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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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Set List

This Christmas by Donny Hathaway

Hannukkah Blessings by The Barenaked Ladies

Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys

Ribbons & Bows by Kasey Musgraves


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Happy Holiday/Holiday Season by Andy Williams

Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano

Auld Lang Syne by Pink Martini

Special Thanks

The Valley Mission

Augusta County Public School’s Stocking Drive

Costume Support from the University of Lynchburg and Randolph College:

Lily Tacke

Savannah Cooper

Harper Whetzel

Erin Winslow

Alissa Garcia-Cruz

Penny Dorsey

Mitchell Ngwenya

Kaitlyn Langford

Regan Weeks

Tanner Cochran

THIS SEASON: Director A Christmas Carol 

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 2022 production of Every Brilliant Thing, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 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.

Alexis BaigueTHIS SEASON: Bob Cratchit

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: 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 Pease-blossome in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019-2020 tour); Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. 

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

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Marley, Schoolmaster, Little Cratchit 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



THIS SEASON: Tiny Tim, Beggar Boy, Fan

PREVIOUSLY AT ASC: Acting Fellow The Tempest, Pericles, Une Tempête; Understudy Twelfth Night, Thrive, Or What You Will. 

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 Faversham. Molly will start her second year in the Shakespeare and Performance graduate program at Mary Baldwin University this upcoming Fall.

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Fred, Old Joe

PREVIOUSLY AT ASC: Caliban in The Tempest, Lysimachus, Ensemble, U/S Pericles in Pericles, Caliban in Une Tempête; U/S Moses and Kitch – Pass Over, Music Director – Pass Over; Prince, Peter, u/s Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Duke Solinus and Officer in The Comedy of Errors. 

OTHER THEATER: VIRGINIA REPERTORY THEATRE: Pinocchio, The Wiz, Fences, RICHMOND TRIANGLE PLAYERS: Sugar in Our Wounds,VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY: Sense and Sensibility, Little Shop of Horrors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, In the Red and Brown Water,UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND: Blues for Mister Charlie

TV: The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Songs and Stories (PBS)

FILM: Welcome to the Show

EDUCATION: B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University.

BIO:Tevin would like to thank God, his parents, family, friends, lifelong supporters, and of course Whitney Houston.

Website: TevinDavis.com

Instagram: Tevin.M.Davis

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: 1st Fundraiser, Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Fred, Little Cratchit

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: 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.

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)

THIS SEASON: Belle, Belinda

PREVIOUSLY AT ASC: Ariel – The Tempest; Antiochus’s Daughter, Marina, Ensemble – Pericles; Ariel – Une Tempête; Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Angelo (u/s Adriana, Luciana) in Comedy of Errors.

OTHER THEATER: 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).

BIO: Corrie Green is delighted to return to the American Shakespeare this season. Corrie is an Arkansas native where she graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Theatre Arts and Dance program with a B.A in Theatre Arts. She would like to give a special thanks to her husband, family and friends for their encouragement and support in each of her endeavors, and to the ASC for this opportunity to bring these characters to life.

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Mrs. Cratchit

PREVIOUSLY AT ASC:  Stephano – The Tempest; Antiochus, Bolt, Ensemble – Pericles; Stephano – Une Tempête; Nurse, Lady Montague in Romeo and Julietand Emilia, First Merchant, Second Merchant in The Comedy of Errors

OTHER THEATER: The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), and Cymbeline u/s (American Players Theatre). Additional collaborations and credits include: The New Harmony Project, St. Louis, and Arkansas Shakespeare Festivals, Dipped in Honey (Teatro Bravo, AZ), CabaretTitus AndronicusBecause I Am Your Queen (Illinois Theatre), Aguijón Theater’s bilingual production of Soldaderas (Goodman Theatre Latinx Theatre Festival), and the Festival de Mujeres en Escena por la Paz in Bogotá, Colombia.

