Hamlet Cast Profiles

RYAN BELOCK (Francisco, Fortinbras, Music Coordinator) joins the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for his fifth season and his fourth as a member of the Young Company. He recently completed majors in Music, Theatre, and Graphic Design at the University of Notre Dame. Ryan played Solanio in The Merchant of Venice and Oliver in As You Like It for NDSF last season. His other credits include Valentine in The Two Gentleman of Verona produced by the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre in collaboration with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival; Hal in Proof; Danny inGrease; Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit; Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew; and Pirelli inSweeney Todd. He is grateful for the love and support of his family and friends and the entire festival cast, crew, and staff for their dedication and talent.

LISA BRESCIA (Gertrude) is honored to make her Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut this season. She was most recently seen ass Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! on Broadway where she has also appeared as Elphaba in Wicked, Amneris in Aida, Cleo in Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Marion Halcombe in The Woman in White.  Lisa’s other New York credits include Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well directed by Barry Edelstein at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab and originating the role of Claire in Roundabout’s Ordinary Days. She sends much love and thanks to David H. Bell, and to her husband, Craig Carnelia. http://www.lisabrescia.com

DANIEL CANTOR (Ghost, Player King, Gravedigger) joins the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for the first time this season. His Off-Broadway credits include Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight(Promenade Theater), Tuesdays With Morrie (Minetta Lane), and Strictly Personal (Soho Playhouse). Daniel also appeared in the national tour of Picasso At The Lapin Agile. His Chicago theater credits include Rabbit Hole, Chicago Boys, and Fish Men at Goodman Theater; Jacob and Jack and Relatively Close at Victory Gardens; The Comedy of Errors at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; and Return to Haifaat Next Theatre. Daniels’ extensive regional theatre credits include multiple productions at the American Conservatory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Cleveland Play House, Studio Theater in Washington, D.C., Hartford TheaterWorks, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Arkansas Repertory Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, Mill Mountain Theater, and the National Shakespeare Company. He appeared on television in Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: CI, Conviction, The Sopranos, As the World Turns, Loving, and Asphalt Man (Korea). His film credits include The Auteur Theory for Showtime, Alchemyfor ABC, and other independent movies. Daniel teaches acting at Northwestern University.

DONALD CARRIER (Polonius) returns to Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival after playing Malvolio inTwelfth Night in 2009. He also directed The Two Gentlemen of Verona produced by the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre in collaboration with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in 2011. Donald’s recent credits include Ten Chimneys and In The Next Room at Cleveland Playhouse. His regional credits include Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear and The Tempest (Old Globe), A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theatre Festival); Shining City (Studio Theatre); Noises Off (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); The Duchess of Malfi-Helen Hayes Nomination (The Shakespeare Theatre); Arcadia(Wilma Theatre); Gross Indecency (Huntington Theatre and Intiman Theatre); Shakespeare in Hollywood (TheatreWorks); and The School for Scandal (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Donald spent nine seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival appearing in As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Coriolanus, The Merchant Of Venice, and Measure For Measure among many others. His directing credits include Twelfth Night, Habeas Corpus and The Love Stories. His television and film credits include Guns, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Passion Of Ayn Rand and Dead by Monday. His writing credits include Evangeline written with Anaya Farrell. Donald is the Associate Director of the Case western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program.

CLARE COONEY (Ensemble) is pleased to make her Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut this season. She recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame this past May with a degree in Psychology and Film, Television, and Theatre. Her favorite Notre Dame roles include Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Leading Player in Pippin, and Marta in Company. Last fall she directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with the Pasquerilla East Musical Company. She sends lots of love to her family, friends, and Kevin, and many thanks to the festival’s cast and crew for a wonderful summer.

JOHN CORR (Ensemble) is a junior at the University of Notre Dame and makes his debut with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival this season. He has been performing in musical theatre for six years, including Notre Dame student productions such as The Drowsy Chaperone and Chicago. John also recently performed the role of Carleton Fitzgerald in Light Up the Sky for the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. He would like to thank his incredible family and friends for their love and support.

JEFF CUMMINGS (Claudius) is delighted to make his Notre Dame Shakespeare debut with Hamlet. His regional credits include Cassius in Julius Caesar for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Phileas Fogg in Around The World In 80 Days with Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jim Tyrone in A Moon For The Misbegotten for State Theatre in Pennsylvania, Dr. Givings in In The Next Room, Or, The Vibrator Play for A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and Charles Fox in The Madness Of George III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jeff’s favorite roles include Berowne in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Jack Worthing in The Importance Of Being Earnest, Duke of Suffolk in Henry VI, Parts I and II, and Dr. Paramore in The Philanderer. Jeff also narrates audio books for Brilliance Audio including Finnikin Of The Rock (Earphones Award) by Melina Marchetta,Spellbound by Nora Roberts, Breathless by Dean Koontz, and Never Look Back by Linwood Barclay among many others.

