From ASC’s Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is delighted to join the talented artists and dedicated staff of the American Shakespeare Center in celebrating our 35th anniversary. The legacy shines brightly in the Blackfriars Playhouse and beyond, and the future is luminescent. We invite all of our friends, old and new, to visit us at the Playhouse during this special year.

From Brandon Carter, Artistic Director

Welcome to the conclusion of ASC’s 35th Season.

Anniversaries give us the opportunity to share how our marriage to Shakespeare’s work is a priority to us. Celebrating gives us a chance to pull back from the daily grind and set an intention for the next step in the journey. Our intention during this 35th Anniversary season is to continue working towards a joy-filled and impactful future while remembering the precious times we’ve spent together in the Playhouse with Shakespeare and his contemporaries, old and new.

We all know that no marriage is merely filled with rose-colored memories. This is also a time for us to remember what we’ve been through together and remind ourselves that, along with the triumphs, the trials that make us stronger too. 

No anniversary is complete without a gift, right? Coincidentally, our 35th is shared with another special celebration—the 400th anniversary of the First Folio, the 1623 publication that saved Shakespeare’s plays for generations to enjoy, which was entered into the Stationers’ Register on November 8, 1623. Our special gift is no coral or jade but better. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio, ASC joins a year-long celebration with other theatres around the globe. The impact of this special volume has inspired us to produce the First Folio versions of all the Shakespeare titles in the 2023 Season. 

So this year, act like it’s your first date and you’re gunning for a second. Take the day off work. Make plans or reservations ahead of time. We challenge you to experience the thrill of how different the Folio versions are from everything you believe you know. Share your stories and your passion. Come one, come all, and join us in the celebration. We look forward to your return to the Blackfriars! Happy 35th!


ASC Mission

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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ASC History

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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Understudies do not substitute for a listed performer without notification of the audience.

THIS SEASON: Director A Christmas Carol 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: 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

PREVIOUSLY DIRECTED WITH ASC: ASC directing credits include the 2022 production of Every Brilliant Thing, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 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).

OTHER THEATRE: The Barter Theatre, Main Street Theatre Houston, Endstation Theatre Company, and The Farm Theatre

EDUCATION: Greensboro College (BA); The University of Houston PATP (MFA)

ACADEMIC WORK: Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre at Randolph College in Lynchburg

PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

Alexis Baigue

THIS SEASON: The Ghost of Christmas Past and Charwoman in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Gremio and Haberdasher in The Taming of the Shrew; Barnardine, Friar Thomas, Justice, Gentleman, Officer in Measure for Measure; Gonzalo, Nymph in The Tempest;  Escanes, Philemon, Pander, Lord, Sailor of Mytilene in Pericles; Gonzalo in Une Tempête; Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath; Iachimo in Imogen (aka Cymbeline); Francis Flute, First Fairy, and Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019-2020 tour)Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol; Gremio and Haberdasher in The Taming of the Shrew; Barnardine, Friar Thomas, Justice, Gentleman, Officer in Measure for Measure; Margaret and George Seacoal in Much Ado About Nothing; Marcellus, Fortinbras, Player Queen in HamletCaius Martius in Coriolanus

OTHER THEATRE: Pinkalicious, Stupid Fucking Bird, Art Dog, How I Became a Pirate, Angels in America, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), sixteen summers of Saturday’s Voyeur (Salt Lake Acting Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream tour, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors (Pioneer Theatre Company); The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Three Musketeers, Romeo & Juliet, Henry IV Part One (Southwest Shakespeare Company); Dear World (Sundance Summer Theatre); Beyond Therapy, The Sex Habits of American Women (Pygmalion Productions); The Boys in the Band (Wasatch Theatre); Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Theatreworks West).

FILM/TELEVISION: 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue; Granite Flats.

