2012 Summer Artist Information
Leraldo Anzladua (Bernardo/Pinch) is happy to return to the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Previous HSF shows include: The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Julius Caesar and Cymbeline. He is a Houston based Actor and Fight Director. Houston Credits include: Alley Theatre: Peter Pan, Ken Ludwig's Treasure Island, Hitchcock Blonde, Wait Until Dark, Equus, The Devil's Disciple and A Midsummer Night's Dream. National Repertory Theatre: Arabian Nights. Theatre Under the Stars: Zorro the Musical, Nova Arts Project: Hamlet (Laertes). Leraldo also has contributed his voice for many Anime series' with Seraphim Studios/Sentai Films (formerly ADVision): High School of the Dead (Takashi), Halo: Legends (Ralph), Gatchaman (Ken), Kiba (Zed). Internationally, Anzladua just returned from Tokyo, Japan, working on a Feature Film (title unreleased) for Sony International. He has worked in Stockholm and Uppsala, Sweden, as Motion Capture Fight Director and Talent for several video games, including Vivendi Universal/Starbreeze Studio's The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (title character); Eidos Interactive/Avalanche Studio's Just Cause and TDK Mediactive/Starbreeze Studio's Knights of the Temple: The Infernal Crusade. Anzaldua received his Master's Degree in Acting from the University of Houston.
H.R. Bradford* (Dromio of Houston) New to Houston, H.R. is thrilled to be making his HSF debut. He appeared as Woody/Buzz in Panto Red Riding Hood at Stages Rep, and as a Featured Artist in the premier of Death the Musical for Thunderclap Productions at Ovations. H.R. originated the role of Rocco in Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2005. He appeared as Billy in Wings for Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago and played Dracula in Dracula at the Granbury Opera House. H.R. has a Master's from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Performance/Musical Theatre, and graduated from Abilene Christian University in acting. H.R. also works as a writer and director for NASA's Space Center Houston.
Kayla D. Brown (Ensemble) hails form Sanger, Texas, and is full of nerves and excitement as she takes on the Houston Shakespeare Festival. She has previously been seen in The Hot L Baltimore as Suzy, and The Cripple of Inishmaan as Aunt Kate at the University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance. She has also been seen in the avant-garde theatre world in Catastrophic Theatre's Paradise Hotel and Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood. Kayla is the illegitimate love-child of Strategy and Creativity and plans on using that to launch her career after she graduates in the spring.
Greg Cote (Horatio/Angelo) is making his HSF debut this summer. He recently graduated from the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance with his BFA in Acting. Roles at UH include Bob the pizza boy in bobrauschenbergamerica, Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show, Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew, Second Murderer in Richard III, Ezra Chater in Arcadia, John in John and Jen, Paroles in All's Well That Ends Well, Edwin in Our Lady of 121st Street and the title role in The Narrator. He is also a member of Look Out Arts Collective and has performed with them as The Old Man in Fool For Love, and as multiple roles in Theatre for the 99%. He will be joining their board of directors at the end of the summer. Greg has released multiple EPs and Singles both as a solo artist and with his band The Grizzly and The Fox. You can take a listen at gregcotemusic.bandcamp.com and grizzlyandfox.bandcamp.com. Greg's favorite part is the recurring role of Son in The Cote Family.
Ruddy Cravens* (Polonius/Solinus) has been a member of Actors' Equity for 43 years. He is producer/director of Shakespeare Outreach, Houston's only free touring theatre. In past HSF seasons, he has directed Troilus and Cressida, King John, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure for Measure, and Two Gentleman of Verona, and has appeared in numerous roles that include Claudius in Hamlet, Don Armado in Love's Labor's Lost, Titus in Titus Andronicus, Touchstone in As You Like It, Caesar in Julius Caesar and most recently Brabantio in Othello and Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew. At the Alley Theatre he has appeared in Taking Steps, Arms and the Man, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Antony and Cleopatra, and Julius Caesar. At Stages Repertory Theatre he appeared in, among others, Auntie Mame, Castro's Beard, Silence, Good Boys, The Drawer Boy, Betty's Summer Vacation, The Unseen, The Laramie Project, Panto Cinderella, and Amy's View. At Main Street Theater he has appeared in A Number, The Weir, What the Butler Saw, Mr. Pim Passes By and Coast of Utopia. At Theatre Under the Stars he appeared in 1776, Brigadoon, and West Side Story. At Prague Shakespeare Festival he appeared in King Lear and Richard III. At Classical Theatre Company he appeared in Candida and King Lear. Recent film and television appearances include featured roles in Alamo, Friday Night Lights, Ray, Into the West, the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men, and the HBO film, The Temple Glandin Story. He has written two plays, Wondergirl and Zero Tolerance, both of which premiered at Main Street Theater.
