2020 Shakespeare Festival Cast
Lord Wessex/Frees – Shakespeare in Love
Henry V – Henry V
Zachary has previously appeared on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts I & II, as well as Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Laertes in Hamlet, and the Clown in The Winter’s Tale, among many others. He has also performed with StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Theatre , and Pandora Productions. He attended Adams State University in Colorado.
J. Barrett Cooper
Edmund Tilney/Sir Robert De Lesseps – Shakespeare in Love
Falstaff/Williams/Duke of Burgundy – Henry V
Barrett returns for his fourth season as an actor with KSF! For KSF: As You Like it, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Richard II, Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado. Regional Acting: Pioneer Playhouse (Salt Lake City), Wayside Theatre, Arkansas Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, Bunbury, Savage Rose, CenterStage and StageOne Family Theatre. As Fight Director: KSF, Kentucky Opera, University of Louisville, University of Evansville, Savage Rose, Walden Theatre, and Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company. In the past year: Lilas Pastia & Fight Director in Carmen (Kentucky Opera), White in The Sunset Limited (Bunbury), Fight Director for The Three Musketeers (University of Evansville), director of The Laramie Project (Indiana University Southeast), various local & regional commercials and short film projects.
Queen Isabel/Chorus – Henry V
Hallie is thrilled to return to the Kentucky Shakespeare stage! In previous seasons, you may have seen her as Rosalind in As You Like It, Regan in King Lear, Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV Parts I & II, or Desdemona in Othello. Hallie is the Associate Artistic Director at Commonwealth Theatre Center. Favorite credits with the CTC Professional Company in Residence include: A Streetcar Named Desire (Director), Ludwig in Cabaret, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Daisy in Rhinoceros, Lina in Misalliance, and Yelena in Uncle Vanya. With Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Mephistophilis in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. Other credits include the title roles in Henry V at Josephine Sculpture Park SummerStage and Eurydice at the Alley Theatre.
Adam/Ensemble – Shakespeare in Love
Duke of Gloucester/Cambridge – Henry V
Alex joins Kentucky Shakespeare for the first time. He is currently an M.F.A. acting student at the University of Louisville, where he has played Karl Lindner in A Raisin in the Sun and others. He is excited to meet and work with the Louisville theater community for the first time to share his love of living onstage. He is originally from West Virginia, near the Pittsburgh area.
Richard Burbage/Boatman – Shakespeare in Love
Duke of Exeter – Henry V
Dathan’s previous Kentucky Shakespeare credits include Othello, Titus Andronicus, Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, The Tempest, Pericles and Gammer Gurton’s Needle, among others. His other regional credits are with Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Mule Barn Theatre, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble of Los Angeles. Dathan has numerous television and film credits and is proud of his long relationship with Louisville’s arts community.
Fennyman – Shakespeare in Love
King Charles/Bates – Henry V
Jon has appeared on stages all over, and locally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, and Kentucky Shakespeare, where his roles have included Lear, Iago, Prospero, Titus Andronicus, Claudius, Brutus, and many more. He’s played hundreds of roles, from Harold Hill in The Music Man to Oedipus in Oedipus Rex. His television work includes regular roles on Designing Women, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital. In dozens of films, Jon’s shared the screen with the likes of Laurence Fishburne (Fled) and Jeremy Irons (Lolita), and has been directed by Oscar winners Jodie Foster (Little Man Tate) and Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption). Also a screenwriter (LEP IN THE HOOD – Trimark, CONVICTION – Paramount) and a playwright, his luckiest role is as partner to Kentucky Shakespeare’s very patient choreographer, Barbara Cullen.
Ralph/Ensemble – Shakespeare in Love
Constable of France – Henry V
Tom has been involved in the Louisville theatre scene as an actor, director and designer for the past 29 years. His Kentucky Shakespeare credits include King Henry IV in Richard II and Henry IV Parts I&II, Julius Caesar (Caesar), Titus Andronicus (Marcus Andronicus), Macbeth (Duncan), and The Taming of the Shrew (Vincentio). He has worked locally with Actors Theatre, The Necessary Theatre, Theatre , and Savage Rose Classical Theater Company. Tom has appeared in dozens of commercials, the network television shows Nashville and Chicago Fire, and several films with local producers Kelly’s Filmworks and City on a Hill. Recently: My Friend Dahmer (Vice President Walter Mondale), and the Hallmark feature An Uncommon Grace.
Henslowe – Shakespeare in Love
Archbishop of Canterbury/Fluellen – Henry V
Gregory is thrilled for his umpteenth time on stage and his sixth season as text coach/dramaturg with Kentucky Shakespeare. He and his wife Abigail are ukulele duo Rannygazoo (frequently appearing live on radio’s Homefront and Kentucky USA), co-wrote The Glorious Adventures of the Mighty Robin Hood, and in 2004 co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble. He is a charter member of Brooklyn’s Under the Table Ensemble. Kentucky Shakespeare appearances include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), Much Ado (Benedick), , As You Like It (Touchstone), Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Midsummer (Bottom), Macbeth (Porter). With Actors Theatre: Luna Gale (Cliff), At the Vanishing Point (Martin), Our Town (Simon Stimson), Midsummer (Flute), Macbeth, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents. With the Dell’Arte Company: Vaudeville (co-creator). Gregory graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Abigail Bailey Maupin
Nurse – Shakespeare in Love
Alice/Duke of Bourbon – Henry V
Abigail is delighted to return to Kentucky Shakespeare, where her credits include: King Lear (Goneril), As You Like It (Jaques), Comedy of Errors (Adriana), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Taming of the Shrew (Kate), and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth). She and her husband Greg co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, and they also perform as the Prohibition-era musical duo Rannygazoo. Abigail has appeared locally with Actors Theatre, Theatre , Derby Dinner Playhouse, StageOne Family Theater, Music Theatre Louisville, and Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. Regional: Sweeney Todd (Goodspeed Opera House), Babes & Dudes, Die Like a Lady (NY International Fringe Festival), Iolanthe (Village Light Opera Group, NYC), Gift of the Magi (Vermont Stage Company) and Hansel and Gretel (Theatreworks/USA). For my Amy.
