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American Shakespeare Center illuminates the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, classic and new, refreshing the individual, fostering civil discourse, and creating community in the Blackfriars Playhouse and beyond.

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We began in 1988 when Jim Warren and Ralph Alan Cohen formed the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, a traveling troupe that used Shakespeare’s staging conditions to perform his plays. By 2000, we had performed in 47 states, one U.S. territory, and six foreign countries. Partnering with the City of Staunton and aided by private donors and generous help from Augusta County and the Commonwealth of Virginia, we built the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor playhouse in 2001. With one troupe at home and one on the road, we expanded our educational offerings and created America’s first MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University. We also established an international biennial conference for scholars, and we became the American Shakespeare Center. In 2009, to honor our achievement of turning Staunton into a world Shakespeare destination, the Commonwealth recognized us with the Governor’s Arts Award. By our 30th year, in 2018, we had played to nearly two million people, produced all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays (many of them more than twice), 36 plays by his contemporaries, and a grand total of 286 different productions in 5,506 performances.

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This holiday season, join the American Shakespeare Center in the spirit of giving and gratitude. Project Goodfellow was founded by veteran ASC actor Constance Swain and ASC looks forward to continuing this tradition! Beginning December 3 through December 30, ASC will be collecting items for the Valley Mission.

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Headshot of Zainab BarryTHIS SEASON WITH ASC:

Christmas Past, Mrs Fred, Little Cratchit


Before The Meeting and This Is The Rill Speaking(Williamstown Theatre Festival), Intimate Apparel and Parade(James Madison University)

BA in Theatre from the James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance
Headshot of Chris BellingerTHIS SEASON:

Marley, Schoolmaster, Little Cratchit, Old Joe in A Christmas Carol 


Theseus, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Posthumus in Imogen, Uncle John, Ensemble in The Grapes of Wrath, Roles in the 2015/16 Dangerous Dreams Tour including Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar; Duke of Exeter, Alexander Court in Henry V; Reverend Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest; Major Petkoff in Arms and the Man


Oberon/Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Narrator/ Mysterious Man in Into the Woods (Connecticut Shakespeare Festival), Colonel Mackenzie in Horn in the West (Horn in the West, Boone, NC); Homer Hickam Sr. in Rocket Boys: The Musical, The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, Harmon Cantrell in Honey in the Rock, Randall McCoy in The Hatfields and McCoy (Theatre West Virginia, Beckley, WV); Sir Lucius O’Trigger in The Rivals (Polarity Ensemble Theatre), Chicago, IL; Chorus in Agamemnon (Eleventh Hour Theatre Company, New York); Amiens in As You Like It, Murderer in Macbeth, Duke Solinus in The Comedy of Errors (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando, FL); Casca in Julius Caesar, Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Shakespeare Project, Charleston, SC)


BA in Production Studies from Clemson University; MFA in Acting from The University of Alabama



Headshot of Cordell Cole

Scrooge in A Christmas Carol 


Cordell Cole is excited and honored to be back at the ASC. He spent two years, two tours, two Christmas Carols, and two Spring seasons previously at the ASC (Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Christmas Carol, Two Gents, The Importance of Being Earnest, Our Town, Julius Caesar, Goodnight Desdemona; Good Morning Juliet, Arms and the Man).


Utah Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Richard III, Ragtime, Pericles, Every Brilliant Thing), Alliance Theatre (Nick’s Flamingo Grill- World Premier, Blues for an Alabama Sky), Texas Shakespeare Festival (Othello, Into the Woods, As You Like It), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth- January 2022), Georgia Shakespeare (The Jungle Book, Antony and Cleopatra, Mighty Myths and Legends, The Tempest, Much ado about Nothing), American Players Theatre (The Seagull, Much ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet), and others. All love to my family, and all glory to God. Thanks for coming and Merry Christmas!


BFA in Actor Training Program from Brenau University.


