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Claire Shannon Kelly (Artistic Director) Claire is also the director of the 2017 production of Macbeth. From 2011-2015 Claire worked at Shakespeare on the Sound as Artistic Associate and Director of Education. For Shakespeare on the Sound’s mainstage she has directed Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which won the BroadwayWorld CT award for Best Ensemble Cast in a play, and As You Like It. Educationally, Claire just finished directing a 5 person A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She co-created and directed Shakespeare on the Sound’s K-5 touring production Let’s Play Shakespeare!, directed their anti- bullying program Speaking Daggers, and devised and directed a children’s version of All’s Well That Ends Well. Currently she is in development of two new plays: The Family and Wordsmith. She has worked at the Guthrie Theater, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Ordway Music Theater, and the George Street Playhouse among others. Additionally, Claire is a Teaching Artist and has taught theater to students from pre- school through high school. She will be traveling to Africa in August 2017 where she will teach and direct Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Livingstone, Zambia. Claire has holds a Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Educational Theater.
Chris Larsen (Managing Director) is an entrepreneurial executive who has lived and worked from coast to coast. She has been a highly successful professional fundraiser for the past 25 years serving as the Chief Development Officer of The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, The Palace Theatre/Stamford Center for the Arts, The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, CA. She was trained to be a development officer at Notre Dame University and spearheaded capital campaigns to build two private schools.
Chris began her career as a high school English, Speech and Drama teacher, teaching for six years in private schools, and directing over a dozen plays and musicals. She taught Julius Caesar and directed Godspell, Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can't Take It With You. She founded two community theatres, where she directed productions and had leading roles in Vanities, Chapter Two and The Mouse That Roared. Her favorite Shakespearian play is King Lear. Chris also was an television and radio advertising executive and voiceover talent for numerous commercials, winning several ad federation awards.
Robert Levinstein (Producer) this is Robert's sixth 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.
Autumn Howard (Box Office Manager)
Rosemary Suchoff (Book-Keeper)