Details

Much Ado About Nothing

Nov 10, 2022 - Dec 18, 2022

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Godwin

Lead Sponsor

Production Sponsors

Barbara Harman and William Cain
The Harman Family Foundation
Emily Lenzner and Vivek Jain
The Vos Foundation

Additional Support

This project is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

The Performers
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  • Don John: Justin Adams
    Justin Adams
    Don John
    Don John
    Justin Adams

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Pearl Theatre CompanyDon Juan | Signature Theatre Company, Stage 42, The Acting Company, The Drama League's DirectorFest, HERE Studios, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, Storm Theatre Company, 4th Street Theatre (writer/producer) REGIONAL: PlayMakers Repertory Company: Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 and 2 | Northern Stage: Amadeus | Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet | Westport Country PlayhouseCincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Alliance Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Folger TheatrePortland Stage, Clarence Brown Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Texas Shakespeare Festival, Vineyard Arts Project. FILM: The Cask, Independence: Beyond What She Expects, Ascension (writer/director), Radio Cape Cod, Angels in East Texas (in development, writer/producer). TVElementary, The Affair, Unforgettable, Blue Bloods. PERSONAL: he/him | Training: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art | JustinCAdams.com.  


    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Don Pedro: Carlo Albán
    Carlo Albán
    Don Pedro
    Don Pedro
    Carlo Albán

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Sweat. Off-Broadway: Public Theatre: SweatRomeo y Julieta (radio play)References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot | Theatre For a New Audience: Tamburlaine | LAByrinth Theater Company: A Small, Melodramatic Story; Intríngulis Rattlestick Theater: A Summer Day | INTAR Theatre: Pinkolandia | Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company: Living Dead in DenmarkINTERNATIONAL: The Royal Court Theatre (London): Rare Earth MettleREGIONAL: La Jolla Playhouse: Fandango for Butterflies and Coyotes | Oregon Shakespeare Festival: SweatThe River BrideMuch Ado About NothingTimon of Athens | Center Theatre Group: A ParallelogramLydia | Guthrie Theater: Night of the Iguana | Dallas Theater Center: DreamlandiaFILM: Mile 22Hurricane StreetsHi-LifeStrangers with CandyLife Support, 21 GramsWhip ItMargaret. TV: Sesame Street, Law & OrderOzThicker Than BloodPrison BreakGirlsThe Night Of, Madam SecretaryBlack Bird. AWARDS: 2017 Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut (Sweat). PERSONAL: he/him | Member of LAByrinth Theater Company.  

    *Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Verges: David Bishins*
    David Bishins*
    Verges
    Verges
    David Bishins*

    STC: Red Velvet, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Othello, MacbethThe Tempest, The Winter’s Tale. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Glass HouseWe Declare You a TerroristIncident at VichyCatch-22, The Boys in the Band, Sympathetic MagicThe Nest, Tower of EvilREGIONAL: Arena Stage: All the Way | Studio Theatre: Between Riverside and Crazy | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Appropriate | The Mark Taper Forum: Appropriate | Barrington Stage Company: Much Ado About Nothing | The Old Globe: Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Life of Riley | Long Wharf Theatre: A Month in the Country, Rag and Bone | Vermont Stage: True West | Wilma Theater: Arcadia | Pittsburgh Public Theater: The Dybbuk. FILM: A Cure for Wellness; SALTThe Adjustment BureauHenry’s Crime; Sorry, Haters!; The War Within; The Magic Helmet. TVHouse of Cards, Homeland, Blue Bloods, Fringe, Babylon Fields (pilot), The Law & Order canon. PERSONAL: he/him | Member of AEA since 1989. | Training: The Juilliard School.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ensemble: Cerra Cardwell
    Cerra Cardwell
    Ensemble
    Ensemble
    Cerra Cardwell

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Little Foxes, Stupid F*cking Bird. REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream | Washington Improv Theater(y)Our TownAnd Scene! | Her Majesty & Sons: Richard II. FILM: Missing Persons. OTHER: Doin' GreatReality Sets InIt's Good to be a Girl. PERSONEL: she/her | Training: STC Academy: MFA in Classical ActingRose Bruford College (London): MA in Acting | Middle Eastern-Italian American | Instagram: @sarawithacee CerraCardwell.com.