2014 Wall Street Journal classical play mention in “Best Of” article for The Seagull.

Headshot of Samantha CoreyACTING FELLOW

Swing in A Christmas Carol 


Richard III in Richard III (Mary Baldwin University S&P), Ralph in The Frolicks (MBU S&P), Fool in King Lear (Sweet Tea Shakespeare and Honest Pint), Siobhan in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Raleigh Little Theatre), Eliza in What We’re Up Against (Raleigh Little Theatre), Kirin in Everscape(Bare Theatre), Aimee in The Night Alive (Honest Pint), Canterbury, Orleans, and Williams in Henry VOn Trapeze(Fight or Flight), and Molly Sweeney in Molly Sweeney (Delta Boys).


Theatre performance BA and music minor from Appalachian State University 2010, pursuing MLitt from Mary Baldwin University 2022



Headshot of Summer England


THIS SEASON: Dance Captain (A Christmas Carol). Fundraiser, Mrs Fezziwig, Martha, Charwoman in A Christmas Carol 

OTHER THEATRE: Angus, Lord, Murder, and understudy in Macbeth; Jamy, Grandpre, Attendant, and understudy in Henry V, understudy in All’s Well that Ends Well, Gertrude in Hamlet; Regan in King Lear; Thaisa/Dionyza/Lysimachus in Pericles; Titania/Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Clarinda in The Sea Voyage (Mary Baldwin University MFA)

EDUCATION: B.S. in Psychology; minor in Theatre, Freed-Hardeman University. MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance, Mary Baldwin University.



Fred, Young Scrooge, Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol 
Several seasons with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre 
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University of Kentucky
He, Him, His


THIS SEASON: Swing in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Understudy in Macbeth; Westmoreland, Court Bourbon, Understudy in Henry V; Soldier, Lord, Ensemble, Understudy in All’s Well That Ends Well, Understudy in Twelfth Night; Second Senator, Second Gentleman, Understudy in Othello

OTHER THEATRE: Second Murderer, Henry VI in Richard III (Mary Baldwin University S&P), Lida Dutton in All for the Union (2019 DC Capital Fringe Festival); Ruth Condomine in Blithe Spirit (directed by Padraic Lillis); big shout out to the Main Street family!

EDUCATION: Acting BFA from Shenandoah Conservatory, MLITT and MFA from Mary Baldwin University.


Mauricio Miranda HeadshotTHIS SEASON: Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol 
OTHER THEATRE: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Rep, Kansas City Rep, Heart of America Shakespeare, Indiana Rep, Phoenix Theatre, Cardinal Stage.
EDUCATION: Indiana University, University of Connecticut
PRONOUNS: he/him/his


Intimacy Choreographer (A Christmas Carol). Beggar Boy, Fan, Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: First Witch in Macbeth, and Mariana in All’s Well that Ends Well as other various roles.

OTHER THEATER: Natasia has been seen previously as Mistress Quickly with Richmond Shakespeare Festival and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati’s 2017-2018 season.

EDUCATION: Natasia recently graduated with her MFA from Mary Baldwin University with an MFA where she had the joy of performing the roles of Mercutio, Oberon, and King Lear.


THIS SEASON: Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Lady Macduff, Donalbain, 1st Murderer, Caithness in Macbeth; Katherine, Dauphin, Court, Cambridge in Henry V; Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well. Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; Lady Northumberland, Peto, Silence, Prince Humphrey in Henry IV, Part 2; 2nd Swordsman, 2nd Gentleman in A King and No King; Peto, Vernon in Henry IV, Part 1; Performer in Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!); Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor; Peto, Vernon in Henry IV, Part 1; Anne Page in Anne Page Hates Fun; Dennis, Audrey, Lord in As You Like It; Jane Fairfax in Emma; Dorset/Grey, Mayor, Blunt in Richard III; and Lady Townley in The Man of Mode   

OTHER THEATRE: Viola in Shakespeare in Love; Mabelu in The Old Man and The Old Moon; Clarice in West Side Story (Hope Summer Repertory); Lady Macbeth, Lady Macduff, Witch 3 in Macbeth; Queen Elizabeth in Richard III; Olivia in Twelfth Night; Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing (Houston Shakespeare Festival, Houston, TX); Tatyana in Enemies (Main Street Theater, Houston, TX); Lysander, Flute, Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rec Room, Houston, TX).


