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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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CONTENT WARNING// Deals with topics of suicide and depression.

In the kingdom of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked and believe the other to have drowned. Viola disguises herself as a young man, called Cesario, and works for the Duke Orsino.

  • Orsino, Duke of Illyria, expresses his love for Lady Olivia, who is in mourning for her brother and refuses to admit the Duke’s men sent to woo on his behalf.
  • Viola washes ashore in Illyria after a shipwreck which seems to have killed her twin brother. She decides to disguise herself as a man and serve Duke Orsino as his page.
  • Olivia’s gentlewoman, Maria, chides Olivia’s kinsman, Sir Toby Belch, for staying out too late, drinking too much, and bringing Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a foolish knight, to woo Olivia.
  • The Duke sends his new servant, Cesario (Viola in disguise), to woo Olivia for him.  Cesario/Viola confesses “whoe’er I woo, myself would be his wife.”
  • Olivia, Maria, and Olivia’s steward Malvolio all reprimand Feste, Olivia’s clown, for being absent from her household. Feste quickly regains Olivia’s favor while earning the scorn of Malvolio.
  • Cesario/Viola arrives to woo Olivia for Duke Orsino. Olivia says she cannot love the Duke, but, when Cesario/Viola leaves, Olivia confesses affection for them.
  • Olivia pretends that Cesario gave her a ring from the Duke and sends Malvolio to run after Cesario and “return” it.
  • Malvolio catches up with Cesario/Viola to “return the ring”. Through their conversation, Viola realizes that Olivia is in love with her (Cesario).
  • Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, survived the shipwreck and tells Antonio, the man who saved him, that his sister drowned and that he must go to Orsino’s court.
  • After Sebastian departs, Antonio confesses he has enemies in Orsino’s court, but he will follow Sebastian anyway.
  • Toby, Sir Andrew, and Feste stay up late singing and drinking. Maria advises them to be quieter; Malvolio then breaks up the party and threatens to report them all to Olivia.
  • Maria devises a plan to put Malvolio in his place.
  • Cesario/Viola falls more in love with Orsino.
  • Olivia falls more in love with Cesario/Viola.
  • Sebastian arrives in Illyria.
  • Yellow stockings, dark rooms, challenges, and marriage proposals ensue.

THIS SEASON: Director Every Brilliant Thing

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, 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.

 

Jenny (she/her) is a fourth-generation theatre woman. At the ASC, she’s directed Richard III; The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3); Much Ado about Nothing; King Lear; and The Winter’s Tale. Jenny lives in NYC, where her directing includes The Three Musketeers and Henry V off-Broadway with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, where she is an Artistic Associate. Previously directing The Comedy of Errors this spring, she is back for Twelfth Night this summer, then to HSRT in Holland, MI for Much Ado. In Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Jenny founded a theatre company and collaborated with international artists for seven years. Taiwan directing includes Macbeth, Dangerous Liaisons/Weixian Guanxi, Romeo & Juliet, Into the Woods, and As You Like It! (a musical she co-wrote). Jenny is on the faculty of AMDA New York. MFA, U of Delaware; BA, UVA. A former SDC/ Kurt Weill Foundation Fellow, Jenny is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC), a national theatrical labor union. https://bennyjennett.com Twitter: @bennyjennett

THIS SEASON:  Storyteller in Every Brilliant Thing

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC:  38 roles in 31 productions, including Judith in Shakespeare’s Sister (World Premiere); Portia in The Merchant of Venice; Lady Sneerwell in The School for Scandal; Valeria, Aedile in Coreolanus; Phillis Flower in The Fair Maid of the Exchange; Antonio, Ceres in The Tempest; Overdone, Elbow in Measure for Measure; Livia, Second Lady in Women Beware Women; Crocale, Boatswain in The Sea Voyage; Mrs. Frail in Love for Love;Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew; Jane in Wild Oats; Bess Bridges in The Fair Maid of the West; Nell in The Knight of the Burning Pestle; Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well; Guildenstern in HamletRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Kate in The Taming of the Shrew; Ghost of Christmas Past in five consecutive A Christmas Carol productions; Adriana in The Comedy of Errors; Hostess, Alice, Ensemble in Henry V; Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice, and Mary in the world premiere of The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Ginna Hoben (she/her) is so happy to return to Staunton and ASC!  She premiered in her self-written solo play The Twelve Dates of Christmas at ASC in 2010, and it has since enjoyed over seventy productions (performed by almost as many actors) nationally and worldwide.

