The Merry Wives of Windsor

by William Shakespeare

June 28; July 5*, July 7*, July 12, 14, July 20*, 22*, July 27, 29

Last seen at TSF in 1998, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is a comic romp featuring one of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, Sir John Falstaff, who gets himself into a heap of trouble while trying to court two women at the same time.


John Neville-Andrew, Director
John Neville-Andrews came to this country as co-author/actor/director of the enigmatic comedy El Grande de Coca-Cola (Drama Desk Award – Best Foreign Musical, 1973). Since then he’s directed or acted for numerous theatres across the country, such as Yale Repertory Theatre, the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, off-Broadway and Broadway (The Elephant Man, Tony Award – Best Play). As Artistic Producer of the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. he garnered critical acclaim for his benchmark productions of Shakespeare and the classics. While at the helm of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Mr. Neville-Andrews was instrumental in the theatre achieving the status of The Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan. He currently teaches acting and directing at the University of Michigan, where he is Head of Performance, and is also co-Artistic Director of the American Shakespeare Collective, a national assembly of actors, directors and theatre artisans devoted to a pioneering and bold approach to the performance of Shakespeare and the classics.

Jesse Dreikosen, Set / Properties Designer
Jesse is very excited to be back for his fifth season at The Texas Shakespeare Festival, where he previously designed Hamlet, The Beaux Stratagem, Taming of the Shrew, and Ernest in Love.  He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in scene design from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre design from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is Head of Design and Production at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He worked as the resident set designer for three seasons at New Theatre.  Favorite shows at New Theatre include Madagascar (Carbonell nomination), Paradise, and The Sunken Living Room.  He has also designed professionally for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Texas Repertory Theatre Company, The Mint Theater Company, The Red Fern Theatre Company, The Ohio Theater, The Renaissance Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse and has also assistant designed at The Indiana Repertory Theatre.  He is currently the Vice-Commissioner of Education in the Scene Design & Technologies Commission for The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and Vice-Chair of Design, Technology and Management for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV. He has received both regional and national awards for his designs.

Stephanie Shaw, Costume Designer


Anthony Galaska, Lighting Designer
Tony Galaska is excited to return to TSF for his fifth season. He is currently Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Florida International University in Miami.  Prior to joining the faculty at FIU, Tony worked as a designer in New York City with companies such as Toy Box Theatre Company, The Gallery Players, Wings Theatre Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, and New Perspective Theatre Company.  He also works regionally with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and The Texas Shakespeare Festival. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in lighting design from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and an Associate of Arts degree from The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

Benjamin G. Stickels, Sound Designer
Benjamin is a Sound Designer, Audio Engineer, and Educator.  He is excited to once again return to TSF, where he has now designed sound for 27 productions (Julius Caesar, Two by Two, The Taming of the Shrew, among others).  He has also designed and/or engineered sound for theatres in Kansas City, including the Unicorn Theatre, the Coterie Theatre, the Kansas City Rep, and Actors Theatre – Kansas City, as well as university productions in Charlotte (NC), Kansas City (MO), and Kalamazoo (MI).  Shows in Kansas City include the world premieres of Green Whales at the Unicorn and Nadya for UMKC.  A native of Michigan, he is currently living in Charlotte, NC where he is the Audio Engineer and Assistant Production Manager in the Performing Arts Services unit of the College of Arts+Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he works with the departments of Theatre, Dance, and Music in all their production needs.  He is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Audio Engineering Society, the Shakespeare Association of America, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Jennifer Burke, Vocal Director
Jennifer Burke is returning for her fourth 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. Recent vocal coaching credits include Cherry Docs for the King’s Head Theatre in London, the award-winning New England premiere of David Hare’s Stuff Happens and Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, a co-production of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Cleveland Play House and the Paper Mill Playhouse.  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.

Meghan Potter, Technical Director
Meghan has maintained an active career in the theater since her graduation from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2004.  In addition to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, she has also worked for theatres in South Carolina, New York, Connecticut, and Georgia.   This is her second consecutive season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival after proudly serving as their Master Carpenter last summer.  After seven years in the field she has just finished her first year of Graduate School at Indiana University – Bloomington studying Technical Direction.

