Meet The Titus Cast

2017 Kentucky Shakespeare Titus Andronicus Acting Company

Jon Becraft (Saturninus) 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 first Globe Players in 2003, and has been involved with the company in a variety of capacities in seasons past, including as a Touring Artist Educator in 2009, and from 2016 to now, and Sound Designer for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and As You Like It in 2011. In the 2017 summer season, he was seen as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing and ensemble roles in Richard II and Julius Caesar. Jon 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. Jon is happy to be returning to Titus Andronicus with Kentucky Shakespeare after appearing as Chiron in 2016. 

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Dathan Hooper (Aaron) reprises his role from the 2016 Titus. Dathan is a longtime Kentucky Shakespeare actor, most recently playing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing and Marcus Brutus in the spring tour and summer productions of Julius Caesar. Other Kentucky Shakespeare credits include Richard II, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, The Tempest, Pericles and Gammer Gurton’s Needle, as well as the one-actor touring production Shakespeare and Social Change: Ira Aldridge. His other regional credits are with Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Mule Barn Theatre, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble of Los Angeles. Dathan has television and film credits and is proud of his long relationship with Louisville's arts community.

 

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Jon Huffman (Titus Andronicus) reprises his role from the 2016 Titus. Jon has appeared on the local stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, 12 seasons at Kentucky Shakespeare since 1981 and many more.  Across the country, he’s played hundreds of roles, ranging from Harold Hill in The Music Man to Iago in Othello, and from Oedipus in Oedipus Rex to Zach in A Chorus Line.  His television work includes regular roles on Designing Women, Days Of Our Lives, and General Hospital.  In dozens of films, Jon has shared the screen with the likes of Laurence Fishburne (Fled), Jeremy Irons (Lolita), James Earl Jones (Timepiece), and Donald Sutherland (The Hunley) and has been directed by Oscar winners Jodie Foster (Little Man Tate) and Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption). Along with his much better half, Barbara Cullen, Jon is Co-Artistic Director of Fleur De Lis Theatricals.

Tom Luce (Marcus Andronicus) reprises his role from the 2016 Titus. Tom has been involved in the Louisville theatre scene as an actor, director and designer for the past 28 years. His Kentucky Shakespeare credits include Richard II (Henry Bolingbroke), Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), Macbeth (Duncan), and The Taming of the Shrew (Vincentio). He has worked locally with Actors Theatre, The Necessary Theatre, Horse Cave Theatre, Theatre [502] and Savage Rose Classical Theater Company. He has also had a busy career in film and television, performing in dozens of commercials (including a national spot for A T & T directed by Michael Bay), and several film projects with local producers Kelly’s Filmworks and City on a Hill. This past year he appeared in the film My Friend Dahmer as Vice President Walter Mondale and in the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries feature An Uncommon Grace as Bishop Weaver. Tom currently works as the technical director at Presentation Academy where his loving partner, Charlie Douglas, is the drama director.

Marc McHone (Quintus, Publius) Is thrilled to be making his Kentucky Shakespeare debut. He was previously seen at central park as a community partner, in Center Stage at the Jewish Community Center’s production of Kiss Me Kate, as one of the two men. Marc has a BS in musical theater from Ball State University. His local credits include; George in Of Mice and Men (SCCT), Gomez in The Addam’s Family (Acting Against Cancer), and roles in several productions at The Alley Theater. Internationally, Marc has been in productions of King Lear (Gloucester) and Hamlet (Polonius), both at The Theater Museum in Covent Garden.

Tony Milder (Lucius/Alarbus) has appeared with Kentucky Shakespeare in Hamlet (Horatio), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), Henry V (Dauphin), The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio), The Winter’s Tale (Florizel), Macbeth (Malcolm), Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of VeronaRosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and The Tempest. In his three years as Artistic Associate with Kentucky Shakespeare, he spent the cold months touring the region with the Education Department as well as performing candlelight readings of Macbeth, Hamlet, and Frankenstein throughout the city. He also appeared in the Louisville Ballet’s production of Shakespeare in Dance on the Central Park stage. Other regional credits include: The Guthrie Theater (A Christmas Carol), Derby Dinner Playhouse (The Addams Family, The Music Man), Tibbits Opera House (Greater Tuna, Fiddler on the Roof, The Foreigner, The Producers, The Full Monty, Working), The Theater at Monmouth (The Pirates of Penzance), Cardinal Theatricals (Mrs. Smith: Live at the Bowl).

