an immersive haunted Hamlet experience
Conceived by Diana Grisanti, Steve Moulds, and Matt Wallace
by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds
Directed by Matt Wallace
October 5-30, 2022
Ophelia: Adama Abramson
Hamlet: Brennen Amonett
Laertes: Zachary Burrell
Ghost: Jon Huffman
Justin/Rosencrantz: Justin Jackson
Polonius: Gregory Maupin
Mollie/Guildenstern: Mollie Murk
Gertrude: Cherrie Vaughn
Director: Matt Wallace
Lighting Designer: Jesse AlFord
Scenic Designer: Karl Anderson
Sound Designer: Laura Ellis
Costume Designer: Donna Lawrence-Downs
Properties: Ryan Bennett
Fight Choreographer: Eric Frantz
Movement Choreographer: Amberly M. Simpson
Graphic Designer: Kyle Ware
Stage Manager: Ryan Bennett
Sound Engineer: Victoria Campbell
Lighting Supervisor: Lindsay Krupski
Makeup Consultant: Neill Robertson
Playwrights Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds generously sponsored by Don Stevens and Libby Marbury.
Special thanks to Michael Paynter, Josh Yopp, Mo Stucker – Kentucky Country Day School, Neill Robertson, Showtime Sign and Design, and the Filson Historical Society.
Adama is excited about their performance in Enter Ghost. Adama is a Boston native living in Louisville. Their previous performances include The Legend of Georgia McBride (Jo), The Cake (Macy), Common Threads (Ensemble), Gloria: A Life (Dorothy/ Ensemble), The Masked Man (The Wanderer), and Note (Sam).
Brennen is grateful to return to Kentucky Shakespeare after appearing most recently in Shakespeare’s R&J, co-produced with Pandora Productions. He also appeared in Kentucky Shakespeare’s tour of Julius Caesar last spring. A graduate of Centre College, he performed in mainstage productions of Twelfth Night, Cloud 9, Assassins, and many others. Other credits include Miss In Her Teens with DCSG Theater and A School for Scandal with Shakesqueer Theater Company. If you happen to be in the area, you can see him next in La Petite Gerda et La Reine des Neiges with Footsbarn Travelling Theatre in Moulins, France, this winter.
Zachary has worked around Louisville with Kentucky Shakespeare, Pandora Productions, StageOne, and Theatre . He has toured internationally with Artspot, a Buenos Aires based theatre company. He was most recently seen with Kentucky Shakespeare as “Student 3” in Shakespeare’s R&J. He is also a local photographer. Thank you all for your support of theatre!
Jon, as always, is excited to be back on Kentucky Shakespeare’s stage. A veteran of film (Shawshank Redemption, Lolita, Fled, and many more), TV (Days Of Our Lives, Designing Women, Quantum Leap, and many more), and hundreds of plays and musicals at theatres across the country, including Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Derby Dinner Playhouse, and StageOne Family Theatre. He considers Kentucky Shakespeare his artistic home, where he has played King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Iago in Othello, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Prospero in The Tempest, and many more wonderful roles. He dedicates his work to the memory of his TinyDancer, Barbara Cullen.
Justin is back with a joyful vengeance to join Kentucky Shakespeare’s Enter Ghost! Freshly concluding his run as Jonathan Harker for Actors Theatre’s Dracula, and before that, playing multiple roles in Kentucky Shakespeare’s 2022 summer season. Justin studied acting at SCAD and received his B.F.A. there. Having done everything from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to stand-up comedy, Justin seems to be preparing to become a charismatic superhero. Justin sends love to his grandmother who instills a love of Shakespeare in him and unyielding support.
Gregory, soon to reprise his role as the cast of Actors Theatre’s solo A Christmas Carol, is excited to return to Kentucky Shakespeare. He and his wife Abigail are musical duo Rannygazoo (Patreon.com/Rannygazoo) and in 2004 co-founded Louisville’s Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble. Kentucky Shakespeare appearances include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), Twelfth Night (Feste, ’22; Malvolio, ’16), Much Ado (Benedick), Merry Wives (Ford), Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), As You Like It (Touchstone), Romeo & Juliet (Capulet, Friar), Midsummer (Bottom). Also with Actors Theatre of Louisville: Luna Gale (Cliff), At the Vanishing Point (Martin), Our Town (Simon Stimson), Midsummer (Flute). Gregory graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Mollie is proud to have worked with Kentucky Shakespeare for the past several years as an actor and teaching artist, and is joining the team this year as Artistic Associate. At Ky Shakes, Mollie has recently acted in Turn of the Screw, Twelfth Night, Richard III, Henry VI, and Romeo & Juliet. They’ve also performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Suspend Aerial Arts, and worked as a teaching artist/choreographer at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre. 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.