  • Ursula: Sarah Corey
    Sarah Corey
    Ursula
    Ursula
    Sarah Corey

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: A Letter to Harvey MilkLove & Real Estate, Illyria | TOURS: Prospect Theater Company’s Death for Five Voices. REGIONAL: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Much Ado About Nothing | Mountain Playhouse: Twelfth Night | Prospect Theater Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream | Alabama Shakespeare Festival: In the Book Of | Theater J: Nathan the WiseLove Sick | Tantrum Theater: Rhinoceros | TheatreSquaredA Christmas Carol | Olney Theatre Center: Oil | Arena Stage: A Thousand Splendid Suns | Oldcastle Theatre Company: Broadway Bound, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Around the World in 80 Days, The Fourth Wall | Rep Stage: Songs for a New World | SpeakEasy Stage: Caroline, or Change | New Repertory Theatre: The Wild Party. TVSwaggerLady in the Lake, We Own This City. AWARDS: IRNE Award (The Wild Party). PERSONAL: she/her | Training: Princeton University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Shakespeare & Company | Instagram: @sscoreyny | Sarah-Corey.com.  

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Borachio: Michael Kevin Darnall*
    Michael Kevin Darnall*
    Borachio
    Borachio
    Michael Kevin Darnall*

    REGIONAL: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Jitney | Chautauqua Theater Company: One Man, Two Guvnors | Ford's Theatre: Jefferson's GardenA Christmas Carol | Round House Theatre: Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3) | Studio Theatre: AnimalWig Out!, The Hot Wing King | Theater J: Yentl | Mosaic Theater Company: Ulysses on Bottles | MetroStage: The Sand StormSavage in Limbo | Constellation Theatre Company: MetamorphosesThe Fire and the RainJourney to the West | RhinoLeap Productions: The 39 Steps. TVThe Wire. AWARDS: Five Helen Hayes Award nominations. PERSONAL: he/him | Company Member at The Hub Theatre in Fairfax, VA | Entangled Artist at Spooky Action Theater in Washington, D.C. | Training: SUNY Purchase: BFA in Acting. 


    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Sister Francis: Nehassaiu deGannes
    Nehassaiu deGannes
    Sister Francis
    Sister Francis
    Nehassaiu deGannes

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Soho Repertory Theatre: Is God Is | La MaMaSEAGULLMACHINE. TOURS: COCo Dance Theatre’s Rigidigidim De Bamba De. REGIONAL: Cleveland Play HouseThe Three Musketeers, Sweat | Studio Theatre: Kings | Shakespeare & CompanyMeasure for Measure; Intimate Apparel; Or, | Florida Studio Theatre: My Lord, What A Night | Arena StageGorn Galaxy (Flash Acts Festival) | Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Our Town, Romeo and Juliet | WAM TheatreThe Last Wife | Chicago Shakespeare Theater: King Lear | Underground Railway Theater: The Convert. INTERNATIONAL: Stratford Festival: Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice | Theatre Aquarius: Never Not Once, Sweat | Theatre Passe Muraille: Brave New World | Driftwood TheatreHamlet. FILM: Equal Standard. AWARDS: Berkshire Theatre Critics Award (Nell Gwynne/Maria/Lady Davenant in Or,). PERSONAL: she/her | An award-winning poet, Nehassaiu’s book Music for Exile is available in bookstores and online. Teaching: Princeton University | Training: Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company: MFA in Acting | Instagram: @nehassaiu | Nehassaiu.com. 

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Claudio: Paul Deo, Jr.*
    Paul Deo, Jr.*
    Claudio
    Claudio
    Paul Deo, Jr.*

    STC: Hamlet (2019 Free For All), Romeo and Juliet (2018 Free For All), Twelfth Night. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Public Theater: Troilus and Cressida. REGIONAL: McCarter Theatre Center: A Christmas Carol | Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Hamlet | Baltimore Center Stage: Les Liaisons Dangereuses. PERSONAL: he/him | New York University Tisch School of the Arts: MFA in Acting, Wesleyan University: BFA in Acting.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ensemble/Cop: Terrance Fleming
    Terrance Fleming
    Ensemble/Cop
    Ensemble/Cop
    Terrance Fleming

    STC: King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing. REGIONAL: Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Incendiary | Keegan Theatre: Shakespeare in Love | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Alice in Wonderland, Dracula, Macbeth, Henry V, Measure for Measure | Her Majesty and Sons: Twelfth Night, Richard III | BSF: Hamlet | Baltimore Center Stage: Dream Girls | Artscentic: The Wiz, Aida, Memphis, Little Shop of Horrors. FILM: Very Rare, The Infection, Rehearsal. PERSONAL: he/him | Teaching: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Teaching Artist, Young Artists of America | Training: University of Southern Mississippi, BFA | Instagram: @teeerrance.

