A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s deliriously happy comedy of mischief and magic. It will run in rep with The Winter’s Tale, June 7-26, 2016. Trinity Shakespeare Artistic Associate Stephen Brown-Fried returns this summer to helm this joyous play. In past seasons Steve directed our award-winning productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar.
The Winter’s Tale
The Winter’s Tale
The Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s timeless story of reconciliation and forgiveness. It will run in rep with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, June 7-26, 2016. Trinity Shakespeare welcomes back Artistic Associate Trisha Miller as Paulina, the conductor of this Shakespearean symphony of reunions, reflection and reconciliation. Trinity Shakespeare Artistic Director T.J. Walsh directs fresh off last year’s acclaimed production of King Lear.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Peppercorn
The Winter’s Tale: Jailer/Shepherd
Chase Ainsworth will be entering his third year at TCU this fall where he is pursuing his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. He has appeared in their productions of Guys & Dolls (Julian “Big Jule” Bulder), Three Sisters (Kulygin) and Holiday (Henry). While at Shawnee Mission East High School, he appeared in their productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Bye, Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Theseus). Chase plans to continue performing after graduation.
J. Brent Alford
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Peter Quince
The Winter’s Tale: Leontes
Trinity Shakespeare Festival credits include The Winter’s Tale (Leontes), The Tempest (Prospero), The Merchant of Venice (Shylock), and Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch) among others. For the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theatre Center Brent has been seen in The Rocky Horror Show (Narrator), The Tempest (Antonio), Arsenic and Old Lace starring Betty Buckley (Teddy) and A Christmas Carol (Fezziwig) among others. Additional work in the DFW area includes Theatre Three, Water Tower Theatre, Stage West, Shakespeare in the Park (FW), Casa Mañana, and Irving Lyric Stage’s acclaimed productions of Camelot (King Arthur) and My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins). Brent is a former company member of Houston’s Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre and has performed Off-Broadway and at major regional theatres across the country including Theatre Under the Stars, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Barter Theatre of Virginia, and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Brent also serves as Director of Theatre for TCC Northwest’s award-winning theatre program and has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association for thirty-seven years.
The Winter’s Tale: Mamillus
He has been a member of Kids Who Care since age 7, and his KWC credits include productions of Peter Pan (Lost Boy), The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Lucas Herdman), Shrek the Musical (Shoemaker’s Elf) and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Pig Pen). He has also performed in KWC’s original programs, District XI: Believe in Me! and is currently a member of the KWC resident company production of Look Up!. William also appeared in Amphibian Stage Production of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. William attends 5th grade at the Fort Worth Academy of the Fine Arts and is a proud member of the Texas Boys Choir.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Gossamer
The Winter’s Tale: Archidamus/Shepherd
Jovane Caamaño is a third-year student from Abilene, Texas, who is pursuing his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre at TCU. Jovane has appeared in Theatre TCU’s productions of Guys & Dolls (Arvide), Three Sisters (Chebutykin), Spring Awakening (Herr Sonnenstich, Herr Stiefel, Father Kaulbach, Herr Gabor), Stop Kiss (Peter) and Closer Than Ever. He has previously appeared in Cedarville University’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), as well as Cooper High School’s productions of CATS (Munkustrap), Follies (Young Buddy), and Fire in the Hole (Tommy Jackson). Jovane plans to perform and teach theatre after graduation.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Peony
The Winter’s Tale: Nanny/Shepherdess
Madison Calhoun is originally from the Kansas City area, and just graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre from TCU. Regionally, she performed in last year’s Trinity Shakespeare Festival in King Lear (Lady Curan) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Attendant), and has performed for several years at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. While at TCU, some of her favorite roles included Masha in Three Sisters, Mariana in Measure for Measure, and Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls. Madison also works locally as a wig and makeup artist as well as performer.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Snug
The Winter’s Tale: Doctor/Shepherd
Alex Chrestopoulos is pleased to be back with Trinity Shakespeare. He has directed, acted, or sung in San Diego, Las Vegas, Tucson, Ft. Worth, Hilton Head, Savannah, New York, and Washington DC at the Kennedy Center. He has been blessed to have worked with such personalities as Joanna Gleason, Chuck Wagner, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Stephen Spinella. He was nominated for a Bessie Award for his direction of Always, Patsy Cline for St. Michaels Playhouse in Vermont. He is an adjunct faculty member at Tarrant County College Northwest. His acting credits include Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, John Barrymore in I Hate Hamlet, Don Pedro in Much Ado, Ben Stone in Follies, Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate and McDuff in MacBeth. For Trinity Shakespeare he has appeared in Much Ado, Hamlet, and The Tempest.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Bottom
The Winter’s Tale: Old Shepherd
David Coffee is the only actor to have appeared in all 16 productions (playing 20 roles)! In a career that began in 1968, David has experienced all arenas of performance (save the Circus). His work in Musical Theatre has been welcomed by audiences from Portland, Oregon to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (with long-time associations with Casa Mañana, the Granbury Opera House, and the North Shore Music Theatre). Honors include: named Artistic Associate with Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Trinity’s Service Award, multiple DFW Critics’ Forum Awards, Column Awards, Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards, Broadway.com Award, voted Best Actor by the readers of FW Weekly (2010 and 2011), a Tribute Evening given by the North Shore Music Theatre (as well as having their Green Room named in his honor) and the Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. David’s ties to TCU remain strong. He earned his BFA in Theatre in 1979 and his MFA in Acting in 1982. He returned as a Guest Artist in 1992 to play Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof; and appeared as Frosh in the TCU Opera Studio production of Die Fledermaus. David also became a member of the Britain Society at TCU this past year by including the Trinity Shakespeare Festival in his estate plans. David is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild/American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. www.DavidCoffee.org.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Cobweb
The Winter’s Tale: Major
Jeff Colangelo is originally from Orlando, Florida, Jeff has been choreographing in the DFW area for the past six years with theatre companies like Theatre Three, Cara Mia, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Shakespeare, and Second Thought Theatre. Some of his favorite fight choreography credits include Prism, a show that had a Jackson Pollack-styled paint war at the end, and Dolphin Tales, a show where combatants fought alongside dolphins. Jeff Colangelo is also the co-founder of PrismCo, a movement theatre company devoted to telling wordless stories through unique mediums. For more on PrismCo and Jeff Colangelo’s fight work, visit www.prismco.org.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Philostrat
The Winter’s Tale: Time/Butler/Shepherd