Nick Passafiume, Properties Supervisor
A native of Louisville, KY, Nick received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design from Indiana University, with secondary emphases in Props and Scenic Painting.  At Indiana University he was the designer for Anything Goes, Rabbit Hole, Take Me Out, Blood Brothers, The Rockae, and The America Play.  He served as the props master for Brown County Playhouse’s 2009 season, and recently was a props artisan at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville for the 2012 Humana Festival.   He also was the designer for The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival’s spring touring production of Romeo and Juliet, and is excited to be designing Assassins at The Viaduct Theatre in Chicago this upcoming October.  Nick also relocated, for a period, to Southern California where he worked with a number of professional companies including HBO, NBC, Disney, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and The Arizona Theatre Company.  This is Nick’s first season with TSF.

Chelsea Touchet, Master Electrician
Chelsea graduated from the University of Evansville in 2011 and has been pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree in lighting design at the University of Houston. Recent design credits at the University of Houston include The Crucible and Our Lady of 121st Street. She also works as a freelance electrician in Houston, TX.  This is Chelsea’s second season with TSF.

Tiffany Towns, Head for Wardrobe
Tiffany Towns is honored to be returning to Kilgore for her third consecutive summer.  The tacos, heat, and good people keep bringing her back! In May, Tiffany graduated with her Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design from The University of Alabama where she designed shows such as Candide, Hair, and the Alabama premier of the one-act opera The Beautiful Bridegroom. Although a native of Georgia, Tiffany has traveled around working with companies such as Glimmerglass Opera, Seaside Music Theatre, and The Center for Puppetry Arts.

Ashley Zednick, Stage Manager


Madeline Bogacz, Assistant Stage Manager
Madeline Bogacz is currently a senior at Auburn University Montgomery.  After spending eight years in the United States Air Force, she decided to pursue a degree in the arts.  Her main focus is stage management; however, she has a love for costume construction as well.  She is currently a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference production management Dream Team and the departmental representative in the School of Liberal Arts Scholars Program. She recently stage managed the inaugural production for the Cloverdale Playhouse. After living in many different countries and states, she and her family call Alabama home. Maddie is a big soccer fan and is fascinated by maritime history.  This is her first season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival.

Andi Dema, Actor – Shallow
Andi Dema is an Albanian actor who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Oklahoma City University. Favorite roles include Shylock in Merchant of Venice and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Orlando in As You Like It and Clitandre in The Learned Ladies with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Cassius in Julius Caesar and Joey Percival in Misalliance with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Jack Tanner in Man and Superman and Capt. Jack Absolute in The Rivals with Theatre OCU. This is Mr. Dema’s third season with TSF.

Jacob Dresch, Actor – Ford
Jacob R. Dresch, a recent graduate from DeSales University and having just finished his first year as a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine, he recently appeared there as The Husband in the musical Hello, Again and Swiss Cheese in Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. During Jacob’s undergraduate career he starred in many leading roles at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite roles at PSF include Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra, Shawn Keogh in Playboy of the Western World, Rosencrantz in Hamlet and The Professor in South Pacific. This is his first season at TSF where he hopes to take lots of pictures having become a recent photography hobbyist.

Aaron Johnson, Actor – Host
Aaron Michael Johnson graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1995, and is  currently seeking a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from Texas State University where he recently directed Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Austin Commedia Society, now called La Fenice Austin, and has produced such events as the Commedia dell’Austin Festival in 2001, and the 10th anniversary season of Playfest for the Austin Circle of Theatres in 2002. As an actor, Aaron has enjoyed a twenty year love affair with Commedia dell’Arte, performing the roles of the Ottavio, Brighella, Arlecchino, and Pantalone for I Arroganti, I Megalomani, and Les Immortales. However, Commedia is not his only love, and recently he was seen performing playing the part of of Simeonov-Pishchik in The Cherry Orchard at Texas State. This is Aaron’s first season with TSF.

