Claire Shannon Kelly (Artistic Director) Along with being the Artistic Director Shakespeare on the Sound, Claire is a freelance director and teaching artist. Independently of Shakespeare on the Sound she is working on three all new plays: The Family a full length play, Wordsmith a one man show, and Casey at Bat a TYA musical. During her time with Shakespeare on the Sound she directed the 2014 production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which won the BroadwayWorld.com CT award for Best Ensemble Cast in a play. In 2013 she directed the critically acclaimed production of As You Like It. Miss Kelly also co-created and directed Shakespeare on the Sound’s K-5 touring production Let’s Play Shakespeare!, as well as directing their anti-bullying program Speaking Daggers. This past summer Claire devised and directed the children’s version of All’s Well That Ends and directed a new play, The Séance. Regionally, she has worked at the Guthrie Theater, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Ordway Music Theater, and the George Street Playhouse among others. As a Teaching Artist she has taught theater to students from pre-school through high school. Claire served as Director of Drama at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire and holds a Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Educational Theater.
Kim Alexander (Business Manager) holds a degree of Business Administration and Accounting from McDaniel College, professionally specializing in Project Management. She has worked with Shakespeare on the Sound for 3 years, in addition to holding roles in the banking, retail and accounting fields. She has also volunteered for multiple organizations around Fairfield County. Kim lives in Rowayton with her husband and two children.
Robert Levinstein (Producer) this is Robert's fifth season in the park with Shakespeare On The Sound. Previously, as Associate Producer at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, Robert had the opportunity help expand programming and shape relations with the community at that theatre. He is also the Co-Founder/Executive Producer of 22Q Entertainment LLC, a NYC based production company specializing in Site-Specific Theatre as well as corporate events and casting. Most recently Robert and 22Q Entertainment were nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for their work on Tainted Dreams, a new Soap Opera. Under his leadership, 22Q was also lead producer of the critically acclaimed NYC premieres of The Spoon River Project in the historic Green-wood Cemetery and It is Done produced in an actual working bar. An award winning Los Angeles production of It Is Done was also produced by 22Q Entertainment. Currently, Robert is General Manager of the Off-Broadway hits My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral. As a much sought after Production Stage Manager, he's worked on Broadway with Waiting in the Wings (with Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris); Voices in the Dark (with Judith Ivey) and Parade. National Tours include Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Camelot with Michael York. Plus many major regional theatres throughout the country.
Alan Wager (Producer) brings over 30 years working in Theatre and Television to his role as Producer of Shakespeare on the Sound. As a Director, Musical Director and Actor, he has developed a keen sense of being able to see the “big picture” on a project and bring it to fruition. With his vast knowledge of theatre, old and new, he is also a sought after Vocal Coach who has worked with performers such as Patrick Cassidy, Amy Peitz and Veanne Cox. As a director, his artistic flair has enhanced productions of Beauty And The Beast, Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls and a variety of self-penned Musical Theatre revues. As an actor, he’s appeared in leading roles ranging from Broadway, National Tours and regional theatres all over the United States. Alan is also a musical theatre composer. Concept recordings of his shows feature such gifted artists as Brent Barrett, Andrea Burns, Diana Canova, Meg Bussert, Elizabeth Loyacano and Glory Crampton. Working to choose the next interesting, creative and unexpected project for 22Q Entertainment LLC is always at the top of Alan’s to-do list.
