Scott Jackson

S Jackson

Executive Director


Scott provides executive oversight for the many Shakespeare-related programs housed at the University of Notre Dame, with a specific focus on engaging our local community through the works of William Shakespeare.

Previously he served as executive director for the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he produced and performed in outdoor Shakespeare productions staged under the midnight sun at venues throughout Alaska, and subsequently presented for audiences around the globe (most notably at the VIII World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane, Australia, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland).

Scott was also the business and legal affairs coordinator for Brighter Pictures Ltd in London (now a part of Endemol UK), where he supported the day-to-day administration of one of the United Kingdom’s most successful independent television production companies. 

Grant Mudge

Ryan Producing Artistic Director,
Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival


Grant is an actor, director, commissioned playwright, teacher and artistic director, in which capacity he served at Richmond Shakespeare for over fifteen years, from 1996-2011.  Highlights during that time included founding the summertime Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall, helping to develop Richmond CenterStage and leading the company to its residency in that facility, creating a tour that would bring performances to 23 states, and more than 200,000 people with performances and education offerings.

During five of those years, he also taught and directed the Drama program at Maggie Walker Governor's School, which US News & World Report consistently ranks among the top 25 in the nation.

As an actor, Mudge has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Ballet, Theatre IV/Barksdale (now VA Rep) and many others, from New York to Arizona. Performances for Richmond Shakespeare include the title roles in Henry V and Macbeth, Warwick/Poins/Glendower and The Douglas in the company's four-year project, [The History Cycle], as well as Orsino in Twelfth Night, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Trinculo/Ferdinand in The Tempest, Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Orlando in As You Like It, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and fourteen consecutive years as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for Two Actors.

Directing more than 30 productions, Mudge's credits include: Death and The Maiden, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing (four times), Romeo & Juliet (three times)  Macbeth, The Tempest (twice), Love's Labour's Lost and A Midsummer Night's Dream (three times), as well as Our Town, Les Miserables, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Hamlet (also twice). His 2005 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" aired on WCVE-TV PBS, and is still regularly rebroadcast. His final performances of A Christmas Carol for Two Actors will also air on regional PBS stations in 2012.

Debra Gasper

Debra Gasper

Company Manager

Debra (photo left) is thrilled to be a part of the Shakespeare at Notre Dame team. She is responsible for coordinating the practical needs of the artistic staff, crew, and performers for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and Actors From The London Stage.

Debra has been a professional stage manager for 13 years and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Debra came to Notre Dame from Louisville, Ky, where she spent 10 years as the resident stage manager for Actors Theatre of Louisville.

She has also worked for Long Wharf Theatre, The River Rep, Cleveland Signstage Theatre, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Debra has stage managed over 60 productions, including many productions of Shakespeare. Favorites include: The Tempest, Macbeth, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night.

Debra holds a B.A. in theatre from Indiana University at South Bend, where she teaches stage management.

Aaron Nichols

Audience Development Manager


Aaron is responsible for helping you - our patrons, partners and participants - explore the wide variety of events and activities we produce year round. Aaron handles all aspects of sales and marketing for the program, from booking Actors From The London Stage at universities across the United States, to promoting Shakespeare at Notre Dame's events locally and regionally. If you would like to become a new supporter or professional partner, reach out to Aaron Nichols.

Aaron has been active in the Michiana theatre scene since returning from Chicago in 2001. Working as a director, designer, adjudicator and actor in theatres across the region, Aaron believes passionately in the transformative power of live theatre for audiences of all ages. With a background in non-profit administration, event-planning and human resources, Aaron is thrilled to be the newest member of the Shakespeare at Notre Dame team.