Delmar Dolbier last appeared at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival in 2014 as Gonzalo in The Tempest. For several years he has been active with The Stolen Shakespeare Guild of Fort Worth, most recently as Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed. Now in his fifty-sixth year on stage, Mr. Dolbier has impersonated such diverse characters as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Van Helsing in Dracula, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, The Stage Manager in Our Town and The Wizard of Oz. A 1961 graduate of the University of Nevada, retired Civil Servant and Conductor Emeritus of the Fort Worth City Band, Mr. Dolbier has lived with his wife, Sarah, in Fort Worth since 1994.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Hermia
The Winter’s Tale: Perdita
Amber Flores is excited to return to the Trinity stage to assist in telling these beautiful stories! This is her fourth season with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. Her previous trinity credits include: Comedy of Errors (Luciana), The Tempest (nymph), Taming of the Shrew (Katherina’s Lady), Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice (maid), and Merry Wives of Windsor (Anne Page). Amber is a professional actress in the DFW area. Her latest shows include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Nina) at Stage West Theatre, and Lovers and Executioners (Constance) at Circle Theatre. Amber is proud to be a graduate of TCU with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and honored to be represented by the Mary Collins Agency. All of the gratitude to her family, friends, and future Mr. for their constant love and support! 1 John 4: 18-20.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Puck
The Winter’s Tale: Autolycus
Blake Hackler has appeared in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theatres throughout the country as well as in TV and film. In Dallas, Blake has appeared with the Dallas Theatre Center, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Second Thought Theatre, and the Undermain Theatre. Blake has held faculty positions at Yale University, Roosevelt University, AMDA, and is currently on the faculty of SMU and Yale University. He is a member of the esteemed BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Program, and is the recipient of the Harrington Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing as well as a Dramatist Guild Intensive grant. He is a company member of the Undermain Theatre and was named a Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria in 2015. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Oberon
The Winter’s Tale: Polixenes
Richard Haratine has a BFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University and an MFA in Classical Acting from the University of Delaware. Some of his favorite roles have been Jack Worthing in the Importance of Being Earnest and Henry VI in Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy. He has performed and taught with the National Shakespeare Company (NYC), Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons (NYC), The Beckett Theatre (NYC), and off-off Broadway not to mention over a hundred theatres while touring across the country performing Shakespeare. He wants to thank TJ and Stephen for inviting him to be a part of this season! “It’s a privilege to be here! I’d like to dedicate this work, as always, to my patient and kind wife Megan. Thanks for thirteen wonderful years of marriage!”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Luna
The Winter’s Tale: Maid/Shepherdess
Carroll is a junior BFA Acting Major here at TCU. This is her second year with the festival, having been a props intern for the 2015 season. For Theatre TCU, she has appeared in Anton In Show Business as Ralph and Wikéwitch, and Everyman as Friends. She appeared in Dancing at Lughnasa as Chris at Hits Theatre in Houston and in Radium Girls as Grace Fryer at Memorial High School. This year, she will direct Mister Major and the Minor Wife for Theatre TCU. After college, she plans to pursue acting and directing in live theatre.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Violet
The Winter’s Tale: Maid/Shepherdess
Ellie Hertel is excited to be making her Trinity Shakespeare debut! She has most recently been seen as Julie in The New Moon at Lyric Stage and as Shy in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at TCU. Many thanks to our company and production team. TCU BFA MT. So much love.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Theseus
The Winter’s Tale: Antigonus
Chris Hury (Member of Actors Equity) is very pleased to be back with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. He was most recently seen as Thomas in Circle Theater’s production of Venus in Fur. Other local theater credits include the title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac and Macbeth at Shakespeare Dallas, Petruccio in The Taming of the Shrew at Stage West, Alan in God of Carnage at the Dallas Theater Center and Jeff Skilling in Enron at Theater Three. Chris’s television appearances include NBC’s Revolution, the same network’s Chase, Fox’s The Good Guys and the Bio Channel’s Killer Teens. He is a former member of the Circle Repertory Company in New York City and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Dahlia
The Winter’s Tale: Nanny/Shepherdess
Taylor Lewis is a recent TCU graduate with a BFA in Acting. She was most recently seen in TCU’s production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Durla/Angelette). Other favorite roles include A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Helena), The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), and American Idiot (Heather). She would like to thank Stephen and Dr. Walsh for this incredible opportunity.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Peaseblossom
The Winter’s Tale: Dorcas/Lady
Delaney Milbourn recently graduated from TCU with a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. She appeared in Theatre TCU’s productions of Tigers Be Still (Grace), Riders to the Sea (Maurya), Three Sisters (Natasha), Holiday (Linda), No, No Nanette (Pauline) Born on a Sunday (Frida) and Volleygirls (Crash). Locally, she has appeared Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of The Tempest (Iris), The Comedy of Errors (Luce), The Taming of the Shrew (Widow, Sugarsop), Julius Caesar (Ensemble), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Robin) and The Merchant of Venice (Maid).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Helena/Choreographer
The Winter’s Tale: Mopsa/Lady/Choreographer
Kelsey Milbourn is a native of Overland Park, Kansas and a graduate from TCU with a BFA in musical theatre and independent study in Modern Dance. She has been an actress and artistic associate for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival since its beginning in 2009, and teaches dance for Theatre TCU, as well as choreographs for Amphibian Stage Productions’ stilt company. Some of her recent professional work in the area includes Stage West (Stupid F*cking Bird, Bad Jews, The Rivals); Undermain Theatre (Jonah, 10 out of 12); Circle Theatre (Clever Little Lies, FELLOWSHIP!), Amphibian Stage Productions (Crossing The Line, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Time Stands Still), Danspiek NYC (Nudis Animus), Casa Mañana (Cats).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Muskrose
The Winter’s Tale: Maid/Shepherdess
Mackenna Milbourn is an Overland Park, Kansas native and will be starting her junior at TCU this coming fall. She’se been in plays at Whitefield Academy including Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Twelfth Night (Viola), and TCU credits including Anton in Show Business (Kate/Ben), Guys and Dolls (Havana Dancer/Ensemble), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Usherette), and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Linda Lou). She is beyond excited to begin her first year with Trinity and am honored to be involved with such a talented cast. She’d like to thank her wonderful family and friends for their support and love, and the directors and cast for their work and dedication. Isaiah 41:10
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Titania
The Winter’s Tale: Paulina
Trisha Miller (Member of Actors Equity) has been in the following productions for Trinity Shakespeare Festival: Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Rosalind in As You Like It, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Olivia in Twelfth Night. She has worked locally at Stage West, Circle Theatre, Theatre Three, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and regionally for Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland), Las Vegas Shakespeare Co, Jewish Ensemble Theatre (Detroit), among many others. Most recently she was seen in The Taming of the Shrew (AriZoni Best Actress Nominee) and Macbeth at Southwest Shakespeare Company in Arizona. Trisha can be heard in the video game franchises BioShock, Gears of War, Battlefield, and Tales From the Borderlands. Proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA, company member of Little Fish Theatre (Los Angeles), and former company member of Kentucky Repertory Theatre and the Hilberry Repertory Theatre (Detroit). MFA in Acting, Wayne State University. Next up: Lady Macbeth at Northern Stage in Vermont. Again for Tom Bissell, and always for Mina.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Francis Flute