22Q Entertainment (Casting) Robert Levinstein and Alan Wager produce, manage and cast live events and theatre. For the last four years, they have been the Casting Director for Shakespeare On the Sound. They’ve also teamed with the Oxygen Television Network, associate producing their Up-Front live events. Sought-after as producers in the “site-specific” world of innovative theatre, their credits include It Is Done set in a bar (a critical success in New York…and award winning in the Los Angeles transfer) along with the New York City premiere of The Spoon River Project, which played under the stars at the historic GreenWood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Off-Broadway, they produced the hilarious one woman show Italian Bred and the critically acclaimed new play The Clearing. They also General Manage both My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral Off-Broadway. 22Q Entertainment is honored to be Emmy nominated as an Associate Producer in 2014 for "Tainted Dreams"…an exciting new Soap Opera. www.22QEnterainment.com
Nicholas Urda (Artistic and Education Associate) In addition to being the Artistic and Education Associate, Nick has been working professionally as an actor on stage and on screen for the past 12 years. Nick’s credits include Federico García Lorca in Olives and Blood (CT Rep), The Off-BWay premiere of The Preacher and The Shrink, Brutus in Julius Caesar (Curious Frog), The Real Thing, The Shrew Tamer (Northern Stage), Private Lives (Two River Theatre), Othello, starring Patrick Page and Avery Brooks, Comedy of Errors, Don Juan, The Persians (Shakespeare Theatre Co, DC), Loves Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Co). He was introduced to Shakespeare on The Sound through the Speaking Daggers program in 2012 and has been working there as an actor and teaching artist ever since. Most recently, he played Valentine in our production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Jack in the reading of The Importance of Being Earnest. As a teaching artist, Nick currently works for SAY, the Stuttering Association for the Young as well as a private acting coach. Nick holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College as well as completing the fellowship with The Shakespeare Theatre, DC.
ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP HISTORY
Steven Yuhasz (Executive Director, 2013 – 2015) Steven produced Streakin’ and Pterodactyl Island Off Broadway and The Visit, The Normal Heart, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for The Actor’s Fund of America on Broadway. He is a Founding Producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival has been the Associate General Manager for Papermill Playhouse, Producing Director for Capital Rep and oversaw the transition of the New Apollo Theatre in NYC to the Academy as the Creative Producer. He has directed Off Broadway Flamingo Court with Anita Gillette and Jamie Farr, and worked at numerous regional theatres around the country including Goodspeed, The Westport Playhouse, Casa Manana, Ogunquit Playhouse, The Dallas Theatre Center and The McCarter Theatre. He has appeared on Broadway in Peter Pan with Sandy Duncan, and Zorba with Anthony Quinn.
Joanna Settle (2009-2012) Joanna Settle, Artistic Director from 2009-2012, directed A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet. Under her leadership, the company received widespread national recognition for artistic excellence. Her collaborations with artists including composers Stew and Heidi Rodewald and designer Andrew Lieberman created Shakespeare on the Sound as a home for adventurous work. She also founded the Apprentice Company in 2009, mentoring 52 developing artists who were apprenticed directly to members of the company and herself through her tenure.
Ezra Barnes (1996-2008) Ezra Barnes, founding Artistic Director 1996-2008 both directed and performed in the company's work over the course of his successful 13 year tenure. Together with members of the community, Ezra created the tradition of Shakespeare on a summer night in Rowayton. Very quickly audiences grew in Pinkney Park to capacity, thrilling families and friends with the stories year after year. Under his leadership, and in collaboration with then managing director Mary Osborne, the company expanded to include performances in Greenwich in 2007.
Mary B. Robinson (Guest Director, All's Well That Ends Well, 2015) Mary B. Robinson has directed ten productions of Shakespeare plays, in regional and university theatres. Her New York directing credits include Women on Fire at the Cherry Lane, with Judith Ivey; String Fever at Ensemble Studio Theatre, with Cynthia Nixon; Three Viewings at Manhattan Theatre Club; Copperhead at the WPA; and Lemon Sky and Moonchildren at Second Stage. Regionally she has worked at Arena Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. She was Associate Artistic Director of Hartford Stage and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Drama Guild. She was nominated for the Drama Desk Award in 1986 for her production of Lemon Sky, and won Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award for Of Mice and Men. She was the first recipient of the Alan Schneider Award for directors in 1987. For many years, she served on the board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She has taught directing at NYU and Brooklyn College, and her book “Directing Plays, Directing People: A Collaborative Art” was recently published by Smith and Kraus.