Teaching Artists

Kentucky Shakespeare 2016-2017 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 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. He is a founder and Artistic Director of Baby Horse Theatre Group, and is the Director and Co-writer of Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling. He also 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 recently played are Ariel (The Tempest), Rosalind (As You Like It), Junie B. Jones (Junie B. Jones: The Musical), Emily Book (The Sparrow-- a collaboration with members of the House Theatre of Chicago), and Soupy Sue (Urinetown). She has performed with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Striketime Dance Company, Vanderprov Comedy, and recently worked as an assistant teaching artist and choreographer at Seattle Children's Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company. In addition to performing, Mollie also has enjoyed dramaturgy, aerial arts, costume design, and playwriting.



Pilotte Headshot 2016Graham Pilotte– Artist Educator

Graham Pilotte is delighted to join Kentucky Shakespeare! She is a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she performed in both departmental and student productions and was the jazz band vocalist for four years. After graduation, she traveled to the New York City area to perform in Shakespeare on the Sound's production of Hamlet. Regionally, she has performed in over forty-five productions with companies including StageOne, CenterStage, and the Louisville Ballet. Graham has grown up watching KY Shakespeare productions and is happy to join such an exciting company.




Andrew Stairs headshotAndrew Stairs – Artist Educator

Andrew Stairs is thrilled to join Kentucky Shakespeare as an artist educator after two summers of teaching with Camp Shakespeare. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Centre College, and studied abroad in England, including an immersive week in Stratford-upon-Avon. Upon graduating, he spent a year as an international tour actor/director for the Missoula Children’s Theatre — acting, directing, and teaching in 36 residencies across North America, including the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. Now home in Louisville, he continues to perform and share his passion for education and the arts, especially Shakespeare. Favorite Bard credits include Macbeth (Macbeth) and Ferdinand (The Tempest). Recent regional credits: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many with Theatre [502]  and The Kings of Christmas at the Bard's Town.