Jon L. Egging* (Priest/Antipholus of Galveston) A proud graduate of the University of Oregon (BA) and Syracuse University (MFA), Mr. Egging is pleased to return to HSF where he was seen last season in The Taming of the Shrew and Othello. Other Houston credits include: Greater Tuna at Unity, Glass Menagerie at The Landing, as well as Southern Rapture and Man from Nebraska at Stages Rep. Regionally he has worked at Foothills Rep, Stoneham Theatre, Revolving Shakespeare, The Arden, Syracuse Stage, The Red Barn, The Pirate Playhouse, Theatre Schmeatre, the Washington Shakespeare Festival, Lost Nation, TheatreworksUSA, Long Wharf, and thirteen seasons at the Peterborough Players among others. He is a member of Actor's Equity and the Actor's Gym.
Andrew Garrett (Laertes/Ensemble) recently graduated with a BFA in Theatre (Acting) from the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. In his time at UH, he performed as Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well, Brakenbury in Richard III, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Duke Senior in As You Like It. He was last seen in their production of The Crucible, directed by Gus Kaikkonen. When he's not on stage, Andrew enjoys working as a carpenter, bicycling, and watching movies.
Brett Garrett (Ensemble) is very excited to make his debut with Houston Shakespeare Festival with this wonderful cast. Brett will be finishing up his BFA at Oklahoma City University this coming year, where he has been seen in such shows as Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, Pillowman as Katurian, and Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Collins. He has also been a part of Two Noble Kinsmen as Palamon with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.
Dain Geist (Osric/Deputy) Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Mr. Geist served as a member of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theater, performing in As You Like it, Richard III, Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet. He then attended Adelphi University, appearing as Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and John in Oleanna. Having earned his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, Mr. Geist is honored to be working with HSF for a second season.
Amelia Hammond (Ophelia/Luciana) hails from Washington, DC, and was last seen at HSF as Bianca in both The Taming of the Shrew and Othello. Regional credits include: The Tempest (Miranda) with Tennessee Shakespeare Company; As You Like It (Celia) with Virginia Shakespeare Festival; Pericles (Marina) and The Servant of Two Masters (Clarice) with Georgia Shakespeare. Amelia is proud to have received her MFA from the University of Houston PATP, BA from Coastal Carolina University, and trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.
Joshua Kyle Hoppe (Ensemble/Dromio of Galveston) is a senior BFA actor at the University of Houston. In 2008 he received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from WCJC. This is his second year as an actor with the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Performance credits at the University of Houston include: Cripple Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Sim Gammon in Wild Oats, Mr. Morse in The Hot L Baltimore, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Scriviner in Richard III. Additional performance credits include: Peter Evans in Bug, Linus in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Serge in Art, Santiago in Anna in the Tropics, Tom in Fat Pig, Alex in 100, and Billy in Edward Albee's The Goat. Joshua is a founding member of the Vagabond Theatre Project where he acts, produces, and directs theatre.
Carolyn Johnson* (Gertrude's Lady/Luce) was most recently seen in My Wonderful Day at Mainstreet Theater where she has also appeared in This and Driftwood, among others. She's worked at numerous other Houston area theatres, including Stages Repertory Theatre (A Picasso, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, etc.), Theatre Under The Stars (Little Shop of Horrors), Theatre LaB (Johnny Guitar, etc.), Bayou City Concert Musicals (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, etc.) and Unity Theatre (Souvenir, etc.). The Houston Chronicle named Carolyn the "Ultimate Funny Girl" of Houston in 2006 and, in 2008, their readers voted her the "Ultimate Stage Actress" of Houston. Carolyn received her BFA in acting from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and performed extensively in Chicago. She also directs, coaches acting and accents for actors and works with AccentHelp.com.
