KEVIN ASSELIN (Richard III–Fight Director, The Comedy of Errors–Director) returns to NDSF where his credits include The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Comedy of Errors, Henry V, and Romeo and Juliet. He also directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, The Deceived, The Witch and The Learned Ladies for the Young Company. Kevin’s Chicago credits include As You Like It (Writers’); Oedipus Complex (Goodman); The Three Musketeers, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Little Night Music, and many others (Chicago Shakespeare); and work with Steppenwolf, Shakespeare on the Green, Famous Door, Defiant, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has spent eight seasons with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and has worked regionally with Illinois Repertory, Struthers Library Theatre, and Papermill Theatre. He received his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
RYAN BELOCK (Richard III–Carpenter, ASM; The Comedy of Errors–Balthasar, Musician, Doctor Pinch, ASM) shares his 6th season with the NDSF family where past credits include percussionist and Fortinbras in Hamlet, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oliver in As You Like It, Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew, Solanio in The Merchant of Venice, First Murderer in Macbeth, and Abberzanes in The Witch. Other credits: Dream of Perfect Sleep (UT New Theatre); Én Vågen Krop, In Between (UT Theatre & Dance); COLOSSAL, Dead Mall (Cohen New Works Festival); Sweeney Todd (Opera ND); Two Gentlemen of Verona, Proof, Blithe Spirit (ND FTT); and Killer Women (ABC Television). Ryan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Music Performance, Theatre, and Graphic Design. He is currently a second-year MFA candidate in Integrated Media for Live Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. Love to family, friends, and the festival. V.B.A.M.
MELISSA B. BIALKO (Richard III–Cutter/Draper) Melissa is pleased to be participating at NDSF for her 9th season. Melissa has served as a Cutter/Draper, Craftsperson, Wardrobe Head, and Stitcher in the Professional Company and a three-time costume designer for the Young Company. A member of IATSE 187, Melissa has recently worked wardrobe for the touring productions of Celtic Women, Rock of Ages, and Shrek. Melissa works at Saint Mary’s College. Melissa’s recent design credits include The Dancer’s Ensemble Workshop, Puss in Boots, and The Secret Garden, for which she won a Kennedy Center award for Outstanding Costume Design. Melissa received her BA from Ashland University and her MFA at The Ohio State University.
BOBBY BOWMAN (Richard III–Lord Hastings, Duke of Norfolk; The Comedy of Errors–Solinus) is so happy to be returning to NDSF. He was last seen at Notre Dame in the productions of The Merchant of Venice and As You Like It. He is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University, where he received a BFA in Acting. Some of his OCU productions include the title characters in Woyzeck and Hamlet, Malcom in Macbeth, Longaville in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Rodrigo in Othello, and Larry in Closer. He would like to thank Kevin for being an incredible mentor, Whit for her constant support, and his mom for absolutely everything.
NATALIE BOWMAN (Richard III–Cutter/Draper) is returning to NDSF for her seventh season. A graduate of Indiana University South Bend (1998), Natalie received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from Florida State University in 2001. She has also worked at a number of regional theaters, including the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Swine Palace Productions (based at Louisiana State University), and Milwaukee Shakespeare Company. After working as the Assistant Costume Shop Manager at Northern Illinois University, Natalie relocated to southern Indiana to work as a freelance costumer in the Louisville area. She is now the Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer at Indiana University Southeast, located in New Albany, IN.
KRISTIN CLIPPARD (Richard III & The Comedy of Errors–Assistant Director) has worked as a theatre artist across the U.S. and earned her MFA in Directing at the University of Iowa. Kristin also holds a BFA in Acting from Wright State University. She has trained with Shakespeare & Company, the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the National Conservatory Theatre, foolsFury and the SITI Company. Kristin has toured her original one-person show, developed new plays on both coasts, trained dozens of teaching artists and created theatre with at-risk populations. She also served as the Education Associate for several years with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Some favorite directing credits include Love’s Fire, The Taming of the Shrew, Loyalty and Betrayal (new play based on Julius Caesar), Collective Amnesia and Champagne Gods.