EDUCATION: University of Utah: Actor Training Program

PRONOUNS: what you will

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Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Fundraiser, Dick Wilkins and Peter in A Christmas Carol 


Capulet in Romeo and Juliet; Egeon, Luce, Dr. Pinch in The Comedy of Errors, Theseus, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Posthumus in Imogen; Uncle John, Ensemble in The Grapes of Wrath; Understudy in Henry IV Part 1, and Merry Wives of Windsor, Every Christmas Story Ever Told; 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; Marley, Schoolmaster, Little Cratchit, Old Joe in A Christmas Carol 


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



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Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Music Director; Belle and Martha in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Choreographer, 1st Fundraiser, Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Fred, Little Cratchit – A Christmas Carol; Choreographer/Assistant Music Director; Boatswain, Adrian, Ceres, Ensemble – The Tempest; Lychorida, Bawd, Ensemble – Pericles; Assistant Choreographer/Assistant Music Director; Understudy in Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will; u/s for Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and u/s for Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Dance Captain (A Christmas Carol). Fundraiser, Mrs Fezziwig, Martha, Charwoman in A Christmas Carol; Angus, Lord, Murder, and understudy in Macbeth; Jamy, Grandpre, Attendant, and understudy in Henry V, understudy in All’s Well that Ends Well; Music Director and Choreographer for Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Coriolanus

OTHER THEATRE: 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)

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Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Fundraiser, Mrs. Fred, Belinda, Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY AT ASC: Belle and Belinda in A Christmas Carol, Ariel in The Tempest; Antiochus’s Daughter, Marina, Ensemble in Pericles; Ariel in Une Tempête; Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet; Angelo (u/s Adriana, Luciana) in Comedy of Errors; Bianca in Taming of the Shrew; Juliet/Froth in Measure For Measure; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; Horatio in Hamlet; Valeria in Coriolanus

OTHER THEATRE: Miranda in The Tempest (Firebrand Theatre Co), Juliet in the touring production of Romeo and Juliet, Luciana in Comedy or Errors, and Perdita in The Winter’s Tale (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); Ellison in Crying on Television and Emmy in A Doll’s House pt.2 (Nashville Repertory Theatre).

EDUCATION: University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Theatre Arts and Dance program with a B.A in Theatre Arts

PRONOUNS: she/her

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Corrie dedicates each of her performances to her late grandmother, Willie Ruth Green. She is the spirit that empowers this work into our world.

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

THIS SEASON: Jacob Marley and Schoolmaster in A Christmas Carol

OTHER THEATRE: Stan in Sweat (Northern Stage); Macbeth in Macbeth (Bay Street Theatre); Sipos in She Loves Me, Ralph/Catlin in Shakespeare in Love, Player Murderer/Second Gravedigger in Hamlet (South Coast Repertory); Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof; Ragueneau in Cyrano de Bergerac; Dromio of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Sturdyvant in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Mark Taper Forum, dir. Phylicia Rashad); Goldberg in The Birthday Party; Fluellen in Henry V (New Fortune Theatre Company); Geronte in Heir Apparent; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (International City Theatre); Martin Doul in Well of the Saints; Caliban in The Tempest (Calaveras Repertory); Chorus in Henry V; Sir Toby in Twelfth Night; Shylock in Merchant of Venice; Fool in King Lear (Marin Shakespeare Festival); Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls; Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Musical Theatre West); Horatio in Hamlet; Albany in King Lear; Prosecutor in Romance; Zimmer in Brooklyn Boy (San Diego Repertory Theatre); Lin To in Good Person of Szechwan (La Jolla Playhouse); Galileo in Life of Galileo (SummerArts 2000); Peter in Romeo and Juliet (The Ahmanson, dir. Peter Hall); Antonio, Verges in Much Ado About NothingClaudius, Ghost in HamletJunius Brutus in Coriolanus

FILM/TV: One Day at a Time, The Fosters, Hung, The Bernie Mac Show, A Christmas Carol (dir. Robert Zemeckis), Mars Needs Moms, Disney’s Jungle Book

EDUCATION: BA from Yale University, MFA from University of California, San Diego

AWARDS: Ovation Award: Best Ensemble for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Dramalogue Award: Featured Actor for Firebugs; Craig Noel Award: Best Direction of a Play for Henry V

PRONOUNS: he/him

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY AT ASC: Mrs. Cratchit – A Christmas Carol, Stephano – The Tempest; Antiochus, Bolt, Ensemble – Pericles; Stephano – Une Tempête; Nurse, Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet and Emilia, First Merchant, Second Merchant in The Comedy of Errors; Tranio inTaming of the Shrew; Pompey in Measure for Measure; Borachio and Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing; Gertrude in Hamlet; Titus Lartius in Coriolanus

OTHER THEATER: Recent credits include Medea in Mojada, Luis Alfaro’s adaptation of Euripides’ Greek Tragedy (Indianapolis Shakespeare Company); The River BrideHamletCymbeline, and Assistant Director of The Moors (American Players Theatre Company), Select credits: Illinois, St. Louis, and Arkansas Shakespeare Festivals.

