2013 Season Information
THE WINTER’S TALE
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matthew Earnest ♦
June 29; July 5, 7, 11*, 13*, 18, 20, 26*, 28*
The Winter’s Tale is a fairy tale for adults, a beautiful story about the evil of jealousy and the power of faith and forgiveness. One of Shakespeare’s later plays, The Winter’s Tale is filled with mature wisdom infused with youthful optimism. The tale begins with a serious question, moves through lighthearted romance, and ends in with a miracle.
*matinee 2:00 PM / evening 7:30 PM
Performances take place at the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center, 1200 Henderson Blvd., Hwy. 259 South), Kilgore, Texas 75662
Matthew Earnest, Director
Off-Broadway: US premiere of Way to Heaven (New York Times Critics Pick), We Were Civilized Once (NYSF/Joe’s Pub). Other NYC includes: Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Doctor Tedrow’s Last Breath (Ice Factory), Ch’ien-nü leaves her body (Ontological-Hysteric Theatre), Saints and Singing (MITF), Puntila and his servant Matti (Ohio Theater), The Jilting of Granny Weatherall (NY Fringe – BIFF Award), and many others. International work includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (DSTV Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), blood pudding (Dublin Festival Fringe – Audience Favourite); I, Ca$$ie… or The end of days, Venus, The Purification and others at English Theater Berlin, where Matthew has been an associate artist since 1999. US Regional: REP/University of Delaware, Hilberry Rep, Adirondack Theater Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, Burning Coal Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, and many others. University: Marshall, U of Rochester, Ohio Northern, Kent State, Meredith College, and others. Awards: NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant, Best Director (The Cleveland Scene), Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award, Best of Dallas Award, and top 10 lists in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Raleigh News & Observer, and The Dallas Morning News. A Drama League Directing Fellow, Matthew was featured in the Blueprint Series for Emerging Directors after apprenticing under Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines), and he was a longtime assistant to preeminent American theatermaker Adrian Hall. Matthew creates new work in the summer months with his new international touring company, The Lunar Stratagem
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.
Charles Murdock Lucas, Set and Properties Designer
Charles Murdock Lucas is based in the Greater New York City area. Recent: A Moon for the Misbegotten, Carnaval, Vita and Virginia (Luna Stage), Sans Merci, Honeyfist (Flux Theatre Ensemble, NYC), Orlando (Eastman Opera Theatre), Shining City (Burning Coal Theatre Company), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Poe, Ash Tree (Duke City Repertory Theatre), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Children’s Theater of Charlotte), Guys and Dolls, The Mikado, and Blossom Time (Ohio Light Opera). Master of Fine Arts degree in scenic design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A. J. Fletcher Opera Scene Design Fellow. 2012 USITT Scene Design Award Sponsored by Rose Brand. Exhibited Il tabarro and Krapp’s Last Tape in 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Select designs published in Scene Design and Stage Lighting – 10th Edition by by Parker, Wolf and Block. Special thanks to Dina. Visit him at www.charlesmurdocklucas.com or on twitter @CMLSceneDesign
Brandon McWilliams, Costume Designer
Brandon R. McWilliams holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in theatre studies from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He has designed regionally for the past fifteen years and is overjoyed to be working in his home state of Texas again. He is the recipient of the Zelma H. Weisfeld USITT Costume Design Award and two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Shrader Kimberly Award in Costume Design. His work has been on display at the Prague Quadrennial ’07, as well as at the Carnegie Melon University campus in Qatar. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Salisbury University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and currently heads the costume design program at Louisiana State University as Assistant Professor of Costume Design. www.brmcwilliams.com
Kyle Grant, Lighting Designer
Recent design credits: Jason Invisible (John F. Kennedy Center); AribaLIVE 2013; A Chorus Line, directed by original Broadway company member Janie Scott; The Full Monty; HUM; Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante (Balanchine Trust); Wonderful Life. Other credits: The Juilliard School of Drama; The Suzanne Farrell Ballet; Laramie Project Cycle, directed by Moisés Kaufman; Stickfly (Broadway). Upcoming Designs: Oklahoma!, La Cage aux Folles, A Few Good Men, and a world premiere by Steve Dorff. Kyle graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. www.kylegrant.net
Anthony Narciso, Sound Designer
Anthony is a sound designer and audio engineer from the Orlando, FL area, currently completing an honors thesis for his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design and technology at the University of Central Florida. His designs can frequently be heard at TheatreUCF and Orlando Repertory Theatre. Some of his recent credits include Eurydice, Side Show (Design + Front of House Engineer), The Cat in the Hat, and Honk. In addition to design work, Anthony has also given guest lectures on sound design in Orlando high school Stagecraft classes. This will be Anthony’s second year with the festival.
