2013 Young Company Profiles

JESS ALEXANDER (The Comedy of Errors–Antipholus of Syracuse) is a native of Elkhart, Indiana and has been a die-hard Irish fan all of his life. He is a freshman Theatre Performance BFA at Indiana University South Bend. Some of his favorite roles with IUSB have been Pippin in Pippin and George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play!. This is his first opportunity to work with NDSF and is absolutely thrilled and honored to be a part of such a wonderful production. Jess would like to thank Jesus for His unconditional love, his parents and family for their support and love, and Darcy for being his biggest fan.

KEVIN ASSELIN (Richard III–Fight Director, The Comedy of Errors–Director) returns to NDSF where his credits include The Merchant of VeniceCymbelineTwelfth NightMacbethLove’s Labor’s LostThe Comedy of Errors,Henry V, and Romeo and Juliet. He also directed A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Taming of the ShrewThe DeceivedThe Witch and The Learned Ladies for the Young Company. Kevin’s Chicago credits include As You Like It (Writers’); Oedipus Complex (Goodman); The Three MusketeersMacbethRomeo and JulietA 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.

EMILY BARKER-WERNTZ (The Comedy of Errors–Wardrobe Head/Maintenance/Shop Intern) is a senior Technical Theatre student at Indiana University South Bend, with a concentration in Costume Design. She has designed the costumes for IUSB’s productions of The Wizard of Oz and It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play. She was the Assistant Costume Designer for H.M.S. Pinafore, and has worked as a costume technician for many productions, including PippinSmashA Raisin in the SunA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Wind in the Willows. She is also a member of the IUSB Dance Company, performing in productions of Swan Lake and The Twelve Days of Christmas. She is so thankful to be working with NDSF, and would like to thank her husband, Dietrich, and her parents for their continued support.

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 inThe Merchant of Venice, First Murderer in Macbeth, and Abberzanes in The Witch. Other credits: Dream of Perfect Sleep (UT New Theatre); Én Vågen KropIn Between (UT Theatre & Dance); COLOSSALDead Mall(Cohen New Works Festival); Sweeney Todd (Opera ND); Two Gentlemen of VeronaProofBlithe 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.

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 FireThe Taming of the ShrewLoyalty and Betrayal (new play based on Julius Caesar), Collective Amnesia and Champagne Gods.

NATALIA CUEVAS (The Comedy of Errors–Luciana) was born in Brooklyn but spent most of her childhood in Mexico. She began acting at a young age and fell in love with the stage. She is a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame, pursuing a career in theatre. Some of Natalia’s credits include Ramona in Provenance, Ismene inAntígona Furiosa, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Carmela in The Sinopean, and Mayme in Intimate Apparel. This is her first appearance at NDSF. She is starting to work on her thesis project, a translation and adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba. She has double-jointed shoulders and her full name is Natalia María Anastacia Cuevas Loehle. She hopes to pursue an MFA degree in acting upon graduation.

JOEY DOYLE (The Comedy of Errors–Angelo) is a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame, double-majoring in Film, Television, and Theatre, and Classics. Excited for his first year as a member of the Young Company, he is grateful and proud to be with his fellow cast members, his director, and all the production staff. At Notre Dame, he has performed as Truffaldino in Servant of Two Masters and Sidney Black in Light up the Sky and directed a production of God of Carnage for the Farley Hall Players. As this has been his first opportunity to perform Shakespeare at Notre Dame, the experience has brought him much joy and knowledge. Outside of his work with NDSF and the Department of FTT, Joey also writes, acts, and films sketch comedy with close friends and collaborators.

ZURI ESHUN (The Comedy of Errors–Courtesan) is a Senior at the University of Notre Dame. During her time at Notre Dame she has performed with Not So Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Lavinia in Titus Andronicusand Don Juan in Much Ado About Nothing. She has also recently starred in Intimate Apparel where she played the protagonist, Esther. Aside from her theater involvement, she is a film production major. She has completed a number of short films and documentaries, one of which was shot at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Alongside her academic achievements, she is an office assistant in the Film, Television and Theatre department at Notre Dame. She sends love to her mother and father, her identical twin sister Zada and her little sister Esi. Her favorite line of Shakespeare comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

WILL FRESKE (The Comedy of Errors–Dromio of Long Island) a South Bend native, joins NDSF for the first time this year. He recently graduated from DePauw University with degrees in Communication and Writing. His favorite roles include Barnabus Goche in Herbal Bed, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Mr. McQueen in Urinetownand Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing with the DePauw Theatre program and Sea Captain and Antonio inTwelfth Night at the IndyFringe. Will also directed local middle and high school students through a program entitled the Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare at DePauw. Last year, he directed Macbeth and finished a production of Much Ado About Nothing this past May. Many thanks to his wonderful family and friends.