TV/FILM: Law & Order: SVUEn Algun LugarMidwestern

AWARDS: Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship

EDUCATION: MFA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

SOCIAL MEDIA: @theecruz

PRONOUNS: she/her/hers

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY AT ASC: ASC on Tour roles including Egeus, Snout, Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; King Cymbeline in Imogen; Pa Joad, Ensemble in The Grapes of Wrath; King Polixines in The Winter’s Tale; The Messenger, Guard, Chorus in Antigone; Duke Solinus, Luce in The Comedy of Errors; King Pol in 16 Winters, or The Bear’s Tale

OTHER THEATER: Dr. Larabee in Akeelah and The Bee (Flint City Repertory Theatre); Prince of Morocco, The Duke in The Merchant of Venice (Houston Shakespeare Festival); James Armistead in The Hated Spy (Colonial Williamsburg)

FILM: Stop the Threat (various episodes)

EDUCATION: BFA from the University of Michigan, MFA from the University of Houston


THIS SEASON: Fred and Old Joe in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUS SEASON: Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew; Mariana/Officer in Measure for Measure; Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing; Reynaldo, Francisco in Hamlet; Young Martius in Coriolanus

OTHER THEATRE: Viola, Twelfth Night (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Regan, King Lear (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Alabaster (16th Street Theatre); The Locusts (The Gift Theatre); I Now Pronounce (New Jewish Theatre); Twelfth NightHenry VTravestiesFailure: A Love StoryIago’s PlotMr. Burns: A Post-Electric PlayKingdom City (Illinois Theatre); My Father’s Keeper (Latinx Theatre Commons); La Fulana RespetuosaBlowout (Aguijón Theatre).

EDUCATION: MFA in Acting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; BA in Theatre and Performance Studies, The University of Chicago

AWARDS: Windy City Times LGBTQ 30 Under 30 (Chicago)

PRONOUNS: she/her


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Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).


THIS SEASON: Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol

SELECTED ACTING CREDITS: Perry in Some Men (Speakeasy Stage); Caliban in The Tempest (Shakespeare & Co.); Peter in The Heidi Chronicles (Gloucester Stage Co.); Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Boston Theatre Works)

RECENT DIRECTING: Premiere of The Things I Forgot with Seat of Our Pants

OTHER: Current Associate Professor of Theatre at James Madison University

EDUCATION: Emerson College (BA), California State University, Fullerton (MFA)

AWARDS: Best Supporting Actor Nomination: Independent Theatre Reviewers of New England

PRONOUNS: he/him

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THIS SEASON: Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY AT ASCTiny Tim, Beggar Boy, Fan – A Christmas Carol;  Understudy for As You Like It; Eurydice; Twelfth Night, Thrive, Or What You Will; Une Tempête; Pericles; The Tempest

BIO: Molly Martinez-Collins is excited to be part of this season at the American Shakespeare Center. Her most recent roles include Flora in The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs with Polaris Shakespeare, Thaisa in Pericles, and Michael in Arden of FavershamMolly is currently in her third year in the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program at Mary Baldwin University.

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THIS SEASON: Young Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Future in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUS SEASON: Vincentio in Taming of the Shrew; Mistress Overdone, Friar Peter in Measure for Measure; Conrade, Balthazar in Much Ado About Nothing; Guildenstern in Hamlet; Aufidius in Coriolanus

OTHER THEATRE: Duchess of York’s Voice/ASL Interpreter, Richard III (Shakespeare in the Park/The Public Theater); Ensemble, Hamlet (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Peter/Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Giles, The Mousetrap (Judson Theatre Company); Horatio, Hamlet (Grassroots Shakespeare DC); Prep, columbinus (1st Stage); Romeo’s Shadow/Voice, Romeo and Juliet (Endangered Species Theatre Project); Pavel Vasilyevich/Shelestov, The Sneeze (Compass Rose Theater); Thomas, Venus in Fur (Compass Rose Theater); Perchik, Fiddler on the Roof (Compass Rose Theater); Mayor/Radio Man, Inherit the Wind (Compass Rose Theater); Ferdinand, The Tempest (Toms River Shakespeare Festival); Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Toms River Shakespeare Festival); 2nd Gentleman/Abhorson/Friar Peter, Measure for Measure (Toms River Shakespeare Festival)

EDUCATION: Loyola University Maryland

PRONOUNS: he/him


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Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Fezziwig and Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Christmas Present/Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol; 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; Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew; Provost in Measure for Measure; Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing; Rosencrantz in Hamlet; Sicinius in Coriolanus

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); Josh in These and Those (New York Theatre Festival); Officer in Comedy of Errors (Smith Street Stage); Lucio, Froth, Barnadine in Measure for Measure (Smith Street Stage).