David Matranga* (Rosencrantz/Antipholus of Houston) is delighted to be making his HSF debut after last being seen by Houston audiences as Dr. Givings in the regional premiere of Sarah Ruhl's In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Prior to that he appeared as Felix Artifex in Stages Repertory Theatre's production of Mistakes Were Made. Other recent productions include: Uncle Vanya (Astrov), A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre), Yankee Tavern, Auntie Mame, Complete History of America Abridged, Man From Nebraska (Harry Brown), Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy Jr./Jerry), and Lobster Alice (John Finch) NY Theater: The Armageddon Dance Party (NYC Fringe), Ophelia: Opera In Blue (Hamlet). Regional theatre: He originated the roles of Patrick in 110 Flights and General Longstreet in General Desdemona at the 1st Annual Proctors New Play Festival. Other regional theatre credits include: Pride and Prejudice (Dallas Theater Center), The King Stag (Yale Rep), A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Film and TV: Patriot Act, The Rejects, Law & Order, All My Children, As The World Tums. David has also voiced over 15 Anime characters including Appleseed Ex Machina, Halo legends and Sony's soon-to-be released animated film, Starship Troopers: Invasion. Training: Yale School of Drama
Mark Metcalf* (Claudius/Egeon) This is Mr. Metcalf's first appearance at HSF. In forty years as a professional actor he has appeared in plays throughout the country including New York in Streamers and The Tempest at Lincoln Center. He also appeared in Hamlet in Central Park with Sam Waterston. He was in the American premier of Tooth of Crime, by Sam Shepherd at the McCarter Theatre and a celebrated production of Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. He is probably best known as Douglas C. Neidermeyer in the film Animal House with John Belushi, and the Maestro in several episodes of Seinfeld. Younger audiences will know him as The Master from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. This is his forth production of Hamlet and first of Comedy of Errors.
Cindy Pickett* (Gertrude/Emilia) is currently co-starring in Lifetime's The Client List, opposite Cybill Shepherd, but is probably best known as Ferris Bueller's mother in John Hughes' cult classic, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Ms. Pickett starred in the critically acclaimed series Call to Glory with Craig T. Nelson and Elizabeth Shue, and played the sexy Dr. Carol Novino in the award winning series St. Elsewhere. Other roles include the mother in Son-In-Law as well as starring in the controversial mini-series, Amerika with Kris Kristopherson and Christine Lahti, the SciFi movie Deep Star Six and Stephen King's Sleepwalkers. She also played the wrenching role of a mother whose son is abducted in the mini-series I Know My First Name is Stephen. She has just completed an independent film Mother Country and is the voice of Snowball in a Nicktoons short animated film for TV. She has guest starred on such series as Cold Case, NYPD Blue, Burn Notice, Medium, Without a Trace, and many others. As the daughter of the beloved Acting Professor Cecil Pickett, Cindy grew up in the theatre and took to the stage for the first time at 6 years old. While at the University of Houston she starred in Cabaret with Randy Quaid. Cindy makes her long awaited return to the HSF stage after having starred as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream in the inaugural year of the Houston Shakespeare Festival in 1975.
David Rainey* (Ghost/Player King/Gravedigger) is Artistic Director of The Landing Theatre Company and graduate of The Juilliard School. An Alley Theatre Resident Company member for 12 years, he was recently seen in What We're Up Against, Amadeus, Eurydice, Mauritius and Othello. He has performed for Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, National Actors Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, NYSF, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ford's Theatre, Asolo Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Festival LA, Crossroads Theatre Company, Stark Naked Theatre Company, HGO, among others. He has numerous film/television credits including Cosby, and Law & Order. He has also been an adjunct professor of theatre at UHD since 2005.