Adam Howard, Composer of original music
Adam Day Howard is an American-born, British-Trained performer, writer, and music director. Recent achievements include original writing team for ‘From Up Here’, a new musical produced in the UK, music director for ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’, a national British rock-n-roll tour, entertainment staff at the Venetian Casino in Macau, and several stellar productions at Kent State University as an assistant music director. He is currently music directing for the Porthouse Theatre in Ohio, and teaching at Kent State University. He holds a master’s from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and this is his third score written for Matthew Earnest. He lives in Ohio with his lovely wife Lisa, and daughter Madeline.
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.
Nick Passafiume, Properties Supervisor
This is Nick’s 2nd season with TSF. A native of Louisville, KY, Nick received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design from Indiana University. Since graduating he has worked as a freelance designer, assistant designer, and props artisan. Design credits include: The America Play, The Rockae, Blood Brothers, Take Me Out, Rabbit Hole, Anything Goes (Indiana University); Romeo & Juliet (KY Shakespeare Festival); The House at Pooh Corner, Wiley and The Hairy Man (Stage One Children’s Theatre). Highlight Assistant Designs include Boeing Boeing (Seattle Repertory Theatre), La Rondine (Portland State University), and The 39 Steps (Arizona Theatre Center). During the year he works as a Props Artisan at Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
Chelsea Touchet, Master Electrician
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.
Justen Locke, Master Carpenter
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.
Jennifer Melcher, Scenic Artist
Jenn has participated in summer theatre festivals for twelve of the last fifteen summers. It began during her undergraduate work at the University of Missouri, Columbia doing summer musicals. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2004 from Illinois State University, and did two summers with the Illinois Shakespeare Festivals while a student there. Highlights of other companies include PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA and the Ohio Light Opera. In July of 2010, Jenn walked four hundred miles of the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain. For 2012, she took the summer off from theatre to attend/bridesmaid/stage-manage six weddings. During the academic year, Jenn resides in the Denver area where she is the Scenic Artist for the University of Colorado Opera and a freelance stagehand and retail specialist. She enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and cooking delicious dinners while listening to the Colorado Rockies. This is Jenn’s first season with TSF.
Tiffany Towns, Head of Wardrobe
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.
Val Winkelman, Production Manager
In her 25th Texas Shakespeare Festival season, Val has been serving as the Festival Associate since 2008 and has designed costumes for twenty-six TSF productions. She has directed or designed over 200 plays, musicals, or ballets at Georgia’s Springer Opera House, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Alabama Dance Theatre, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Theatre AUM, West Virginia’s Lakeview Theatre, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Houston’s Country Playhouse. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas in Austin and is a Distinguished Alumna of the University of North Texas where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Val is a Professor at Auburn University in Montgomery where she serves as Artistic Director of the Theatre and was awarded the Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Service. She received awards for Excellence in Direction and in Design by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Val was recently named KCACTF Region 4 Vice-Chair for Design, Technology and Management. She is a Past Fellow of the International Council of Fine Arts. Val and her husband, Mike, are the proud parents of Emily and Courtney.
Anna Lard, Stage Manager
Anna Lard is currently a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, earning an Master of Fine Arts degree in stage management. While at UC Irvine she has stage managed: Arcadia, Physical Graffiti a Dance Concert, New Slate a Dance Concert, and The Visit. Anna completed her undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre production. Anna has stage managed all over Texas including: HITS Theater, The Children’s Theater Festival (Houston, TX), Circle Theater, Casa Manana, Theatre Arlington, Kids Who Care, The Dallas Theater Center, and with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival.
Kevin Calhoun, Assistant 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.
Parker Arnold, Ensemble
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.
Stephen Bennett, Ensemble
Stephen Bennett is a New York-based actor and singer. New York credits include First Lord and Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale and Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein. Regional credits include Dromio of Syracuse in The Boys from Syracuse. University credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, and Gabriel in James Joyce’s ‘The Dead.’ Stephen trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the British American Drama Academy in London, and has a bachelor’s degree in theatre and literature from Reed College in Portland, OR. This is Stephen’s first season with TSF.
