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.
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.