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

Coming Soon!


We're very lucky to have other Guest Teaching Artists which include: Shawn Franklin, Dathan Hooper, Megan Massie, Keith McGill, and Gracie Taylor!