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Ben Chase (Proteus) is a spring graduate of the MFA Acting Program at Brown University/ Trinity Rep. Regional: A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life (Trinity Repertory Company), Shakespeare on Love (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Timeshare (Playwrights Rep), Marathon (Stoneham Theater), Mister Roberts (New Rep. Theater), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare on the Sound. Film/TV: “Larazus Rising”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Iris”, and “The Replacement Child.” MFA: Brown/Trinity.
Nicholas Urda (Valentine ) is thrilled to be working with this cast and crew. Credits include: The Off-BWay premiere of The Preacher and The Shrink , Counselor James in Billy Witch (APAC), Wheeler in Costa Rehab (MTWorks), 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, Loves Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre Co, DC), Loves Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Co). Film Credits Include: “White Irish Drinkers” and “Audition” directed by Matt Herron and many other shorts and commercials. He would like to thank God and his wife, Alana, for all her love and support.
Medina Senghore (Julia ) appeared last year as Celia in Shakespeare on the Sound’s production of As You Like It. She is also very proud of her work as a Teaching Artist in Shakespeare on the Sound’s anti-bullying program Speaking Daggers. Other theater credits include Sovereign (Gideon Productions), The Chalkboard Trilogy (People’s Theatre Project) and All the Best Ingredients (UP Theater Company). Film: The Three Way (Best Supporting Actress, Reel Independent Film Extravaganza), “Somewhere in the Middle” (Dir., Lanre Olabisi). Medina is currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at Juilliard and will begin her second year there this fall.
Katie Wieland (Sylvia ) is delighted to be back with Shakespeare on the Sound this year having thoroughly enjoyed her experience in last summer's As You Like It. Other credits include Allentown Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and All's Well That Ends Well with the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park. Katie is a founding member of the Exit, Pursued by a Bear theatre collective and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Nicholas Stannard (Duke Of Milan ) Ten years with ShakespeareNYC: King John in King John, Prince in Romeo & Juliet, Don Pedro in Much Ado (OOBR Award), Broadway: Jonathan Harker in Dracula with Raul Julia, Off Broadway: Beyond Therapy with Sigourney Weaver, Eugene O’Neill in O’Neill (Blue Heron Theatre), Tesman in Hedda Gabler (Century Theatre), Regional: Nine years with Flat Rock Playhouse (State Theater of NC), Strack in Amadeus (Northern Stage, ME), Higgins in Pygmalion (Centenary Stage, NJ), Charles in Blithe Spirit (Centenary Stage), Gonzolo in The Tempest (Mill Mountain, VA), Television: “Boardwalk Empire”, Film: Dr. Emmanuel in “The Flying Scissors”.
Matthew Dalton Lynch (Speed) is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio Acting Conservatory. Recent credits include Ferdinand and Stefano in The Tempest, Charles the Wrestler and Silvius in As You Like It, and the Sheriff in Robin Hood in repertory with New Hampshire for Theatre Under The Stars, Lou in After The Fall by Arthur Miller with Variations Theatre Group and LeBeau and Silvius in As You Like It with Shakespeare On The Sound. He has also toured with Shakespeare On The Sound’s educational theater productions of Let’s Play Shakespeare and Speaking Daggers.
Tom Pecinka (Launce) returns to Shakespeare on the Sound after playing Jacques in last summer's production of As You Like It. Tom also recently had the honor of performing the role of The Soldier in The Soldiers Tale at Carnegie Hall alongside Tony award winner Michael Cerveris. His New York/Regional credits include The Germ Project (New Georges); The Cat and the Canary (Berkshire Theatre Festival) Losing Tom Pecinka (HERE Arts); Exquisite Corpse (Clubbed Thumb); There Will Be Snacks (Incubator Arts Project); Dar and Matey’s Christmas SpectaculARGH! (Vampire Cowboys); Richard 3 (New York International Fringe Festival); The Martian Chronicles (Fordham Alumni Company). Upcoming: Design for Living (Berkshire Theatre Festival) Tom is currently a student at Yale School of Drama and a graduate of Fordham University.
