2017-2018 Season Artist Educators
Jon Becraft, Artist Educatorjon@kyshakespeare.com
Jon is thrilled to return for his third 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.
Jon’s involvement with Kentucky Shakespeare has included working 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.
Jessica De La Rosa, Artist Educator
Jessica De La Rosa is happy to join as an Artist Educator after spending an amazing summer leading The Mechanicals at Camp Shakespeare. A brand new Louisville transplant from New York City, Jess spent her recent years developing her own studio practice in Shakespearean text and performance.
Jess comes to Kentucky Shakespeare with over 15 years of experience in education, teaching subjects in theatre from ages in early childhood education to professional actors. After receiving her MFA from the University of Tennessee, her career began to focus on devising theatre and ensemble development, where she delights in creating new works inspired by classical texts.
Tessa McShane, Artist Educatortessa@kyshakespeare.com
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 four summers and is so excited to return for her second year as a Kentucky Shakespeare 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 Educatorbraden@kyshakespeare.com
Braden McCampbell is a former UofL student who did his theater internship with Kentucky Shakespeare and is very excited to return for his second year of being an Artist Educator. 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 & Instructors
Megan Massie Ware, Guest Teaching Artist
Megan Massie Ware has been with the Kentucky Shakespeare family for just over 5 years. She joined the spring tour production of Julius Caesar in 2013 and became an Artistic Associate with the company, performing in education tours from 2013-2016 and on the summer stage as Ophelia in Hamlet, Third Witch in Macbeth, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, among others.
Other local works include Ton of Bricks with Think Tank Theatre, Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play with Theatre 502, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Fancy Nancy the Musical, and Curious George and the Golden Meatball at Derby Dinner Playhouse. She was an apprentice with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, MA and holds a BFA in Acting from West Virginia University. She is represented by Heyman Talent Agency.
Dathan Hooper, Guest Teaching Artist
Dathan Hooper is a longtime Kentucky Shakespeare actor, most recently playing Aaron in Titus Andronicus, 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, 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.
Keith McGill, Guest Teaching Artist
Keith McGill has been a free-lance theater teacher and workshop leader for over a decade for organizations including Kentucky Shakespeare, Shakespeare Behind Bars, ArtsReach, and Walden Theatre and Actors’ Theatre’s New Voices playwriting program. He has also appeared in productions with various theatre organizations, such as Actors Theatre, Stage One, Louisville Repertory Theatre, and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. Keith is also a professional stand-up comedian, performing in venues nationwide and internationally for Holland America and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Chris Anger, Guest Workshop/Class Instructor
Workshop: Louisville Improvisors – Finding the Connection
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.
Gregory Maupin, Guest Workshop/Class Instructor
Class: Shakespeare Off the Page
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.
Eric Frantz, Guest Workshop/Class Instructor
Workshop: Stage Combat
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.
Alec Volz, Guest Workshop/Class Instructor
Alec is a director / teacher / actor, and co-founder of the Louisville Improvisors.
Born and raised in Louisville, Alec attended Trinity High School and the University of Kentucky where he majored in theater. He later studied acting at the Roundabout Theater Conservatory in New York where he appeared in several forgettable Off-Off Broadway productions.
Alec is co-founder of the Louisville Improvisors. He is co-writer and a performer on The Buddy Gilm Show, an original radio show for the web and LI’s podcast What Happens Next. He has co-lead Louisville Improvisor workshops in Improv For Business for several Fortune 500 Companies. For the company he is most proud to have directed the world premieres of Chris Anger’s Dead Astronauts, Jim Thorpe, All – American, and Animal Farm at the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, and the Louisville Improvisors’ solo festival Single Shots.
Alec Volz spent fifteen seasons at Walden Theatre where, at various times he was the production manager, director, and taught acting and several forms of improvisational theatre. At Walden, Alec is most proud to have directed the regional premiers of My So-Called So-Called Life, When In Disgrace (Haply I Think On Thee), Phantom Band, In The Pony Palace/Football and Jane The Plain all as part of The Slant Culture Theatre Festival. He also directed Henry V, The Taming Of The Shrew, Coriolanus, Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Two Noble Kinsmen as part of Walden Theatre’s Young American Shakespeare Festival.
Alec was an artistic associate of Savage Rose Classical Theatre where he directed Chris Anger in King Lear. He has also directed and acted with The Necessary Theatre.
Alec has spent eight summers working as an instructor/director at The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, CA. teaching acting and improvisation.
Alec recently returned to the stage after a fifteen-year absence playing Feste in Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of Twelfth Night.
He is a Talking Books narrator for The American Printing House For the Blind, where he has narrated over 200 books, and a commercial voiceover actor. He was the narrator for the web series StalkTalk and can be heard in several museums throughout the country including the Makers Mark museum in Loretto and The World War I museum in Kansas.
He is the author of Sonny’s House Of Spies published by Playscripts and co-author of the play …psychobabblish… .