BIO:Erica Cruz Hernández’s recent regional credits include: The River Bride, Hamlet, and Assistant Directing The Moors with American Players Theatre Company. She’s thrilled to be back at ASC where she was last seen in The Comedy of Errors, and Romeo and Juliet. Additional credits and collaborations include The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Cymbeline u/s (American Players Theatre), The New Harmony Project, St. Louis, and Arkansas Shakespeare Festivals, Aguijón Theater’s bilingual production of Soldaderas (Goodman Theatre and Festival de Mujeres en Escena por la Paz in Bogotá, Colombia). TV/Films include: LAW & ORDER: SVU, EN ALGUN LUGAR, and the upcoming MIDWESTERN. Erica is a recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, and an ensemble member with Chicago’s Aguijón Theater Company, producing Spanish-language works for over 30 years. AMOR a mi familia y mi Jess!!

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).


Scrooge in A Christmas Carol


5 seasons and over 30 roles including Don Pedro in Much Ado about Nothing; Northumberland, Bardolph in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2; Tigranes in A King and No King; Soothsayer in Antony and Cleopatra; Soothsayer, Metellus Cimber in Julius Caesar; Apollodorus in Caesar and Cleopatra; Earl, Fred, Michael in The Willard Suitcases; Leontes in The Winter’s Tale; Creon in Antigone; Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility; Duncan, Porter, Seyton in Macbeth; Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew; Shag in Equivocation.


Moises in The River Bride, Faulkland in The Rivals, Dumaine in Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Messenger in An Improbable Fiction (American Players Theatre); Sir Toby/Antonio u/s in Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night(Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Cat’s Cradle Theatre Co.); Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Eros in Antony and Cleopatra (Illinois Shakespeare Festival)


MFA in Classical Acting, Illinois State University; BA in Theatre, Concordia University Chicago; Certified Actor Combatant with the SAFD

Mauricio Miranda HeadshotMember of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Ghost of Christmas Future, Young Scrooge
PREVIOUSLY AT ASC: Ferdinand – The Tempest; Pericles – Pericles; Ferdinand – Une Tempête; 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

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Ghost of Christmas Past, Martha, Charwoman


 Sebastian – The Tempest; Thaisa – Pericles; Sebastian – Une Tempête;  Feste, Fabian in Twelfth Night and Jeanne 2, Bougainville in Thrive, Or What You Will; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, 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 inHenry 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; Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol


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


Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Music Director, 2nd Fundraiser, Dick Wilkins, Peter, Mr. Belle

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Music Director; Alonso – The Tempest, Helicanus, Ensemble – Pericles; Alonso – Une Tempête;  Musician/Music Director Every Brilliant Thing, Thrive, Or What You Will, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors;  Tybalt, Apothecary, Paris’s Page in Romeo and Juliet;  Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, Music Director (A Christmas Carol). Fundraiser, Dick Wilkins, Belle’s Fiancé, Peter, Man in A Christmas Carol. 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, Understudyin 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: 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

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


THIS SEASON: Acting Fellow

BIO: Haley Davis is an understudy in The Tempest, Pericles, and Une Tempête. Her recent roles include Banquo and Porter in Macbeth at Hoosier Shakespeare Festival, Mistress Quickly and Host in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Hoosier Shakespeare Festival, Leonor in The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs with Polaris Shakespeare Company, and Queen, Cymbeline, and Guiderius in Cymbeline with Polaris Shakespeare Company. Haley earned her MLitt and MFA from Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, and her BA in Theatre from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi.

THIS SEASON: Acting Fellow

BIO: Amy (she/her) is originally from Manorville, New York who received her BA in Dance and Theater from Manhattanville College before heading to Staunton for Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance Program. She recently graduated with her Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts Degree from Mary Baldwin University where she was an Acting Concentration. With her MFA Company she had the joy of playing Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Volumnia and Cominius in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and Estela in Ana Caro’s The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs. Some of her past credits include Isabella in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure with Northeast Stage, Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and Lady Anne in Shakespeare’s Richard III with East End Mobile Theater for which she recently received a Broadway World Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2021. While learning lines Amy enjoys crocheting and a cup of peppermint tea.

THIS SEASON: Acting Fellow

OTHER THEATRE: Lady 2/Ghost of Mother (Understudy, performed) in Cymbeline, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream *Apprentice Show*, (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Miriam Bloom in Kingdom City, Liz Morden/Watkin Tench in Our Country’s Good, Governor’s Wife/Aniko in Caucasian Chalk Circle, Dolly in One Man, Two Guvnors, Chrissy in Hair (TDF at F&M).