Scott Watson (Thurio) is pleased as punch to be spending his first summer with Shakespeare on the Sound, his ‘ol pal Billy Shakes and the great folks of Rowayton. Recent Stage: Much Ado About Nothing and Othello (dir: Michele Vazquez / Christopher V. Edwards) with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Henry V (dir: Stephen Burdman) with New York Classical Theatre. Recent TV: REDRUM, MY DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM. Recent Film: WHEN THE MOON WAS TWICE AS BIG (starring Mary Jo Cartlett.) BA from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Infinite love and thanks to Sandrine. www.scottymwatson.com @scottymwatson
Iris Mcquillan-Grace (Lucetta) is an actor and teaching artist. She holds a degree in Theater from Emerson College and an MFA from The New School for Drama. She has worked with Long Wharf, NYTW, Naked Angels, EST/Youngblood,HERE arts center, and continues to volunteer teach for CO/LAB - a group dedicated to drama outreach for developmentally disabled individuals. She can be seen later this summer in Clown Bar ( Pipeline/the Box) and as Bawd in Elm Shakespeare's production of Pericles. www.irismcg.com
Patrick Mcandrew (Sir Eglamoure) is very excited to be part of this production and would like to thank Claire and everyone at Shakespeare on the Sound for this opportunity. Some previous credits include King Lear at Theatre for a New Audience, Bachelorette at Studio Theatre DC, Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Theatre DC and Measure for Measure and Henry IV, Part I at the Folger Theatre.
Albert Baker (Antonio/Host) is pleased to be making his debut with Shakespeare on the Sound. He spent the last 10 years as artistic director for a magnet school in Houston Texas. Upon retiring, he returned to New York, where he has directed Macbeth and Line at 13th Street Theatre, and Antigone for Love Creek Productions. Other directing credits include Godspell, Chicago, The Crucible, and Noises Off. Acting credits include Lion in Winter (Henry), The Elephant Man (Treevis), You Can’t Take It With You (Father), Design for Living (Earnest). He thanks his family for allowing him to escape Houston and return to the Big Apple.
Cameron Addicott (Panthino/First Outlaw) Hailing from Australia, Shakespeare on the Sound marks Cameron’s debut performance in America. He has previous Shakespear-ience, as Friar Laurence in an LGBTQ adaptation of Romeo & Juliet for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Other credits include Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music. He is beyond excited to be part of such an amazing company and would like to thank SOS for this incredible opportunity. He dedicates this performance to his wonderful husband Logan.
Noah Berman (Bandit 3) is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied theatre and Italian. In 2013 he was named 1st alternate at the Kennedy Center for the Arts American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan competition, Region 1. New York credits include: Serious Money, Monster (PTP/NYC), A User’s Guide to Hell, LoveSick (Project Y), The Runaway Clone (Ruckus Rockwell), and Harriman-Baines (Theatre for a New City). Favorite Middlebury credits include The Castle, US Drag, Major Barbara, and Marisol among others. He would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.
Julia Lennon (Ursula) is thrilled to be joining Shakespeare on the Sound as both a MainStage and preshow apprentice. Julia just completed her first year at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the Stella Adler Studio for Acting. She most recently worked with Off Beat Players in their 2013 production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Rosemary. Julia looks forward to a fantastic run with this extremely talented cast!
Josh Mallin (Outlaw 2/Servant) Joshua is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, Vermont. He is originally from the Philadelphia area and is currently living in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. He has found a love for all things Shakespeare after surviving four years of playing college football. Thank you Shakespeare on the Sound for this wonderful opportunity and Mom & Dad for everything else!
Oliver (Crab) was discovered by trainer and guardian Bill Berloni in May 2007 at Paws To Love Adoption Group of New Jersey when he was a puppy. Following in a long line of “Sandys,” Oliver made is theatrical debut in Annie at La Petit Theatre in New Orleans, LA in May of 2008. In the Fall of 2008, Oliver hit the road as the Sandy understudy in the National Tour of Annie. Since then he has taken over the role of “Sandy” and is playing it all over the country. Last year, he played Crab in The Two Gentlemen Of Verona for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.
