2015 Profiles

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L. Peter Callender (Antigonus/Old Shepherd)

is artistic director of the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, California, and a proud member of Actors Equity Association. As an associate artist at California Shakespeare Theater, Mr. Callender has appeared in over 50 plays over the years. Favorites include: Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), Laertes (Hamlet), Orsino (Twelfth Night), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Antony (Julius Caesar), Leonato (Much Ado About Nothing), Roebuck Ramsden (Man and Superman), Colonel Pickering (Pygmalion), and Bolingbrook (Richard II). He has appeared on Broadway in Prelude to a Kiss and on several noted Bay Area stages: Berkeley Rep (SPUNK), American Conservatory Theatre (The Tempest), San Jose Stage (RACE), Aurora Theater (Breakfast with Mugabe, Permanent Collection). Mr. Callender is the recipient of several acting awards and is also a visiting professor at Stanford University teaching Acting Shakespeare.

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Giles Davies (Autolycus)

was born in Hong Kong and is of British descent. He grew up watching his parents on stage and acted from the age of five. He received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, and then traveled the globe, performing his solo work wherever possible. After graduating from The Ohio State University’s graduate program (with a specialty in creating solo work), he immediately joined the ensemble with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Currently living in Tampa, he is in Cincinnati over the next year as a visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and Drama. He loves teaching, directing, and the tropics. Favorite past roles include Coriolanus, Macbeth, Richard III, Dracula, Frankenstein (solo), Caliban in The Tempest, and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot.

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Drew Fracher (Director) 

is a freelance director, fight arranger and actor, serving as a fight master with the Society of American Fight Directors. His directing work has been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Shakespeare Co., American Stage, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Human Race Theatre Co., Florida Stage, and the Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky Shakespeare Festivals. His work has recently been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he directed his fourth season of A Christmas Carol, and he staged the boxing matches in the recent world premiere of And In This Corner...Cassius Clay at Stage One in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

 

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Shanara Gabrielle (Queen Hermione) 

is happy to be joining the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for this production of The Winter’s Tale! Regional highlights include: A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Blithe Spirit (Great Lakes Theatre/Idaho Shakespeare); Clybourne Park, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (St. Louis Repertory Theatre); Ilona in She Loves Me (Guthrie Theater); Black Pearl Sings! (The Black Rep); The Love List (American Heartland Theatre); Othello, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Twelfth Night (Great River Shakespeare Festival); Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Cooking With Elisa (Upstream Theatre); Guys and Dolls, Lend Me a Tenor (Northern Stage). NYC highlights include: The Wild Party, The Truth, Meet Me In St. Louis, The American Girls Revue, In The Mood. Film/TV highlights include: Chicago Fire, Conviction, Guiding Light, numerous commercials and independent films. BFA - Webster Conservatory, Princess Grace Foundation Award, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. shanaragabrielle.com.

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Grant Goodman (Leontes)

is thrilled to be “back home again in Indiana” to perform at The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Off-Broadway credits include: Antony & Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience), King Lear, The Iliad (Lincoln Center), Richard II (New York City Center/Pearl Theatre) and Pericles (Red Bull) among others.  Regional credits include extensive work with: Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, DC), The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Illinois, Kentucky, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey among many others. Television credits include: As the World Turns and Sex and the City. Grant is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was recently selected to represent the United States in the International Actors’ Fellowship at The Globe Theatre in London this coming fall.

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Joneal Joplin (Camillo)

is pleased to be making his debut at NDSF with The Winter’s Tale. He has appeared in over 300 productions throughout the US and Canada. Recent roles have included Tony Reilly in Outside Mullingar, The Old Actor in The Fantasticks, Monseigneur Ryan in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman, Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off, Northumberland in Henry IV, Archbishop and King Louis in Henry V, Candy in Of Mice and Men, John of Gaunt in Richard II and Captain Smith in Titanic. He has performed at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Missouri Rep, South Coast Rep, The Muny Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, Atlanta Theatre Under The Stars, Kansas City Starlight, The Hangar Theatre, Country Dinner Playhouse, Indianapolis Starlight, Theatre on the Square, Ensemble Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, The Human Race Theatre, Actor’s Studio, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to name a few. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, the proud father of two splendid actors, Jen and Jared, and the proud husband for 53 years of his lovely bride, Janie.

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Jens Rasmussen (Polixenes)

OFF BROADWAY:  I Came to Look for You on Tuesday, La Ma Ma ETC; Stories from the 99%, Working Theatre; The Strangest, HERE; Carry the Tiger to the Mountain, Pan Asian Rep, The Fundamentalist, Scandinavian American Theatre Co. REGIONAL: Skin Tight, Studio Theatre; Conference of the Birds, Folger; The Merchant of Venice, Milwaukee Rep; 20th Century Way, Know Theatre of Cincinnati. FILM: The Rebuild, Attack of the Morningside Monster, Survivor Type. jensrasmussen.info.