Connor Bond, Cleomines / Ensemble
Connor Bond is currently about to start his third year of graduate acting training in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of California, Irvine. A native of Portland, Oregon, Connor has spent his entire life on the west coast of the United States, so he is very excited to be in Texas making his debut at the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Connor is an actor with a deep affection for Shakespeare, jazz, and musical theatre, among other art forms, who also loves to incorporate clowning and mask work into his daily life whenever possible. Most recently, Connor was apart of Romanian director, Mihai Manuitui’s, U.S. premiere production of After Troy, an abstract version of Euripides’ The Trojan Women. Other recent roles include The Prince in a movement/theatre adaptation of Swedish author, Pär Lagerkvist’s book, The Dwarf, The Priest in an American adaptation of The Visit, Warner Huntington III in The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts’ production of Legally Blonde, and even played Jimmy Stewart in a newly produced Christmas musical at UC Irvine. Connor would like to thank TSF for this amazing opportunity, and thanks you most reverently for your support of the arts.
Andi Dema, Florizel
Andi Dema is an Albanian actor who has previously worked with Texas Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Bright Star Touring, National Theatre for Children, and Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. Favorite roles include Adam in Complete Works of Wlm Shkspr (Abridged), Cliton in The Liar, Clitandre in The Learned Ladies, Joey Percival in Misalliance, and Jack Tanner in Man and Superman. Mr. Dema is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of Oklahoma City University.
Rick Higginbotham, Old Shepherd / Ensemble
Rick is using his summer break from his teaching and directing roles at Longview’s Spring Hill High School to spend his third season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. During the 2011 season, he appeared as Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew and Scrub in The Beaux Stratagem. His undergraduate work in both Theatre and Speech was completed at Universisty of Texas at Tyler in 1990. Rick is a native Texan who is married to the girl of his dreams and is dad to the most enchanting daughter a man could hope for. Rick is also a sports enthusiast and will never pass up a chance to spend time in the Rocky Mountains!
Rachel Keller, Dorcas / Ensemble
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.
Sarah Laughland, Perdita / Ensemble
Hailing from Maryland, Sarah Laughland is a 2012 graduate of Seton Hill University (Greensburg, Pennsylvania) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theatre. Since spending last summer as a member of TSF’s intern acting company, she has worked as a dance and theatre instructor at several performing arts studios around Frederick, Maryland and more recently played Amy Lee in Fells Point Corner Theatre’s production of Laundry and Bourbon. Some of her favorite roles include Prospero in The Tempest and Meredith Parker in Bat Boy the Musical. This is her second season with TSF and she is thrilled to be back!
Arthur Lazalde, Leontes
Mr. Lazalde is honored to be a part of this, his fifth season with TSF. Favorite TSF roles include: Aufidius in Coriolanus (2006), Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing (2007), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (2011), and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012). Arthur is currently based out of New York and has acted Off-Broadway, regionally, as well as internationally. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the New York University/Tisch Graduate Acting Program.
Matt Lewis, Antigonius / Ensemble
Matt Lewis made his Off-Broadway debut this summer in Hell: Paradise Found at the 59E59 Theater. Residing in Atlanta with his lovely wife and two amazing kids, his credits include shows with Georgia Ensemble, Fabrefaction, Dad’s Garage, the Academy Theatre, Telltale Theatre, and Theatre Gael. Film credits include Disney Shot Kennedy, winner of Official Selections in the 2010 New York Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival, the 2010 Atlanta Underground Film Festival, and the 2010 San Antonio Film Festival. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting at the University of Alabama, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and performance studies from Kennesaw State University. This is Matt’s first season with TSF. www.mattlewisactor.com
Olivia Grace Murphy, Mopsa / Ensemble
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.
Michael Pine, Camillo
Michael Pine is very pleased to return to The Texas Shakespeare Festival in 2013, after having performed here last year. You might remember him in the role of Sir Hugh Evans – the Welsh parson – in The Merry Wives of Windsor, or as Philiste in The Liar, or as a policeman, a teacher, a child, an unemployed teacher, another policeman, a milkman, a philandering husband, or a sharp-shooter from the police force in Blood Brothers. Other recent work includes a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, in which he doubled as Oberon and Theseus, and a New York production of The Fairy Queen, in which he portrayed Demetrius. As always, he would like to thank his family and friends for their boundless support.
Jeff Raab, Autolycus
Jeff is thrilled to be a part of the TSF 2013 season. New York City: Twelfth Night (Feste), The Entropy Song, The Blue Aspic (Jasper), staged readings at the York Theatre and Metropolitan Playhouse, and multiple concerts at Town Hall. Regional/Tour: Seussical (Cat in the Hat, Wickersham), The Music Man (Marcellus), Man of La Mancha (Barber/Paco/u/s Sancho), Lend Me A Tenor (Bellhop), and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Ollie/Reverend Hopkins). He is also a musician and award-winning songwriter (New York Innovative Theater Award – Outstanding Original Music, Twelfth Night), a director, an acting/dialect coach, and a teaching artist at numerous youth theaters. Graduate of New York University Steinhardt.