Cherrie is from Louisville and studied theater at University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She recently moved back to home from Seattle. Recent Louisville performances: The Wiz (Dorothy) and The Color Purple (Celie) with Faithworks Studios; Alice in the Wonderland (Mouse) and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day with Derby Dinner Playhouse. She had the opportunity to go to Belize C.A. and do some theater with the Mayans. In 2019 she was in Haiti and last year she was blessed to go to Uganda with a dance missions group to teach and perform in Africa. Currently she is a student at the University of Louisville and is looking forward to finishing her degree. This is Cherrie’s first show with Kentucky Shakespeare, and she is grateful and excited for this opportunity.
PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS
Matt Wallace, Director/Producing Artistic Director
Matt has served as Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare since 2013, where he has directed productions of Shakespeare’s R&J, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Turn of the Screw, Shakespeare in Love, Celebrate 60: the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Anniversary Production, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Macbeth, As You Like It, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Richard III. Favorite acting credits with the company since 2001 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, and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since 2008, Matt has been Director of Shakespeare Behind Bars Kentucky Programs and Director/Facilitator of Shakespeare Behind Bars at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, where he has directed productions/seasons of Macbeth, The 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 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. He earned a B.F.A. in Regional Theatre/Acting from the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis.
Jesse AlFord, Lighting Designer
Jesse AlFord is a Freelance Lighting Designer based here in Louisville, and is always excited to collaborate with Kentucky Shakespeare, recently having designed the drive-in production of Macbeth, and co-designing Turn of the Screw and Henry VI: War of the Roses with Lindsay Krupski. He also regularly designs with the Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Orchestra, The Va Va Vixens, Circus Flora, Pandora Productions, and more. Working primarily in dance, circus, and theatre, Jesse specializes in the moments and productions that happen in between those disciplines.
Karl Anderson, Set Designer
Karl Anderson has worked in Louisville as a freelance scenic designer for over 25 years. He has designed, built, and painted dozens of sets for StageOne Family Theatre. He has also designed numerous sets for Actors Theatre of Louisville, CenterStage, and many seasons for Pandora Productions, Theatre , and Bunbury Theatre. He also designed Three Decembers for KY Opera and is currently the scenic designer for Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. He graduated from University of Kentucky with a B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Technology. Karl is the Technical Director at StageOne and is married to costumer Allison Anderson. They have two wonderful boys.
Donna Lawrence-Downs, Costume Designer
Donna Lawrence-Downs (Costume Designer) has designed the costumes for Kentucky Shakespeare for the last eight seasons, including all the summer festival productions and spring tours, Turn of the Screw, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Macbeth and the indoor Titus Andronicus, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Twelfth Night, The War of the Worlds, and Night of the Living Dead. Donna has designed almost 400 shows for more than 31 theatres in her 33-year career, including a stint at KSF in the 1990’s, and StageOne Family Theatre, Music Theatre Louisville, CenterStage, Bellarmine University, Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera, and Pandora Productions. One of Donna’s favorite projects is designing costumes for Shakespeare Behind Bars, which she has done for the last 11 years. Donna and her husband also own Life is Sweet Homemade Treats Bakery.
Laura Ellis, Sound Designer
Laura Ellis is a Peabody Award-winning audio producer who started working with Kentucky Shakespeare in 2018. Since then, she’s sound designed all mainstage shows, and other various theatrical adventures in parking lots, converted warehouses, and radio stations (you may remember her from her stint as Lead Spaghetti Squisher in War of the Worlds and Night of the Living Dead). When she’s not in a theater or a park, she makes podcasts and writes a podcasting advice column for Louisville Public Media. Her favorite role is “Maw,” the devoted matriarch of Kentucky Shakespeare alum, Barkley Ellis.
Eric Frantz, Fight Choreographer
Eric Frantz has worked in stage combat as a choreographer and combatant for 18 years. During that time he led the research on sword fighting and combat techniques using historical manuals and texts at the Frazier History Museum. Eric is delighted to be working with Kentucky Shakespeare for the seventh consecutive summer. In 2015, Eric choreographed the fight between Macbeth and Macduff for Kentucky Shakespeare, and it remains one of his favorites.
