Teaching Artists


Kentucky Shakespeare 2017-2018 Season Artist Educators

Since 1990, Kentucky Shakespeare has made the works of Shakespeare accessible for more than a million kindergarten through twelfth grade students in all 120 counties of Kentucky as well as parts of Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia. We are thrilled to continue our tradition of providing professional and educational programs to students of all ages. Of course, none of this would be possible without our very talented Artist Educators!

Jon Becraft – Artist Educator

Jon is thrilled to return for his second year as an Artist Educator with Kentucky Shakespeare. He is a native of Kentucky and a graduate of Hanover College, where he studied Theatre. Jon cut his theatrical teeth as part of Kentucky Shakespeare's original Globe Players in 2003, and has been involved with the company in a multitude of capacities in seasons past, including as a Touring Educator in 2009, and as Sound Designer for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and As You Like It in 2011. Jon was featured in Kentucky Shakespeare's 2016 production of Titus Andronicus as Chiron and in 2017, he appeared on Kentucky's summer stage as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, as well as ensemble roles in Richard II and Julius Caesar. He is a founder and Artistic Director of Baby Horse Theatre Group, the Director and Co-writer of Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling, and performs in the improvisational theatre group Lung Farm.

Mollie Murk Headshot (1 of 1)Mollie Murk – Artist Educator

Mollie Murk hails from the Chicago suburbs, and holds a degree in Theatre and Dance Performance/Choreography from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Among her favorite roles she has played are Ariel (The Tempest), Rosalind (As You Like It), Junie B. Jones (Junie B. Jones: The Musical), and Lavinia (Kentucky Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, October 2017). Mollie has worked as a choreographer and in theatre education with Spotlight Youth Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company. She is thrilled to return to Kentucky Shakespeare for her second year as an Artist Educator!

Tessa McShane– Artist Educator

Tessa is from Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from Hanover College with a degree in Theatre. She has been an Instructor for Camp Shakespeare for the last three summers and is so excited to join Kentucky Shakespeare as an Artist Educator. Some of her favorite roles have been Rosalind (As You Like It), Desdemona (Kabuki Othello), and Hannah Jelkes (Night of the Iguana).

Braden McCampbell – Artist Educator

Braden McCampbell is a former UofL student who did his theater internship with Kentucky Shakespeare; He has appeared in a few of the companies main stage productions, including his portrayal of Benvolio 2016’s Romeo and Juliet. Braden has also performed on UofL’s main stage through his time there as an undergrad and even traveled to Singapore to perform in the AATP’s Production of The Orphans Revenge, an Afro Centric Version of The Orphan of Xiao in April of 2014.

Guest Teaching Artists include Shawn Franklin, Dathan Hooper, Megan Massie, Keith McGill, and Gracie Taylor

 


Guest Workshop and Class Instructors

LOUISVILLE IMPROVISORS – Finding the Connection

Chris Anger

Chris is Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Louisville Improvisors, and has been a professional actor working in improvisation for over 30 years. As artistic director Chris heads up the Louisville Improvisors Training Center facilitating both corporate and private workshops. Chris is co-creator, along with Alec Volz and Brian Hinds, of the Louisville Improvisors’ improvised Shakespeare show Late Night Shakes, which has been performed at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival since 2013. Chris also teaches improv in schools and universities throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

While performing regularly throughout Kentucky and Indiana over the last 19 years, Chris has also done improv shows in cities around the country including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, St. Louis and Nashville among others.

Louisville Improvisors are the hosts and executive producers of Improvapalooza, since the year 2000. It is the longest running Improv Comedy festival in the Southeast, bringing together the best improvisers in the country, including writers, producers and performers from The Simpsons, SNL, The Groundlings and The Daily Show among others. Improvapalooza has also featured the top groups from Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Ft. Wayne, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

Chris has also written and performed 5 solo shows, the latest one Terminal Buses Only will premiere at the 3rd Annual Single Shots Solo Theatre Festival, November 24-25th at The Bard's Town Theater.


STAGE COMBAT

Eric Frantz
Eric has worked at the Frazier History Museum for over ten years as a Teaching Artist/Historical Interpreter, performing swordfights for the public every day. At the Frazier he leads the research on sword fighting and combat using historical manuals and texts.  Eric is excited to have worked with Kentucky Shakespeare for the three consecutive summers. In 2015 Eric choreographed the fight between Macbeth and Macduff, and it remains one of his favorites.


SHAKESPEARE OFF THE PAGE

Gregory Maupin

Gregory has appeared in many Kentucky Shakespeare productions since 2004, and he has served as our resident dramaturg for the last four seasons. He has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Launce), The Tempest (Stephano), Hamlet (Polonius), Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Henry V (Fluellen), and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Shakespeare), among others. He and his wife Abigail co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble in 2004, co-creating many original works, adapting classics, and building masks; they also perform as Prohibition-era ukulele duo Rannygazoo and co-wrote The Glorious Adventures of the Mighty Robin Hood, produced locally at StageOne Family Theatre. With Actors Theatre: Macbeth, Luna Gale, At the Vanishing Point, Our Town, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents, among others. With the Dell’Arte Company: Vaudeville (co-creator); Paradise Lost. With ImprovBoston: Musical! The Musical. Gregory is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.