CAROLYN DEMANELIS (Ensemble) recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in Theatre and Arabic. She returns to the Young Company for her third season having performed in the Young Company production of The Taming Of The Shrew in 2010, working as Production Assistant on the Professional Company production of Cymbeline that same season, and serving as Assistant Director and Stage Manager of the special London-based production of Periclesproduced by the festival in 2011. She hopes to continue her professional training with an M.F.A. in Acting or Directing. Carolyn thanks NDSF for all the wonderful opportunities over the past several years, and her family and friends for all their support.

BEN ESTUS (Guildenstern) makes his Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut this season. He is originally from Houston, Texas, and is a senior at Northwestern University where he is studying Theatre and Psychology. Ben’s ecent credits include Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Steve and understudy for Mark in Rent, and Little Tommy in Gold in the Hills. He thanks David and the entire festival team for the opportunity and sends his love to Gail, Melissa, and his awesome family.

TY FANNING (Barnardo, Prologue, Lucianus) is a senior majoring in Acting at Oklahoma City University (OCU). His recent credits at OCU include Tupolski in The Pillowman and Ken in Red. Ty’s other credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing for Reduxion Theatre Company, and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice and Fred in their a touring production of A Christmas Carol for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Ty has worked extensively in film and television throughout Texas and Oklahoma. He recently gained eligibility for the Screen Actor's Guild union by booking a supporting role in the film Home Run directed by David Boyd (The Walking Dead and Friday Night Lights). His other film credits include Hollis, Dancing In The Chamber,and Before Chaos. Ty is honored to be working with NDSF and thanks Kevin Asselin and his family for their support.

VICTORIA FLEES (Ensemble) is originally from Fraser, Michigan, and is a recent graduate from Saint Mary’s College. She returns to the Notre Dame Shakespeare for her second season having served as Assistant Stage Manager for In Concert: Kiss Me Kate in 2010. Victoria’s recent acting credits include Myrrhine in Lysistrata, Nancy in Living Out, Cinderella in Into The Woods, Angelique in The Imaginary Invaild, and Katie Maura in Confessions Of The Chaff. She has has worked in many other aspects of theatre including, most recently, assistant directing a production of Eurydice.  She is excited to be a member of the Young Company this season.

KIMBERLY GAUGHAN (Ensemble) recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Film, Television, and Theatre. She joins the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for her fourth summer this season where her Young Company credits include Agiato in The Deceived, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Phebe in As You Like It. She has also performed in the ensemble of the Professional Company productions of Cymbeline and The Merchant of Venice. As an undergraduate, Kimberly participated in both departmental and student productions appearing as Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town, Edith in Blithe Spirit, Theresa in Boy Gets Girl, and The Seven Swans' Princess in The Secret in the Wings, among others. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support.

MATTHEW GOODRICH (Horatio) is thrilled to return to the University of Notre Dame for the first time since earning his degree in Film, Television, and Theatre in 2009. Matt has since received his M.F.A. in from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). His previous credits with the Notre dame Shakespeare Festival include Malcolm in Macbeth (2008) and Sebastian in Twelfth Night (2009). Matthew’s other notable credits include include The Threepenny Opera, Assassins, Big Love, A Few Good Men, Two Rooms, Guernica, and Closer (University of Notre Dame); Measure for Measure(CalArts); On the Heath (University of Washington); Little Eyolf (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Travis Preston's Brewsie and Willie (Center for New Performance/Poor Dog Group); and Camino Real(Theatre @ Boston Court, L.A. Weekly Award nomination for Leading Male Performance.) He asks for your continued support of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, which is responsible for the foundation of his craft and professional career. He sends many thanks to J.P.S., D.H.B, W.S., J.C., A.T., D.G., S.S., A.J., J.T.M., R.R.M., andV.L.Y.

NATHAN GOODRICH (Rosencrantz) is thrilled to be making his debut with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival this season. He is originally from Dallas, Texas, and is a junior at Oklahoma City University where he is pursuing a B.F.A. in Acting as well as studying voice under the tutelage of Dr. Frank Ragsdale. Nathan’s collegiate theatre credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night, Donalbain inMacbeth, and Prince Christopher in Cinderella. He would like to thank Kevin Asselin and Jay Paul Skelton for this amazing opportunity, his family and friends for all their love and support, and, finally, his best friend, mentor, and savior Jesus Christ. 