  • Leonato: Edward Gero*
    Edward Gero*
    Leonato
    Leonato
    Edward Gero*

    STC: Founding member. Over 80 productions, including Much Ado About Nothing; The Tempest; Henry IV, Part 1 and 2; Richard II; Henry V; Henry VI; Richard III; Macbeth. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: 59E59 Theatres: The Originalist | Lincoln Center Theater: Bull Durham lab | Classic Stage Company, South Street Theatre. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Angels in America, Disney's Newsies, Junk: The Golden Age of Debt, The Pajama Game, The Originalist, The Little Foxes, RED | Goodman Theatre: RED, King Lear | Asolo Repertory Theatre/ Pasadena Playhouse/Court Theatre: The Originalist | Ford’s Theatre: Born Yesterday; A Christmas Carol; Hello, Dolly! | Folger Theatre: Henry IV | Round House Theatre: The Night Alive, Nixon’s Nixon, Amadeus | Studio Theatre: American Buffalo, Shining City | Signature Theatre: Sweeney Todd. FILM: Die Hard 2, Striking Distance. TV: House of Cards, TURN: Washington’s Spies. AWARDS: Four Helen Hayes Awards, 16 nominations; Jeff Award nomination; Lunt-Fontanne Fellow; 2024 Inductee College of Fellows of the American Theater. PERSONAL: Teaching: Professor of Theater, Performance Head: George Mason University, STC Academy. 

  • Beatrice: Kate Jennings Grant
    Kate Jennings Grant
    Beatrice
    Beatrice
    Kate Jennings Grant

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Noises Off, The Country House, The Lyons, Guys and Dolls, Proof (dir. Daniel Sullivan), An American Daughter. Off-Broadway: Mother of the Maid, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Beard of Avon (dir. Doug Hughes), Radiant Baby (dir. George C. Wolfe), Between Us, Summer of ’42. TOURS: Finian’s Rainbow, Applause. FILM: Custody (dir. James Lapine), Love and Other Drugs (dir. Ed Zwick), United 93 (dir. Paul Greengrass), Frost/Nixon (dir. Ron Howard), When a Stranger Calls, Kinsey (dir. Bill Condon), Forgiven. TV: Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, We Crashed, Russian Doll, Notorious, Billions, Madame Secretary, The Good Wife, Alpha House, Damages, Parenthood, Pan Am. AWARDS: BendFilm Festival Best Supporting Actress (Forgiven). PERSONAL: she/her | Training: The Juilliard School: Drama Division graduate, University of Pennsylvania: BA in English and Music Composition.  

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. 

  • Benedick: Rick Holmes
    Rick Holmes
    Benedick
    Benedick
    Rick Holmes

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Junk: The Golden Age of DebtThe Visit, Matilda the Musical, Peter and the StarcatcherMonty Python’s Spamalot, The PillowmanCabaretMajor BarbaraThe Deep Blue SeaThe Government InspectorTimon of AthensTOURS: Spamalot First National TourCabaretAngels in AmericaREGIONAL: Signature TheatreArena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Atlantic Theater CompanyClassic Stage Company, The Old Globe, Hartford StageFILM: The PostThe Stepford WivesTV: Modern FamilyDead to MeAtlantaAll My ChildrenLaw & OrderThe PunisherOTHER: Rick has narrated several books that can be found on Audible.com. PERSONAL: he/him | Training: New York University: MFA in Acting, Gettysburg College: BA.  
    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Ensemble/Hugh Oatcake: Quinn M. Johnson
    Quinn M. Johnson
    Ensemble/Hugh Oatcake
    Ensemble/Hugh Oatcake
    Quinn M. Johnson

    STC: Our Town, The Merchant of Venice. REGIONAL: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, RED, The Glass Menagerie, An Enemy of the People. INTERNATIONAL: Mother Courage and Her Children, The Changeling, The Bacchae, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. PERSONAL: he/him | Training: STC Academy: MFA in Classical Acting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: MA in Acting.