The Winter’s Tale: Cleomenes/Shepherd
Kyle Montgomery is excited to be back at Trinity! Some of Kyle’s regional credits include: National Tours: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer; WaterTower Theatre: Lord of the Flies, Creep; Lyric Stage: Into the Woods, South Pacific, The Human Comedy; Uptown Players: Catch Me If You Can, The Boy From Oz, Creep, Kiss of the Spider Woman; Trinity Shakespeare Festival: The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest; Stage West: Day Light; Theatre Three: Memphis. Kyle has gratefully received the Live Theatre League Service Award and was also named a Bill Garber Young Artist recipient. Kyle is the Administrative Assistant and Resident Props Designer at Circle Theatre. Kyle graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Theatre: emphasis in Musical Theatre.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Egeus
The Winter’s Tale: Camillo
Michael Muller has appeared in over 70 productions across the metroplex with performances at Amphibian Productions, Stage West, Jubilee Theatre, Circle Theatre, Dallas Theatre Centre, Casa Manana, Theatre Three, and Fort Worth’s Shakespeare in the Park. He also worked as Production Manager for The Dallas Shakespeare Festival for 3 years, Producing Director for Shakespeare in the Park for 7 years, and as a Producer and Director for about 35 National Tours. He recently retired from a 15 year teaching job at Paschal High School and is looking forward to spending more time performing and working in the professional theatre community.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Hippolyta
The Winter’s Tale: Hermione
Allison Pistorius (Member of Actors Equity) was most recently seen in Stage West’s production of The Nether. Regional theatre credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosa LaBella and Blanca in The House of the Spirits, Nancy Holmes in When We Are Married, and Bianca in Othello (Denver Center Theatre Company); Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility, Betsy and Lindsey in Clybourne Park (Dallas Theater Center). Locally, she has worked with Stage West, Circle Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, Theatre Three, and Shakespeare Dallas. Allison is an Adjunct Professor of Acting at The University of North Texas, and she is also a faculty member at KD Conservatory, where she teaches Advanced Acting, Shakespeare, and Speech and Phonetics. She served as dialect coach for USA Network’s “Queen of the South,” and she holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Mustardseed
The Winter’s Tale: Captain/Shepherd
Stephen Rosenberger just finished his third year at TCU, where he is pursuing his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. Locally, Stephen has appeared in Orlando at Stage West (Archduke, et al.). At TCU, Stephen has appeared in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie/Ensemble), The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden (Arthur), and The Last Ten Years. After graduation, he plans to move to New York to pursue a career performing and creating art.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Dewdrop
The Winter’s Tale: Priest/Shepherd
Rashaun Sibley is excited to be back for his fifth season with Trinity Shakespeare Festival having appeared in The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Merchant of Venice and having served as the company manager and assistant box office manager for the 2013 and 2011 seasons. Throughout the metroplex, Rashaun has also appeared on stage for Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Uptown Players, Theatre Three, Dallas Children’s Theater, Wishing Star Productions, and Artes De la Rosa. Rashaun received his BFA in Musical Theatre from TCU (Go Frogs!) Shout outs to Jesus and his family and friends!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Tom Snout
The Winter’s Tale: Mariner/Shepherd
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Demetrius
The Winter’s Tale: Dion/Shepherd
Mitchell Stephens is a recent graduate of TCU. At TCU, he performed in seven productions including: The House of Blue Leaves, Measure for Measure, Assassins, and Holiday. This is his fourth year at Trinity Shakespeare Festival and is very excited to return to this talented company filled with talented cast and crew members.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Robin Starveling
The Winter’s Tale: Clown
Garret Storms acting credits include productions at WaterTower Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Stage West, Theatre Three, Amphibian Stage Productions, Shakespeare Dallas, and RADA among others. He has directed The Nether, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, International Falls, and Orlando for Stage West. He is also a voice actor with FUNimation. Garret is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Lysander
The Winter’s Tale: Florizel
Teddy Warren is a 24 year-old graduate of Southern Methodist University. He has happily worked with Dallas Shakespeare in their past two seasons playing Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Eros in Antony and Cleopatra. This is his first season working with Trinity Shakes. He is very excited and grateful to begin working with them in this, their eighth season. Thanks to Katrina for sending me in their direction.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Moth
The Winter’s Tale: Emilia/Shepherdess
Taylor Whitworth is is a DFW native who just graduated from TCU with a BFA in Acting. This is Taylor’s first year involved in Trinity Shakespeare Festival but she recently made her professional debut in Stage West’s The Heir Apparent (Lisette). While at TCU, some of her favorite roles included Nora in Bright Beach Memoirs, Martha in Spring Awakening, and Madeline Livingston in The Women of Lockerbie. Glory be to God!
Toby Jaguar Algya
Sound Designer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale
Toby Jaguar Algya is a composer & sound designer, with a Master’s Degree in sound design for theatre from UC San Diego. Recent NYC productions include: Natural Affection, Lost In Yonkers (TACT); Awake and Sing (NAATCO); Philip Goes Forth (The Mint Theatre); Ringmaster (Frigid New York); Human Variations (Blue Print Theatre); Tender Napalm, Whida Peru/Mosaic (59E59); Pratfalls (Abington Theatre); Where’s My Money (Cherry Lane); The Invested (4th Street Theatre); Rosmersholm (The Pearl); Fantasy Football: The Musical?, Moisty the Snowman (NYMF); Hamlet (The Gallery Players). Regional: Grounded (City Theatre); Abundance (Hartford Stage); Big River/Will Rogers Follies/The King and I/Tarzan (Lyric Theatre OKC); Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth (Trinity Shakespeare); Barcelona, Fallow (People’s Light); Oblomov (WHAT); Las Meninas (Asolo Rep); The Syringa Tree (Portland Stage Company); Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse). | http://lejaguar.com
Production Stage Manager
Jordan Andrews is pleased to be back in DFW working with TSF. She is currently working at the University of Northern Iowa as their Production Manager and Stage Management lecturer. She has previously work in the DFW area at The Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Circle Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions, and The Trinity Shakespeare Festival inaugural season: Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Jordan is a TCU Alumna, and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Production Stage Manager
Leigh’Ann Andrews is excited to be returning to Fort Worth and the Trinity Shakespeare Festival for her second, very non-consecutive, season! Previous TSF credits include Macbeth and As You Like It. Favorite previous stage management credits at other theatres include: TheatreWorksUSA, New Dramatists, Creede Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center, Dallas Theater Center, and Casa Mañana (20+ productions). Leigh’Ann holds an M.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of Iowa and a B.F.A. in Theatre Production and Design from Texas Christian University. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and always thanks Jordan for her encouragement and support!
Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
TSF credits include Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing. His other credits include Awake and Sing! (NAATCO / The Public Theatre), Misalliance, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Coriolanus (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Macbeth (Northern Stage), Henry IV, Part 1 (Milwaukee Shakespeare), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). His work on new plays includes Cori Thomas’s The Ballad of Ella May (Working Theatre) and His Daddy (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Sarah Treem’s Orphan Island (Sundance Theatre Lab), as well as plays by Clarence Coo, Victor Kaufold, David Lefort Nugent, and Kenneth Lin. From 2014 through 2015 he served as the Artistic Associate and Casting Director at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and from 2005 to 2008 as the Resident Assistant Director at Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company. He is published in the RSC’s most recent edition of All’s Well That Ends Well. He currently serves as Head of Directing at The New School College of Performing Arts, is a frequent instructor at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center and is a Lecturer in Directing at The Yale School of Drama. He has also served as a guest director at NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting, Southern Methodist University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Miami, The Atlantic School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and at The Yale School of Drama. He is the recipient of the Drama League Director’s Fellowship as well as the Jacob Javitz Fellowship, and has trained at the Center for Theatre Studies in Gardzienice, Poland, and with the Double Edge Theatre troupe. He holds a B.A. in History and Drama from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.
Costume Designer, The Winter’s Tale
Lloyd Cracknell is Assistant Professor of Costume Design at The University of Oklahoma and comes from Cambridge, England. His design credits include: OU University Theatre: La Cage Aux Follies; La finta Guardiniera; Hayden’s The Seasons and The Play of Daniels (OFB ’14); Coram Boy; L’Elisir d’Amore; Harmonic Inspirations (OFB ‘13); On the Town; Falstaff; Cinderella (OFB ‘12); Seussical; Mary Stuart; The Coronation of Poppea; The Odyssey; Is He Dead?; Contemporary Dance Oklahoma ‘10; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Divertimento No. 15 (OFB ‘09); Pas de Deux, The Firebird (OFB ‘08.) Mr. Cracknell’s regional design credits include: Theatre TCU, Guys & Dolls,Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Fort Worth, TX: A Comedy of Errors, Sooner Theatre: The Full Monty. Reduxion Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Much Ado About Nothing; Richard III. OKC City Rep: Biloxi Blues. St. Gregory’s University: Hedda Gabler; Leonardo and the Flying Machine. Waco Civic Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Man of La Mancha; You Can’t Take it With You. Waco Children’s Theatre: Beauty and the Beast; Oliver; and Grease. In conjunction with World Literature Today 2011, Mary Stuart by Dacia Maraini, also as an invited production at the Festival Delle Due Rocche 2011 in Arezzo, Italy. In 2010, Mr. Cracknell was awarded the KCACTF Region VI National Partners of American Theatre Scholarship, for best design in all categories of theatrical design, for his costume design for Is He Dead? and the Barbizon Award for theatrical design excellence in costume design for Is He Dead? and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also earned the coveted Design Excellence Award, the highest award in all design categories at KCACTF Nationals 20101 in Washington, DC. Mr. Cracknell has had an extensive career in fashion, designing in New York, Milan and London for internationally-known fashion houses such as David and Elizabeth Emanuel and Versace.
Lighting Designer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Day Carpenter
Tristan Decker has been a local designer for the past sixteen years. He was the resident Set and Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the University of Dallas’ Drama Department. Locally, he has designed for Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Theatre TCU, Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog, Theater Three, Our Endeavors Theater Collective, Undermain Theatre, Theater Fusion, Contemporary Theater of Dallas, the Dallas Theater Center and many others. Nationally, he has designed for Oklahoma City Rep, River City Repertory (Shreveport, LA), Disney, and Ringling Brothers. He has an M.A. in Drama from Texas Women’s University and has been published in the Texas Theater Journal. This Fort Worth resident is a four-time recipient of the DFW Theater Critics Forum Award.
Aaron Patrick DeClerk
Costume Designer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Aaron holds an M.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma, a B.F.A. from Northeastern State University and Associates in Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Psychology with American Public University. He has designed over 100 productions and garnered critical praise and numerous awards for his work. He was named Best Costume Designer in the Dallas Observers’100 Most Influential People of Dallas 2010. Highlights include: Julius Caesar [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], The Taming of the Shrew [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], The Merchant of Venice, MacBeth [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], Twelfth Night [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award] (Trinity Shakespeare Festival) Dial “M” for Murder (The Barn Playhouse), A Critical Case of Murder [Column Award 2007], Full Moon Murders [Column Nomination 2008], Death Express, Death Is No Small Change (Pegasus Theatre), House at Pooh Corner (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), The Misanthrope [Make-up Design](Dallas Theatre Center), Crucifer of Blood [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award] (Theater Three), No Child, The First Day of School, Icarus (Amphibian Stage Productions), Right Ho, Jeeves [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], The Last Night of Ballyhoo [Column Nomination 2006], The Oldest Living Graduate (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas), The Miser, The 39 Steps, Major Barbara (Stage West), Little Shop of Horrors [Column Award 2011], A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum [Column Nomination 2008], Grey Gardens [Column Nomination 2009] (WaterTower Theatre). The Boxer [Column Nomination 2007, Official Entry International NYC Fringe Festival 2009](Bootstraps Comedy Theatre), The Never Ending Story [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award], Sleeping Beauty [Leon Rabin Award] (Dallas Children’s Theatre), Every Trick in the Book [DFW Theatre Critic’s Forum Award] (Classical Acting Company), Real Estate (Santa Fe Playhouse), My Fair Lady, Next to Normal, August: Osage County, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Zombie Prom (City Rep), O’Keefe ([Regional Tour] Flower and Bone Productions), Romeo and Juliet (Tulsa Repertory Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Delaware Playhouse), South Pacific (Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival).
Scenic Designer, The Winter’s Tale
Clare DeVries is an architect and set designer and is pleased to return to Trinity Shakespeare Festival after designing As You Like It. Clare has designed other Shakespearian sets, notably Romeo and Juliet for Fun House Theatre and Film, Richard III for Kitchen Dog Theater, and others, including Much Ado About Nothing, for Shakespeare Dallas. Her non-Bard work appears on many DFW stages. And she has been production designer for both an obscure TV game show and the award-winning Indie film Ciao. A member of Kitchen Dog Theater and Resident Set Designer at Circle Theatre. Her sets have won Column Awards, Critics’ Forum Awards, and Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League. Her latest adventure is her theater how-to design book Alice Through the Proscenium.