OTHER THEATRE:

Other favorite regional performances include The Thanksgiving Play (The Kitchen Theatre); The Revolutionists (The Human Race Theatre Company); The Wolves (Lake State University); Moon Over Buffalo (Cape May Stage); Next Fall, The 39 Steps, and The Twelve Dates of Christmas (CATCO); Proof (Heritage Repertory); Almost, Maine (Project SEE); her self-written play pierced! (NYC and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals); and The World Premiere of Richard Dresser’s What Are You Afraid Of? (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville.) Ginna’s third solo show was the critically acclaimed No Spring Chicken, which premiered as part of D.C.’s 2015 inaugural Women’s Voices Theatre Festival.

Previously a writer/producer for the Emmy nominated TV show Brain Games, these days Ginna can be heard as Marina, the host of Spotify’s new children’s podcast Deep Blue Sea. She also writes and voices for the children’s podcast Who Smarted?  In addition to her creative work, Ginna is a yoga and fitness instructor and mother to a seven-year-old daughter.

www.ginnahoben.com

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Music Director Every Brilliant Thing, Twelfth Night, and Thrive, Or What You Will; Musical composition for Twelfth Night; Musician Every Brilliant Thing

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Music Director; Tybalt, Apothecary, Paris’s Page in Romeo and Juliet and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of ErrorsFundraiser, 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 in Twelfth 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

PRONOUNS: He/Him

THIS SEASON: Sebastian, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Jean 4, La Giraudais in Thrive, Or What You Will

BIO: Annie Fang is thrilled to be making her ASC debut as both the snob she was always born to be, and also a charming heartthrob (less in her wheelhouse)! Most recently, Annie appeared Off-Broadway in SHHHH (Atlantic Theater Company). Regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Delaware Shakespeare); This Is The Week That Is (1812 Productions); SHIP (Azuka Theatre); and Man of God (InterAct Theatre). ig: @thefatpecan

THIS SEASON: Orsino, Toby in Twelfth Night  and Jean 3, Prince in Thrive, Or What You Will

BIO: Eli Lynn (they/them) is a trans nonbinary actor and artist based in Philadelphia. Regional credits include: Aramis (The Three Musketeers, Cleveland Playhouse), Raymond (The Sea Voyage, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective), Flute/Thisby (Midsummer Night’s Dream, PA Shakespeare Festival), Dorcus/Dion (The Winter’s Tale, Folger Theatre), Danny/Diana (Sensitive Guys, World Premiere, InterAct Theatre), Flask (Moby Dick, Hedgerow Theatre), Aufidius (Coriolanus, Shakespeare in Clark Park).

They are also an IDC-certified Intimacy Director and Barrymore-nominated fight choreographer, whose fight/intimacy work has been seen at theatres including PA Shakespeare Festival, The Wilma, The Arden, People’s Light, Playwrights Horizons (NYC), Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Arden Theatre, Quintessence Theatre Group, and Theatre Exile. Eli is also a recently-minted Artistic Associate at Philadelphia Artists’ Collective. Love always to Vanessa. Soli Deo Gloria. www.Eli-Lynn.com

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Maria, Antonio, Valentine in Twelfth Night and Jean/ne 5, Aotourou, Jean/ne-as-Commerson in Thrive, Or What You Will

BIO: Jasmine Eileen Coles is a storyteller. She shares stories that shifts paradigms, ignites change, and cultivates dialogue around themes that unravel the human experience. Joyful Memories include: Mr Joy (Lake Dillon Theatre) Marie Laveau: Daughters of the Bayou (Weeksville Heritage Center) Shug Avery: The Color Purple. (White Plains Regional Premiere ) Monette , A One Woman Show ( Off Broadway) The Top of Bravery (Shadowbox Theatre) Charlayne Woodard: Aint Misbehavin(Faison Firehouse Theatre),  Beneatha: A Raisin in the Sun (Virginia Rep Theatre)  Uncle Tom: Deconstructed ( The Conciliation Project) and directing and devising Her: The New Kween (Anacostia Arts Center).  Her original children’s show The Tale of Chef Kale has been presented at several festivals and schools in New York City. All gratitude to God, Family, and Friends. www.Jasmineeileencoles.com

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Viola in Twelfth Night and Jeanne 1 in Thrive, Or What You Will

Regional Theatre: Estrella, Sueño (Trinity Rep); Lucia (u/s), Fade (Trinity Rep); Soothsayer, Julius Caesar (Hanover Theatre); Imogen, Cymbeline (Theatre at Monmouth); Kit, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Burbage Theatre Co.) 