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.

KIMBERLY GAUGHAN (The Comedy of Errors–Costume Designer, NDSF–Office Assistant) recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Film, Television, and Theatre. She joins NDSF for her fifth 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 CymbelineThe Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet. 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.

JACKIE GESSERT (The Comedy of Errors–Emilia, Musician) This is Jackie’s debut with the NDSF. Jackie started her professional career 10 years ago with The American Girl Company, 443 performances of their main stage productions and with their touring group the American Girl Ambassadors. She has also performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, and ’Twas The Night Before Christmas (Theatre at the Center), L’Elisir D’AmoreHansel and Gretel, andSusannah (Lamont Opera Theatre), opera scenes through Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin in Italy, and Lamont Opera Theatre. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she currently attends the University of Denver-Lamont School of Music studying vocal performance. Jackie would like to thank Shakespeare at Notre Dame for this opportunity and her family for their love and support.

DAVIS GOOD (The Comedy of Errors–Music Director, Composer) is a 21st century classical composer with a special interest in all things theatrical. In addition to his work in concert repertoire, he has written music for stage, film, and video games. His recent composition credits for theatre include Treasure Island with the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Woyzeck with TheatreOCU, and Othello with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. He is thrilled to be joining NDSF this season and to be teaming up once again with director Kevin Asselin for the Young Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors. Davis received his Bachelor in Music Composition from Oklahoma City University where he studied with composer-in-residence Dr. Edward Knight.

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

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.

MATTHEW MCCARREN (The Comedy of Errors–Scenographer) currently serves as an Instructor for Theatrical Arts in the Design and Production major at Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp. He holds an M.F.A. in Design from The Ohio State University and has studied extensively in the Czech Republic in Prague at DAMU’s summer program and in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh College of Art. His designs have been featured at the 2007 Toronto Fringe Festival, in 2008 at the Off-Broadway premiere of Stripped! at Theatre Row, NYC, and have also been featured in NDSF’s Young Company productions of The Taming of the ShrewAs You Like It, andA Midsummer Night’s Dream. Selected design credits include CabaretWest Side StoryFrozenThe Blowin’ of Baile GallStones in His PocketsTrojan Women 2.0, and Cyrano De Bergerac. Matthew is the Associate Artistic Director and resident designer for the Rabbit Hole Theatre Co., which he formed in 2011. Matthew was awarded the 2007 Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Award for Design Excellence for his design of Trojan Women 2.0, and his scenic and lighting designs for his production of Haiku! were exhibited at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic.

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 Toddproduced 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 includeAnother 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 BeeLittle Women, and 12 Angry Jurors. He also acted in The Drowsy Chaperoneas 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.

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.

WENDY SAVER (The Comedy of Errors–Movement Coach) As an Associate Professor in Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Wendy teaches vocal production, advanced acting and Shakespeare; serves as vocal/text/dialect coach for over 40 productions; and has directed In the BloodMacbethAlchemy of Desire/Dead Man’s BluesThe Way of Water, and Still Life with Iris (an eco-friendly production). Her area of specialty includes a fusion of extended vocal technique and in-depth text analysis with Eastern based movement training. She’s conducted workshops in these training methodologies in the states and in South Africa. This past summer Wendy was invited to incorporate this training and direct a multi-lingual adaptation ofAlchemy of Desire/Dead Man’s Blues for the University of Pretoria’s submission for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. As an actress/singer, Wendy has worked professionally on stages across the country. Recent credits as a text/dialect coach include NDSF, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Clarence Brown Theatre. She received an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, and is a contributing member of VASTA, Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), and the theatre company p3/east.

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.

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 inTwo 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.