C. KENNETH COLE (Technical Director) is the Faculty Technical Director for the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked professionally for Santa Fe Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tennessee Repertory, Yale Repertory, Southold Dance Theatre, and the Ashlawn-Highland Summer Festival. Ken keeps busy, having over 135 technical and design credits nationally over the past twenty years. He holds a B.A. in Theatre and Speech from the College of William and Mary and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
MATT DANIELS (Richard III–George, Sir James Tyrel) makes his NDSF debut. Based in Milwaukee, his recent credits include the title role in Jeeves In Bloom at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents at Forward Theater, The Chosen at In Tandem Theater, and A Wrinkle In Time at First Stage. He has also appeared at Milwaukee Shakespeare, the Illinois and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals, Lake Geneva Theatre Co., Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Kentucky Rep., Seven Angels Theater, and on many independent stages in New York. His directing work has been seen in Milwaukee and New York, and he Associate Director of First Stage Theater Academy’s Young Company, where he teaches Viewpoints, Shakespeare, and Voice. An avid ukulelist, Matt enjoys Ukulele Hour with Il Bazzone’s Wondrous Jumping Flea Circus. Training: Juilliard. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
ETHAN DEPPE (Richard III–Music Composer. Music Director) Composing credits include Hamlet (NDSF) Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare); Keep Ishmael (White Horse Theatre), The Jungle Book (American Eagle Theatre)Telescopes (Soho Rep), 20/20, Good Morning America, The Nate Berkus Show, and What Would You Do?. Music direction credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Music Supervisor), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NDSF), Cats (Theo Ubique), The Who’s Tommy, and I Sing! (White Horse Theatre Company); The Original Grease (Associate M.D., American Theatre Company), and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cortland Repertory Theatre). Percussion credits include Altar Boyz (Drury Lane Watertower), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 42nd Street, and Crazy for You (Theatre at the Center); Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre), Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Chicago Shakespeare); and The Adding Machine (Next Theatre).
KEVIN DREYER (Richard III–Lighting Designer) has been involved with NDSF since its inception and has designed the lighting for the majority of 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 and designs lighting and scenery. 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 recently made his Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut with his design for Short Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors. Kevin lives in northern Indiana with his wife and three daughters.
MICHAELA DUFFY (Richard III–Properties Master) This is Michaela Duffy’s second season with NDSF, and her first as Properties Master. She is the Technical Director and Scenographer at Saint Mary’s College. Her prior experience as Properties Master includes The Chautauqua Theatre Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and The New American Theatre. She also spent three seasons with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as Assistant Scenic Designer and Property Designer. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri and MFA in Theatre Design from Illinois State University.
PAUL FERGUSON (Young Prince) is a sophomore at Saint Joseph High school. Paul first experienced Shakespeare when he was 9 years old and has continued to perform ever since. He has attended the Robinson Community Learning Center for seven years, and also participates in the Robinson Shakespeare Company. Paul has been interacting with and performing the works of William Shakespeare for six of those seven years at the center. The plays and characters he has performed in and as include Macbeth with the role of Ross, Comedy of Errors with the role of Dromio of Syracuse, Two Gentleman of Verona with the role of Speed, Hamlet with the role of Hamlet, Richard III with the role of Buckingham, and Henry IV Part 1 with the role of Poins. This past winter, Paul won the regional title in the ESU Shakespeare Monologue Competition, and won second runner’s up in the state competition. He says that he could not have done all of this without the help of God, his father Timothy Ferguson, and all of his other mentors.
JEREMY W. FLOYD (Richard III–Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at NDSF after his debut with Hamlet. Originally from Alabama and a graduate of Northwestern University, Jeremy is a costume designer in Chicago. Some of his most recent designs include Creditors at Remy Bumppo, and Coriolanus with the Hypocrites. Some of Jeremy’s other favorite works include Murder for Two and Short Shakes! Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Harriet Jacobs at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Hot Mikado (Drury Lane), Becky Shaw (A Red Orchid), Godspell (Northwestern), and Gut Bucket Blues (True Colors, Atlanta), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Northwestern), and of course Hamlet (NDSF).
MAUREEN GALLAGHER (Richard III–Duchess of York) is very happy to return to NDSF and be a part of Richard III. She was a member of the companies of Cymbeline (Belaria), The Comedy of Errors (Emilia), and Romeo and Juliet (the Nurse). A Chicago actor and playwright, she has performed at many of the city’s theatres. Roles include Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, the Princess of France in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Isabella in Measure for Measure (Court Theatre), Peggotty in David Copperfield and Helen in The Infidel (Steppenwolf Theatre), the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Emilia in The Winter’s Tale (Goodman Theatre), Goneril in King Lear and Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst (Body Politic Theatre). As a playwright, she was honored to receive an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist grant to develop her play about Eudora Welty, More Ruthless and More Tender. Her play, Martin Furey’s Shot, about photojournalists and South Africa, was produced at TimeLine Theatre. This Spring her new play, Comrades Mine, about a female soldier in the Civil War, was produced at City Lit Theater.
BRETT GARRETT (Richard III–Catesby, The Comedy of Errors– Dromio of Syracuse) is excited to be a part of NDSF. He is a native to Longview, TX, and has just graduated with a BFA from Oklahoma City University. Brett has performed as Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, Katurian in Pillowman, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Brett has performed with the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and City Rep. Brett would also like to thank his family for all of their constant love and support.
ELIZABETH GARVER (Richard III–Stitcher) is an independent clothing designer and joins NDSF for the first time this season. She began producing clothes full-time after graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from the Rochester Institute of Technology. For almost 30 years she has regularly exhibited and sold her work at the American Craft Council shows in addition to participating in a number of other craft exhibits throughout the eastern United States. Her work is featured in Fiberarts Design Books I and II and she has given workshops and talks about her surface design techniques. Clothing boutiques and craft galleries nationwide have represented Elizabeth’s work since 1982. Her studio is located in South Bend, Indiana.
SCOTT GERWITZ (Richard III–Scenic Artist) is a scenic artist from Chicago. He has charged at many theatres and venues in Chicago including: Steppenwolf Theatre for 10 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and Drury Lane Theatre. He also teaches at Loyola University and Western Michigan University. Scott received his MFA from Brandeis University.
NATHAN GOODRICH (Richard III–Earl Rivers, Sir James Blunt, Messenger; The Comedy of Errors–Antipholus of Long Island) is thrilled to be returning to NDSF for the second time as a young company member this summer! Hailing from Flower Mound, Texas, Nathan will be a senior at Oklahoma City University where he is pursuing his undergrad as a BFA Acting major and studying voice with Dr. Frank Ragsdale. Previous NDSF credits include Rosencrantz in Hamlet, and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods; Andres in Woyzeck, and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night. Nathan would like to thank Grant Mudge, Laura Gordon, and Kevin Asselin for this amazing opportunity, his family and friends for their love and support, this awesome cast, his best friend and Savior Jesus Christ, and YOU for supporting live theatre! Enjoy the show! Isaiah 60:1
LAURA GORDON (Richard III–Director) joins NDSF for the first time this season. An Associate Artist at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Laura works both as a director and an actor. Her directing credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival); The Royal Family and Old Times (American Players Theater); Twelfth Night (Optimist Theater); Well (Milwaukee Chamber Theater); Going to St. Ives (Forward Theater); Skin Tight (Renaissance Theaterworks); In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Actors Theater of Louisville); and Speaking In Tongues, Laurel and Hardy, Almost Maine, Seascape, and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda (Milwaukee Rep). As a long time member of the Resident Acting Company at the Milwaukee Rep, Laura has appeared in over 75 productions including The Diary of Anne Frank (Edith Frank), Death of a Salesman (Linda Loman), Doubt (Sister Aloysius), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Maureen), Mary Stuart (Queen Elizabeth), Richard III (Elizabeth), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Princess of France), Copenhagen (Margrethe) and The Crucible (Elizabeth). She was honored with a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship in 2010.
MICHAEL GOTCH (Richard III–Richard) arrives having played the title role in Hamlet this spring under the direction of Tony-nominee Mark Lamos at The REP, where he is a 5-year member of the professional resident company at the University of Delaware. Before joining the REP, Michael worked at many of the country’s leading theatres. Past productions include Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Armadale and I Am My Own Wife. Off-Broadway credits include the U.S. Premiere of Svejk (Theatre for a New Audience), Richard III (The Acting Company), and Mercadet (Culture Project). His regional credits include Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (South Coast Repertory) directed by Warner Shook; Salieri in Amadeus (Actors Theatre of Louisville) directed by Kate Whoriskey; Jeff Award Nomination and After Dark Award for Chicago Premiere of Shakespeare’s R&J (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); at American Player’s Theatre: Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing, for which he received a Falstaff Award Nomination; The Taming of the Shrew, Richard II (Milwaukee Shakespeare). He is very pleased to be making his NDSF debut.
PAUL HANFT (Richard III–Sir Robert Brackenbury, Lord Mayor of London) Since 1989, Paul Hanft has performed in over 70 productions in the Michiana area. These include performances at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, the Parish Theatre in Kalamazoo, the Bristol Opera House in Bristol, New World Arts in Goshen, the Warner Studio Theatre in South Bend and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. NDSF performances include Gangster #1 in Kiss Me Kate, Adam in As You Like It, the Porter/the Old Man in Macbeth and the Captain/the Priest in Twelfth Night. For 23 years, WNIT Public Television in Michiana has allowed me to gratefully donate my time and talent to their worthwhile endeavors. I appreciate the opportunity to once again perform in the Decio Main Stage Theatre and dedicate my performance to my best friend and the love of my life, my dear wife Kay.
Mark D. Hines (Richard III–Duke of Buckingham) is pleased to make his debut with NDSF. Chicago credits include Richard III, Othello and The Madness of George III (Chicago Shakespeare); Enron (Timeline); Don’t Dress For Dinner (The Royal George); The Voysey Inheritance (Remy Bumppo); Pangs of the Messiah (Silk Road) as well as work with The Goodman, Chicago Dramatists and American Blues Theatre. Regional credits include: Major Barbara, All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It (American Players Theatre); Love’s Labor’s Lost, Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Complete Works... (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); Hamlet (Resident Ensemble Players); Dr. Faustus, Camelot (Utah Shakespeare Festival); School for Husbands, Coriolanus, Pericles(Texas Shakespeare Theatre); Caroline, Or Change (PCPA); and credits with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Mark made his television debut in the role of Angelo on last season’s Fox Drama The Mob Doctor. Mark holds a BA from UCLA and an MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.
LYNN HOLBROOK (NDSF–Costume Shop Manager) returns to NDSF for her third season. Lynn previously served as wardrobe supervisor and costume shop manager for BalletMet Columbus as well as costume shop manager for the University of Michigan. She designed costumes for seven new works at BalletMet Columbus including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, recreated costumes for repertory productions, and toured with many performances of Beauty and the Beast and The Nutcracker. Lynn earned her B.S. in Textiles and Clothing from the Ohio State University and her M.F.A. in Costume Design from Wayne State University where her designs were featured in three productions that traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is originally from Ohio and very happy to be at Notre Dame.
Perry Hunt (ShakeScenes Director) is so excited to be directing her first ShakeScenes after participating every year from 5th grade to her freshman year of high school. She is a Junior at Butler University studying Theatre and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Perry has participated in many local productions and is also performing in Les Miserables at South Bend Civic this summer after spending last summer studying abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia.
MICHELE JACKSON (Richard III–Stitcher) returns to NDSF for her fourth season. She is a native of South Bend, where she began her career as a seamstress at a local bridal shop during her senior year of high school. Michele was one of the first graduates of Joseph Szalay’s Custom Tailoring Academy and went on to supervise and provide tailoring at a local department store. She most recently worked on the opera The Servant of Two Masters at Notre Dame and as a stitcher for Smash and Pippin at Indiana University South Bend. The creativity of the costume designers never ceases to amaze her.
Rebecca KEMPER (Richard III and The Comedy of Errors–Text Coach) has been a director, actor, and teacher of Shakespeare and voice for over 20 years. Most recently, Rebecca spent 4 months with Kristin Linklater in NYC and directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for African American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco. She has been Producing Artistic Director for Maryland Shakespeare Festival (an equity theater she founded in 1999), Artistic Director of the Metawhateverphor Theater in NYC, Director of Training for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Director of Education for Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, chairperson of the Artistic Council for the Shakespeare Theater Association, and is a company member of Shakespeare & Co. in Massachusetts. She holds a BFA from NYU, an MLITT in Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature and an MFA in Directing (both from the American Shakespeare Center). She is known nationally for her research into Shakespeare’s rhetoric and her scholarship has been published in the Wooden O Journal and Shakespeare Criticism.