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


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Swing in A Christmas Carol


Swing in Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Coriolanus


Austen is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked previously in various capacities with Greenbrier Valley Theatre and the Barter Theatre; other professional credits include work with the Drifting Theatre in Elizabethton, Tennessee and the brand-new Only Human Theatre Collective in Abingdon, Virginia. Austen comes from a directing background, with a degree from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and is currently pursuing an M.Litt in Shakespeare & Performance at Mary Baldwin University.


Swing in A Christmas Carol

OTHER THEATRE: Oliver Rivers in Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic (Silver Line Theatre Exchange); Tranio in Taming of the Shrew (Knoxville Shakespeare); Aumerle in Richard II (Shakespeare on the Hill) Silvius in As You Like It

BA in Theater Performance- University of Tennessee; 1st Year MLitt student in Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance Program

Swing in A Christmas Carol


Swing in Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Coriolanus


Lord Talbot in 1 Henry VI (MBU S&P); Antigonous/Shepard in The Winter’s Tale (MBU S&P); Duke Senior in As You Like It (Four County Players); Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southern Virginia University); Caesar in Julius Caesar (Southern Virginia University)

BA in Theatre from Southern Virginia University; current S&P grad student at Mary Baldwin University
PRONOUNS: he/him

Swing in A Christmas Carol


Swing in Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Coriolanus

OTHER THEATRE: Nicodemus Nothing in Birth of Merlin (Treehouse Shakespeare Ensmble); Wendy in When Wendy Grew Up (GoodViews Theatre); Sonia in Vanya, Sonia Masha and Spike (Wayne Theatre); Ensemble in As You Like It (Four County Players); Luisa in The Fantasticks (Southern Virginia University)

BA in Theatre in Southern Virginia University; current MLITT/MFA student in the S&P Program at Mary Baldwin University
PRONOUNS: she/her

Swing in A Christmas Carol


Swing in Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and Coriolanus

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Stage Manager

BIO: Madison Lindy has a double masters in Shakespeare and Performance. She worked with the ASC in multiple capacities for several years before joining them as the Assistant Stage Manager after finishing her second masters degree. When not at the Playhouse, she spends her time making art and walking the streets of Staunton with her beautiful dog, Benny.



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Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)

THIS SEASON: Assistant Stage Manager

BIO: Brendan M. Cullen* is happy to be back for fall at ASC. Over the years Brendan has worked as a Stage Manager in Colorado, New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Virginia. Past and favorite credits include Twelfth Night, Thrive or What You Will (ASC) In The Middle (LARK Play Development Center), Rock of Ages (Lake Dillon Theatre Company) and {my lingerie play} at Joe’s Pub. When not on the road, Brendan resides in Astoria, Queens, NYC and has a BFA from Syracuse University.

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THIS SEASON: Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager


Costume Shop Manager for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (again), As You Like It, Eurydice, and 2022’s A Christmas Carol; Cutter/Draper, Wardrobe Manager, and Assistant Costume Shop Manager for Une Tempête, The Tempest, Pericles, Pass Over, Thrive or What You Will, and Twelfth Night (2022).


Costume Designer for She Kills Monsters (John Tyler University) and Ripcord (CAT Theatre). Stitcher for The Wiz, The Addams Family Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mary Poppins, The King and I, Monty Python’s Spamalot (Shenandoah Summer Music Theater). Assistant Costume Designer for The Music Man and The Man of La Mancha (Shenandoah Summer Music Theater).


MFA in Costume Technology from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2022), BFA in Technical Theatre from Longwood University (2015).


A resident of Virginia (and briefly North Carolina), Marie enjoys life as a cat mom, is an avid listener of Podcasts, and part-time archer with her LARP group.


THIS SEASON: Intimacy Choreographer

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: First Witch in Macbeth, Mariana in All’s Well that Ends Well, Ensemble in Henry V, Tiny Tim, Beggar Boy, Fan in A Christmas Carol. Resident Intimacy Choreographer for A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Thrive, Or What You Will, Pass Over, The Tempest, Pericles, Une Tempête, As You Like It, and Eurydice.