 

 

 

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Wendy Robie (Paulina)

Recent Chicago credits include The Game’s Afoot with Drury Lane Theatre, Southbridge with Chicago Dramatists, Cyrano de Bergerac, Private Lives, Richard III, Hamlet, and Hecuba with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Sense and Sensibility with Northlight Theatre, Float with About Face, Mother Courage and her Children with Steppenwolf, Trojan Women with The Goodman Theatre (Jeff nomination for best supporting actress), and A Delicate Balance with Remy Bumppo. Outside the US, Robie appeared as Regan in Brian Bedford’s King Lear at the 2007 Stratford Festival of Canada, and as Bishop in Joan Dark with the Linz, Austria 09 Kulturhouptstadt. Regional credits include the Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2013 season; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Kansas City Repertory; Arizona Theatre Company; Broadway in Texas, Austin; Portland Repertory Theatre, and South Coast Repertory Theatre (Dramalogue Award, lead actress). Film credits include Were the World Mine and Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs. TV credits include Star Trek, DS9, and two seasons as Nadine in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Robie received the Chicago After Dark Award for Outstanding Season for 2005.

 


 

Scotty Arnold (Original Music/Music Direction) Scotty Arnold’s play Oscar & Richard & Joe recently received a sold-out concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL. Other recent work includes Mortality Play (Joe’s Pub, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Ars Nova), Trivøya Gold (NYU’s 4@15, Musical Theatre Factory), and That Time We Found a Sasquatch in the Woods (Musical Theatre Factory, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). Short works include Tereshkova (Music Theatre Company, Cornelia St. Café), Lost & Found (Nautilus Music-Theater, NYU), and The Veteran’s Wife (Academy for New Musical Theatre). He holds a BA from Santa Clara University and an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and has also studied at the Academy for New Musical Theater (CA) and New Dramatists (Composer-Librettist Studio). He has completed residencies at Space at Ryder Farm, New York Stage and Film, and CAP21. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Sarah Bussard (Hair, Makeup, and Wig Designer; Craftsperson) is a makeup and wig designer and costumer whose design and production work ranges from independent film to opera, and theatre as well as commercials. She received her master of fine arts in theatrical design and production at the University of Cincinnati, from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in makeup and wig design. Selected credits include: Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Utah Festival Opera, We Shall Remain: Tecumseh (PBS); Silk Trees (Evermore Pictures); Evaluating Kaitly, 177 (Runaway Pen Productions). Designs include: Bittersweet (Light Opera Works); The Magic Flute (Northwestern University); On the Verge, Orpheus Descending, Anything Goes (CCM); Promises, Promises (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); The 39 Steps, Pride and Prejudice, Eurydice, Urinetown, Almost Maine, Proof, Iphigenia 2.0 (East Texas Baptist University); And Then There Were None (Bethel College). She is currently at East Texas Baptist University, where she serves as both design faculty and costume shop supervisor.

Matt Callahan (Sound Designer) served as the resident sound designer at Actors Theatre of Louisville for eight seasons and over 50 productions including the world premieres of The Hour of Feeling, Michael Von Sienberg Melts Through the Floorboards, Bob, Elemeno Pea, Ground, Sirens, Wild Blessings, The Hard Boating Party, Slasher, The End, Rock and Roll: The Reunion Tour, Dark Play or Stories for Boys, Great Falls, Beautiful City, The Scene, The Unseen, Six Years, Pure Confidence, and Hazard County. Other Regionals: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Milwaukee Rep., St. Louis Rep., Arizona Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut St. Theatre, Prince Music Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage and Studio. Other Credits: resident sound designer O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2008 and 2009).

C. Kenneth Cole (Technical Director) teaches classes in theatre technology, stage lighting, computer drafting, and design for the theatre, special effects, and introduction to theatre at Notre Dame. He has worked professionally for the Santa Fe Opera, the Ashlawn-Highland Summer Festival, the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Southold Dance Theatre, and South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He taught at Southeast Missouri State University and Indiana University South Bend prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty in the fall of 2003. Currently he is working on a textbook for CAD and a new course on special effects for the studio and stage. Ken’s other interests include robotics and animatronics.