EDUCATION: MLitt/MFA Candidate in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University; BA in Theater from Franklin & Marshall College


BIO: Pete Sheldon is an Acting Fellow and understudy for the ASC Christmas Carol. Recently he played the role of Sir Andrew in Mary Baldwin University’s Twelfth Night and Gower in their spring Production of Pericles. Other credits include numerous zoom theatre shenanigans, Jim in Aux Dog’s Glass Menagerie in 2020, and originating the role of Jules in Dreamer Seeker at 2019’s Capital Fringe. He’s grateful for the opportunity to learn from such an amazing group of artists! Enjoy the show!

THIS SEASON: Assistant Director

OTHER THEATER: Gower in Pericles (Mary Baldwin University S&P); Claudius in Hamlet (Seton Hill University); Sarah in Company (Seton Hill University), Perdita in The Winter’s Tale (Seton Hill University), Portia in Merchant of Venice (Poor Yorick’s Players); Director for I Dream Before I Take the Stand by Arlene Hutton (Seton Hill University)

EDUCATION: BFA at Seton Hill University, MLitt at Mary Baldwin University

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Thomas J Coppola


Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Production Manager/Stage 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: The Tempest, Pericles, Une Tempête, 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. www.thomasjcoppola.com #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)



THIS SEASON: Costume Designer for A Christmas Carol 

BIO: Hope Maddox works at Randolph College as the Costume Shop Manager and Resident Designer where she has designed: Doctor Faustus, Spitfire Grill, Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play, Squirrel Girl Goes to College, Alice in Wonderland, The Sea Voyage, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Little Shop of Horrors.Previously, she was the Costume Shop Manager at the American Shakespeare Center from 2018-2020 and has designed Romeo and Juliet (2022) and A Christmas Carol (2022). She has worked with Endstation Theatre Company, Sweet Briar College and the Lynchburg Museum System. She received her B.A. in Theatre, Minor in History from Longwood University, and M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership Studies from the University of Lynchburg. She holds a certificate from the University of Glasgow and Historic Royal Palaces in A History of Royal Fashion, as well as one from the University of Roehampton in Tudor History.

THIS SEASON: Assistant Costume Designer for A Christmas Carol 

BIO/EDUCATION: University of Lynchburg Costume Shop Supervisor and Designer BFA Longwood University/MEd University of Lynchburg


Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Assistant Stage Manager

Madison Lindy grew up on a small farm in Maryland where she spent her time feeding baby goats and getting lost in good books. She found her niche in Staunton, Virginia at the American Shakespeare Center. She has worked with the ASC in multiple capacities over the last several years and is thrilled to rejoin the company as the Assistant Stage Manager.



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.

Associate Artistic Director, INTIMACY Director

Intimacy Choreographer

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: First Witch in Macbeth, and Mariana in All’s Well that Ends Wellas other various roles; Intimacy Choreographer (A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors). Beggar Boy, Fan, Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. 

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.


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 Co-Program Director of the Shakespeare and Performance MLitt / MFA program at Mary Baldwin University, where she also 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 Macbeth for Hoosier Shakespeare Festival, Romeo and Juliet for MBU’s undergrad drama department, co-directed Pericles for the MLitt program, and co-directed the devised show C.Q.D. with the MFA company Treehouse Shakespeare Ensemble, and directed Chapatti for the Virginia Theatre Festival. Doreen is also a founding member of the Performers Exchange Project, a company dedicated to developing and performing original works.

THIS SEASON: Interim Shop Manager & Wardrobe Manager

BIO: Marie Lupia is new to ASC, serving as the Cutter/Draper and Wardrobe Assistant for The Tempest, Pericles, Une Tempête, Twelfth Night, Thrive, and Pass Over. Marie has previously worked as a seamstress at Colonial Williamsburg, and spent two summers as a Stitcher and Assistant Costume Designer at Shenandoah Summer Music Theater. She has designed shows for CAT Theater and John Tyler Community College, as well as assisted with costumes for several LARP groups throughout the US.

She received her BFA in Technical Theatre from Longwood University in 2015, and is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with her MFA in Costume Technology.


BIO: 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.