Tommy Kearney, Actor – Page
Tommy started his professional career as a performer for the Los Angeles Opera where he sang and acted in Billy Bud, Werther, and Hansel and Gretel at the Los Angeles Music Center.  He attended college at The University of California at Santa Cruz starring in Killer Joe as Killer Joe, and Menelaus in Helen of Egypt where he worked for Shakespeare Santa Cruz for four years, including the roles of Oberon and Theseus in Shakespeare to Go, an outreach program for the Monterey Bay area.  After graduating, he played Lucius in Julius Caesar in the Shakespeare Santa Cruz 2009 summer season in addition to understudying for Brutus, Oberon, and Bottom.  Soon after, he moved to New York where he starred in shows at Manhattan Repertory Theater and Theater for The New City.  He also studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade while in New York.  Recently, Tommy’s moved back to his home town of Los Angeles where he starred in Man With the Pointed Toes at Glendale Center Theater and performed more than six roles in Pulp Shakespeare at Theater Asylum in Hollywood.  This is his first season At Texas Shakespeare Festival.

Arthur Lazalde, Actor – Falstaff
Arthur is honored to be a part of this, his forth season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Favorite TSF roles include:  Petruchio in Taming Of The Shrew (2011), Aufidius in Coriolanus (2006), Sullen in The Beaux’ Stratagem (2011), and Bolt in Pericles (2006).  Arthur is currently based out of New York and has acted Off-Broadway, regionally, as well as internationally. He received his Mast of Fine Arts degree in acting from the New York University Tisch Graduate Acting Program. More info about Arthur can be found at his website:

Lea McKenna-Garcia, Actor – Mistress Quickly
Lea McKenna-Garcia is an actor, singer, and writer based in New York City.  Originally from New Jersey, Lea moved to New York to study acting at Marymount Manhattan College.  After graduation, she spent time acquainting herself with the off-off-Broadway theatre circuit before being accepted to London’s prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama.  After completing her Master of Arts degree, Lea returned to New York City, where she continues to live and work.  Favorite roles include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Bolingbroke in Richard II.  Lea is also a regular contributor to the Green Room Blog, under the moniker of the “Reflective Artist.”

Tobin Mitnick, Actor – Fenton
Tobin Mitnick is a 2010 graduate of Columbia University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts. Though he loves all forms of performance including Shakespeare and comedic improvisation, he is currently attempting to gain a footing in the world of film and television. He lives New York City, where he writes and bartends for a living as he tries to climb the acting ladder. This is Tobin’s second season at TSF and his first as a full member of the acting company.

Philip Orazio, Actor – Slender
Philip Orazio graduated from The University of Portland in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Theatre. Currently, he resides in Houston where he is an Master of Fine Arts degree student in the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston. Philip has been seen in Artist Repertory Theatre’s production of Ah, Wilderness and on the television program Leverage. Some of his Favorite roles include Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Tom in The Glass Menagerie. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts in Washington D.C. In his little free time outside of the UH Theatre Program, Philip enjoys playing piano, basketball, and riding motorcycles. This is Philip’s first season with TSF.

Michael Pine, Actor – Evans
Michael is very pleased to be performing for the first time at The Texas Shakespeare Festival. Most recently he portrayed Demetrius in a production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in New York City. Favorite roles include Smudge in Forever Plaid, David in The Foreigner, Hines in The Pajama Game, and Goat in The Robber Bridegroom. When not performing, Michael loves a good game of Scrabble and fancies himself a decent ping pong player, although he fears, in this short time away from the table, his father has likely overtaken him once again.

Jason Richards, Actor – Pistol
This season marks Jason’s tenth season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival. He has served the Festival as an actor, director, Company Manager, and Education Director. He was last seen on the TSF stage as Biondello in Taming of the Shrew and Gloss in The Beaux’ Stratagem. Other TSF acting credits include:  Rosenctantz in Hamlet, Silvius in As You Like It, and Malcolm in Macbeth. Jason has also directed several children’s shows for TSF including, Rumpelstiltskin, Androcles and The Lion, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Outside of TSF Jason has worked for several theatres including, St. Croix Festival Theatre, the Renaissance Repertory Theatre, Texas Repertory Theatre Company, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and Houston Grand Opera. Some of his favorite roles include George in All My Sons, Fox in Speed-The-Plow, and Lady Bracknel in The Importance of Being Earnest. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in directing from Baylor University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Nebraska. He is a native East Texan and went to Hallsville High School and Kilgore College. Jason is very thankful and proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of this theatre company for ten years.