ELIZABETH LEDO (Richard III–Lady Anne) is thrilled to be returning to the Festival for her fifth season. Previous productions include Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice and Hamlet. Chicago credits include Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, The Comedy of Errors, The Illusion, Titus Andronicus, Uncle Vanya, and The Real Thing (Court Theatre); A Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It, Amadeus, and Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Chicago Shakespeare); A Christmas Carol and Boleros for the Disenchanted (Goodman); Homebody/Kabul and Morningstar (Steppenwolf); The Old Curiousity Shop (Lookingglass); Say You Love Satan and The Homosexuals (About Face); The Chalk Garden (Northlight); Arms and the Man (Writers’ Theatre); The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park (Drury Lane Oakbrook). Regional credits include Arcadia (Indiana Repertory) and over 20 productions with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre – some favorites include Wit, Anna Karenina, Escape From Happiness, The Lonesome West, and Almost Maine. Television credits include Boss, Chicago Fire, and the ABC pilot Doubt. Elizabeth is a voice-over talent with Stewart Talent and has done TV and radio spots as well as a regular with Falcon Picture Group’s The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas. Elizabeth is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1999.
JESSICA MCCOY (Richard III and The Comedy of Errors–Assistant Stage Manager) is currently pursuing her B.F.A. in Design and Production Stage Management at Oklahoma City University (OCU). Some of her recent credits include stage manager for Pride and Prejudice at OCU, assistant stage manager for Macbeth co-produced by OCU and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and assistant stage manager for Sweeney Todd produced by OCU Opera and Music Theater Company. Jessica would like to thank her parents, her favorite sibling, Kody, for letting her stow away in his car, and Mr. Kane. Wocka, Wocka!
AYSSETTE MUNOZ (Richard III–Princess; The Comedy of Errors–Adrianna) joins NDSF for the first time this season. She recently graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in acting. Acting credits include Another Part of the House and Hamlet at OCU; Zoot Suit and Urinetown at Thirteen O’Clock Theatre. Special thanks to Kevin Asselin, everyone involved in NDSF, her cast mates, her amazingly talented mentor, and her family for supporting her goals and aspirations.
TODD NEWTON (Richard III and The Comedy of Errors–Shop Intern) is a graduate of the Culver Academies, Class of 2013. During his high school theater career, he worked as a technician for many shows including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Women, and 12 Angry Jurors. He also acted in The Drowsy Chaperone as the Man in Chair, and as Rod in Avenue Q. He was onstage as Randy and Dave as well as behind the scenes in the show Almost Maine. One of the highlights of his high school experience was traveling to Scotland to perform in the American High School Theater Festival, which is a part of the annual Fringe Festival. In the fall, Todd will be attending The Theater School at DePaul University to pursue a B.F.A. in Theater Technology.
SAREN NOFS-SNYDER (Richard III–Queen Elizabeth) is thrilled to make her debut with NDSF. As a Jeff-Nominated, Chicago-based actor, Saren has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass, Remy Bumppo, Piven Theatre, and many others. Regionally, she has appeared at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Michigan Shakespeare, and Door Shakespeare, among many others. Favorite roles include Lady Croom in Arcadia, Masha in Three Sisters, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, and May in Once in a Lifetime, a role for which she received a Drammy Award (Portland, Oregon) for Actress in a Lead Role. Saren worked with Lanford Wilson on his 2006 revision of Sympathetic Magic, originating the role of Barbara. Saren holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Love and thanks to Doug, and to her parents, Diane and Donovan.
LINDA PALMER (First Hand) is a graduate of Wright State University, earning a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Costume Technology. Upon graduation she spent a year working for The Alabama Shakespeare Company, and shortly after that, went on to work as a costume artisan for BalletMet In Columbus, Ohio, where she has remained for the last twenty-eight years. This is Linda’s first year with NDSF.
HUNTER PAUL (Richard III–Henry Earl of Richmond, 1st Murderer; The Comedy of Errors–2nd Merchant) is a soon to be senior at Oklahoma City University. Recent credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Algy), The Tempest (Ferdinand), Macbeth (Angus), and Woyzeck (ensemble). He would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work, his family and friends, and most importantly YOU for supporting live theatre.