Claire Shannon Kelly (Director) is delighted to direct again for Shakespeare on the Sound. Claire directed last summer’s critically acclaimed production of As You Like It. She has worked at Shakespeare on the Sound for the past four years as the Director of Youth Programs. Claire 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." She has also 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. Claire served as Director of Drama at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire. Claire has holds a Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Educational Theater.
Lucy Van Atta (Assistant Director And Apprentice Company Coordinator) graduated from Middlebury College in May 2012 with a BA in Theater/English (Joint Major). She transferred to Middlebury from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Lucy has worked professionally as both an actress and director, performing Off-Broadway in Serious Money (PTP/NYC), Spatter Pattern (PTP/NYC), and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (59E59). Last summer, she served as the Assistant Director for Shakespeare on the Sound's As You Like It before joining the company's year-round staff as a Teaching Artist and Assistant to the Producer. This August, she will attend Brown University/Trinity Rep for an MFA in Acting.
Brian Prather (Set Designer) is a New York City based scenic designer. Recent Off-Broadway designs include the new Patrick Barlow adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Becoming Dr. Ruth, The Memory Show, The Preacher and the Shrink, Freud’s Last Session, Nymph Errant, Iron Curtain, WTC View, The Burnt Part Boys, and Fugitive Songs. Internationally: Chung-mu Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea. Regionally credits include: The Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage Co., Virginia Rep., The Broad Stage, The Mercury Theatre (winning the Jeff Award for Best Set Design-Midsize), Delaware Theatre Co., The Hangar Theatre, TheaterWorks Hartford, Florida Studio Theatre, The Tennessee Theatre, and many others. Brian has an MFA in Theatrical Design from Brandeis University and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Visit his portfolio at: www.BrianPrather.com
Grier Coleman (Costume Design) is pleased to be making her Shakespeare on the Sound debut. She is a third year MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where she designed Peter Pan and Bird Fire Fly. Previous credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Enchanted, The Girl from Maxim's, Ionescopade, Under Milkwood (The Juilliard School); Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Woyzeck, Sonia Flew, Alice: The Looking Glass Girl, and Triangle, an original piece based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (NYU); Have I None, We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun, and All Of What You Love None Of What You Hate (Yale Cabaret). She has worked as a crafts artisan for The Public Theater, Ringling Bros. Circus, Hair (Broadway, London, and US Tours), Disney on Ice, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and as a stylist for “Live! With Regis and Kelly”. This fall she will design costumes for Arcadia at Yale Repertory Theater. Grier holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina. www.griercoleman.com
Brian Feinstein (Original Song) is an award-winning composer in New York City. He would like to thank Claire Kelley and Steven Yuhasz for another wonderful collaboration with Shakespeare On The Sound. Very special thanks to orchestrator Aaron Latina for his musical contributions and friendship. Please visit me at www.BrianFeinsteinMusic.com for more melodies and musicals!
Herrick Goldman (Lighting Design) designs lighting for theater, dance, and other live events. His work has been seen in New York, Shanghai, Manila, Frankfurt, Australia, Brazil, London, Peru, and Canada. Off-Broadway: Myths & Hymns, Falling for Eve, Rooms, Godspell, Latin Heat, Flamingo Court, All is Love, Fearless, and Streakin'. Other NYC productions include Crash Test Dummies, Serenade, Last Starfighter, and Antigravity. Favorite designs: Chorus Line (tour), Batboy (Yale), Side Show (Cape Rep), and Rooms (Geva) Broadway benefits: Best Little Whorehouse and The Who’s Tommy 15th anniversary. Both at Broadway’s August Wilson’s Theater. Recently: Avenue Q @ Geva, Candela, Peru. Herrick has been honored with the 1st Redden award for excellence in theatrical design, and Nominated for a 2009 Hewes award, He is a recipient of Live Design’s Excellence award for Theatrical Lighting. HGLD is the design team of record for Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and Times Sq. Herrick’s Corporate designs have been seen all over the world for clients that include Rolex and Emirates Air in venues such as Lincoln Center, Minute Maid Ballpark, and Cowboy Stadium. Herrick is thrilled to be back in the park. A member of USA/IATSE 829, Herrick's work may be seen at www.HGLightingDesign.com
Shannon Slaton (Sound Design) has designed many national tours including: Shrek, Elf, Memphis, Hairspray, The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, Noise/Funk, The Full Monty, Contact, A Chorus Line, Tap Dogs, Aeros, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Wedding Singer. He also has mixed many shows on Broadway mixing including: Man of La Mancha, Bombay Dreams, A Christmas Carol, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, Fela!, Anything Goes, Annie, and Legally Blonde. Off Broadway he assisted on Hurly Burly and on Broadway he assisted on Steel Magnolias and was the Associate on Barefoot in the Park. He was also the Production Sound on Wicked. Regional designs include shows at George Street Playhouse, Casa Manana, and NCT. He was the Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the US National tour of Phantom. He is currently mixing Cabaret and recently designed a permanent sound system for Studio 54 Theater.
