experience was going on a London Study Abroad trip in the summer of 2011, where she saw 31 shows in 30 days. Once she graduates from Midwestern next year, she plans to move to Portland, Oregon to further her acting and scenic painting career. This is her first season at TSF.
Kelcie Bush, Stratford Room
Kelcie Bush graduated spring 2013 from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. A study abroad program in London solidified her career choice of being a rounded theatrician. An acting/directing major in college, she acted in many plays and musicals throughout her training, last appearing as the Beggar Woman in Midwestern State University’s production of Sweeney Todd. She also worked as an assistant in her college’s costume studio where she learned and taught the art of constructing theatrical costumes. Kelcie grew up in Texas, and is ecstatic to have her first internship with TSF.
Brianna Caitlin, Properties
Brianna Catlin is currently attending the University of Arizona to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and technical production with an emphasis in scenic design with an expected graduation in May 2014. She spends most of her time in the properties shop where she works as an artisan on the Arizona Repertory Theatre productions with assignments as Properties Master. Her most recent Properties Master credit is John Kolvenback’s Love Song. This is Brianna’s first season with Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Katie Engelen, Stitcher / Wardrobe
Katharine Engelen graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in May of 2012. She just started at Purdue University to get her Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre studying costume design. Originally she was from St. Louis park, Minnesota This is Katharine’s first season at TSF.
Schyler Graham, Scenic Carpenter
Schyler Graham, having just graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a specialization in technical theatre and design, is excited to be working with TSF for his first time. Always trying to keep himself busy he was very active in the theatre community at Bowling Green while he was a student. For the past two summers he was a carpenter and eventually the Technical Director at The Huron Playhouse in Northern Ohio. Schyler has grown up and spent his life in Norther Ohio and is very excited to be in a new place.
Joyce He, Costumer / Wardrobe
Jasmine Henry, Properties
Jennifer Hicks, Stitcher / Wardrobe
Jennifer is a recent graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she worked in the theatre’s costume and scene shops and also served on the technical crew of the University’s performance hall. Jennifer has also worked at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. This is her second season with TSF.
Spencer Hrdy, Scenic Carpenter
Spencer Hrdy is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and technology at Auburn University. He has a wide range of interests in the fields of science and technology and holds prior work experience in research and design with both NASA and the Center for Materials for Information Technology. He has exhibited his theatre work at the International Stage Design Students’ Works Exchange in Beijing and is a proud member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and associate member of the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians. Upon graduation from Auburn, Spencer plans to continue his education and work toward a Master in Fine Arts degree in technical direction. Spencer hopes to one-day work as a technical director in themed and immersive entertainment.
Krista Intranuovo, Costumer / Wardrobe
Krista Intranuovo is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Adelphi University in theatre design and technology, with a concentration in costume design. Independent credits include costume design for Alice in Wonderland, Jr. at Saint Catherine of Sienna School; Adelphi credits include wardrobe supervisor for Little Shop of Horrors, and assistant costume design for The Good Person of Szechwan, for which she won a regional Allied Design award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. During the school year, Krista works as a stitcher in the Adelphi costume shop; this is her first season with TSF. Thanks always to Mom, Dad, and Laura!
Dustin Kincaide, Electrics
Dustin Kincaide is currently attending Kilgore College where he is pursuing a theatre degree. He recently worked in lighting operation for the Book of Luke for TSF and hopes to further expand his technical resume as well as his acting experience. His favorite role in a Kilgore College production has been, Chris is All My Sons. This is Dustin’s first season with TSF.
Rachel Mathews, Stitcher / Wardrobe
Russell McKinley, Sound
Russell McKinley has just graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in theatrical design from Midwestern State University. His most recent endeavor is the direction of Jason Katim’s The Man Who Couldn’t Dance, and steel fabrication for Midwestern’s production of Sweeney Todd. He is interested in playwrighting and scenography. This is Russell’s first season with TSF.
Jason Monmaney, Electrics
Jason Monmaney is currently a senior working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in lighting design and technology at Stephen F. Austin State University. As the final part of his studies he will be interning at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in England. This is Jason’s first season with TSF.
Kaitlyn Munro, Stitcher / Wardrobe
Kaitlyn Munro is a current graduate student at University of Cincinnati. This is Kaitlyn’s first summer with TSF and she is excited to be a part of it!
Nick Pinelli, Audience Services / Ticket Office
Nick Pinelli lives in The Woodlands, Texas and currently attends Stephen F. Austin State University. While attending the school, he has done numerous productions, including Keith Burgess in Stage Doors, and The Indian Boy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Nick hopes to one day move to New York so that he can start he acting career. This is Nick’s first season with TSF.
Kyle Romeo, Audience Service/Ticket Office Manager
Kyle Romero is a Texas native from the city of Orange, a graduate of Lamar University, and a current transplant to Los Angeles, where he is studying improvisation and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He can be seen performing in and around Los Angeles with his improv group Not Homeland. This is Kyle’s third season with TSF.
Sean Saari, Scenic Carpenter
Outside of the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Sean Saari is employed part time at the University of Georgia as a Graduate Assistant in the production studio, while pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in the theatre and film studies program for lighting and scenic design. His most recent roles in the spring of 2013 were as Lighting Designer for the musical the Fantasticks. Set construction and electrician for the world premiere of Must Go On, and set construction and Lighting Assistant to Richard Dunham for the production of Macbeth. This fall, he will be Scenic Designer for the University of Georgia’s production of Doubt and Lighting Designer for the production of Flying West. Sean grew up in North Carolina and enjoys working on computer graphics and music production in his spare time. This is Sean’s first season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Lindsey Schmeltzer, Craft Services / Meal Coordinator