  • Hero: Nicole King
    Nicole King
    Hero
    Hero
    Nicole King

    STC: Macbeth. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Theatre Row: Mrs. Warren's Profession. REGIONAL: St. Louis Shakespeare Festival: King Lear | Guthrie Theater: Steel Magnolias | Syracuse Stage: Possessing Harriet | Virginia Stage Company: The Bluest Eye | Folger Theatre: Antony and Cleopatra | Hangar Theater: Shakespeare's R + J. INTERNATIONAL: Shakespeare's Globe: A Midsummer Night's Dream. AWARDS: SALT "Best Leading Actress" Award. PERSONAL: she/her | Training: Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts: BFA, Rutger’s Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe | Nicole-King.com. 

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers. 

  • Belle Shazzar/Georgina Seacoal: Raven Lorraine
    Raven Lorraine
    Belle Shazzar/Georgina Seacoal
    Belle Shazzar/Georgina Seacoal
    Raven Lorraine

    STC: Much Ado About Nothing | NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Little Island Theatre: The Tale of Chef Kale. TOURS: The National Theatre for Children, Hampstead Stage Company, Virginia Rep on Tour. REGIONAL: Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences: How to Catch a Star | Virginia Repertory Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Synetic Theater: Treasure Island, Hansel & Gretel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Quill Theatre, The Conciliation Project, TheatreLAB, Firehouse Theatre Project, Convergence Theatre, LiveArtDC. FILM: SHANIDAR. AWARDS: Two Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Nominations. OTHER: 4615 Theatre Company: Dark City (Video Game) | Only Make Believe DC: Sherlock in Wonderland (Short) | Uniformed Services University: Standardized Patient. Directing: Arts on the Horizon, Bowie State University, Educational Theatre Company. PERSONAL: she/her | Raven is a company member with Only Make Believe and The Conciliation Project. For Karen Lorelle. | Training: Virginia Commonwealth University: BFA Theatre Performance | Instagram: @ravenlorraine and @thatssorealestate.


    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Swing: Ryan Neely
    Ryan Neely
    Swing
    Swing
    Ryan Neely

    STC: Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, The Merchant of Venice. NEW YORK: L+F: Hamlet | Secret Theater: Romeo and Juliet. INTERNATIONAL: Shakespeare’s Globe: Twelfth Night. REGIONAL: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Wyoming Theatre Festival: East of Heart Mountain (dir: Giovanna Sardelli) | RTC: House For Sale (dir: Daniel Fish) TV: One Life to Live, Monumental Mysteries, A Day Late & Ten Pounds Overweight. PERSONAL: he/him | Training: STC Academy: MFA in Classical Acting, Rutgers University: BFA in Acting | RyanMichaelNeely.com.

  • Dogberry: Dave Quay
    Dave Quay
    Dogberry
    Dogberry
    Dave Quay

    STC: Timon of Athens, The Tempest. NEW YORK: The Public Theater: The Low Road (NY Premiere), Socrates (World Premiere) | Classic Stage Company: The Heir Apparent (NY Premiere) | Theatre for a New Audience: Timon of Athens | Mint Theater Company: Donogoo. REGIONAL: Dorset Theatre Festival: Pride and Prejudice, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery | Alliance Theatre: Eurydice, Tennis in Nablus | Georgia Shakespeare: Richard III, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Pericles, All’s Well That Ends Well, Romeo and Juliet | Synchronicity Theatre: Icarus’s Mother | Out of Hand Theater: Alcestis, Hominid. TV: House of Cards, Gotham, Royal Pains, Forever, Unforgettable, Blindspot, Bull, Looming Tower, Blue Bloods. OTHER: Big Apple Circus, voices for Ken Burns’ Hemingway and Benjamin Franklin. PERSONAL: he/him | Teaching: New York University, New York Film Academy | Training: Emory University: BA, New York University: MFA.