Benjamin Reed(Hamlet/Towney) is very happy to make his HSF debut after finishing his MFA at the University of Houston (www.uhshowcase.com). In Houston, Mr. Reed has had the pleasure of playing Cassius in Julius Caesar, Valentine in Arcadia, and Rivers in Richard III. Other credits include, Nashville Shakespeare Festival: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Adam in Complete Works, Richmond in Richard III, and Guildenstern in Hamlet. Actor's Bridge Ensemble: Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. Film: Christopher Cain's Pure Country 2: The Gift. Benjamin is also a featured actor with online comedy sensation Julian Smith (www.juliansmith.tv). He will next appear as Roat in Wait Until Dark at Wayside Theatre outside of DC (www.benjaminreed.net).
Jessica Riley (Ensemble) is thrilled for the opportunity to be joining the Houston Shakespeare Festival for the first time. Jessica is a junior at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance where she most recently appeared as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream. At UH she has also appeared as Catherine in Boston Marriage and in Zombie Prom where she served as Dance Captain. Professional credits include The Imaginary Invalid at The City Theatre Company, Closer with Vagabond Theatre Project, and Our Town with Generations: A Theatre Company.
Annie Rubino (Guildenstern/Adriana) is a New York based actress and a graduate of the PATP at the University of Houston headed by Jack Young. Credits include Adriana, The Comedy of Errors, Virginia Shakespeare Festival; Adriana, The Comedy of Errors, Theater at Monmouth. Notice a trend? Annie's favorite roles also include Lena Szczpanowska with TAM, and Masha in The Seagull with Theatrelab NYC. Also in NYC, Annie worked with Anne Bogart's SITI Company and Red Bull Classical Theatre. She will play many lords and one evil Cardinal in Adirondack Shakespeare Company's Henry VI and Richard III this fall. Annie spent a season at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and is thrilled to work with Steve Pickering once again, as well as Paul and the many friends and familiar faces in this cast and crew. www.annierubino.com.
Jarred Tettey (Marcellus/Sheriff) is excited to be returning to Houston Shakespeare Festival for the second time, having performed in the 2010 HSF production of Much Ado About Nothing as Conrade. Last summer, Jarred appeared as Oliver in As You Like It and Burgundy in King Lear with Prague Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Tettey is a BFA Acting alum of Texas State University in San Marcos, and in Austin was Ferdinand in The Tempest with The Baron's Men, and Joseph Asagai in the City Theatre's A Raisin in the Sun. In Houston, Jarred played Bob Fate and The Doctor with The Back Porch Players in Woody Allen's God & Death. This fall, Jarred will be working with Houston Grand Opera in The Italian Girl in Algiers. Oyiwala don.
Steven W. Wallace (Artistic Director) is the Director of the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston and the Producing Artistic Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival. He is an active producer, director and designer including theatre and dance productions in Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Sacramento, Tallahassee and Santa Fe. His work includes the world premiere of the musical The Great Unknown, written by Bill Hauptman (Big River) and Jim Wann (Pump Boys and Dinette) and co-produced with Dodger-Endemol and Max Weitzenhoffer and the premiere of the musical Jack, starring John Cullum, a co-production with Max Weitzenhoffer Productions. His career as a designer includes designs for Andre De Shields, Heather Tom, Maureen Stapleton, Kim Stanley, Hal Kanter, Tony Church, Preston Jones, Jane Alexander, Ed Sherin, Robert Walden, Phyllis Frelich, and his friend and frequent collaborator Tony Award winning playwright Mark Medoff. At UH he directed Katrina – The Bridge; and Buy One Get Five Free. He has been known to moonlight as a lighting designer for local productions including Travesty Dance Group (now Karen Stokes Dance), as well as several high school productions.
He is President-Elect of the Uh Faculty Senate and serves on the Executive Committee of the Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory Board, The Alley Theatre Advisory Board, and is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXXVIII.