THIS SEASON: Wardrobe Assistant

BIO: Jess Snellings is a Stage Management Fellow and current second-year student in Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance Studies graduate program. Prior to joining the ASC team, Jess was a high school English teacher in the Shenandoah Valley, where she read Shakespeare’s plays and academic articles to a bearded dragon and her cat. ASC credits include working as SM fellow on The Tempest, Pericles, Une Tempête, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare; Thrive, or What You Will by LM Feldman, and Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-snellings-208a906b/

THIS SEASON: Stage Management Fellow

BIO: 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.

THIS SEASON: Props Artisan

BIO: Sam is excited to join the ASC’s technical team. He is a woodworker focused on carpentry, furniture making, and carving. In addition to his life in wood, Sam has also worked for the last decade as a touring singer-songwriter. He has released several solo albums, which you can find anywhere you listen to music. www.sammoss.net

THIS SEASON: Props Artisan

BIO:A “storyteller of all-mediums”, Sarah White (she/her) is a second year in Mary Baldwin University’s MFA Shakespeare & Performance program with a focus on acting (under the stage name Sarah Scarborough). 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 Properties Artisan has been seen regionally at companies such as Summit Performance, Hollins University, Earlham College, 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. Catch her onstage in Puffs at Silverline Theatre Exchange this fall!

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Tours are available at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Monday – Saturday. Advanced ticketing is required.

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ASC GIft Shop

From T-Shirts to Cookie Cutters—the gift shop has something from everyone. Check out the new Actors’ Renaissance Summer inventory!

Shop from your seat, select pick up at checkout, and your order will be ready for you when you leave!

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  • 25% off all ticket purchases for you and your guests.
  • Early access to ticket sales—get the best seats!
  • Free Prep for the Play access for each show title.
  • Explore more with 10% (or more) off select additional ASC programming.
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  • Quarterly members-only discount code at the Gift Shop.



Spend a weekend at the Blackfriars Playhouse where you will rediscover the joy and accessibility of teaching Shakespeare. Beginning Friday afternoon and ending Sunday, this weekend is curated with workshops, lectures, performances, and more with our team of Shakespeare performance and scholarship experts.


Spend Your Summer Performing Shakespeare in the world’s only re-creation of his indoor theatre- The Blackfriars Playhouse. Located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, this residential camp combines scholarship and performance for the Shakespearean summer of your dreams.

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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 2 through December 30, ASC will be collecting items for the Valley Mission.


Learn more here.


Donor Roll List pulled from August 1, 2021 to November 3, 2022

(Donors in bold have donated 5 consecutive years. Donors marked * are members of the Epizeuxis Society and give on a recurring basis.)

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

Aaron & Candice Hark

Jim & Shirley Gillespie

Patrons  ($15,000- $24,999)

Paul G. Beers

Dr. Ralph Alan & Judy Cohen

Ambassadors ($10,000 – $14,999)

John C. Attig

Christopher & Elizabeth Little

Seth & Sharon Stark

Myron “Buddy” Steves & Rowena Young Blue Bonnet Foundation, Inc.


Gallants ($5,000 – $9,999)

Anonymous (2)

John Broadbent & Marjorie Deutsch

Allen & Carolyn Dahl

Ronald Bailey & Pamela Friedman* 

Bouvard Hosticka

The Krongard Foundation

Dr. Robert M. & Mrs. Nancy Kyler

Frances J. Lee-Vandell

Leigh & Danny McDaniel

Richard McPherson

Robert & Sara Lee Menzer

Thomas & Lyn Olson

Baron P. Schwartz & Lynn Rainville

Donald Warmke

Kimberly West

Rodney Young


Players ($2,500 – $4,999)

Kara & Chris Burke

Harvey & Naomi Cohen

William & Sandra Davis

Clifford Garstang*

Dan Layman & Pamela Fox

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

Find a full list of our supporters here.

Institutional Sponsors


Blue Bonnet Foundation Inc.

Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

Core Knowledge Foundation

The Dammann Fund, Inc; Christopher M. & Catherine C. Kramer

The Evergreen Fund

Membean Inc.

Robert Haywood Morrison Foundation

Over the Line Fund

Proteus Foundation

The Shubert Foundation

Slingluff-Swenson Family Fund

The Termineigh Foundation; James R. Slack & Mary Ellena Ward

Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA)

2021 Lodging Partners