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Margaret: Dina Thomas*
    Dina Thomas*
    Margaret
    Margaret
    Dina Thomas*

    STC: The Metromaniacs. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Red Bull Theater: The Metromaniacs | Westside Theatre: Clever Little Lies | Barrow Street TheatreTribes. REGIONAL: Studio Theatre: 2.5 Minute RideCry It Out | Theater J: The Wanderers | Contemporary American Theater Festival: Everything You Touch | The Old Globe: The Metromaniacs | La Jolla Playhouse: Tribes | Barrington Stage CompanySee How They Run10x10. PERSONAL: she/her | Training: University of Missouri-Kansas City: MFA in Acting, Binghamton University: BA in Theater | Instagram: @tinydthomas and @dbtrealtor. 

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

  • Swing: Ring Yuqi Yang
    Ring Yuqi Yang
    Swing
    Swing
    Ring Yuqi Yang

    STC: The Academy: Julius Caesar, The Cherry Orchard, The Winter’s Tale. INTERNATIONAL: Beijing: The Bald Soprano. REGIONAL: Her Majesty & Sons: Richard II. FILMThe Sweet East (dir. Sean Prince Williams). PERSONAL: she/they | Ring is an international multidisciplinary queer artist | Training: STC Academy: MFA in Classical Acting, Syracuse University: BS in Psychology | Instagram: @ringyyang.  


The Artistic Team
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  • Simon Godwin
    Director
    Director
    Simon Godwin

    Simon Godwin joined Shakespeare Theatre Company as Artistic Director in September 2019. He has served as Associate Director of National Theatre of London, Royal Court Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, and Royal & Derngate Theatre. STC: Much Ado About Nothing, Timon of Athens. INTERNATIONAL: UK: Royal Court Theatre: Routes; If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep; NSFW; The Witness; Goodbye to All That; The Acid Test; Wanderlust | National Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing (ft. Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan), Romeo & Juliet (ft. Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley and filmed for Sky Arts/PBS), Antony and Cleopatra (ft. Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo), Twelfth Night, Sunset at the Villa Thalia,The Beaux’ Stratagem, Man and Superman, Strange Interlude | Royal Shakespeare Company: Timon of Athens (ft. Kathryn Hunter and reimagined in 2020 for Theatre for a New Audience and STC) Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. JAPAN: Theatre Cocoon: Hamlet. AWARDS: Evening Standard/Burberry Award for an Emerging Director (2012). 


  • Alexander Dodge
    Scenic Designer
    Scenic Designer
    Alexander Dodge

    STC: Vanity FairThe Panties, The Partner and The ProfitThe School for LiesHenry IV, Part 1 and 2Measure for MeasureThe Heir ApparentThe LiarThe Dog in the Manger. NEW YORK: Broadway: AnastasiaA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderPresent LaughterOld AcquaintanceButleyHedda Gabler. Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre: When Playwrights Kill | Vineyard Theatre/Minetta Lane Theatre: Harry Clarke | Manhattan Theatre Club: Ripcord | Second Stage: Lips Together, Teeth Apart | Playwrights Horizons: Rapture, Blister, Burn | Roundabout Theatre Company: The Understudy | Public Theater: Measure for Pleasure | Lincoln Center Theater: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme, Chaucer in Rome. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: Catch Me If You Can | Alley Theatre: Noir (World Premiere) | INTERNATIONAL: La Jolla Playhouse/Paper Mill Playhouse/Japan/Germany/Austria: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame | London West End/Manchester/Glasgow: All New People. OPERA: Metropolitan Opera: Samson et Dalila | Santa Fe Opera: The 13th Child | LA Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles | Minnesota Opera: Dinner at EightCosi Fan Tutti | Deutsche Oper Berlin: Il trittico | Hungarian State Opera-Budapest: Lohengrin. AWARDS: Lucille Lortel Award (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme)Tony Award nomination (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Present Laughter), Outer Critics Circle Award nomination (Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder). PERSONAL: Training: Yale School of Drama.


  • Evie Gurney
    Costume Designer
    Costume Designer
    Evie Gurney

    INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre: Much Ado About NothingAntony & Cleopatra | The Old Vic: The 47th | Almeida Theatre: The Hunt | Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden): Måsen / The Seagull. AWARDS: The Stage Debut Award (Best Designer). PERSONAL: she/her | Before becoming a costume designer, Evie spent a decade working in the luxury fashion industry for brands including Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQueen. | Training: Royal College of Art, London: MA in Curating Contemporary Art, Central Saint Martins, London: BA in Fashion | Instagram: @evieonfire | EvieGurney.com.