Scenic Designer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bob Lavallee has designed: for Trinity Shakespeare Festival; Love’s Labour’s Lost. Dallas Theater Center; The Mountaintop, The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Cabaret, Second City Does Dallas and Red, A Christmas Carol (2005-2012), Fort Worth Opera; Three Decembers, Production Designer fourteen years PBS’ Barney and Friends; Senior Designer, Peter Wolfs, Dallas; Resident Designer five years Casa Mañana Theater, Fort Worth, 65 productions including children’s theater and musicals. Currently and for the past 6 years Resident Designer for UNT School of Opera, other designs for Shakespeare Dallas, Amphibian Stage, African American Repertory Theater of Dallas, Westport Playhouse- St Louise, and Dallas Children’s Theater, Zach Theater- Austin, TX. Feature film Production Design; Searching for Sonny and The Land of Make Believe.
Assistant Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mackie Louis recently graduated from TCU with A Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Acting. She will begin teaching Middle School Theatre this fall in Dallas. During her time at TCU, her favorite performances were Sez She, Holiday, and Women of Lockerbie. She was also seen in Circle Theatre’s production of I and You. She served as Assistant Director of Guys and Dolls, and directed A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur at Theatre TCU. She is excited to return to Trinity after being Assistant Box Office Manager for the 2013 season. She is forever thankful for her abundantly gracious God who gave her theatre, may her story always be all for Him.
Music Supervisor, The Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Alan Shorter is a member of the performance faculty in the Department of Theatre at TCU. His music direction credits for TCU includes Guys & Dolls, The Fantasticks (co-produced with Circle Theatre), Oklahoma!, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, Seussical, We Need a Little Christmas, and Little Women: The Musical. Locally he has served as music director/conductor for Lyric Stage’s production of Hello, Dolly! in Dallas and as their associate music director for Carousel. (Both productions received the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards for Best Ensemble.) A partial list of Alan’s other music direction credits includes five national tours, productions at Theatre Three, Stage West, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, The Cricket Theatre, The Ordway, and Hey City Stage, as well as two Tony-Award-winning theatres: Theatre de la Jeune Lune and The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis (where he was both Artistic Associate and Composer-in-Residence). He has provided music direction for over 100 professional and academic productions. As a composer, Alan has written more than a dozen original scores for the theatre, including Much Ado About Nothing, Anatomy of Gray, Spinning into Butter, Hamlet, Dracula, The Hobbit, The Voice of the Prairie, The Troubles: Children of Belfast, Strega Nona, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (produced in Russian at the Central Children’s Theatre of Moscow), and songs for Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest. His choral and instrumental work has been produced across the country at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and Carnegie Hall. A winner of TCU’s 2011 Deans’ Research and Creativity Award, Alan attended Moorhead State University, received his B.A. in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University, Bloomington, and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Minnesota State University.
Lighting Designer, The Winter’s Tale; Production Manager
Michael Skinner is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the Resident Lighting Designer at for the TCU Theatre Department. He received his B.A. in technical theatre from West Texas State University (now WTAMU) and his M.F.A. in Lighting Design and Production from the University of Oklahoma. He has designed the lighting and or scenery for over 150 productions of theatre, opera, and dance in various venues. Michael has had the pleasure of designing in Italy, Germany, and Russia, including the Russian premiere of the American musical The Fantasticks at Theatre Koleso in Togliatti, Russia. Michael has designed for Contemporary Ballet Dallas, the William Inge Theatre Festival, as well as Amphibian Productions. He has also designed scenery for A Lesson Before Dying, Black Pearl Sings, and Travlin’, and scenery and lighting for Permanent Collection,The Bluest Eye, and From the Mississippi Delta at Jubilee Theater. He has designed lighting for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew; which earned four DFW Critics’ Forum Awards for creative contribution. Michael’s work outside the theatre also includes corporate event design, production, and consultation with companies such as Ignition! Creative Group, and ZOOM.7, Inc., working on such projects as the Kawasaki Motors New Product Showcase and Mary Kay Inc, Seminar. Michael is a member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians.
Director, The Winter’s Tale; Founding Artistic Director
T.J. Walsh is the Founding Artistic Director of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. He is a Professor of Theatre at Texas Christian University. Last year for the Festival he directed the award winning production of King Lear. In 2014 he directed the box office record breaking production of The Tempest. His 2013 production of The Taming of the Shrew at Trinity was selected as the top production of the year on several top ten lists. For Trinity he has also directed Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other favorite professional productions are Metamorphoses at Theatre Three in Dallas, The Retreat from Moscow at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth and directing and performing in his solo play Pleading Infinity at the New York International Fringe Festival. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of four Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum awards for Outstanding Direction. His book: Playwrights and Power: The Story of the Dramatists Guild will be published this year by Smith and Kraus.
Tyler Beard is a rising junior here at TCU studying for his B.F.A. in Design with an emphasis in Lighting. He is the Master Electrician as his first time working for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. Tyler’s most recent work with Theatre TCU includes working on the production of The Best Whorehouse in Texas as the Master Electrician and was also the Lighting Designer for Sexual Perversity in Chicago. After his undergraduate he plans on working towards his M.F.A. in Lighting Design.
Jeremy M. Bernardoni
Jeremy M. Bernardoni is currently the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at Oklahoma State University. Previously, he was on the faculty and the resident Costume Designer for the University Of Arizona School Of Dance for five years. Jeremy has designed and draped professionally for Dance, Theater, Music Theater, and the fashion industry across the U.S. and in France. A former U.S. Naval officer, he received his B.A. in French and M.F.A. in Costume Design at the University of Oklahoma. He also received a Specialization in Draping, Patternmaking, and Fashion Design from the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture in Paris, France and worked as a draper for the Haute Couture Atelier of Frank Sorbier in Paris. Jeremy is a former professional ballet dancer, who performed and toured with Oklahoma Festival Ballet, L’ Opera Municipale de Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlos.
Sue Anne Cameron
Box Office Supervisor
Sue Anne Cameron is excited for her first summer working with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. A Fort Worth native, she found a love for the performing arts early in life and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2006 with her B.F.A in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. She currently works as Box Office Supervisor and Administrative Assistant for Theatre TCU. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue working with talented and creative people who support the arts locally.
Christina Chester a native of New Orleans, LA, recently earned her M.F.A. in Stage Properties from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH. Professional credits include working as a Props Master for Ash Lawn Opera and a Props Artisan for KSM Creations creating pies for Waitress on Broadway. She graduated from TCU in 2013 with a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies and is thrilled to be a part of Trinity Shakespeare Festival.