Steve Pickering (Director, Hamlet) is an award-winning actor, director, designer and playwright who has lived and worked in Chicago for over two decades. He is a Creative Partner with the Goodman Theatre, Project Manager for Shanghai Low Theatricals, an Ensemble Member of Pine Box Theater Company, the former Artistic Director of the Next Theatre Company (1993-98) and former Artistic Associate with the Organic Theater Company (1991-93). As an actor - due directly to his appearance in over 35 productions at Goodman Theatre since 1987 - he has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, in London's West End, at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater in Central Park and with many of the country's major regional theaters.
Paul Steger (Director, Comedy of Errors) is Executive Director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre and Director of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. He is a fight director, director, and actor with credits in film, television, on Broadway and in numerous regional theatres. Steger has directed more than 50 productions for educational and professional theatres. Collaborations with video and performance artists have played such venues as Franklin Furnace (NYC), Randolph Street Gallery, Club Lower Links, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The Contemporary Museum of Art (Glasgow), and the Ljubljana Festival (Slovenia). He has worked extensively the Society of American Fight Directors, British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat and Fight Directors Canada. He is a proud member of the National Theatre Conference, AEA and SAG.
Domonique Champion (Assistant Director, Hamlet) is a junior pursuing a Theatre B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance. Taking a serious interest in directing for the stage, he's excited for the opportunity HSF has given him to expand his artistic horizons. He was previously Assistant to the Director of David Rainey's production of Smudge for The Landing Theatre Company. Previous acting credits include Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Decius in Julius Caesar, Shad Rogaine in the world premiere of Now This, and Leroy Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Champion is also an active member of the UH Student Government Association as Deputy Chief of Staff, Vice President of the Mr. UH Board, and a student of The Honors College.
Shunte Lofton (Assistant Director, Comedy of Errors) This is Shunte's first season with HSF and she is currently a student at the UH School of Theatre & Dance.
Michelle Lopez-Rios (Vocal Coach) returns to HSF after coaching Othello and The Taming of the Shrew last season. Coaching credits include Uprooted Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Jersey Productions, Unity Theatre, Bad Soviet Habits, Stages Repertory Theatre, Mildred's Umbrella, Unhinged Productions, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, University of Houston, and Rice University. A graduate of the University of Houston MFA program, she works around the country as an actress, director, and voice coach. She has led theatre workshops for Milwaukee Rep, United Community Center, The Healing Center, Texas A&M University, Houston Community College, TETA, and Texas Thespians. Michelle is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at UW – Milwaukee, a featured coach on accenthelp.com and a founding member of the Royal Mexican Players.
Tim Sailer (Assistant Vocal Coach) is a second-year MFA candidate in the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. There, he has played roles in Julius Caesar, The Hot L Baltimore, and The Cripple of Inishmaan. Earlier this summer, he worked at the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival in Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew) and Richard III (Hastings). He spent three seasons at the Commonweal Theatre Company, appearing in An Enemy of the People, The Rainmaker, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Death and the Plowman, and John Gabriel Borkman. Tim has also performed at Park Square Theatre (The Odyssey) and Theatre L'Homme Dieu (Hay Fever). He holds a BA in Theatre and English from Concordia University, St. Paul.
Dr. Rob Shimko (Dramaturg) is Associate Professor of Theatre History and Dramaturgy at the University of Houston where he heads the M.A. program in theatre studies as well as the B.F.A. degree track in playwriting/dramaturgy. He won the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. In addition to his position as Senior Dramaturg for HSF, Dr. Shimko's professional dramaturgy credits include productions at the Alley Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Harlem Stage, Stages Repertory Theatre, and the Catastrophic Theatre. Dr. Shimko's scholarly writing has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies; he is co-editor of the book Public Theatres and Theatre Publics and is the book review editor for the journal Theatre History Studies. In 2008, he received the Robert A. Schanke Theatre History Research Award.
