2023-24 Teaching Artists
Elizabeth Chaseley, Artist Educator
Elizabeth is a recent graduate of Rockford University, where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and a B.S. Political Science. She is passionate about accessible arts education and is excited to pursue this passion at Kentucky Shakespeare.
Some of her favorite Rockford University credits include Sian in The Revlon Girl, Kelli Mangrum in Hands on a Hardbody, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical. Elizabeth has spent the last three summers performing for children in Live Entertainment at Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Jaime Irvin, Artist Educator
Jaime recently graduated from Indiana University Southeast with a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies. While in school his focuses were in theatre, creative writing, and communication. He has a deep love for classical literature and is so excited to share that with the community! Some recent credits include: Luke, Tilly the Trickster (Derby Dinner Playhouse), Brucie, Sweat (Indiana University Southeast), Willium, The Nerd (Indianan University Southeast).
Jaime wants to give a huge thank you to the wonderful supporters of Kentucky Shakespeare and to his Friends, Teachers, Directors, and of course his mom for their continued support!
Carter Lishen, Artist Educator
Carter Lishen recently graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in Journalism. Drawn to the catharsis and universality of Shakespeare’s texts, Carter discovered his love for reading and performing Shakespeare in his acting classes and now aims to make Shakespeare part of his career for years to come.
His favorite roles while at USM include Lawrence Vail in Once in a Lifetime, Daryl in Bright Star the Musical, and Snout the Tinker in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Thankful for his family and friends who continuously support and encourage him, and his mentors from whom he’s learned so much, Carter looks forward to his bright future as an actor and theatre artist.
Sydney Lofton, Artist Educator
Sydney Lofton is an actor, intimacy director, and teaching artist. She is a fight girl at heart with a love of classical theatre. Sydney is a graduate from Belmont University with a BFA in Theatre Performance, and is excited to bring Shakespeare to young people in the region!
Credits Include: Actor, Jane Banbury, Fallen Angels (Little Thistle Theatre Co.); María Mariposa, The Clues of the Crystal (Belmont Repertory Co.); Helen, The Trojan Women; Fighting Prawn, Peter and the Starcatcher; Aunt March, Little Women; Caetlin, The White Rose Pirates; Josephine Pearson, 36 (Belmont University). Intimacy Director, Kodachrome, Peter and the Starcatcher The Diviners, Little Women, Robin Hood: A Musical Celebration (Belmont University); Elektra (Nashville Children’s Theatre).
Guest Teaching Artists & Instructors
Mollie Murk, Artistic Associatemollie@kyshakespeare.com
Mollie has worked with Kentucky Shakespeare for the past several years as an actor and teaching artist, recently playing Viola in Twelfth Night, Juliet in KSF’s touring production of Romeo and Juliet, as well as The Woman in KSF’s 2021 Halloween thriller, The Turn of the Screw. Mollie is an alum of Hope College and Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training, and is a proud member of the Ring of Keys Network: www.RingofKeys.org/keys/Mollie-Murk.
They also have performed at Actors Theater of Louisville (The Wolves, Dracula, Dracula: the Radio Play, and Are You There?) Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Suspend Aerial Arts, and have enjoyed teaching at Commonwealth Theatre Center, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Keith McGill, Guest Teaching Artist/Director
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.
Tony Reimonenq III, Guest Artist Educator
Tony Reimonenq III is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. Tony received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Performance. He is very passionate about theatre and impacting lives. He has been an Artist Educator for two years, played Romeo in our Spring Tour of Romeo & Juliet, and has been in the Summer Season as well.
Chase Howard, Guest Artist Educator
Chase is an actor and musician from Louisville, KY. He is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. You may have seen him in Derby Dinner Playhouse’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and he’ll be joining us for our Spring Tour of Hamlet as well. Chase is excited to share the theatrical elements present in Hip Hop music, using Shakespeare as a vessel.
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.