Kentucky Shakespeare Staff

Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director

Matt has served as Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare since August 2013, directing productions of As You Like It, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius CaesarThe Two Gentlemen of Verona, and more.

Matt also directed Kentucky Shakespeare productions of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The TempestA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Richard III. Acting credits with the company include the Player and Guildenstern in productions of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Orlando in As You Like It, Dumaine in Love’s Labor’s Lost, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Since 2008, Matt has been Director/Facilitator of Shakespeare Behind Bars at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, directing productions of Macbeth, Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and King Lear.

Previously, he served as an Artistic Associate with Kentucky Shakespeare from 2001-2010, was an actor and Director of Children’s Theatre at Derby Dinner Playhouse, and directed and performed at Chicago theaters and theatres across the Midwest.

Film and TV credits include roles in The Perfect Gift, 1 Message, Pieces of Easter, and Forrest Gump.

Matt was in the inaugural class of Alden Fellows at the Community Foundation of Louisville and is recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Marlene M. Helm Alumni Award, Fund for the Arts Allan Cowen Innovation Award, Broadway World Louisville Regional Awards for Best Director, and the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency Volunteer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to the Kentucky Criminal Justice System.

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Amy Attaway

Amy Attaway, Associate Artistic Director

Amy joined Kentucky Shakespeare as Associate Artistic Director in 2016, after several summers directing with the company. She’s directed Henry IV Part One and Part Two, Richard II, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadThe Winter’s TaleThe Taming of the Shrew and Henry V,  as well as Shakespeare in the Parks tours of Macbeth and Midsummer Night’s Dream and the indoor collaborations with Louisville Public Media, The War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead.

She is a director, actor, teacher, and occasional on-air host for WFPL. Amy and several colleagues founded Theatre [502], a Louisville company dedicated to recent and relevant theatre, where she still serves as Co-Artistic Director.

For Theatre [502], Amy has directed the regional premieres of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, River City, Red Speedo, Auctioning the Ainsleys, Broadsword: a heavy metal play and Futura, as well as the world premieres of the commissioned plays The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn and Two Lobbyists of Verona by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds.

Amy spent five seasons as Associate Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she spent her time training young actors and developing new plays. She directed several commissioned works in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, including Sleep Rock Thy Brain, Oh, Gastronomy! and The End.

Amy is a graduate of the University of Evansville and a member of Actors Equity.

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Robert Silverthorn III

Robert Silverthorn III, Director of Operations and Marketing

Robert is a veteran of the marketing and advertising industry. He operated his own advertising agency for 10 years where he worked with Fortune 500 companies like RCA and General Electric developing marketing strategies for their direct sales forces.

He spent 2 years with Creative Alliance handling Humana, Darden Restaurants, University of Louisville and Einstein Brothers Bagels in a number of different channels from intranet design to franchise development.

Robert then moved on to Louisville Public Media where he developed marketing and branding strategies as well as worked in sales for the three public radio stations in Louisville, KY.

Robert has a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Louisville and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University – Bloomington in Journalism and Philosophy.

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Kyle Ware

Kyle Ware, Director of Education

Kyle Ware is an actor, educator, artist and writer. He first came to work with Kentucky Shakespeare as an educator and development specialist in 2006; he returned in 2014 as a teaching artist and as part of the company for Kentucky Shakespeare’s 54th season.

He served as Executive Director for Tourism Honors Academy, an academic leadership program for high school seniors in Jefferson County, championing a diverse population united by success through adversity.

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, which concluded its 10-year run in Central Park as a Community Partner in the 2014 summer season.

Kyle is a graduate of the University of Louisville, holding degrees in Art, Theatre and English.

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Hannah Pruitt

Hannah Pruitt, Education Programs Manager

Hannah has been a part of the Kentucky Shakespeare team since 2012 and has served as the Camp Shakespeare Intern/Stage Manager for the Globe Players, Assistant Director for the Spring Tours of Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet, as well as the Arts Education Coordinator.

In 2014, Hannah became the Education Programs Manager where she trains our Artist Educators, creates the curriculum for workshops and residencies, and cultures relationships with schools, community partners, and arts education advocates. Hannah has led her favorite program of Kentucky Shakespeare, Camp Shakespeare, for 8 wonderful summers.

She continues her involvement in the arts community as an actress and as a Ticketing Supervisor in the Box Office of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Hannah hails from the lovely city of Henderson, KY.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville with a BS in Theatre Arts.

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Kentucky Shakespeare Board of Directors

Elizabeth Cherry Siebert, Board Chair – LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Kerry Wang, Treasurer – Humana
Liam Felsen, Secretary – Frost Brown Todd LLC

Phillip Allen – AJ Capital Partners
Anya Bond-Beckley – DDW, The Color House
Mera Cossey Corlett – Okolona Baptist Church
Blake Counsell – Republic Bank
Colleen Devlin – Community Liaison
Rosie Felfle – Liquid Design
Kevin Gibson – Humana
Joan Gould – Baptist Health
Culver Halliday – Stoll Keenon Ogden
Shannon Harris – UPS
Lane Denali Hettich – AssuredPartners
Kay Madrick Howard – Norton Healthcare
Jeff Koleba – Churchill Downs
Regan Nichols – Scoppechio
Erin Paternoster Vice – Brown-Forman
Brooke Zimmerman – White Clay

David James, Emeritus – Metro Council District 6
Dr. Peter Tanguay, Emeritus – University of Louisville
Jonathan Smith, Ex-Officio – Hanover College
Jean West, Ex-Officio