SARAH GOSSELIN (Player Queen, Ensemble) joins the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for the first time this season. She hails from Westfield, Massachusetts, and is a senior majoring in Acting at Oklahoma City University. Sarah’s recent credits include Suzie in Wit and Rachel in Inherit the Windat Oklahoma City University, and Lady MacDuff in Macbeth for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. 

JACOB GRUBB (Laertes) is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University and makes his Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut this season. His credits include MacDuff in Macbeth with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Cornwall in King Lear with Oklahoma City Theatre Company, and Charles the Wrestler in As You Like It for Texas Shakespeare Festival.

ELIZABETH LEDO (Ophelia) is pleased to be joining the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival for her fourth season having appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (2004), Adriana in The Comedy of Errors(2006), and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice. Elizabeth grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but has been based in Chicago for the past 18 years. Chicago credits include As You Like It, Amadeus, Funk It Up About Nothin' and two productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream once playing Hermia and, most recently, playing Puck (Chicago Shakespeare); The Comedy of Errors, The Illusion, Titus Andronicus, Uncle Vanya and The Real Thing (Court); Homebody/Kabul and Morningstar (Steppenwolf); Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Boleros for the Disenchanted and A Christmas Carol (Goodman); The Homosexuals and Say You Love Satan (About Face Theatre); Arms and the Man (Writers’ Theatre), The Chalk Garden (Northlight); and The Old Curiousity Shop(Lookingglass Theatre). Her regional credits include Arcadia (Indiana Repertory) and over 20 productions with Milwaukee Repertory. Elizabeth is also a voice-over talent and can be heard on numerous commercials, video games, and The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas produced by Falcon Picture Group. She is a proud graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.

COREY MOSS (Reynaldo) makes his Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut this season. He is an undergraduate at Northwestern University where his stage credits include The Waa-Mu Show 2012: Off the MapThe Regina Taylor Project: The State(s) of America, and Sonnets for an Old Century.Corey is grateful to have such a caring, selfless mentor and friend as David H. Bell, and would like to thank his parents, Marci and Steven, his sister, Sarah, and his dog, Lucky, for their incredible support and guidance. He dedicates these performances to Dan Tomaselli, also known as "Mr. T".   

SPENCER NEIMAN (Cornelius, Assistant to the Director) is originally from Los Angeles, California, and is a senior majoring in Theatre at Northwestern University. Some of his favorite university acting credits include Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Hathi the Elephant in Jungalbook, and Rick Coca in Sonnets for an Old Century. He also recently had the pleasure of directing The Drowsy Chaperoneat Northwestern. He would like to thank David for this wonderful opportunity and his family and friends for their love and support.

CHARLIE O’LEARY (Ensemble) is a senior majoring in Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame and makes his Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut this season. He has been involved with a variety of student productions and is active in the on-campus musical theatre community. Charlie’s previous roles include Leaf Coneybear in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Dr. Horrible in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone. He is a native of Saint Marys, Pennsylvania and would like to thank his family and friends who pretend that his jokes are funny and say nice things to him when he is sad.

SCOT SHEPLEY (Voltemond) is delighted to return to the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival having appeared previously in The Merchant of VeniceCymbelineAs You Like It as produced in association with Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company and St. Edward’s Hall Players, MacbethLove’s Labor’s Lost, and directing and performing in the ShakeScenes community outreach program. His theatre work in South Bend includes directing Red and And Then They Came For Me; acting in the premiere of The Tiernan Affair; several staged readings for the Acting Ensemble Stage Company; and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. HydeHumble BoyMoonlight and MagnoliasThe Elephant ManThe Sunshine Boys,Rashomon and Death of a Salesman for South Bend Civic Theatre. He serves as Marketing Director for South Bend Civic Theatre and is an associate faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Indiana University South Bend.

ANDY TRUSCHINSKI (Hamlet) returns to Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival after playing Bassanio inThe Merchant of Venice. His previous credits include A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Comedy of Errors and Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare); Fred in A Christmas Carol (Goodman); The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter's Tale, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hay Fever (American Players Theatre); Romeo and Juliet and Love's Labor's Lost (Riverside);Heartbreak House and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); and The Sum of Us and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre). He thanks David for another great opportunity and his continual support.

KODY WALKER (Marcellus) makes his Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival debut this season.  He was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, and would be nowhere without the guidance of his parents, friends, and Kevin Asselin, who continues to be the best mentor and friend that a theatre artist could imagine. Kody also would like to thank those people behind the scenes whose hard work is very much appreciated.

ED WASSERMAN (Osric) is excited to be spending his first season with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. He originally hails from New York and is currently studying Theatre at Northwestern University. His favorite credits include The Waa-Mu Show, Spring Awakening, and The History Boys. He thanks David and the entire Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival team, and sends love to his family and friends.