OTHER THEATRE: 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.


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PREVIOUS ASC CREDITS: Technical Properties Director: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] (Again) (2023), Eurydice (2023), As You Like It (2023)

OTHER CREDITS: Props Designer: Hotel Berry, Tantrum Theater. EVERYBODY, Ohio University. Prop Shop Manager: Ohio University (2022). Head of Drama and Theater Tech- Camp Fernwood (2022). Props Journeyperson: Maine State Music Theater (2018)

BIO: Duckery Bracey is a properties director, designer, and artisan from Delta, Pennsylvania. They specialize in carpentry, foam carving, 3D print designs, magic/stage illusions, and the occasional trip out to the curling rink and climbing wall. A special yeehaw to all my fellow prop pals out there.

EDUCATION: MFA in Props Technology, Ohio University (2023) BA in Theater, Washington and Lee University (2020)


Thomas J Coppola


Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Production Manager

ASC STAGE MANAGEMENT:  Acting as the Tour Manager from 2015-Covid, Thomas has been the resident SM for the last two years. Previously at the ASC: Production Manager: Twelfth Night, Thrive, Or What You Will. Stage Management: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winter’s Tale, Comedy of Errors (x2), Macbeth (x2), Taming of the ShrewRomeo & Juliet (x2), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry V (x2), Julius CaesarOthelloTwelfth Night, All’s Well That End’s Well. Additional ASC SM credits: Every Brilliant Thing, The Grapes of Wrath, Our Town, The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone, Equivocation, Goodnight Desdemona, Arms and The Man, the World Premier of Emma Whipday’s Sense and Sensibility and seven productions of A Christmas Carol! Thomas is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Love to M&D, & KRM. #BLM Proud Member of Actor’s Equity.

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)




Amy Wert is a new Wardrobe Manager at ASC, and enjoys working on all things costumes. Most recently she worked on West Side Story, Mamma Mía, and Blood Knot at the Flat Rock Playhouse in NC. She studied at both Anderson and Clemson University and graduated in 2020. Amy is also a swing dancing enthusiast and loves her cat, Theo. Follow along with my theatre and sewing pursuits @amys.clothesline on Instagram!

THIS SEASON: Wardrobe Supervisor / Stitcher

BIO: Tori Wright is a graduate of Longwood University, holding a BFA specializing in costume design. This is her seventh season with the American Shakespeare Center. Previous show credits include Henry V, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest, as well as No Exit, Chicago, and A Masterpiece of Comic… Timing! When not in the costume shop, she creates artistic paper dolls, and enjoys gourmet coffee.

THIS SEASON: Wardrobe Assistant/Stitcher

THIS SEASON: Props Artisan

THIS SEASON: Props Artisan

BIO: Alaina Smith (she/her) is a theatre artist hailing from Nashville, TN. After completing a dual Bachelor’s in Theater Performance and Art at Freed-Hardeman University, she has worked for companies such as Stages St. Louis, Sacramento Theatre Company, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Crane River Theatre, Act 1, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, and Nashville Rep as a performer and scenic painter. Beginning in the fall of 2021, Smith began studying at Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance Program to earn an MLitt and MFA in Shakespeare and Performance.

THIS SEASON: Props Artisan

PREVIOUS ASC CREDITS: Props Artisan for Twelfth Night, Thrive or What You Will, Pass Over, The Tempest, Pericles, Une Tempête, A Christmas Carol 2022, As You Like It, Eurydice, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (again) (2023)

BIO: A “storyteller of all-mediums”, Sarah White is a third year in Mary Baldwin University’s MFA Shakespeare & Performance program with a focus on acting (under the stage name Sarah Scarborough – catch her onstage with the MFA company, Meadowlark Shakespeare Players for their 2023-2024 season). She holds a BA in English and Theater Studies from Anderson University, and an MFA in Scenic Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her work as an Actor, Scenic Designer, Painter and/or Properties Artisan has been seen regionally throughout the U.S. at companies such as Duende Productions, Hollins University, Earlham College, Dragon Productions, Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project, The Coterie Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Crane River Theater Company, New Harmony Theater, The Berkshire Theatre Group, The Unicorn Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and The Lied Center for Performing Arts.