Kevin Dreyer (Lighting Designer) has been involved with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival since its inception and has designed the lighting for the majority of the Professional Company productions. He also served as Interim Producing Artistic Director for the 2011 season. Kevin is an associate professor in the department of film, television, and theatre at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches, designs lighting, and is the director of theatre. His freelance design career in theatre, opera, and dance has taken him all over the U.S. and around the world, including Japan, France, Venezuela, and to New York City where he designed for, among others, the American Ballet Theatre. Kevin lit the Joffrey Ballet from 1997 to 2007 and his designs for the Joffrey have appeared in the motion pictures The Company, directed by Robert Altman, and Save The Last Dance. Kevin has also designed lighting for Giordano Dance Chicago and Chicago Shakespeare. Kevin lives in northern Indiana where he and his wife have raised three daughters.

Don Hunter (Production Manager) has his BA in theatre arts from Bethel College and his MFA in stage management from Wayne State University. Don production managed for Waterworks Theatre Company in Royal Oak, Michigan and stage managed at the Hilberry while in graduate school. For the last five years, he has been a production manager and a regular designer at Bethel. Next year, he will chair Bethel’s theatre department. Recently, Don designed the set for The 39 Steps and sound for both And Then There Were None and Seussical at Bethel, lights for Spamalot at the South Bend Civic Theatre, and managed Candide for Opera Notre Dame, and both The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty for Southhold Dance Theater.

Kathy Preher (Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for her second summer. She has spent many seasons at Actors Theatre of Louisville where her home is located. She has stage managed or assistant stage managed over 50 productions. Some of her favorites include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Kite Runner, The Comedy of Errors, and she loves doing the Humana Festival of New American Plays annually. Other credits: Henry IV, Betrayal, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare & Company); The Comedy of Errors, Henry V (Orlando UCF Shakespeare Festival); Henry IV, The Comedy of Errors (Kentucky Shakespeare Festival); along with work at The Kentucky Opera, The B Street Theatre, Stage One Children’s Theatre, and many small local companies. Kathy is married and the mother of three highly active boys!

Marcus Stephens (Scenic Designer) is pleased to be working with such excellent people on this production of The Winter’s Tale. Marcus is the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s resident scenic designer, where he has designed sets for the last eight seasons. He has had the opportunity to serve as scenic designer for such productions as The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Orpheus Descending for the Eugene Opera; When the Messenger is Hot at 59E59 Theater in New York; and First Look Repertory and The Elephant Man with Steppenwolf Theater Company. He also designed Hot Mikado and Hairspray at Drury Lane Oakbrook; Fully Committed with the Madison Repertory, The Marriage of Figaro with Remy Bumpo; Woyzeck with Greasy Joan and Company; Dead End with Griffin Theatre; The Master and Margarita at Grinnell College; Moby Dick with the Building Stage; and Harper Regan, Parlour Song, and Breathing Corpses with Steep Theater. Marcus is scenic design faculty at the University of Notre Dame, where he has designed over 15 productions. He holds an MFA in scenic and lighting design from Northwestern University and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA #829.

Christine Turbitt (Costume Designer) is an assistant dean and the director of costume studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her clothes have been seen frequently during the past eleven seasons at Georgia Shakespeare in the Suzi Award winning production of The Merchant of Venice, The Bourgeois Gentleman, School for Scandal, The Miser, Saint Joan, The Comedy of Errors, Amadeus, Tartuffe, The School for Wives, What the Butler Saw, The Cherry Orchard, Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses, and Loot. She has designed costumes for Alabama Shakespeare Festival (When We Are Married, King Lear, Sheppey), North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (more than 20 over an equal number of seasons), North Carolina School of the Arts (way too many to remember), Monomoy Theatre (where she gets to design clothes for all of her favorite musical comedies), Triad Stage, the Actor’s Theatre of Atlanta, Southwest Virginia Ballet, and various other theatres and universities up and down the East Coast.

Cheryl Turski (Choreographer) is thrilled to be back with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, having choreographed The Merry Wives of Windsor with last year’s Young Company. She is an assistant professor of theatre at Wayne State University specializing in movement, voice, and acting, and has previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Institute at Harvard University, and Emerson College. Cheryl recently concluded work as the assistant choreographer on The Light Princess both at the A.R.T. and Off-Broadway. Last year she toured China acting and teaching, sponsored in part by the U.S. Embassy. Regional credits include acting at the A.R.T. under the direction of Diane Paulus, Jeff Daniels’  The Purple Rose Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and Boston’s Publick Theatre. She has also choreographed for the A.R.T. Institute and Mainstage with three of the productions receiving residencies in Moscow. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA in acting from the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard, which also included a semester studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School. In addition, she holds a CMA (Certified Movement Analyst) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies.