by Jason Richards

July 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28  at 10:00 A.M.

Quest for the Lost Chalice is an exciting adventure-tale about a brother and sister who use their imagination to enter an ancient land where they must overcome such odds as battling a dragon in order to conquer evil forces. This is an original script about bravery, conquest, friendship, and the power of the imagination.


Clark Stevens, Director
Clark Stevens is a professional actor, singer, director, teacher, music producer and multi-faceted instrumentalist from San Antonio, Texas.  TSF audiences may remember Clark as Noah in the musical, Two by Two or as Polonius from Hamlet .  He is elated to return to TSF for his eighth season. As an actor, Stevens worked for two decades in repertory and regional stage companies.  Favorite stage roles include: Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), Argan (The Imaginary Invalid), Creon (Antigone), Edmund (King Lear), Launce (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), York (Richard II), Prospero (The Tempest), Marat (Marat/Sade) and Oscar Wilde (The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde).  Mr. Stevens feels fortunate to have studied voice with: Kristen Linklater (Columbia University), Patsy Rodenburg (the Royal Shakespeare Company), Catherine Fitzmaurice (Yale) and Margaret Loft (the Juilliard School of Drama).  As an active member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and published member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA), Clark has enjoyed serving as an instructor of theatre at: The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, University of the Incarnate Word, and Prairie View A&M University.  Mr. Stevens holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently the Director of Theatre/Fine Arts Department Chair at Winston Churchill High School and serves as an adjunct lecturer of theatre at San Antonio College. In the world of music, Stevens recently produced three very successful CD’s.  His 2008 release, “Hit the Floor” by Funk-O-Matic hit number four on the soul chart in Japan.  In the late 90′s Stevens was employed by Grammy award winning producer “Babyface” as a studio musician, engineer and studio manager (at SONY RECORDS in Los Angeles).

Jimmy Humphries, Set / Properties Designer
Jimmy is proud to return for his twenty-second season as a member of the company. He looks forward to working in Kilgore every summer with the TSF family, John and Raymond. Originally from the District of Columbia, Mr. Humphries is currently the scenic designer and technical director at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Some of Jimmy’s past designs at TSF include: Comedy of Errors (1991), Macbeth (1995), Romeo and Juliet (1996), Taming of the Shrew (1996), Henry V (1997), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1998), Julius Caesar (1991 and 2008), Royal Hunt of the Sun (2008), Twelfth Night (2008), 1776 (1996 and 2008), as well as, numerous children’s shows.

Caroline Spitzer, Costume Designer
Caroline is thrilled to be return to the Texas Shakespeare festival for her third consecutive season. This spring Caroline graduated from Florida International University  in Miami, Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focusing in costume design. One of her recent designs, The House of the Spirits, received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s National Award for Outstanding Costume Design. Caroline’s other design credits include Twelfth Night for FIU Theatre, The Turn of the Screw for the FIU School of Music, The Bartered Bride for the New World School of the Arts College Opera Theatre Ensemble. Caroline will be attending the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in the fall to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design and technology.

Chelsea Touchet, Lighting Designer
Chelsea Touchet 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.

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.

Jessie Combest, Properties Supervisor
Patrick Crossland, Master Electrician
Patrick is currently enrolled at Texas State University – San Marcos pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in theater design/technology.  This is his first season with Texas Shakespeare Festival.

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.

Madeline Bogacz, 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.


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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