NELLIE PETLICK (The Comedy of Errors–Stage Manager; NDSF–Production Assistant) is from Saint Joseph, Michigan and has lived there her whole life. She now attends Saint Mary’s College and is a rising sophomore. At Saint Mary’s she is a double-major in Theatre and History, the two things she is most passionate about. Nellie hopes to become either a college professor or a professional stage manager—thankfully she has some time to figure it out. She has worked on around 10 shows in the past five years, including stage-managing the mainstage production of Rabbit Hole at Saint Mary’s this past spring. She loves Shakespeare and is thrilled about this wonderful opportunity to work with NDSF.
PAUL REVAZ (NDSF–Production Manager) is thrilled to be back at Notre Dame for the summer after serving as Assistant to Kevin Asselin on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and David H. Bell on Hamlet for last year’s festival. Paul is a third-year MFA Directing candidate at the University of Memphis, a former Technical Director of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival and an experienced Technical Director and Production Manager with multiple theaters in Connecticut. Recent directing credits include The Compleat Wrks of Shkspr (Abridged), No Exit and the final workshop production of the original play The Quadroon and the Dove by Charlene Donaghy.
BARBARA ROBERTSON (Richard III–Queen Margaret) recently did Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where she has also performed in Hamlet, A Little Night Music, The Winter’s Tale, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, King Lear, and Antony and Cleopatra. She’s received numerous awards. In addition to tours of Wicked and Angels in America I & II, and Kabuki Medea, Chicago theatre credits include The Detective’s Wife (Writers’ Theatre); The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, Camino Real, House & Garden, Pal Joey, Black Snow (Goodman Theatre); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Mary Stuart, La Bete (Court Theatre); Working, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Grand Hotel (Broadway Playhouse); Pursued By Happiness, Secret Rapture (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Yeast Nation (ATC); Hard Times (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Emma’s Child (Victory Gardens). Film credits include The Company, A Straight Story, After Christmas, Hunter and LOL. Television credits include projects for NBC, CBS. Paramount and Disney. Barbara’s a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA and a teacher at Columbia College.
JACOB SCHRIMPF (Richard III–Marquis of Dorset, George Stanley; The Comedy of Errors–1st Merchant, Officer, Musician) is a sophomore studying Theatre at Notre Dame and is thrilled to be making his NDSF debut. He hails from Grayslake, Illinois and has recently appeared in Notre Dame student productions of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Lion in Winter. Other credits include Pete in the Illinois All-State production of Almost, Maine, Bobby Child in Crazy For You, and George Gibbs in Our Town. He is ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with such a talented company and would like to thank his wonderful family and friends for their continuous love and support.
SAM SCHUBERT (Richard III–Carpenter, First Hand) is pleased to be returning for her second year with the company. She is a senior Film, Television, and Theatre major at the University of Notre Dame. During the school year Sam is involved with several student theater groups, producing, designing, and building. She has worked on next to normal, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carthaginians, Waiting for Godot, Pippin as well as many others. This coming year she will be the designing the set for On the Verge for the FTT department and producing shows for the Pasquerilla East Musical Company.
SCOT SHEPLEY (Richard III–King Edward IV, Bishop of Ely, Sir Walter Herbert) is delighted to return to NDSF for the 6th time! His theatre work in South Bend includes directing Red, And Then They Came for Me, and acting God of Carnage, The Tiernan Affair, several staged readings with the Acting Ensemble Stage Company; and several productions Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Moonlight and Magnolias, Humble Boy, The Elephant Man, The Sunshine Boys, Rashomon, Death of a Salesman with South Bend Civic Theatre. Scot serves as Marketing Director for South Bend Civic Theatre and has taught theatre classes at Notre Dame and IUSB. Thanks to his family for letting Dad out to play!
CHRIS SILVESTRI (Richard III–Sir Richard Ratcliffe, 2nd Murderer; The Comedy of Errors - Egeon) comes from South Bend, Indiana. He is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame majoring in Film, Television, and Theatre with a concentration in film production. During his time at Notre Dame, Chris has been a part of several productions including Mercer Stevens in Boy Gets Girl, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Thurio in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Alberto Perez Provenance, and Howie Corbit Rabbit Hole. Chris hopes to move to Los Angeles after the Festival and pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
ROBERT STEEL (Richard III–Sound Designer) is a composer and sound designer for cinema, theatre, and other media. Recent original music and sound design credits for theatre include the world premiere of Carlos Murillo’s play Augusta and Noble at Adventure Stage opening in April 2013, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night and Hamlet at NDSF. His multi-media opera, Frequency Response, in conjunction with Chicago Opera Vanguard is in progress heading towards a workshop in Winter 2014. He is on faculty at the School of Cinema and Interactive Media at DePaul University where he runs the DePaul Cinema and Interactive Media Sound Design program and the Sound Studios. He is a recipient of After Dark awards and awards from ASCAP and the Illinois Arts Council.