  • Donald Holder
    Lighting Designer
    Lighting Designer
    Donald Holder

    STC: Salome, Timon of Athens. NEW YORK: Broadway: 59 productions, including Paradise SquareTootsieKiss Me, KateMy Fair LadyAnastasiaOsloShe Loves MeFiddler on the RoofThe King and I; On the Twentieth CenturyThe Bridges of Madison CountyGolden BoySpider-Man: Turn Off the DarkRagtimeMovin’ OutThoroughly Modern Millie. OPERA: New York Metropolitan Opera: ChampionRigolettoOtelloTwo BoysThe Magic FluteSamson et DelilahPorgy and Bess. FILM: Ocean’s EightSpirited. TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Seasons Four and Five), Gossip GirlSmash (Seasons One and Two). AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award (Salome), Obie Award (He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box), two Tony Awards (The Lion KingSouth Pacific), and fourteen Tony Award nominations. PERSONAL: Mr. Holder is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and Head of Lighting Design at Rutgers University.


  • Fan Zhang
    Sound Designer
    Sound Designer
    Fan Zhang

    NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center TheaterAt the Wedding | Classic Stage CompanySnow in Midsummer | Origin Theatre CompanyA Kid Like Rishi | Atlantic Theater CompanyParis | 59E59 TheatresOn That Day in AmsterdamGolden Age | Second Stage TheaterOur Dear Dead Drug Lord | Irish Repertory Theatre: Pumpgirl | Ma-Yi Theater Company/American Repertory TheaterSuicide Forest | Ensemble Studio TheatreBehind the Sheet | Transport Group: The Trial of the Catonsville Nine | Cherry Lane Theatrethree girls never learnt the way home | The Flea TheaterTania in the Gateway Van. REGIONAL: Steppenwolf Theatre Company: The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington | Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Arena Stage: Sanctuary City | Portland Center Stage: The Great Leap | Studio Theatre: White Noise | Yale Repertory Theatre: Seven Guitars | Cincinatti Ballet: Redeem | Pittsburgh City Theatre: Revolutionist | Capital Repertory TheatreRed Maple. PERSONAL: Training: Yale School of Drama: MFA in Sound Design | FanZhangSound.com.


  • Aaron Rhyne
    Projection Designer
    Projection Designer
    Aaron Rhyne

    STC: Much Ado About Nothing, Strange Interlude. NEW YORK: Broadway: for colored girls…, The Sound Inside, Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bonnie and Clyde. Off-Broadway: Audible Theater: The Way She Spoke | Atlantic Theater Company: This Ain’t No Disco | Westside Theatre: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey | Playwrights Horizons: Bootycandy | Signature Theatre Company: Appropriate | 59E59 Theatres: Working | Second Stage Theater: Water by the Spoonful; Lonely, I’m Not; The Blue Flower; All New People | Public Theater: Wild With Happy | Lincoln Center Theater: Graceland. TOURS: Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester, Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz. OPERA: Santa Fe Opera: The Thirteenth Child | LA Opera: The Ghosts of Versailles | Wolf Trap Opera: La Traviata | Florida Grand Opera/Opera Colorado: Florencia en el Amazonas. AWARDS: Outer Critics Circle Award (The Sound Inside, Anastasia), Drama Desk Award (Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Drama Desk Award nomination (Wild With Happy). PERSONAL: Instagram: @aaronrhynedesigns | AaronRhyne.com.


  • Michael Bruce
    Composer
    Composer
    Michael Bruce

    STC: Much Ado About Nothing, Timon of Athens. NEW YORK: Broadway: Booth Theatre: Les Liaisons Dangereuses | Roundabout Theatre Company: The Winslow Boy.Off-Broadway: The Public Theater: Privacy. INTERNATIONAL: Composer-in-residence at the Donmar Warehouse from 2012 to 2019 | Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the West End. PERSONAL: he/him | Michael is a Scottish composer and lyricist. Publications include Writing Music for the Stage: A Practical Guide for Theatremakers.


  • Jesse Kovarsky
    Choreographer & Intimacy Consultant
    Choreographer & Intimacy Consultant
    Jesse Kovarsky

    NEW YORK: Broadway: Fiddler on the RoofThe Band's Visit. Off-Broadway: Sing StreetOn That Day in AmsterdamSeeing YouSleep No More. FILM: Anna KareninaMuppets Most WantedAfter Yang; tick, tick... BOOM!. TV: HarlemUp HereOrange Is the New Black. PERSONAL: he/him | Jesse is an NYC based movement director and dance artist working all over the world.  He recently finished doing movement on an upcoming feature film Our Son that is aimed to open at Sundance, and you’ll see him dancing in A24’s upcoming film F*ing Identical Twins.