Alice Sherman, Actor – Mistress Page
Alice graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and a minor in Opera Studies from the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied and worked in Shakespeare in London, Los Angeles and New York, as well as extensively studying and working in the Viewpoints technique with Tina Landau and La Mama Theatre Company in Umbria, Italy. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she works in film, television, theatre and musical theatre. Favorite roles include MiLady Dewinter in Three Musketeers, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

Vanessa Sterling, Actor – Mistress Ford
Vanessa Sterling is ecstatic to be a part of the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 Season! Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, and a graduate of Ithaca College, she has performed at several other venues, including the Arkansas Arts Center, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and Busch Gardens: Europe.

Jared Van Heel, Actor – Caius
Jared is thrilled to be joining TSF this summer. Past credits include extensive touring internationally, nationally, and regionally. Some other credits include: New York: Hamlet  and Awesome ’80′s Prom (off-Broadway), Twelfth Night (MadCap Collective), Devil in the Hole (Walking Taco). Regional: Antony and Cleopatra (Harlequin Prod.), Frankenstein (Trembling Stage), Frankenstein, Cyclone, The Trip to Bountiful, Betty’s Summer Vacation, and the world premiere of Breach (Montana Rep) and others. Jared grew up in Montana playing every sport available. He also plays a variety of instruments, loves to read, and falls in love with every dog he meets.

Parker Arnold, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Parker Arnold is currently enrolled at Midwestern State University and is planning to graduate with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and directing in the spring of 2013.  He has participated in numerous productions at Midwestern State, most recently playing the role of Grehner in the world premiere of Bandersnatch written by Brandon Smith and Josh Blann. He had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in London for the summer of 2011 attending production after production for critical analysis. Parker’s main goal is to make a difference to the audience through the productions he is involved in or at least challenge them to think about the way we live and the people around us. This is Parker’s first season with TSF.

 Trenton Bennett, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Trenton is a graduate of Hallsville High school who is currently a sophomore student at Kilgore College pursuing a degree in acting. He has played Danny Zuko in Grease, Christopher Columbus in Mariner and Buddy Layman in The Diviners.

Jacob Buras, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Jacob Buras is currently pursuing a degree in theatre performance at the University of Evansville, where he has had such roles as Babbybobby (Cripple of Inishmaan), Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald (Assassins) and Frankie Epps (Parade). He has also performed at the Alley Theatre and Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. This is his first year with TSF.

Garrett Haley, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Garrett is a sophomore theatre major at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.  He has been seen there in many productions there, including A Midsummer Nights Dream, Our Town, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  He would like to thank God, his friends, his family, Mrs Burton, and professor Nelson.  His favorite hobbies are holding hands with a pretty girl, and eating pancakes.

Sarah Laughland, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Sarah Laughland grew up in Frederick, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theatre. Her favorite roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and Mrs.Marwood in Way Of the World. This is her first taste of theatre after graduating and she is thrilled to be a part of her first season with TSF as part of the intern company!

Tim Murray, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Tim Murray is thrilled to be joining The Texas Shakespeare Festival for his first season! He is a recent graduate of The University of Miami where he majored in acting and minored in sociology. He recently had the pleasure of performing in Romeo and Juliet for The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Other credits include The Westchester Broadway Theatre, The Wagon Wheel Theatre and LaComedia.

Erika Peckhardt, Intern Actor  – Ensemble
Erika Peckhardt, originally from New Jersey, has been studying musical theatre for the past four years at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she recently graduated in May.  She has spent the last few summers performing at various places like Hershey Park and The Huntington Supperclub.  Some of her favorite roles include Polly Browne in The Boy Friend and Euridyce in Metamorphoses.  Erika is very excited for her first season with TSF.

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