MARCUS STEPHENS (Richard III–Scenic Designer) is pleased to be working with such excellent people on this production of Richard III. Marcus is the resident scenic designer at the NDSF, where he has designed sets for the last six 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; Dead End with Griffin Theatre; The Master and Margarita at Grinnell College; Moby Dick with the Building Stage; and Harper Regan, Parlour Song, 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 M.F.A. in Scenic and Lighting Design from Northwestern University and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829.
CALYN P. SWAIN (Richard III–Stage Manager) returns to NDSF for her fourth season. Her stage management credits include Henry VIII, The School for Lies, Timon of Athens, Elizabeth Rex, As You Like It, Disney’s Aladdin, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Amadeus and Romeo y Julieta with Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s August: Osage County, The Pillowman & Harriet Jacobs; three seasons with Noble Fool Theatricals; and numerous productions including M.Proust and Eleven Rooms of Proust with About Face Theatre. Other stage management credits include productions with Lookingglass Theatre Company, Grand Rapids Ballet, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Anchorage Opera, and Interlochen Arts Camp. Calyn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM).
JEFF SZYMANOWSKI (Richard III–Assistant Scenic Painter) takes part in his twelfth season with NDSF this year. Jeff is a South Bend native and a 2001 graduate of Indiana University South Bend’s theatre department. He is currently the Technical Director at the McHale Performing Arts Center in Logansport, Indiana.
KYLE TECHENTIN (Richard III–Master Electrician, Master Carpenter) is a senior at Indiana University South Bend pursuing a B.F.A. in Lighting Design and joins NDSF for his third season. His credits include lighting design for H.M.S. Pinafore, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Raisin in the Sun; stage management for West Side Story; technical direction for A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and scenic design for The Wind in the Willows. Kyle is a native of Chicago and was recently a recipient of the Arts Excellence Award in Theatre from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.
SAMUEL VILLAGRA–STANTON (Richard III–Young Duke) became interested in theatre at an early age. Samuel participated in a few acting classes at the South Bend Civic Theatre. After learning about the Robinson Shakespeare Company, he found a home on the stage. At the age of 9 he was the Division I Champion of the 2012 ESU Shakespeare Competition. Samuel played Lord John of Lancaster and a traveler in the performance of Henry IV part I with the Robinson Shakespeare Company in the spring of 2013. Sam, currently ten years old, is passionate about theatre and Shakespeare. His dream is to study theatre and paleontology someday. He loves to read, draw, sing, act and science. He is thrilled about this amazing opportunity and hopes this is the start of a bright future on the stage.
JONATHAN WEIR (Richard III–Lord Stanley) makes his NDSF debut. Chicago-based, he recently appeared as Geronte in The Liar at Writers Theatre. Other Writers Theatre credits include Frederik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Arms and the Man, Misalliance, Bach at Leipzg, Doctors Dilemma, and The Father and Booth. Chicago credits include The Governor in Candide, Ten seasons of A Christmas Carol, The Visit (Goodman); The Emperor’s New Clothes (Chicago Shakespeare); Sunset Blvd. and Ragtime (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Stepping Out (Steppenwolf); The First, State Fair (Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre). Regional credits include performances at Shakespeare Theatre Co in DC., Skylight Opera Theatre and Next Act Theatre. National tours include; Mob Boss Gyp DeCarlo and other in Jersey Boys, Scar and Pumbaa in Disney’s The Lion King and Scrooge the Musical (US premier). Jonathan is an adjunct professor of theatre in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago.
KATHLEEN WERNER (Richard III–Stitcher) is thrilled to be working with NDSF for a seventh season. She is an educator by vocation, but sewing has been her avocation from her very first dressmaking class at the age of ten. In addition to sewing for herself, family and friends, she has also had experience working in the retail fabric industry. Kathleen is an adjunct instructor of French in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department here at the University of Notre Dame, where she has taught for the past 24 years.