  • William Yanesh
    Music Director
    Music Director
    William Yanesh

    STC: Man of La Mancha (Orchestrations). NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: New Victory Theatre: Caps for Sale (Music and Lyrics). TOURS: Caps for Sale. REGIONAL: Adventure Theatre MTC: Make Way for DucklingsBlueberries for Sal (Music and Lyrics) | Ford’s Theatre: Into the Woods | Arena Stage: Snow Child | Signature Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Last Five Years | Round House Theatre: Ordinary Days | OTHER: Music and lyrics for Little Thinker Adventures podcast; Choral piece “The Astronomer” recorded by The Capital Hearings. AWARDS: Helen Hayes Award (Outstanding Music Direction, Into the Woods). PERSONAL: Upcoming: music and lyrics for Vanishing Girl (Flying V Theatre) | williamyanesh.squarespace.com.


  • Lorraine Ressegger-Slone
    Fight Consultant
    Fight Consultant
    Lorraine Ressegger-Slone

    STC: Our Town, The Silent Woman. REGIONAL: Baltimore Center Stage: The Garden, How to Catch Creation | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Describe the Night; BLKS; Botticelli in the Fire; Oedipus el Rey; Mr. Burns, a post-electric play; House of Gold | Round House Theatre: Spring Awakening | 1st Stage: The Phlebotomist, Secret Things, Three Days of Rain, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom | Taffety Punk: Pram Kicker, Riot Grrrls Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar | Signature Theatre: Pacific Overtures | Imagination Stage: Merlin and the Cave of Dreams, Perseus’ Bayou. PERSONAL: Lorraine is an Intimacy, Fight, and Movement Director in the D.C. Metro area. She is the Intimacy and Fight Director for the summer season at The Theatre at Monmouth. | Training: Virginia Commonwealth University: MFA.


  • Emily Burns
    Dramaturg
    Dramaturg
    Emily Burns

    INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre (London)Jack Absolute (Director), Romeo and Juliet (Adapter), The Comeback (Director), Hansard (Associate Director), Antony and Cleopatra (Associate Director) | Bridge Theatre (London): A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Associate Director), Julius Caesar (Associate Director). PERSONAL: she/her | Emily is the Resident Director of the National Theatre. | emily-burns.com.   


  • Dr. Drew Lichtenberg
    Resident Dramaturg
    Resident Dramaturg
    Dr. Drew Lichtenberg

    STC: Associate Director, dramaturgy on more than 50 productions. INTERNATIONAL: Royal National Theatre: Les Blancs, Salomé (dir. Yaël Farber); NEW YORK: Roundabout Theatre Company: Time and the Conways (dir. Rebecca Taichman); New York Shakespeare Festival: Macbeth (dir. Moisés Kaufman); La Mama: Hoppla, We’re Alive!; REGIONAL: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Yale Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival. TEACHING: Catholic University of America, David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, Eugene Lang College at the New School. PUBLICATIONS: The Piscatorbühne Century (Routledge, 2021); Shakespeare in the Theatre: Shakespeare Theatre Company, co-authored with Deborah C. Payne (Arden/Bloomsbury, 2024). TRAINING: Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale School of Drama.


  • Danica Rodriguez
    Resident Casting Director
    Resident Casting Director
    Danica Rodriguez

    STC: As You Like It, Macbeth In Stride, Evita, Here There Are Blueberries, King Lear, Jane Anger, Much Ado About Nothing, Red Velvet, Our Town, The Merchant of Venice. NEW YORK: Off-Broadway: The Public Theater: cullud wattah (World Premiere); Romeo y Julieta, Soft Power, for colored girls…, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Park), Mojada, Ain’t No Mo’ (World Premiere). REGIONAL: Folger Theatre: Our Verse in Time to Come | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: The Sensational Sea Mink-Ettes, Incendiary | The Kennedy Center: The Day You Begin | Long Wharf Theatre: Passing Strange | JAG Productions: Next to Normal | The Civilians:El Condor Magico, and others. FILM: Braid of Time, Whole, Six Feet Apart. AWARDS: Theatre Communications Group 2021 Rising Leader of Color. PERSONAL: she/her | Danica is a Founding Trainer with Broadway for Racial Justice Casting Directive | Training: Dartmouth College: BA in Film & Media Studies | Instagram: @danicarodriguezcasting | DanicaRodriguez.com.