Amberly M. Simpson, Choreographer
Amberly M. Simpson is a Choreographer, Dancer, and Dance Educator/Advocate originally from Glendale, California. She specializes in Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary Dance forms, creating work that is often interdisciplinary in nature to provide commentary on social issues and the human condition. By day, she is the Dance Director and Musical Theatre Co-Director at Noe Middle School, but by night she serves as the Artistic Director of Ambo Dance Theatre. Amberly’s work has been presented at venues such as the American Dance Festival, the Going Dutch Festival, the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, and Princeton Research Day where her collaboration with Dr. David Vartanyan received the Impact Award. In 2019, she was honored as one of the Hadley Creatives through the Community Foundation of Louisville, and in 2022 she worked alongside her Dance colleagues in the Jefferson County Public Schools to create the first ever All County Dance program for the state of Kentucky.
Ryan Bennett, Stage Manager/Properties
Ryan Bennett is pleased to return for another production with Kentucky Shakespeare. He has worked as stage manager with Kentucky Shakespeare and Redline Performing Arts. Ryan has worked as props artisan with Kentucky Shakespeare, Pandora Productions, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He holds a B.F.A. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ryan thanks his friends and family in Louisville and back home in the Midwest for their continuing support.
Kyle Ware, Graphic Designer
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.
ABOUT KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE
Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich communities through accessible, inclusive, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain diverse audiences.
To use Shakespeare’s truths and the power of the arts to transform lives. Shakespeare belongs to everyone.
Kentucky Shakespeare acknowledges our offices and performance space are situated on the traditional land of the Adena, Hopewell, Miami, Osage, Shawnee, Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee) and ᎠᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East) people. We respect their enduring presence and historical stewardship of these lands.
As artists and educators, we are committed to holding the “mirror up to nature,” while creating a safe and welcoming space at our performances, in the community, and in the classroom.
We recognize racism and inequality in our community and the country, and we commit ourselves to anti-racism. We believe that Black lives matter.
We commit to outreach and inclusion of people of all abilities, races, creeds, religions, genders, and sexual identities.
We acknowledge that we are a non-profit arts organization grounded in the works of Shakespeare and commit to exploring Shakespeare’s universal truths while never losing sight of the fact that not all experiences emanate from a white European vantage point.
We commit to deeply listening to our BIPOC community members, within and outside of our organization. We commit to learning, never being satisfied, and creating positive change – proactively committing our efforts and resources to building anti-racist, inclusive, equitable, and empathetic spaces and experiences for all.
Kentucky Shakespeare serves communities through the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, education programs in schools, public performances, and community outreach programs. As the most comprehensive in-school arts education provider in the Commonwealth, Kentucky Shakespeare serves schools throughout the region with interactive educational programming directly tied to academic standards, helping impact student achievement. Our many community programs explore conflict resolution, empathy building, and communication, in a range of settings from preschools to senior centers. Kentucky Shakespeare has been recognized by the Folger Library and the Kentucky Humanities Council for exemplary programming, is a multiyear recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare in American Communities program, and is a past recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts. Kentucky Shakespeare has been awarded multiple LEO Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards, Broadway World Louisville Regional Awards, the 2015 Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Art of Vision Pyramid Award, the 2017 Louisville Awards in the Arts Bobby Petrino Family Foundation Arts Impact Award, and the 2019 Arts for All Kentucky Community Partner Award for arts inclusion work with people with disabilities.
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Kentucky Shakespeare Staff
Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director
Amy Attaway, Associate Artistic Director
Kyle Ware, Director of Education
Hannah Pruitt, Director of Creative Engagement
Kya A Rafferty, Office Manager
Elizabeth Chaseley, Artist Educator
Kristina Hinako, Artist Educator
Carter Lishen, Artist Educator
Sydney Lofton, Artist Educator
Kentucky Shakespeare Board of Directors
Kay Madrick Howard, Board Chair – Norton Healthcare
Anya Bond-Beckley, Vice Chair – DDW, The Color House
Kerry Wang, Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair – Humana
Shannon Harris, Secretary – UPS
Tracy K’Meyer, Community Engagement and Development Committee Chair – University of Louisville
Brad Comer – Republic Bank
Rosie Felfle – Liquid Design
Liam Felsen – Frost Brown Todd LLC
Jonese Franklin – WFPL News
Joan Gould – Baptist Health
LaShondra Hood – Community Liaison
Cathryn Miller – Humana
Elizabeth Cherry Siebert – LG&E and KU Energy LLC
Jodi Smiley – Environs Inc.
Lincoln Snyder – Humana
Brooke Zimmerman – White Clay
Phillip Allen, Emeritus – AJ Capital Partners
Mera Cossey Corlett, Emeritus – Okolona Baptist Church
David James, Emeritus – Metro Council District 6
Dr. Peter Tanguay, Emeritus – University of Louisville
Jonathan Smith, Ex-Officio – Hanover College
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