Lindsay Cowdin is a lifelong resident of Fort Worth. She has a background in accounting and office management that spans almost 20 years in the fields of construction, urban redevelopment, and education. She joined the Theatre TCU staff as an Administrative Assistant in fall of 2005. Lindsay enjoys being surrounded by creativity in motion and is grateful to have found a home in theatre where she can put her problem-solving and accounting skills to good use and also wear black every day. Lindsay has served as the Festival Manager for the annual Trinity Shakespeare Festival since its inception in 2009.
As a poet, Lindsay has presented her work in Fort Worth with Sawgrass & Friends, been published in several local publications, and read as a featured poet at the monthly poetry program at Barnes & Noble and the Benbrook Public Library. She received the Chair’s Award for Poetry at the Undergraduate Creativity Festival at TCU in 2008, the Nancy P. Evans Memorial Award for Texas Writing in 2014, and a Live Theatre League award for her work with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival in 2012. Lindsay is currently working on a B.A. in Writing at TCU and served as Editor-in-Chief for eleven40seven, the TCU Journal of the Arts in fall 2015. She looks forward to writing wildly hilarious memoirs and publishing her poetry. Her husband, Tim Cowdin, is a digital designer and the drummer for Fort Worth’s resident ska/rock band, Sally Majestic. They both enjoy their free time at home with their two children and a really fat orange cat.
Kaitlyn Donovan is returning for her third season with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. She previously was the scenic artist for The Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar. A graduate of TCU with a B.F.A in Theatre with an emphasis in Production, she worked as a departmental Scenic Artist assisting with all their shows since her first year. She currently works for Casa Mañana and Stage West as their scenic artist. Her most recent production credits include: Always Patsy Cline and Peter Pan for Casa Mañana and The Unmentionables and Orlando for Stage West.
Christina Draper in a costume technician with a degree in Theatre – Costume Technology emphasis from The University of Oklahoma (May 2013). She enjoys jumping into challenging projects and has been involved in costuming over 50 shows, both academically and professionally. Christina’s professional belief is making sure every costume piece is constructed to its highest potential, whether it be for a beggar or royalty.
Sound Engineer & Consultant
Bill Eickenioff is excited to be working again for Trinity Shakes. He was the resident Sound Designer for Lyric Stage in Irving, TX for the past five years, and has worked for numerous theatres across the U.S. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Voice & Text Director
Valerie Hauss-Smith is thrilled to be back for a fourth year with Trinity Shakespeare! A native of France, she was a founding member of La Chimere Theatre Company, and since then, she has performed in plays on both sides of the Atlantic. Her American acting credits include Beline in The Hypochondriac, Carlotta in Cherry Orchard, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Kristine Linde in A Doll’s House, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors. Her directing career spans the past ten years, and she has had opportunities to work on challenging pieces from Shakespeare to Williams to American musicals. Valerie has a Masters Degree in Theatre and has been teaching performance, movement, and voice at Northlake College and UNT-Denton for several years. In 2011, the Kennedy Center American Regional Theater Festival granted her a Meritorious Achievement Award for her direction of Marivaux’ farce The Game of Love and Chance. She spent many years as a director for Junior Players’ and Shakespeare Dallas’ summer co-productions, she is also a co-founder of VOXeffect.
Costume Studio Manager
Brittany Mahan is a TCU graduate with a B.F.A in Theatre, emphasis in Design. Since moving to Fort Worth in 2012, Brittny has been the Costume Designer for Tarrant County College-SE’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Amphibian Stage productions of I’ll Eat You Last and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and Theatre TCU’s The Women of Lockerbie, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, and Tigers Be Still. Brittny has served as an Assistant Costume Designer at Amphibian Stage Productions, Kids Who Care Inc., Theatre TCU, Tarrant County College-NW, and Trinity Shakespeare Festival. Check out Brittny’s work and upcoming endeavors at www.brittnymahan.com.
Sheryl Meyers is joining Trinity Shakespeare Festival for the fourth year. She has worked professionally in over thirteen different costume shops around the country doing stitching and wig work for Utah Shakespeare, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke, Aslo Theatre, and Grand Rapids (Michigan) Ballet as well as film and national touring companies. A current resident of St. George, Utah, she holds a B.S. in Fashion Design from BYU.
Harry Parker is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at TCU. He has directed more than 100 professional and university plays and musicals, including productions at the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), American Heartland Theatre (Kansas City), and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and CityRep (both Oklahoma City). In Fort Worth, his professional directing credits include the currently running (through July 12) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Stage West, Hunting and Gathering for Amphibian Stage Productions, Company and Permanent Collection for Jubilee Theatre, Ellis Island: The Dream of America for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall, and fourteen shows at Circle Theatre including Over the Tavern, The Whipping Man, Hope and Gravity, and My Name is Asher Lev. At TCU, his directing credits include Oklahoma!, You Can’t Take It With You, Little Women and No, No, Nanette. Originally from Oklahoma City, Harry received his B.F.A. in Theatre from TCU, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence, and was named Tarrant County Theatre Educator of the Year in 2009. He has served as the National Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and served on the Board of Directors for Circle Theatre and the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. In 2013, he was named the winner of the TCU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. Before joining TCU, he previously served for 11 years as the Director of Theatre at Emporia State University in Kansas. He is an associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
This is Barbara’s fourth season to be the Wardrobe Mistress for Trinity Shakespeare and she is happy to be back to work amongst all the great talent that is brought together for the festival. Her design and costume credits include shows for Jubilee Theatre, Trinity Valley School, All Saints Episcopal School, and Hip Pocket Theatre. She has replicated the costumes for The Cardsharps for Imagination Celebration and built costume pieces for the Cowgirl Museum of Fort Worth. In 1998 she costumed the “Sprites and Spirits”, who performed for the Grand Opening events at Bass Performance Hall. She currently works in the costume shops of the Fort Worth Opera and Texas Christian University and Jubilee Theatre, where she is the resident designer and wardrobe supervisor. Barbara is also a member of IATSE, Theatrical Wardrobe Union 803. Representing the Union she has worked with Janet Jackson, Dianna Krall, Gladys Knight, Tyler Perry Productions, and the Ringo Starr all Star Band. As an independent Wardrobe freelancer she has worked with Diana Ross, James Taylor, and Charlie Wilson.
Lizzy Shrantz is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University. At Oklahoma State University, she worked as stitcher and draper for The 39 Steps and Cabaret and as assistant costume designer for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She also worked as a costume shop hand for the Theatre Department and as wardrobe master for the Concert Hall. She interned in New York City last summer with Chikimiki and Christian Siriano and is thrilled to now be working with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival this summer.
Scenic Shop Manager
Will Turbyne has worked in professional theatre for over two decades as a designer, builder, painter, and craftsman. His design credits include the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Birmingham Children’s Theater, the Papermill Theatre, Utah Music Theatre, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where he served as Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer and Head of Production for seven seasons. He is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Dallas, where he also serves as Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer and Technical Director.