  • Jack Doulin
    Casting
    Casting
    Jack Doulin

    Bio forthcoming.


  • Lisa Beley
    Voice and Text Coach
    Voice and Text Coach
    Lisa Beley

    STC: Much Ado About Nothing; Red Velvet; Our Town; Peter Pan and Wendy; Everybody; The Oresteia; Vanity Fair; Richard III; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The Comedy of Errors; Romeo and Juliet; Camelot; Noura; Hamlet; Twelfth Night; The Lover and The Collection; Othello (2017 Free For All); The School for Lies; Macbeth; King Charles III | ACA: As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Pericles, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus. INTERNATIONAL: Vancouver, Canada: Rumble Theatre: Indian Arm | Vancouver Playhouse: The Music Man | UBC Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, The Cherry Orchard, The House of Atreus, Arcadia | York University: Our Country’s Good. FILM: Dialect, voice, text: Warcraft, Horns, Firewall, Monster Trucks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Suckerpunch, The Watchman, Hidden, Apollo 18, The Uninvited, Hot Rod, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Elektra. TELEVISION: Dialect: The Good Doctor, Tin Star, Bates Motel, The 100, Alcatraz, Rogue, Red Widow, The Secret Circle, Heavenly, Human Target, The Good Wife, Inseparable, Just Cause. PERSONAL: Directing: The Bay at Nice, Agamemnon | Teaching: STC’s Academy for Classical Acting: Voice, Speech and Text Instructor; Canada’s National Voice Intensive: Voice and Text Instructor | Training: York University: MFA in Acting, Voice Teacher’s Diploma; University of British Columbia: BFA in Acting.


  • Ashley Mapley-Brittle
    Assistant Director
    Assistant Director
    Ashley Mapley-Brittle

    STC: Much Ado About Nothing. REGIONAL (Assistant Director): Round House Theatre: Nine Night (US Premiere), We Declare You A Terrorist… (World Premiere), The Great Leap | Director: The Amish Project, MOJO, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Undiscovered Country, Elbow. | PERSONAL: she/her | Upcoming: Peerless (director), Jane Anger (assistant director) | Training: East 15 Acting School: MFA in Theatre Directing, High Point University: BA in Performance Theatre.


  • Joseph Smelser*
    Production Stage Manager
    Production Stage Manager
    Joseph Smelser*

    STC: Resident Stage Manager; 40 productions including King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing; Our Town; Once Upon a One More Time; The Amen Corner (2021 remount); The Oresteia; The Panties, The Partner and The Profit; The Comedy of Errors; Camelot; Hamlet; The School for Lies; The Secret Garden (also at 5th Avenue Theatre and Theater Under the Stars); The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound (also at Guthrie Theater); Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; The Tempest; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Strange Interlude; All’s Well That Ends Well. REGIONAL: Arena Stage: The Heiress, Let Me Down Easy | Seattle Repertory Theatre: Eight seasons including An Ideal Husband, Play On!, Golden Child, Don Juan, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Lily Tomlin) | American Conservatory Theater: The Rivals, The Circle, The Government Inspector, Vigil | Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Journey to the West, An Almost Holy Picture, Having Our Say | Regional Tour: Let Me Down Easy, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (both with Anna Deavere Smith). PERSONAL: Training: Oberlin College: BA.

    *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Joey Blakely
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Assistant Stage Manager
    Joey Blakely

    REGIONAL: The Kennedy Center: 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert | Signature Theatre: No Place to Go, The Upstairs Department, Rent, Escaped Alone, Gun & Powder, Assassins, Blackbeard, Billy Elliot, Passion, The Scottsboro BoysLight Years, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Titanic, The Fix | Olney Theatre Center: A.D. 16 | Theater J: The Jewish Queen Lear, The How and the Why, The Last SchwartzBody of an American, Sons of the Prophet. PERSONAL: he/him | Training: Georgetown University: BA in Theater and Performance Studies.

    * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.    



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