Brown/Trinity Rep: Eleanor and others, The Late Wedding; Miranda and othersThe Tempest; Nellie Ewell/Rosa Gonzalez, Summer and Smoke; Golf Girl, Golf Girl (Writing is Live);  

TV/Film: Salvation 

Other Theaters: Helen, Helen (Willamette University); Chorus, The Trojan Women (Willamette University)

Education: Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program; Willamette University BA Theatre & French and Francophone Studies

Other: Jihan is ecstatic to be making her ASC debut with a team of extraordinary humans. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she is thankful for all the paths that have led her to this opportunity. 

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Olivia, Aguecheek, Curio in Twelfth Night and Commerson, Commerson-as-Jean/ne in Thrive, Or What You Will

BIO: (they / them) is a non-binary theatrical artist located in Providence, a graduate from the  MFA Brown/Trinity Rep and BFS SUNY Purchase programs. As well as a resident artist at The Wilbury Theatre Group, where their previous credits include Antigonx, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Heart, The Red Bike, and Miss You Like Hell. Other plays include;  Tiny Beautiful Things and Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna at Trinity Rep. As well as Sotto Vocce at ASOLO Rep. Marcel has been involved with R.I.L.A’s Teatro En Verano, a collaboration between Rhode Island Latino Arts and Trinity Rep, providing free theatre most summers to Providence locals.

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON:

Feste, Fabian in Twelfth Night and Jeanne 2, Bougainville in Thrive, Or What You Will 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC:

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 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; Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol

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).

EDUCATION:

MFA in Acting, University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program

PRONOUNS: She/Her

THIS SEASON: Understudy in Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will 

BIO:  Amy (she/her) is a Manorville, New York native 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 Pygmalionand Lady Anne in Shakespeare’s Richard III with East End Mobile Theater where she recently received a Broadway World Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2021. While learning her lines Amy enjoys crocheting and a cup of peppermint tea.

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Understudy in Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will

BIO: Molly Martinez-Collins is excited to be part of this Summer 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.

THIS SEASON: Understudy in Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will 

BIO: (they/them) is a trans nonbinary actor and educator originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia. They received their BA in English from Washington and Lee University and just completed their first year in Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program. Their recent roles include Cerimon in Pericles and Sebastian in MBU’s student production of Twelfth Night. Noah is incredibly grateful and excited to be a part of this Summer season at the ASC!

THIS SEASON:  Understudy in Twelfth Night, Thrive, and Pass Over

OTHER THEATRE: Iachimo/Belarius in Cymbeline, Piero/Officer in The Revengers Tragedy (Polaris Shakespeare Company); Frederick in The Rover, Grisolan/Executioner in The Duchess of Malfi (Hidden Room Theatre); Parolles in All’s Well that Ends Well (Past is Prologue Productions); Malcolm in Macbeth (Rosedale Shakespeare); Pericles in Pericles (MBU S&P) Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Antony in Antony & Cleopatra, Oliver in As You Like It (Shakespeare at Winedale)

EDUCATION: MLitt/MFA Candidate in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University; BFA in Acting with Honors from NYU Tisch School of the Arts

PRONOUNS: He/They

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE, ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR/ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER

THIS SEASON: Understudy in Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Assistant Choreographer/Assistant Music Director; 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 

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.

PRONOUNS: She/Her

Thomas J CoppolaInterim Production Manager/Stage Manager & Sound designer Every Brilliant Thing

Member of of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

Acting as the Tour Manager from 2015-Covid, Thomas has been the resident SM 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 ShrewRomeo & Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry V (x2), Julius CaesarOthelloTwelfth 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 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)

PRONOUNS: He/Him

 

THIS SEASON: Costume Designer Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will

BIO: Pamela Prior has been the Costume Shop Coordinator at Vassar for 5 years. Previous Costume Shop Management positions include: Theatre at Monmouth, Virginia Stage Company (CSM & Resident Costume Designer) and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Favorite Costume Design credits include: The Mountaintop (Virginia Stage Company), Nanjing Race (Abingdon Theatre- NYC), Timon of Athens (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey) & Anna Christie (Monomoy Theatre). She holds an MFA in Costume Design from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in Design/ Technical Theatre from the University of Connecticut. She currently resides in Poughkeepsie, NY with her dog Murphy , her trusty companion in exploring the the beautiful Hudson Valley.