MFA in Acting, University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program



THIS SEASON: Music Director (A Christmas Carol). Fundraiser, Dick Wilkins, Belle’s Fiancé, Peter, Man in A Christmas Carol. 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Bloody Captain, Seyton, 3rd Murderer in Macbeth; Constable, MacMorris, Bedford, ensemble in Henry V; Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well, Ensemble in A Christmas Carol, Musician/Swing inTwelfth Night; Musician/Swing in Othello; Understudy in Much Ado about Nothing; Musician, Understudy in Henry IV, Part 2; Musician, Understudy in A King and No King; Musician, Understudy in Henry IV, Part 1

OTHER THEATRE: Billy, Eamon, Svec, and Emcee in Once (John W. Engeman Theatre; and 2019 US National Tour); Nate in Oil (Olney Theatre Center); Philip in The Lion in Winter, Narrator/Pianist in Billy Bishop Goes to War (Cape May Stage); White Rabbit in Wonderland: Alice’s Rock n’ Roll Adventure (Atlantic Theatre Company); Music Director/Composer for various productions of The Tempest,Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Yellow Boat, and The Lion in Winter (Recess Theatre; Cape May Stage; and James Madison University)

AWARDS: Nominated for Outstanding Ensemble, Production—Helen Hayes, for Olney Theatre’s Oil

EDUCATION: B.A. in Theatre and Dance with a Music minor from James Madison University


THIS SEASON: Christmas Present, Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol 

PREVIOUSLY  WITH ASC: Duncan, Porter, Old Man, Lord, Siward in Macbeth; Grey, French King, Gower, York in Henry V; Clown (Lavatch), Soldier in All’s Well That Ends Well, Cover/Swing in Twelfth Night; First Gentleman/Cover/Swing in Othello

OTHER THEATRE: Toby in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the ‘Burg); Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 (Gallatin); Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare-to-Go); Matt, Burns in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Gallatin)

EDUCATION: BA in Individualized Study, Gallatin at New York University



Swing in A Christmas Carol 


Orlando in As You Like It (Advice to the Players), Daphnis in The Ballad of Daphnis and Chloe (Advice to the Players), Rightwit in The Frolicks (MBU Shakespeare and Performance), Ferdinand in Love’s Labour’s Lost(SummerNight Shakespeare).


BA in Theatre from the University of New Hampshire. Current MLitt Candidate at Mary Baldwin University.



THIS SEASON: Belle, Belinda, Woman in A Christmas Carol 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Keene (2019 workshop), Maria in Twelfth Night; Bianca in Othello

OTHER THEATRE: Richard III and Pericles (Utah Shakespeare Center), The Triumphant (Target Margin Theater, NY); Our House is Haunted (Dixon Place, NY); Hootenanny Twelfth Night and Cradle Two Grave (Corkscrew Theater Festival, NY); Farragut North (5th Floor Theater, NY); Tamra Wasserman (Slingshot Theater Company, NY)

EDUCATION:  BA in Theater, Barnard College, Columbia University


Movement Coach

Doreen joined the ASC as an actor and choreographer in 2002 with the first Resident Troupe and then served as Director of Youth Programs, where she ran summer camps and educational programming for several years. She famously descended from the “heavens” in a circus hoop as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and previous ASC roles include Calphurnia in Julius Caesar, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Queen Margaret in Richard III, Christmas Present/Martha/Movement in A Christmas Carol 2002, Goneril in King Lear, Boy / Circus Choreographer in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Margaret / Dance Choreographer in Much Ado About Nothing, and Marianne in Tartuffe.

