October 25, 2014 – A Candlelight reading of MACBETH at the ReSurfaced Pop-Up Plaza on Main, 8:00pm, FREE

 

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William Shakespeare and his company built two Globe Theatres.

Current Teaching Artists

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 be possible without our very talented Artist Educators!

The 2014-15 cast for Kentucky Shakespeare’s Education Tours:

 

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Melinda Beck – Artist Educator

Bard Buddies, Faerie Tales, Residencies

Melinda Beck is an actor and singer from Louisville. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Since returning to Louisville, she appeared as Miranda in The Tempest with Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. Other productions with Savage Rose include Macbeth, The Changeling, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also worked with Walden Theatre’s Alumni Company which produces new work and American classics. When not working in theatre, she enjoys drawing and running. She is excited to work with KY Shakespeare this season.

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Renea Brown – Artist Educator

Living History: We the People

Renea Brown, from Lexington, Ky is grateful to be joining Kentucky Shakespeare for this first time. She recently obtained her Bachelors of Science in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville this past May. Past credits from the university include: Measure for Measure, Shakin the Mess outta Misery, Sleep Rock thy Brain (Actors Theatre collaboration), Monsieur Baptiste: The Con Man and others. She has studied theatre from New York’s Circle in the Square to Shandong University in Jinan, China. She enjoys reading, dancing ballet, speaking Chinese, and creating characters out of people she observes in everyday life.

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Megan Massie – Artistic Associate

Two-Person Tempest, Bard Buddies, Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare, Residencies

Megan Massie is signing on for her second year with Kentucky Shakespeare as an Artistic Associate. She was recently seen on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage as Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Chorus and Princess Catherine in Henry V, and Ophelia in Hamlet. In addition to touring Two Person Tempest and Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare, upcoming credits will include Theatre 502′s Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play and a new devised work with ThinkTank Theatre Ensemble. Since moving to Louisville in 2013, she has embraced the Louisville culture of good food, good fun, and good people. She spends most of her free time attending concerts, performances, restaurants, dinner parties, and Pilates classes.

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Tony Milder – Artistic Associate

Two-Person Tempest, Bard Buddies, Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare, Residencies

Tony is happy to be returning to Kentucky Shakespeare after a wonderful summer in the park where he appeared as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dauphin in Henry V, and Horatio in Hamlet. His other regional credits include The Guthrie Theatre, The Theatre at Monmouth, The National Theatre for Children, ColliDe Theatrical Dance Co., and Cardinal Theatricals. A Junior Olympic gold medal tumbler and amateur knitter, Tony has a wide array of interests, including the sound of his own voice, brassy divas, sushi, turning pages, and making himself cry. He got his degree (and perfected his tan) at Concordia College in Moorhead.

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 Jeremy Sapp – Artist Educator

Living History: We the People, Living History: Chronicles of the Commonwealth

Jeremy Sapp returns to Kentucky Shakespeare after spending the summer performing with the professional repertory company in Central Park. Hailing from Hazard, Ky, he was first exposed to the Bard when he saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour at his high school and is thrilled to be paying that experience forward as an educational artist. As an actor in Louisville, he has worked with several local companies including Stage One (Tuck Everlasting), Stage on Spring (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Glass Menagerie) and is a Savage Rose Classical Theatre company member performing such works as Much Ado About Nothing and The Rover. He earned a BA in the Humanities at U of L.

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Gracie Taylor – Artist Educator

Living History: We the People, Living History: Chronicles of the Commonwealth, Bard Buddies

Gracie is thrilled to be returning to Kentucky Shakespeare after working with Camp Shakespeare for the past two summers. She recently graduated from Hanover College where she studied Theatre and performed in every play she could. Some of her favorite roles at Hanover were Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, June Muldoon in Anatomy of Gray, and Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida. Gracie’s passion for Shakespeare began when she spent a May semester in Stratford upon Avon, England, the Bard’s birthplace! When Gracie’s not acting, she likes to people-watch from her ninth floor apartment, practice her stage combat skills, and visit her amazing friends and family in Middletown, Ohio.

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Kelsey Thompson – Artist Educator

Bard Buddies, Faerie Tales, Residencies

Kelsey Thompson is excited to be returning to Kentucky Shakespeare as an Artist Educator for the Fall and Spring semesters after teaching Camp Shakespeare in Lexington, KY this past summer. Kelsey Graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BFA in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Directing and a Minor in Performing Arts Administration. Having grown up in Louisville, Kelsey is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School (Theatre) and Governor’s School for the Arts (Drama.) Since moving back to Louisville, Kelsey has worked for the Louisville Ballet and played Cordelia in Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company’s production of King Lear. In addition to teaching and performing Shakespeare, Kelsey enjoys spending her time going on outdoor adventures, writing about herself in third person, crafting, and exchanging philosophical theories with her hedgehog, King Louie XIV.