Mollie Murk (Lavinia) hails from the Chicago area, and is thrilled to appear in Kentucky Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus for the second time. She is a graduate of Hope College, where she studied Theatre and Dance Performance/Choreography. Mollie is starting her second year in Louisville as an Artist Educator, touring the region with Kentucky Shakespeare's educational performances. She has also worked as an actor, choreographer, and teaching artist at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Hinterlands Ensemble of Detroit, and StrikeTime Dance Company. Some of her favorite past roles include Rosalind (As You Like It), Ariel (The Tempest), Junie B. Jones (Junie B. Jones the Musical), Phil's Girl (bobrauschenbergamerica), and Emily Book (The Sparrow). 

Jennifer Pennington (Tamora) reprises her role from the 2016 Titus. She joined the summer company for the first time in 2017, playing Portia in Julius Caesar, Duchess of York/Willoughby in Richard II and Margaret/Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing. Other local credits: Misalliance (Commonwealth Theatre Center); Qualities of Starlight and Rich Girl (Theatre [502]); King Lear and Twelfth Night (Savage Rose Classical Theatre), and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Pandora Productions). Regionally her credits include: The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (SouthCoast Repertory Theatre, CA); Medea (Boston Court Theatre, CA); The Hostage (Theatre Banshee, CA); Much Ado About Nothing (Arizona Classical Theatre); ThreePenny Opera and Cabaret (Clarence Brown Theatre, TN); Romeo and Juliet, Winter’s Tale and Macbeth (Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, PA) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors and Our Town (Turner House Festival, MI). She is currently Artistic Associate for the Commonwealth Theatre Center and a Public Speaking Coach with The Speaker’s Studio.

Stephen Peterson (Demetrius) is appearing in his first full Kentucky Shakespeare production, having previously worked as an actor with their outreach program at Louisville Slugger Museum and Locust Grove. Stephen moved to Louisville two years ago after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with his degree in Theatre. He is an actor in Commonwealth Theatre's A.R.T program, a member of the Dinner Detective ensemble, and the technical director of CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center. Other local acting credits include Looking For Lilith (Legacy of Light), UofL (Syrian Monologues), ZTK Entertainment (All The Who's in Whoville).

Daniel Price (Chiron) is excited to be making his Kentucky Shakespeare debut. Daniel is a Kentucky native and graduate of Western KY University's GeoScience program. He is a vocalist in various ensembles, and has recently taken the theatrical stage in Kiss Me Kate (First Man/ "Aide" to Katherine) with CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center, Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Harry) and Esther the Musical (Mordecai) with FaithWorks Studios, and Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik) with OCSAC.

Gracie Taylor (Martius/Nurse/Emilius) is making her onstage debut at Kentucky Shakespeare, but she is no stranger. She has been working as an Artist Educator for Kentucky Shakespeare since 2013. Gracie is originally from Middletown, Ohio, and graduated from Hanover College with a degree in theatre. She is highly involved in theatre around town, appearing in shows at The Alley Theater (Reservoir Bitches), The Bard’s Town (Ten-Tucky, Stupid F***ing Bird, Misses Strata), Stage One (The BFG), Commonwealth Theatre Center (Failure: A Love Story), Lung Farm improv and Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling. She is also the founder and director for Sketchy Stuff, a local sketch comedy group.

Kyle Ware (Bassianus/A Goth) is an actor, artist, writer and educator, proudly serving as Kentucky Shakespeare’s director of education. Kyle has appeared onstage with the company in Much Ado About Nothing (Dogberry), The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s DreamHenry V and Hamlet. Kyle has directed The Globe Players productions of The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It. He is Co-Artistic Director of Think Tank Theatre, a collaborative theatre ensemble, and was a Producing Founding Artistic Director of Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, co-creating and performing in nearly 20 new works. He is a featured writer at Insider Louisville, where he originated the weekly “In Other News…” column.

Maxwell Williams (Mutius/A Goth) is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a senior at the University of Louisville, where he studies English and Theatre. Maxwell’s involvement with Kentucky Shakespeare started in 2016 where he worked as a co-instructor for Camp Shakespeare, then as an actor in last year’s production of Titus, in which he played Mutius Andronicus and a Goth. At the University of Louisville he performed in their production of King Lear as well as in their studio theatre productions. After graduation, Maxwell hopes to become an active member of Kentucky’s art community, educating and inspiring its citizens through the performing arts.