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 particular focus on engaging our local community through the works of William Shakespeare. Previously he served as executive director for the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (FST) in Fairbanks, Alaska. At FST he produced and performed in outdoor Shakespeare productions staged under the midnight sun at venues throughout Alaska and toured around the globe (most notably at the VIII World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane, Australia, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland).

From 2000–2003, Scott was the business and legal affairs coordinator for Brighter Pictures, Ltd (now a part of Endemol UK), one of the United Kingdom’s most successful independent television and film production companies. He holds a BA in theatre from Indiana University Bloomington, as well as intensive study in acting at the London Centre for Theatre Studies.

Scott currently serves as the Treasurer for the Shakespeare Theatre Association and is an instructor of acting process at the University of Notre Dame. A firm believer in the power of Shakespeare and the theatre arts to effect positive social change, he is currently teaching a weekly Shakespeare in performance course at the Westville Correctional Facility near Michigan City, Indiana.

Grant Mudge

Ryan Producing Artistic Director,
Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival


Grant leads the professional producing arm of the organization, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.  Now in his nineteenth year as an artistic director and his third at Notre Dame, Grant previously served as the Founding Artistic Director for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival (VA) at Agecroft Hall.  Highlights there included helping to develop Richmond CenterStage, touring to 23 states and more than 200,000 people, and fourteen consecutive years playing Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for Two Actors.
His directing and acting credits include more than 50 productions. At Notre Dame, in 2013 Grant created a pilot touring program for regional schools, NDSF: ON TOUR, bringing Shakespeare performances and accompanying workshops to students throughout Northern Indiana.  

A member of the Film, Television, and Theatre faculty, Grant teaches and directs for the department.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, whose annual conference Shakespeare at Notre Dame will host in January of 2016.

Debra Gasper

Debra Gasper

General Manager

Debra 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.