PRONOUNS: she/her


THIS SEASON: Stage Management Fellow


THIS SEASON: Stage Management Fellow

OTHER THEATRE: Asst. Stage Manager of Let The Right One In (Theatre In The Park); Stage Manager of A Case of Salt (NC State University Theatre); Asst. Stage Manager of Static (NC State University Theatre)

EDUCATION: NC State University, BA in Arts Studies; Mary Baldwin University, MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance (in progress)

AWARDS: The Bitzer Award for Achievement in Theatre – 2022, NC State University; Spirit of the Theatre Award – 2021, NC State University

PRONOUNS: he/him

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Donor Roll List pulled from august 1, 2022 to august 1, 2023

(Donors in bold have donated 5 consecutive years. Donors marked * are members of the Epizeuxis Society and have pledged ongoing monthly or quarterly gifts.)


ROYALS ($50,000+)

Paul G. Beers


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

Jim & Shirley Gillespie

Kimberly West


PATRONS  ($15,000- $24,999)


Pamela Friedman & Ronald Bailey* 

Aaron & Candice Hark

Lynne Puckett & Christoph Lehman


AMBASSADORS ($10,000 – $14,999)

John C. Attig

Ralph & Judy Cohen

Danny & Leigh McDaniel

Seth & Sharon Stark

Myron “Buddy” Steves Jr. & Rowena Young/ The Blue Bonnet Foundation


GALLANTS ($5,000 – $9,999)


Richard H.C. & Elizabeth Clay

Clifford Garstang*

Bouvard Hosticka

Davidson Perry-Miller

Robert & Sara Lee Menzer

Lyn & Thomas Olson

Lynn Rainville & Baron Schwartz 

Tiffany Stern

Donald Warmke/The Evergreen Fund


PLAYERS ($2,500 – $4,999)

Harvey & Naomi Cohen

Rebecca & William Connelly

Sara Holmes

Erik & Kerry Kisa

Tracy Fisher*

Pamela Fox & Dan Layman

Dr. Preston C. & Mrs. Jane Manning, Jr.

Richard McPherson 

OAL Foundation in memory of Kent Simons

Ann Pontius & Michael Stahl

Gene & Karen Van Slett

William & Lisa Moore

Tynisha D. Willingham*


JOURNEYMEN  ($1,000 – $2,499)

Anonymous (4)

Peter Archey

Drs. Patrick & Allison Baroco*

Charlotte & Collins Beagle in memory of Eugene C. Beagle

Dr. Rudolph Bell

Carolyn Paxman Bentley

Laurie Berman

Mary Margaret Pipkin & Robert Boisture

Richard & Kathryn Bump

Rejena Carreras

Wendell & Ruth Cole

Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Crawford, III

Debra Drummond-Berger in memory of Tom Berger*

English Speaking Union

Tom & Diane Fechtel

Martha Ferguson

The Fetzer Institute

Alexander & Joanne Gabbin

Dwight & Lindsey George*

Christopher & Rebecca Grandle*

Margaret & Richard Haupt

Stanley S. & Sheila Hazen

Rosanne Facciolo

Diane & John Kowal

Nancy & Rob Kyler

Dr. E. F. Charles & Mrs. Lorene N. LaBerge

Kelly Anne Malone*

Heather & David Morgan

Network for Good

Craig & Libby Owens

Chris Paddock & Joy Varner 

John Smallwood & Mary Satterfield

Dr. Megan & Mr. Alex Schad

Craig & Evelyn Scott

Sandra & William Sibert

Amber Brister & Jim Simons

Ethel M. Smeak Fund

Carl Steidtmann

Peggy Tobias

Cynthia Tyson/The Robert Haywood Morrison Foundation

Steve Urkowitz

Kenneth Venable

Martha Walker*

Forrest Sloan & Jennifer Wayne

Diane & Kevin Wilshere

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Askin-Williams Charitable Fund

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Caplin Foundation

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Over the Line Fund

Robert Haywood Morrison Foundation

The Evergreen Fund

The Shubert Foundation

The Termineigh Foundation

Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA)


Corporate Match

Bank of America

Markel Corporation



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Anonymous (4)

Paul G. Beers

Dr. Ralph Alan & Judy Cohen

Lawrence & Vicky C. Eicher

Dudley D. Flanders

Arthur & Mindy Kaufman

Stephen & Jo Anne Larson

Christopher & Betsy Little

Robert C. & Letty MacDonald

Lynne Turner & Robin Miller

Phil & Cheri Moran 

Ethel M. Smeak

Sidney Stark, Jr.

Lawrence Weiss

Frances I. Young in honor of Sister Francis, SSMN

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