Caitlin Yost is a second year M.F.A. graduate candidate at Penn State University. Caitlin has worked as a draper, tailor, and craftsperson for multiple companies most recently as a tailor for PSU Center Stage’s production of Earnest. She is pleased to be returning for her third season with Trinity on two of her favorite Shakespearean plays.
Philip Zielke works as the Scenic Studio Supervisor for Texas Christian University. Originally from Fort Worth, Philip graduated from Arlington Heights High School and from TCU with his B.F.A. in Lighting Design in 2006. He has been a member of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival artistic staff since its inception; he was the Scenic Studio Supervisor in their inaugural 2009 season, and he has served as the Festival’s Technical Director since 2010. He has also previously worked locally as the Technical Director for Kids Who Care and Amphibian Stage Productions, and as a carpenter for Stage West and Kids Who Care. During his years as a TCU student, Philip was the Master Electrician for over a dozen Theatre TCU productions. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Fort Worth and enjoy spending their free time with their chocolate Lab, Kona.
Sarah Appleyard is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, where she is studying theatre with a concentration in costume design. She has worked as a costume designer for The Flick, assistant to the costume designer for Arcadia and Trojan Women, wardrobe intern for Our Risen Savior, and makeup assistant for Bloom and Grow.
Jackson Berkhouse is currently attending the University of Dallas, where he has just finished his freshman year. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history. At the University of Dallas, he has helped build the set for, as well as acted in, two mainstage productions: Mary Stuart and Measure for Measure. This is his first time working for The Trinity Shakespeare Festival. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in museum/archival work, or perhaps acting.
Assistant Stage Manager
Melia Beschta is thrilled to return to Trinity Shakespeare Festival for her third season! She relocated to Fort Worth after graduation from the University of Northern Iowa, where Melia earned a B.A. in Theatre: Design & Production. Recent credits include: Freud’s Last Session, Isaac’s Eye, and I’ll Eat You Last (Amphibian Stage Productions). Favorite credits include: Theatre UNI (Avenue Q), Trinity Shakespeare Festival (The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost), and Amphibian Stage Productions (Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins). She is looking forward to another spectacular season with Trinity!
Marisa Bonahoom is a rising senior at Texas Christian University pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an Emphasis in Theatre Studies. She is expected to graduate this upcoming December. While being a Scenic Paint Grant at Theatre TCU, Marisa has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different theatres. Her credits include Born on a Sunday, How I Learned to Drive, The American Dream, Measure for Measure, Spring Awakening, A Lovely Sunday in Creve Coeur, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and The Women of Lockerbie in TCU’s Hays Theatre; Assassins, Closer Than Ever, Holiday, We Need a Little Christmas, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Everyman, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in TCU’s Buschman Theatre; and The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, Sez She, Anton in Show Business, and Tigers Be Still in TCU’s Studio Theatre. Marisa’s has also worked in the Scott theatre on No, No, Nanette and Guys and Dolls; at Amphibian on Hunting and Gathering; and at Stage West on Heroes. This is Marisa’s second journey experiencing the Scenic Paint side of the one and only Trinity Shakespeare Festival. In 2014, she worked on the festival’s productions of The Tempest and Comedy of Errors. She was also an over-hire painter for their show Love’s Labour’s Lost in their 2015 season. She wants to thank Kaitlin Donovan for being her painter-partner in crime through her time with Trinity, as well as her parents for supporting her journey through the arts.
Assistant Technical Director
Ansley Colbeck is excited to join Trinity Shakespeare Festival for her first summer as the House Manager. Ansley is originally from Denver, Colorado and is a senior at TCU pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre Studies. Currently, she is working on productions at Circle Theatre for their 2016 season both as an Administrative Assistant by day and as a Production Assistant at night. Previously, she has enjoyed working as the Assistant Stage Manager for Theatre TCU’s production of The Women of Lockerbie, along with multiple production crews. Post-graduation she hopes to pursue Arts Administration and Production.
Assistant Stage Manager
Victoria Diaz-Escobar has been doing theatre since high school in San Antonio, Texas. Victoria is going into her junior year at TCU pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Production. Previously she has worked on Anton in Show Business and Guys and Dolls as an assistant stage manager as well as stage manager for Everyman and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. After graduation she plans to pursue a career as a professional theatre artist.
Sarah Harris grew up in Fort Worth and is now a senior theatre major at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. She has painted for other productions such as: The Buddy Holly Story, Les Miserables, and Doctor Faustus. After graduation it is her hope to continue scenic painting.
Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe
Emillee Kyle is thrilled to work on her first season with Trinity Shakespeare Festival! Emilee’s designs have been seen at Cara Mia Theatre (Where Earth Meets the Sky), Shakespeare Dallas in both the mainstage season (The Winter’s Tale) and their unabridged readings series, at the Winspear Opera House (Troilus and Cressida; Antony and Cleopatra; Coriolanus), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (Anthropology of a Book Club), and at various start-up theaters throughout the area. Emilee was trained in Design and Directing at Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Claudia Stephens, Giva Taylor, John Arnone, and Stan Wojewodski. You are invited to see more of Emilee’s work on her website: www.kyledesign.net.
Assistant Box Office Manager
Logan Lane recently completed his second year at TCU where he is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. He as appeared on stage in their productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Governor), Everyman (Death), Guys & Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), and We Need A Little Christmas. While a student at Foley High School, he performed in their production of Grease (Doody) and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour Krelborn) as well as Foley Star Player’s productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) and Funny Girl (Eddie Ryan). This is Logan’s second year with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival after working as Assistant Box Office Manager for the 2015 season.
Nathan Laska recently finished his third year at TCU where he is pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Production. He has designed for Theatre TCU’s productions of A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Lighting Design), Tigers Be Still (Sound Design), and Anton in Show Business (Sound Design). His previous production assignments for Theatre TCU include Happy Birthday, Boris (Properties Crew Head). At the ITS National Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, he worked on Peter Pan (Flying Effects Operator). After graduation, Nathan plans to attend graduate school.
Jacob Oderberg a rising junior theatre major at TCU, is delighted to return for his second season at Trinity Shakespeare Festival as a scenic intern. Last summer he enjoyed working as an actor in King Lear and Love’s Labour’s Lost. His past credits at Theatre TCU include The Women of Lockerbie (George Jones), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Carlo), Guys and Dolls (Bronco), and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Stanley). He’d like to thank Dr. Walsh and the entire TSF family for this wonderful opportunity. Good show!