Melissa Flower (Associate Dramaturg) has recently returned from the SITI Company's Summer Workshop. This spring she was the Assistant Director for The Vibrator Play at Stages Repertory Theatre and for Hot L Baltimore at the University of Houston. Melissa is currently a board member of Wordsmyth Theatre. During her time as a Dramaturgy Fellow at the Alley Theatre, she was the assistant dramaturg for Monster at the Door by Rajiv Joseph. Her other dramaturgical credits include: Allegra, Enchanted April, Eleemosynary, Up, and Binge. Mrs. Flower was also a dramaturg for the Alley's 2011 HYPE program. Her other directing credits include: Vigils, Triumph of Love, and All's Well that Ends Well. Melissa holds a B.F.A from Baylor University and an M.A. from the University of Houston in Theatre Scholarship.
Leah Short (Associate Dramaturg) graduated with a Masters in Theatre from University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Sociology from University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. While in Houston, Leah has served as dramaturg on the University of Houston's productions of Our Lady of 121st Street and Wild Oats and as assistant dramaturg on Richard III, along with producing dramaturgical research for the Alley Theatre and Catastrophic Theatre. She will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Theatre with LSU in the fall.
Clint Allen (Lighting and Projection Designer) Most recently Clint designed scenery for University of Houston's The Cripple of Inishmaan. Recent projects include, lighting design for multiple Galas across the country, the U of H production of Hot L Baltimore, and Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, The Beaux Stratagem, and Ernest In Love for the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Regional theatre lighting credits include the world premiere of A Weekend with Picasso, A Behanding in Spokane, The Exonerated, Culture Clash in America, and the remount of A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas at the Alley Theatre. Appomattox, One Destiny, A Christmas Carol, Ford's Theatre Grand Re-opening at the Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. Projection design for Now This, a world premiere at the University of Houston, Among the Thugs with Horsehead Theatre, Almost Maine and Reckless with Brave Dog Players, Hollywood to Broadway in Shanghai China, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock and Roll, and Underneath the Lintel at the Alley Theatre, the world premiere of The Gold, the world premiere of The Heavens are Hung in Black at the Ford's Theatre. Clint is a member of USA829, and recently received his MFA in Theatre Design at the University of Houston. Prior To Houston, Clint was on tour with Cirque du Soleil's Alegria
Clair Hummel (Costume Designer) is a recent graduate of the University of Houston's MFA Costume Design program. Design credits at UH include Buy One, Get Five Free, Macbeth, Hedda Gabler The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Richard III, Thread and Ole Skool Goldfish. Clair also freelance designs around Houston with companies including Classical Theatre Company (Candida), Mildred's Umbrella (Under The Big Dark Sky), Incarnate Word Academy (Our Town, Steel Magnolias), Musiqa, Vault Houston and Rice University (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). Clair comes to Houston from Indiana, where she has designed for Crossroads Repertory Theatre, her previous design credits there include, You're A Good, Charlie Brown, The Underpants, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Last Five Years, Sunshine Boys, Pixies, Kings, and Magical Things, Frankenstein, Godspell, Arabian Nights, Bad Dates, Crimes of the Heart.
Jonathan Middents (Sound Designer) Jonathan Middents has been the Production Manager and a designer at the School of Theatre & Dance since 1983. He has worked on over 330 productions at a variety of theatres; recent design work includes the lighting for the HSF 2011 productions of Othello and Taming of the Shrew, sound for the University of Houston's Hot L Baltimore, The Crucible, and The Cripple of Inishmann, scenery and lighting for Equus and lighting for The Rivals at UH-Downtown, sets for Unity Theatre's Steel Magnolias and The Miracle Worker, sets for UCC-Stafford's The 39 Steps, and lighting for Christmas Revels. A Rice graduate, Jon received his MFA from Florida State and has served previously as Designer/Technical Director at University of Texas, UH-Clear Lake, and Indiana State.
Mark Krouskop (Scenic Designer) a native Houstonian, is thrilled to be designing again for the Houston Shakespeare Festival. After working in many different positions for the festival, this is 7th season to be associated with it. Recently, he graduated from the MFA design program in theater at the University of Houston in May. He has worked with various theater groups around town including Mildred's Umbrella, and Talento Bilingüe de Houston.