Doreen is faculty at Mary Baldwin University in the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program where she manages the MFA company and oversees training. As a director and movement practitioner, she enjoys both working in classical theatre and devising original work. Most recently, she directed Marie Antoinette for MBU’s undergraduate theatre department; co-directed original performance, Be-yonder, for the MFA program; collaborated on a new play, Robin Hood is Dead, with colleagues at MBU and ASC; and directed Chapatti at Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville. Doreen is also a founding member of the Performers Exchange Project, a company dedicated to developing and performing original works.

brandon carter

Interim director of artistic development

THIS SEASON: Understudy Scrooge, Christmas Present, Marley

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: 8 seasons and over 25 Roles including Banquo in Macbeth; Henry V in Henry V, Dumaine Brother #2 in All’s Well that Ends Well, Hal in Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2; Cassius in Julius Caesar; Cassio in Othello; Orlando in As You Like It; Frank in The Willard Suitcases; Menas, Scarus, Mardian in Antony and Cleopatra

OTHER THEATRE: Justin in Blood at the Root (The Kennedy Center; The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa; National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Adelaide Fringe Festival; The National Black Theatre, NYC); Skeeter in The First Noel (The Apollo, NYC); Aramis in The Three Musketeers, Malcolm in Macbeth, Gonzalo in The Tempest (Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYC); Macduff in Drunk Shakespeare, Theodore in Black Angels Over Tuskegee (Off-Broadway, NYC); Associate Pastor in The Christians (Cadence Theatre, Richmond, VA) and Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love (Virginia Rep)

AWARDS: Hip Hop Theater Creator Award (Kennedy Center); Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award (Adelaide Fringe Festival); Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

EDUCATION: MFA in Acting, Penn State University; BA in Theatre, Longwood University; RYT +200, Lila Yoga Studios



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Thomas is humbled to be a part of his 7th Holiday Season at the A.S.C. Acting as the Tour Manager from 2015-Covid, Thomas has been the resident PSM for the last two years. Previously at the ASC: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winter’s Tale, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth (x2), Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry V (x2), Julius Caesar, Othello, Twelfth Night, All’s Well That End’s Well. Additional ASC credits: The Grapes of Wrath, Our Town, The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone, Equivocation, Goodnight Desdemona, Arms and The Man, the World Premiere of Emma Whipday’s Sense and Sensibility and six productions of A Christmas Carol! Thomas is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Love to M&D, & KRM. www.thomasjcoppola.com #BLM

REGIONAL CREDITS: Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz(American Family Theatre, National Tour) The Fall of The House of Usher, The Most Dangerous Game (Chamber Theatre Productions, National Tour) Spamalot, Les Miserables, They’re Playing Our Song, Falsettos, and Next Thing You Know (Sharon Playhouse); CATS, Hairspray, Crazy For You, HAIR, Once on This Island, Sunset Boulevard (Cohoes Music Hall); Into The Woods, All Shook Up, Seussical, Laramie Project: Epilogue (Barrington Stage Company)


Assistant technical director

Sydney is very excited to serve as American Shakespeare Center’s Assistant Technical Director. She received a BFA in Acting and a minor in Musical Theatre from Drake University, where in addition to performing she completed scenic, sound, and lighting designs. When not onstage or backstage Sydney loves writing music, dancing, yoga, and talking for hours on the phone.


Mary Evelyn joined the ASC as First Hand Stitcher in the middle of the pandemic in 2020. Her interest in theater began with the time she spent in Plymouth, England working at The Theater Royale (TR2).  There she helped with multiple shows, including the 2008 touring production of Mary Poppins.  She then attended Savannah College of Art and Design graduating with a BFA in Fashion Design with a concentration in Fiber Arts.  Having fallen in love with Savannah, she took a job at a local alteration studio that specializes in bridal and menswear, helping it grow to its peak in 2018, when Stitch was awarded Best of Savannah.  In addition to managing and running Stitch, she worked one on one with clients to create custom garments, namely bridal gowns.
Director and Choreographer

Stephanie has worked professionally as an actor, director, and choreographer for over 15 years. She earned her BA in Theatre Performance and Dance from Greensboro College and her MFA in Acting from The University of Houston PATP.