Lanie Parr is a senior at the University of North Texas where she is currently pursuing her B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in scenic design. She has previously designed the UNT play festival Short Shorts, and has been assistant props designer for both Stage Kiss and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Professionally she has worked for the historic costume company Ashley Nostalgia as a milliner and costumer. She is thankful for this opportunity to work with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival.
Brittney Pearson is a senior at Western State Colorado University. She has been in love with theater for the last 6 years. She has been wonderfully blessed to learn and gain new skills at Trinity 16 this year! Thank you all for coming and please enjoy the show.
Jamie Phanekham is a sophomore Design and Production major at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2015, she received a Betty Lynn Buckley award for Excellence in Scenic Design for Into the Woods, and has designed and painted several other productions such as Noises Off. She is a Fort Worth native and is incredibly excited to be working on her first summer at Trinity Shakespeare Festival!
Libby Rubin is a third-year student from Denver Colorado. She is pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Studies. This is her debut as Company Manager. Libby is excited to once again be a part of another great season at TSF. Libby most recently was ASM for Sexual Perversity in Chicago (TCU), assistant director for The Heir Apparent (Stage West), and House Manager for last year’s Trinity Shakespeare Festival. Libby has also worked in many areas including set build and box office. She plans to go into arts administration in the Fort Worth area after she finishes her undergrad here at TCU.
Joshua Secor is a third year stage management and playwriting student in UT Austin’s department of Theatre and Dance. He was last seen as the sound designer for Alpha Psi Omega’s production of Rumors by Neil Simon and as the stage manager for UT’s Dance Repertory Theatre’s production of Bodies & Souls and Dance Action’s Fall S.E.E.D. (Students Exhibiting Experimental Dance) showcase.
Kathryn Tech is a third year art student at Western State Colorado University. She has worked several shows at Western including Waiting for Godot, Cock, and Twelfth Night. She is thankful to work with amazing people such as Scott Little, Brittney Pearson, and Bryan Craver who sparked her interest in theater.
Jesse Thomason originally from Midland, Texas, is pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting from TCU. Jesse has appeared on stage for Theatre TCU and Hip Pocket Theatre in addition to writing and performing in productions for the TCU Student Film Association. He is excited to be joining the Trinity Shakespeare Festival for the first time this summer!
Assistant Box Office Manager
Originally from Memphis, TN, Heather recently finished her first year as a B.F.A. Acting major at TCU. She recently appeared on the Theatre TCU stage as Eleven O’Clock in Pullman Car Hiawatha. This summer, she is thrilled to be serving as the Box Office Manager for Trinity Shakes! She would like to thank her mom and dad for supporting her passion for the arts.
Braden Zeissig is a twenty-year-old second year college student currently attending Tarrant County College. He has been studying theatre and working in productions since his junior year of high school. As an avid Shakespeare fanatic he is excited to be assisting Trinity Shakespeare in their summer productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale.
Jeremy has worked with Trinity Shakespeare since year one as a cutter and draper and valued mentor to our interns in Trinity’s costume studio. Regular Trinity theatre goers have become familiar with the beautiful period dresses and men’s suits that find their way onto our stages. Jeremy is the guiding hand behind the building of those award winning designs. Jeremy is currently Professor of Costume Design at Oklahoma State University.
Brian is an Associate Professor of Design in the Theatre Department at Texas Christian University. Brian was a “year-oner” and help build the design aesthetic that is Trinity Shakespeare. His award winning designs run from the set and costumes for Romeo and Juliet (2009), to the sets for Hamlet(2010), Macbeth (2011), Merchant of Venice (2012), Julius Caesar (2013) and King Lear (2015).
David has acted for Trinity Shakespeare in every show of every season. David’s critically acclaimed roles include Feste in Twelfth Night (2009); Polonius in Hamlet (2010); Touchstone in As You Like It(2011); Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012); Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar (2013) and Aegeon in The Comedy of Errors (2014), and Caliban in The Tempest (2014) and his award-winning portrayal of Lear in King Lear (2015). David has become, in many ways, the face of The Trinity Shakespeare Festival and for that we could not be more pleased.
Tristan is a faculty member in production at Texas Christian University where he is the Technical Director for TCU’s scenic studio. He has worked as a designer and technical director for Trinity Shakespeare. Among his award-winning designs at Trinity are the lights for Twelfth Night (2009), the set for The Taming of the Shrew and the set and lights for The Comedy of Errors (2014).
Aaron Patrick DeClerk
Aaron has designed costumes for Trinity Shakespeare since year one. His vision has set the aesthetic of Trinity’s award-winning costume designs. We are thankful for Aaron’s hard work, artistry and dedication to the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. Some of his many designs at Trinity include Twelfth Night (2009), Macbeth and As You Like It (2010), The Tempest (2014) and King Lear (2015).
Stephen came to Trinity in 2010 and has directed some of our most popular productions including Much Ado About Nothing (2010), Macbeth (2011), The Merchant of Venice (2012) and Julius Caesar(2013). Stephen’s productions for Trinity have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. Stephen mixes his work between Trinity and New York City where he makes his home.
Kelsey made her debut with Trinity in year one as a sophomore in TCU’s Musical Theatre program playing Juliet in our inaugural production of Romeo and Juliet (2009). Kelsey is a versatile artist in that she has also contributed to the Festival as a skilled choreographer for many of our productions. Some of Kelsey’s roles at Trinity include, of course, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Phoebe in As You Like It(2011), one of the memorable Witches in Macbeth (2011), and her remarkable performance as Ariel in The Tempest (2014), among many others.
Trisha has been with Trinity since year one playing such roles as Olivia in Twelfth Night (2009), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (2010), Rosalind in As You Like It (2011), Portia in The Merchant of Venice (2012) and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (2013) among many others. Trisha now juggles her work with Trinity between Fort Worth and her home in Los Angeles with her growing family.
Michael is an Associate Professor of Lighting Design at Texas Christian University. He has designed for Trinity’s from year one. His award winning designs include the lights for Romeo and Juliet (2009), Macbeth (2010), The Merchant of Venice (2011), The Taming of the Shrew (2013) and The Tempest(2014) among many others. Michael also acts as the Production Manager for the festival.
Alan is an Associate Professor of Music Theatre Performance at Texas Christian University. He has composed original music and or supervised the music for the festival since Twelfth Night in 2009 and every year since including Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Taming of the Shrew. Alan works closely with the singers and musicians in performance. In 2014, his original music for The Tempest received great critical. Alan is a director, composer, accompanist and musical director. His work is invaluable to the Festival and has left a signature sound on our work.
Philip is the Scenic Studio Manager at TCU and has worked in scenic production for Trinity as Technical Director or Studio Manager since the beginning. Philip has overseen the building of our award winning designs for productions such as Much Ado About Nothing (2010), Macbeth (2011), The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012) and Julius Caesar (2013) among many others.