Rachel R. Bush* (Production Stage Manager) is an Assistant Professor of Stage Management at the University of Houston School of Theater & Dance. This summer, she made her debut as Production Stage Manager of Houston Shakespeare Festival. New York credits include: Broadway: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Off Broadway: Mint Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The York Theatre, and Signature Theatre. Regional Theatre highlights include: Pioneer Theater Company, Philadelphia Theater Company, Syracuse Stage, Children's Theater of Minneapolis, Pirate Playhouse, Santa Fe Stages, Garson Theatre, Opera Theater of Lucca, and The Peterborough Players. World Premiere credits include: The Ladies Man - Charles Morey, Adrift in Macao - Christopher Durang & Peter Melnick, According to Goldman - Bruce Graham, Prymate - Mark Medoff A Picasso - Jeffrey Hatcher, Killers and Other Family - Lucy Thurber, Mme. Bonards Bath - Israel Horovitz, and Passions of Mabel Dodge Luhan - Leslie Harrell Dillen.
Rebecca R. D. Hamlin* (Stage Manager) This is Becky's second season with the Houston Shakespeare Festival. She has assistant stage-managed numerous productions at the Alley Theatre. Among her favorites are Amadeus, August: Osage County, The 39 Steps, Red, The Seafarer and Noises Off. She also served as a stage manager for A Behanding in Spokane at the Alley Theatre. Becky is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Tegan Dunnican (Production Assistant) is a third year BFA stage manager at the University of Houston. Tegan previously served as Stage Manager for A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lover and Sunday on the Rock and Assistant Stage Manager for Richard III. Recently, she was a guest Stage Manager at The Kinkaid School and The Tribble School. Previous productions: Urinetown: The Musical (2012), High School Musical (2012), Footloose (2012), and The Mikado (2011).
Danielle Kimball (Production Assistant) is so excited to be with the Houston Shakespeare Festival this season. She has recently worked with The Repertory of St. Louis, The Old Globe, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Although she grew up in Katy, Texas, Danielle is currently perusing her BFA in Stage Management at Webster Conservatory of Fine Arts, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Katie Creeggan (Stage Management Apprentice) is thrilled to be making her professional debut with the Houston Shakespeare Festival. She is a second year BFA Stage Management major at the University of Houston. Recent performance credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (ASM) at the University of Houston and Closer (SM) with the Vagabond Theatre Project.
* A Proud member of the Actor's Equity Association
DESIGN / PRODUCTION TEAM
Artistic Director – Steven W. Wallace
Assistant Director, Hamlet – Domonique Champion
Assistant Director, Comedy of Errors – Shunte Lofton
Associate Dramaturg – Leah Short
Associate Dramaturg – Melissa Flower
Fight Director, Hamlet – Paul Steger
Production Assistant – Tegan Dunnican
Production Assistant – Danielle Kimball
Production Apprentice – Katie Creeggan
Technical Director – Mark Willoughby
Assistant Technical Director – Mo Guiberteau
Carpenter – Denton Davies
Shop Manager / Lead Draper – Margaret M. Crowley
Junior Draper – John Santillan
Crafts Supervisor – Nara Lesser
Wigs & Hair Supervisor – Angela DeJano
First Hands – Amy Brock, Allison Duke
Shop Assistant – Adam Alonso
Design Assistant – Morgan Miles, Lauren Ramsey
Stitchers – Erin Brady, Valerie Riojas, James McDaniel
Costume Interns – Thomas Sumrall, Miranda Jennings, Megan Rutherford
Wardrobe – Jessica Ontiveros, Thomas Sumrall, Morgan Miles, Lauren Ramsey
Master Electrician / Light Board Operator – Tyler First
Sound Board Operator – Jesse Gustin
Follow Spots – Edgar Guajardo, Mac Mitchell
Load-in / Stage Crew – Denton Davies, Sam Scully, Amanda Adwers, Jpnathan Forsch, Caitlin Caselli, Rachel Dooley
ADDITIONAL SCHOOL OF THEATRE & DANCE STAFF
Marketing & Communications Manager – Michelle Robinson
Box Office Manager – Joyce A. Murray
Office Coordinator – Mechelle Turner