Dianna Schoenborn (Voice Coach) is a New York City based actor, singer, director and voice/dialect coach. Some of her clients have included: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Zoey Kazan, and Jonathan Marc Sherman in Jonathan’s new play Clive, which was directed by Ethan Hawke and produced by The New Group Theatre, Sam Rockwell in the Broadway premiere of A Behanding in Spokane, and “Sex and the City” star, Kim Cattrall while she performed the title role in Antony and Cleopatra directed by Janet Suzman at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool, England. She’s coached professional productions On and Off Broadway through the Schoenfeld Theatre, The Beckett Theatre, Luna Stage (in NJ) and Shakespeare On The Sound (in CT). She’s taught Master classes through the The Actor’s Studio, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Actor’s Workshop, Circle in the Square Drama School, The Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and The Hagen Institute—HB Studio. She has also taught in the M.F.A Program at The Boston Conservatory, the B.F.A program at Montclair State University, and in the new B.A. Film/Commercial/TV/Voice Over program at PACE University. In the summer, she teaches a month long Linklater into Shakespeare workshop for Eastern Washington University, and has been a respondent and selector for the Semifinals for the Kennedy Center/ACTF in Region I. She is also member of Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Dianna is certified in Louis Colaianni Speechwork/Phonetic Pillows, and is a Designated Linklater Teacher.
Amanda Michaels (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever with Harry Connick Jr. ; 24 Hour Play Series at the American Airlines Theater; A Bronx Tale on Broadway; Off-Broadway: The Happiest Song Plays Last at 2econd Stage; How I Learned What I Learned and My Children! My Africa! at Signature Theatre; Dutch Masters with LAByrinth Theatre company at the Cherry Lane; How to be a Good Italian Daughter at the Cherry Lane; Other: August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with WNYC, Theater Mitu; Regional: Two River Theater Co., Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.
Gina Ferraro (Assistant Stage Manager) A Theater Artist that enjoys Stage Managing, Performing and Writing. Gina graduated in 2012 from the University of New Mexico with her BA in Theater. Shortly thereafter she moved to Chicago and spent a year working at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Moving to New York just under a year ago she has had the pleasure of working with the New York Neo-Futurists and helping out with The Public’s Under the Radar Festival. Just recently returned from the Middle East working with Theater Mitu she is excited to be joining Shakespeare on the Sound for this summer’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
22q Entertainment (Casting) Robert Levinstein and Alan Wager produce, manage and cast live events and theatre. For the last two 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
Kim Alexander (Business Manager) holds a degree of Business Administration and Accounting from McDaniel College, professionally specializing in Project Management. She has worked in the banking, retail and accounting fields, in addition to volunteering for multiple organizations around Fairfield County. Kim lives in Rowayton with her husband and two children.
Emily Bryan (Director Of Education) is a Darien native and a former Shakespeare professor. She has taught at Dominican College, West Point, Northwestern and Brown. Prior to writing her dissertation on the lives of boy actors on the Shakespearean stage, Emily worked for the Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival as the assistant to the Executive Producer and as a Casting Assistant. She has also worked as a dramaturg for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and gave preshow lectures for the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. MA, The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-Upon-Avon; PhD, Northwestern.
Steven Yuhasz (Executive Director) 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 this past fall The Preacher and the Shrink with Dee Hoty and Tom Galantich. He has 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. His has appeared on Broadway in Peter Pan with Sandy Duncan, and Zorba with Anthony Quinn.