Doreen Bechtol

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. Previous roles include: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Goneril in King Lear, Queen Margaret in Richard III, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed, Marianne in Tartuffe, and she famously descended from the “heavens” in a circus hoop as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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.