Kentucky Shakespeare’s annual Festival in Central Park offers opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the works of Shakespeare in the beautiful outdoor setting of Old Louisville’s Central Park.

Experience the 55th Season in 2015!  June 3-August 9, 2015

- 10 weeks/7 productions/59 performances

- Food Trucks and Will’s Tavern 

- Nightly Pre-Show Entertainment 

 

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About Us
William Shakespeare and his company built two Globe Theatres.

Leadership

Matt Wallace - photo

Matt Wallace

Producing Artistic Director

Matt is delighted to serve as Kentucky Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director since August 2013.  He was an Artistic Associate with the company for nine years (2001-2010), performing in several main stage productions in the park, touring/teaching throughout the state, administrating, and directing in Central Park.  He has served for five years as Artistic Director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, leading and designing multiple programs for the incarcerated and at risk. In 2010, the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency awarded Matt the Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Kentucky Criminal Justice System.  He served as the Director of Children’s Theatre and Audience Development at Derby Dinner Playhouse directing four seasons of the children’s theatre series and creating and managing the Performing Arts Academy, serving over 1,000 students a year.  Matt has directed and performed professionally at Chicago theaters, across the Midwest, and throughout the region for over twenty years.  Film and TV credits include roles in The Perfect Gift, 1 Message, Pieces of Easter, and Forrest Gump.  He holds a BFA in Regional Theatre from the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.  Matt met and proposed to his wife Tina Jo on the Central Park stage and they are now the proud parents of 6 and 8 year-old girls.

Matt@kyshakespeare.com

Rob Silverthorn III

Director of Operations and Marketing

Robert Silverthorn III is a 17 year veteran of the marketing and advertising industry.  He operated his own advertising agency for 10 years where he worked with Fortune 500 companies like RCA and General Electric developing marketing strategies for their direct sales forces.  He spent 2 years with Creative Alliance handling Humana, Darden Restaurants, University of Louisville and Einstein Brothers Bagels in a number of different channels from intranet design to franchise development.  Robert then moved on to Louisville Public Media where he developed marketing and branding strategies as well as worked in sales for the three public radio stations in Louisville, KY. Robert has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Louisville and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University – Bloomington in Journalism and Philosophy.

Rob@kyshakespeare.com

Kyle Ware

Director of Education

Kyle@kyshakespeare.com

(Photo and Bio coming soon…)

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Hannah Pruitt

Education Programs Manager

Hannah is delighted to return to Kentucky Shakespeare as the Education Programs Manager.  In the past, she has served in the positions of Camp Shakespeare Intern/ Stage Manager for the Globe Players, Assistant Director for the Spring Tour of Julius Caesar, as well as the Arts Education Coordinator.  In addition to her time with Kentucky Shakespeare, she continues her involvement in the arts community at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts as a Ticketing Supervisor in the Box Office.  Hannah hails from the lovely city of Henderson, KY.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville with a BS in Theatre Arts.

Hannah@kyshakespeare.com

 

 

For our teaching artists, please follow this link.

Leadership

Matt Wallace - photo

Matt Wallace

Producing Artistic Director

Matt is delighted to serve as Kentucky Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director since August 2013.  He was an Artistic Associate with the company for nine years (2001-2010), performing in several main stage productions in the park, touring/teaching throughout the state, administrating, and directing in Central Park.  He has served for five years as Artistic Director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, leading and designing multiple programs for the incarcerated and at risk. In 2010, the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency awarded Matt the Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Kentucky Criminal Justice System.  He served as the Director of Children’s Theatre and Audience Development at Derby Dinner Playhouse directing four seasons of the children’s theatre series and creating and managing the Performing Arts Academy, serving over 1,000 students a year.  Matt has directed and performed professionally at Chicago theaters, across the Midwest, and throughout the region for over twenty years.  Film and TV credits include roles in The Perfect Gift, 1 Message, Pieces of Easter, and Forrest Gump.  He holds a BFA in Regional Theatre from the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.  Matt met and proposed to his wife Tina Jo on the Central Park stage and they are now the proud parents of 6 and 8 year-old girls.

Matt@kyshakespeare.com

Rob Silverthorn III

Director of Operations and Marketing

Robert Silverthorn III is a 17 year veteran of the marketing and advertising industry.  He operated his own advertising agency for 10 years where he worked with Fortune 500 companies like RCA and General Electric developing marketing strategies for their direct sales forces.  He spent 2 years with Creative Alliance handling Humana, Darden Restaurants, University of Louisville and Einstein Brothers Bagels in a number of different channels from intranet design to franchise development.  Robert then moved on to Louisville Public Media where he developed marketing and branding strategies as well as worked in sales for the three public radio stations in Louisville, KY. Robert has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Louisville and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University – Bloomington in Journalism and Philosophy.

Rob@kyshakespeare.com

Kyle Ware

Director of Education

Kyle@kyshakespeare.com

(Photo and Bio coming soon…)

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Hannah Pruitt

Education Programs Manager

Hannah is delighted to return to Kentucky Shakespeare as the Education Programs Manager.  In the past, she has served in the positions of Camp Shakespeare Intern/ Stage Manager for the Globe Players, Assistant Director for the Spring Tour of Julius Caesar, as well as the Arts Education Coordinator.  In addition to her time with Kentucky Shakespeare, she continues her involvement in the arts community at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts as a Ticketing Supervisor in the Box Office.  Hannah hails from the lovely city of Henderson, KY.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville with a BS in Theatre Arts.

Hannah@kyshakespeare.com

 

 

For our teaching artists, please follow this link.