The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield
directed by Jason Richards

 July 10*, 10, 11*, 17*, 17, 18*, 24*, 24, 25*

Three overzealouos, energetic actors attempt to perform all thirty-seven of Shakespeare’s plays in ninety-seven minutes, and the result is a fast-paced, witty and physical evening of laughter. TSF produced “Cmplt Wrks” once before, in 1998. This is Shakespeare the way the Marx Brothers, Abbot and Costello, and Monty Python might perform it! This is a special fundraising event for the Festival.

Tickets to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) are not included in the Season Ticket Package.


Jason Richards, Director
Jason has served the Festival as an actor, director, company manager and educational director.  He was last seen at TSF as Gloss in The Beaux’ Stratagem and Biondello in Taming of the Shrew.   He has worked for many theatres around the country including The Renaissance Repertory, St. Croix Festival Theatre, the Texas Repertory Theatre Company, Houston Grand Opera, and Nebraska Repertory Theatre. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Nebraska and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in directing from Baylor University. This season marks Jason’s tenth season with the Texas Shakespeare Festival where he will be an actor in the company as well as the director of this year’s production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

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.

Val Winkelman, Costume Designer
Val has been serving as the Texas Shakespeare Festival Associate since 2008 and has designed costumes for many TSF productions.  She has designed costumes for over 100 plays, musicals, or ballets at Georgia’s Springer Opera House, Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 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. 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 has been awarded for Excellence in Direction and in Design by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and is a Fellow of the International Council of Fine Arts. She and her husband, Mike, are the proud parents of Emily and Courtney. Val is thrilled to be returning for her 24th season as a TSF company member.

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.

Megan Barrett, Stage Manager
In May 2011, Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She now resides in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in stage management at the California Institute of the Arts. Megan spent the past two summers as the Production Stage Manager at Jenny Wiley Theatre, where she stage managed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, and Cinderella. Other select credits include: The Rocky Horror Show, The Tempest, A Doll’s House, Antigone, and The Little Dog Laughed. This is Megan’s first season with TSF.

Andi Dema, Actor – Adam
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.


Jason Richards, Actor – Jess
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.

Jared Van Heel, Actor – Daniel
Jared is thrilled to be joining the Texas Shakespeare Festival 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.


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