Technical Director and Resident Scenic & Props Designer; Scenic Design Twelfth Night and Thrive or What You Will

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.

PRONOUNS:

She/Her

Costume Shop Manager

Anna Lien has been costuming and creating theater for the past twenty years, starting in 2002 with a summer camp of Much Ado About Nothing, which cemented her love of Shakespeare. She graduated in 2008 from the College of William & Mary With a B.A. in Theater/History. She has been an ASC camp counselor, a stitcher for William & Mary’s Summer Shakespeare Festival, an interim artistic director for The Old Michie Theater for Children & Youth, and from 2011-2019 she founded and served as Artistic Director for Gorilla Theater Productions in Charlottesville, VA, where she directed, designed, acted, and taught for what that began as a youth theater group and grew into an LGBTQIA+ focused non-profit for youth & adults. Anna is delighted to be serving as ASC’s costume shop manager and works daily to contain her enthusiasm for all aspects of production.

american shakespeare center benjamin reed
FIGHT DIRECTOR

Benjamin has been a resident company member with the American Shakespeare Center since 2014. He has served as Fight Director for 3 seasons and has performed over 56 roles in 10 seasons; including Laertes in Hamlet; Antonio in Antonio’s Revenge; Arbaces in A King and No King; Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher; and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. Other theatre credits include Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, The Alley, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and others. He is a proud member of the American Society of Fight Directors and Actors Equity Association. Benjamin studied under SAFD Fight Master Bryan Byrnes at the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program where he earned his MFA in acting.

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.

ARTISTIC LIASION, INTIMACY CHOREOGRAPHER
THIS SEASON:

Intimacy Choreographer

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

PRONOUNS: She/Her

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE, ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

 

THIS SEASON: Understudy in Twelfth Night and Thrive, Or What You Will 

PREVIOUSLY WITH ASC: Assistant Choreographer/Assistant Music Director; 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 

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.

PRONOUNS: She/Her

STAGE MANAGER

Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).

THIS SEASON: Stage Manager – Twelfth Night, Thrive, or What You Will)

BIO: Brendan M. Cullen* is happy to be making his debut at ASC. Over the years Brendan has worked as a Stage Manager in Colorado, New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and now Virginia. Past and favorite credits include 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.

Member of 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.

PRONOUNS: She/Her

@madslindytheartist

ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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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.

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  • 25% off all ticket purchases for you and your guests.
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  • 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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PREP FOR THE PLAY

A two night crash course in ASC’s approach to the text with interactive workshops that will help you approach the play like an actor, deepening your understanding of the play and enriching your experience when you visit us to see the show. Meeting on Zoom, there is a Prep for the Play for each of our 2022 titles, and each night covers a different topic. Join for one night or both!

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ON

A weekly series of lectures, panels, and workshops featuring a line up of scholars, industry experts, ASC familiar faces, and powerful partnerships. On the Blackfriars stage every Friday of our show weeks at 5:00 PM.

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TEACHER SEMINARS

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.

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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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2022 Donors and Partnerships

The American Shakespeare Center gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its current season supporters

All donors marked (*) are members of the Epizeuxis Society and all donors bolded contributed for the last 5 consecutive years.

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

Jim & Shirley Gillespie

PATRONS ($15,000- $24,000)

Paul G. Beers

Ralph & Judy Cohen

AMBASSADORS ($10,000 – $14,999)

John Attig

Christopher & Elizabeth Little

Seth & Sharon Stark

Myron “Buddy” Steves Jr. & Rowena Young

GALLANTS ($5,000 – $9,999)

Anonymous (2)

John Broadbent & Marjorie Deutsch

Carolyn & Allen Dahl

The Evergreen Fund

Ronald Bailey & Pamela Friedman*

Nancy & Rob Kyler

Frances J. Lee-Vandell

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

Leigh & Danny McDaniel

Robert E. & Sara Lee Menzer

Richard McPherson

Thomas & Lyn Olson

The Krongard Foundation

Donald Warmke

Kimberly West

G. Rodney Young

Find a full list of our supporters here.

Institutional Sponsors

Proteus Foundation

Robert Haywood Morrison Foundation

Special Thanks

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2021 Lodging Partners