Current Teaching Artists

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 be possible without our very talented Artist Educators!

The 2014-15 cast for Kentucky Shakespeare’s Education Tours:

 

Melinda Beck Headshot

Melinda Beck – Artist Educator

Bard Buddies, Faerie Tales, Residencies

Melinda Beck is an actor and singer from Louisville. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Since returning to Louisville, she appeared as Miranda in The Tempest with Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. Other productions with Savage Rose include Macbeth, The Changeling, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also worked with Walden Theatre’s Alumni Company which produces new work and American classics. When not working in theatre, she enjoys drawing and running. She is excited to work with KY Shakespeare this season.

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Renea Brown – Artist Educator

Living History: We the People

Renea Brown, from Lexington, Ky is grateful to be joining Kentucky Shakespeare for this first time. She recently obtained her Bachelors of Science in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville this past May. Past credits from the university include: Measure for Measure, Shakin the Mess outta Misery, Sleep Rock thy Brain (Actors Theatre collaboration), Monsieur Baptiste: The Con Man and others. She has studied theatre from New York’s Circle in the Square to Shandong University in Jinan, China. She enjoys reading, dancing ballet, speaking Chinese, and creating characters out of people she observes in everyday life.

MeganMassie113

Megan Massie – Artistic Associate

Two-Person Tempest, Bard Buddies, Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare, Residencies

Megan Massie is signing on for her second year with Kentucky Shakespeare as an Artistic Associate. She was recently seen on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage as Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Chorus and Princess Catherine in Henry V, and Ophelia in Hamlet. In addition to touring Two Person Tempest and Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare, upcoming credits will include Theatre 502′s Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play and a new devised work with ThinkTank Theatre Ensemble. Since moving to Louisville in 2013, she has embraced the Louisville culture of good food, good fun, and good people. She spends most of her free time attending concerts, performances, restaurants, dinner parties, and Pilates classes.

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Tony Milder – Artistic Associate

Two-Person Tempest, Bard Buddies, Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare, Residencies

Tony is happy to be returning to Kentucky Shakespeare after a wonderful summer in the park where he appeared as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dauphin in Henry V, and Horatio in Hamlet. His other regional credits include The Guthrie Theatre, The Theatre at Monmouth, The National Theatre for Children, ColliDe Theatrical Dance Co., and Cardinal Theatricals. A Junior Olympic gold medal tumbler and amateur knitter, Tony has a wide array of interests, including the sound of his own voice, brassy divas, sushi, turning pages, and making himself cry. He got his degree (and perfected his tan) at Concordia College in Moorhead.

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 Jeremy Sapp – Artist Educator

Living History: We the People, Living History: Chronicles of the Commonwealth

Jeremy Sapp returns to Kentucky Shakespeare after spending the summer performing with the professional repertory company in Central Park. Hailing from Hazard, Ky, he was first exposed to the Bard when he saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour at his high school and is thrilled to be paying that experience forward as an educational artist. As an actor in Louisville, he has worked with several local companies including Stage One (Tuck Everlasting), Stage on Spring (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Glass Menagerie) and is a Savage Rose Classical Theatre company member performing such works as Much Ado About Nothing and The Rover. He earned a BA in the Humanities at U of L.

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Gracie Taylor – Artist Educator

Living History: We the People, Living History: Chronicles of the Commonwealth, Bard Buddies

Gracie is thrilled to be returning to Kentucky Shakespeare after working with Camp Shakespeare for the past two summers. She recently graduated from Hanover College where she studied Theatre and performed in every play she could. Some of her favorite roles at Hanover were Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, June Muldoon in Anatomy of Gray, and Ulysses in Troilus and Cressida. Gracie’s passion for Shakespeare began when she spent a May semester in Stratford upon Avon, England, the Bard’s birthplace! When Gracie’s not acting, she likes to people-watch from her ninth floor apartment, practice her stage combat skills, and visit her amazing friends and family in Middletown, Ohio.

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Kelsey Thompson – Artist Educator

Bard Buddies, Faerie Tales, Residencies

Kelsey Thompson is excited to be returning to Kentucky Shakespeare as an Artist Educator for the Fall and Spring semesters after teaching Camp Shakespeare in Lexington, KY this past summer. Kelsey Graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BFA in Performing Arts with a Concentration in Directing and a Minor in Performing Arts Administration. Having grown up in Louisville, Kelsey is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School (Theatre) and Governor’s School for the Arts (Drama.) Since moving back to Louisville, Kelsey has worked for the Louisville Ballet and played Cordelia in Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company’s production of King Lear. In addition to teaching and performing Shakespeare, Kelsey enjoys spending her time going on outdoor adventures, writing about herself in third person, crafting, and exchanging philosophical theories with her hedgehog, King Louie XIV.