Stephanie began working as an actor and choreographer at the American Shakespeare Center in 2011. Roles at the ASC include Hermione in The Winter’s Tale; Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Olivia in Twelfth Night; Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing; King Henry in Henry VI, Part 1; the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi; and Mary in The Twelve Dates of Christmas. Other regional theatre acting work includes credits from The Barter Theatre, Main Street Theatre Houston, Endstation Theatre Company, and The Farm Theatre.

ASC directing credits include the 2017, 2018, and 2019 productions of A Christmas Carol, the 2017/18 Wicked Folly Tour/Spring Season production of Sense and Sensibility by Emma Whipday, the 2018 Summer/Fall production of Jane Austen’s Emma by Emma Whipday, and Amy E. Whiting’s Anne Page Hates Fun (the first production in ASC’s Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries series). Stephanie has choreographed dance pieces for more than 30 ASC productions. Her work as a director and choreographer has been seen by audiences at The Barter Theatre, Main Street Theater, University of Houston, Randolph College, Greensboro College, Greensboro Children’s Theatre, and Milligan College.

Stephanie is also Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre at Randolph College in Lynchburg.

Stage Management Fellow

Madison Lindy has a double masters in Shakespeare and Performance and has spent the last several years working with the ASC in multiple capacities. She is thrilled to return for her third Holiday season.


Thomas is a theatre artist and Shakespeare enthusiast with a Master of Letters Degree in Shakespeare & Performance from Mary Baldwin University. He loves iambic pentameter and is just happy to be here.


Rhi is extremely grateful to be here at the ASC as Technical Director. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Industrial Design from Virginia Tech, where she executed a significant amount of the charge work for the main stage and graduate projects. Her set design credits include an all-female cast Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Bob McGrath. She spent the Summer 2017 season as a scenic intern for Studio Theatre in Washington, DC and the 2018/19 season as the Huntington Theatre Co.’s Scenic Art Apprentice in Boston, MA. When not tinkering behind the scenes she can be found on the nearest mountaintop or experimenting in her kitchen.



Costume Shop Assistant

Sarah Wardlow is thrilled to be joining the ASC for her third season. After completing her Fellowship program, she stayed on to become the Assistant Stage Manager. She has previously worked on shows at Randolph College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. When she is not backstage, Sarah enjoys painting, finding beautiful flowers, and eating good food with friends.


Tori Wright is delighted to be joining the ASC for her second season. Finding her niche in theatrical costume from a young age, she graduated from Longwood University as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Technology.  Her design and construction credits include A Masterpiece of Comic…Timing!, No Exit, Berlin to Broadway, The Tempest, and Chicago. Outside of the playhouse, she enjoys vintage movies, gourmet coffee, and creating fashion illustrations.


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2021 Donors and Partnerships

With the generous support of our donors the American Shakespeare Center continues to recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and humanity.


*all bolded names are patrons who gave consecutively over 5 years
Royals ($50,000+)

Amanda Bennett & Donald Graham

Ted Deming & Roz Ridgway

Candice & Aaron Hark

Chris & Betsy Little

Bruce & Sarah H. McWilliams

Nobles ($25,000-$49,999)

Kathy & Bernie Campbell

Jim & Shirley Gillespie

Kimberly West

Patrons ($15,000-$24,999)

John Attig

Paul G. Beers

Ralph & Judy Cohen

William A & Carole H Schmidt

Seth & Sharon Stark

Ambassadors ($10,000-$14,999)

Carol & Ken Adelman

Patrick & Allison Baroco

John Broadbent & Marjorie Deutsch

James & Esther Cavanaugh

Elizabeth Graham

Mr & Mrs. Stanley S. Hazen

David & Donna Ladd

Davidson A. Perry-Miller

Jennifer Risser

Joan Saxton, MD

Julia Griffin in memory of Lawrence Weiss

John Withers

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Institutional Sponsors and corporate matching gifts

2021 Corporate matching gifts
2021 Institutional Sponsors

The Ambrose Monell Foundation

City of Staunton

National Endowment for the Arts

The Patterson Foundation

Proteus Foundation

The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Staunton Downtown Development Association

The Theodore H. Barth Foundation

The Tony Randall Foundation

Virginia Commission for the Arts

community partnerships

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the green room

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