Jason Richards, Clown / Ensemble
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!
Cait Scott, Paulina
Cait is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting at the University of California, Irvine. Before pursuing her MFA, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre from Otterbein University in 2010 and lived in New York City. Favorite past roles include Kiss Me, Kate (Kate), Frozen (Nancy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona). Cait is a native of Portland, Oregon, and is an avid supporter and performer of bluegrass and jazz music. This is Cait’s first season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Teddy Spencer, Polixines
After receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in acting from Southern Methodist University, Teddy spent the 2012/2013 season as an Acting Intern with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. While in Milwaukee, Teddy worked on productions of Assassins, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Christmas Carol, Sense & Sensibility, Clybourne Park, and A Raisin in the Sun. Before Milwaukee, Teddy spent the summer living in a van and working with his fiancé Lindsey at Summer Repertory Theater in Sonoma County on productions of The Mousetrap, Avenue Q, and Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, for which Teddy won the San Francisco BroadwayWorld award for Best Leading Actor in a Play. Originally for Northern California, in his free time Teddy enjoys disc-golfing, thrift store treasure hunting, and wandering the hillsides with his dog, Rocky. This is his first season with TSF. For more information, visit: www.teddyspencer.com
Daniel Stevens, Archidamus / Ensemble
Daniel’s first summer in Kilgore was in 2005 as a scenic carpenter. Bright eyed and bushy tailed after completing the first of what would become five years at West Virginia University in pursuit of a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree, the experience with TSF left such a warm and cuddly impression on Daniel’s malleable young mind that it just seemed like the best of ideas to come back and try again as an actor. Since that first Texas summer, Daniel has worked for The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, VA; Tecumseh! of Chillicothe, OH; Dollywood of Pigeon Forge, TN; and has been enthusiastically knocking down every door with a plaque on since his mid-November move to New York City. Thanks must always, and will always be offered to the loving support and indulgence of Jonathan and Amani Stevens; dad and mom. Thanks for laughing at my jokes loud enough to make me believe I was funny.
Will Stout, Ensemble
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.
Bri Sudia, Hermione
Bri is thrilled to be joining the Texas Shakespeare Festival! Originally from New Jersey, Bri spent the past year in Milwaukee; performing as Elsa in The Road to Mecca at Renaissance Theatreworks and as an acting intern at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where she performed in and understudied various roles in Assassins, The Diary of Anne Frank, A Christmas Carol, Blues in the Night and Clybourne Park. She has performed two summer seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations and The Music Man as well as the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre in Richard III and the musical Big River. Bri holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a degree in Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf.
Robert Svetlik, Ensemble
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, Ensemble
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, Ensemble
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.
Xiaonuan (Kim) Dai, Scenic Design Assistant
Xiaonuan (Kim) Dai is graduating from the University at Buffalo this May with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre & technology. She pursues design from multidisciplinary perspectives and has special interest in the design process. Her experience in theatre is in scenic design and lighting design. She currently resides in New York City and was originally from Wenzhou, China. This is her first time at the Texas Shakespeare Festival and she looks forward to collaborating with everyone.
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.
Samantha Goessener, Assistant Master Electrician
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!
Nicholas Jones, First Hand
Nicholas is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, with a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume technology. He has worked at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Glimmerglass Opera, American Players Theater, and the McLeod Summer Playhouse. This is his first season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Kyla Kazuschyk, Cutter / Draper
Currently the Costume Workroom Supervisor at the University of Central Florida, Kyla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume technology from Ohio University. She has worked at the Santa Fe Opera, the Washington National Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. This is her second season with TSF.
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.
Andrew Mulkey, Sound Technician
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.
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
Lindsey Sikes, Cutter / Draper
After getting her Masters degree in costume design at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Lindsey Quay Sikes went on to teach costume design at the University of Mississippi. This will be her second season working at the Texas Shakespeare Festival as a cutter/draper, and she is very excited to join the family once again! She has designed costumes professionally for Weathervane Playhouse, Charleston Southern University, the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and assistant designed for Pure Theatre in Charleston, SC.
Stephen Tomlin, Scenic Carpenter
Sarah White, Properties Artisan
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.
Courtney Leigh Wood, First Hand
Courtney Leigh Wood, after graduating from the University of Maryland in 2009, has been living and working in the Baltimore/DC area as a freelance costume technician. She has worked with companies including: Imagination Stage, Round House Theatre, and Constellation Theatre Company. Courtney is excited to return to the Texas Shakespeare Festival for her fourth season.
♦ The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.