Kit Marlowe/Burbage’s Heavy – Shakespeare in Love
Ely/Scroope/French soldier – Henry V
Braden spent two years as an artist educator with Kentucky Shakespeare. He has appeared onstage with the company in King Lear, Henry IV Part II, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Macbeth, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. He regularly performs with the Va Va Vixens.
Molly/Courtier – Shakespeare in Love
Princess Katherine/Nym – Henry V
Mollie is thrilled to be making her summer season debut at Kentucky Shakespeare! No stranger to the company, she performed in Titus Andronicus (Lavinia), and several KSF touring productions. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, she has acted in The Wolves (#8), Dracula (Mina, u/s Lucy), Tell the Truth (Jenny), and Are You There? in the 44th Humana Festival of New American Plays. She also has acted at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and Suspend Aerial Arts. She received a B.A. in theatre & dance/choreography from Hope College, and is an alum of Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training. Mollie is a proud member of the Ring of Keys Network: www.RingOfKeys.org/keys/Mollie-Murk.
Jon Patrick O'Brien
Will Shakespeare – Shakespeare in Love
Duke of Orleans/Governor of Harfleur – Henry V
Jon is happy to be back for his 7th season with Kentucky Shakespeare! You may recognize him from previous seasons as Hotspur in Henry IV, Part 1, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Macbeth in Macbeth, and Hamlet in Hamlet—or perhaps you’ve seen him in other local shows— recently Cliff in Cabaret and John Proctor in The Crucible at Commonwealth Theatre Center. You can also find him in his recurring role of Motlow on AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies, as Baron Drew on Chicago PD, and as Hunter on The Good Wife. Please feel free to follow him offstage through his woodworking journey on instagram @bearbranchhandcrafted for more fun!
Queen Elizabeth – Shakespeare in Love
Mistress Quickly/Gower – Henry V
Jennifer’s past KY Shakespeare roles include: Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Parts I & II, Emilia in Othello, Duchess of York in Richard II, and Portia in Julius Caesar. Other local credits include: understudy for Van Helsing in Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville); A Streetcar Named Desire, Cabaret and The Trojan Women (Commonwealth Theatre Center); Qualities of Starlight and Rich Girl (Theatre ); King Lear and Twelfth Night (Savage Rose Classical Theatre) and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Pandora Productions). Regional credits include: The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (SouthCoast Repertory Theatre, CA); Medea (Boston Court Theatre, CA); The Hostage (Theatre Banshee, CA); and Much Ado About Nothing (Arizona Classical Theatre). She is currently an artistic associate for Commonwealth Theatre Center.
Wabash/Courtier – Shakespeare in Love
This is Monte’s 39th summer doing Shakespeare in the Park. Since 1961 he has played more than 90 roles in 28 of Shakespeare’s plays with Kentucky Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare, and Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. In addition to Kentucky Shakespeare, and its precursor the Carriage House Players, he has worked locally with Actors Inc. (the precursor to Actors Theatre), Louisville Children’s Theater (precursor to StageOne Family Theatre), U of L Repertory Co, Blue Apple Players, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Kentucky Cooperative Theater, and Bunbury Theatre. Outside Louisville, he toured the southeastern USA with Alabama Shakespeare, appeared in several series for KET, did children’s theater in Nashville and dinner theater in West Virginia. Favorite Shakespearean roles include Shallow in Henry IV Part II and John of Gaunt in Richard II. He received the Arts-Louisville/Broadway World 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
John Webster – Shakespeare in Love
Austin is thrilled to make his Kentucky Shakespeare debut. He has performed with Actors Theatre: Dracula, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Macbeth, A Christmas Carol. Derby Dinner Playhouse: Curious George. Austin enjoyed meeting and performing Shakespeare for Jennifer Lawrence in 2017. In his spare time he enjoys writing short stories, doing stand-up comedy, and playing the saxophone, recorder and piano. He is a 3rd grader and Cub Scout at St. Patrick’s, and plays club soccer.
Robin/Ensemble – Shakespeare in Love
Calvin is a graduating vocal major at DuPont Manual/YPAS. He has performed in Actors Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit) and the Kentucky Opera’s Carmen/Tosca/La Bohemé/Macbeth. He also previously performed in Kentucky Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mustardseed). Calvin has toured America and Britain with the YPAS choir and has sung with organizations like the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Master Chorale. Calvin will attend the University of Louisville next fall with a biochemistry major as a pre-medical track.
Mistress Quickly/Ensemble – Shakespeare in Love
Frances is an actor, director, and theatre-maker studying drama and international economics at Vassar College. She is thrilled to be working in the park this summer as an acting and production intern! A Louisville native, she graduated from duPont Manual and studied at CTC’s Walden Theatre Conservatory for ten years. At Vassar she is a proud member of the Shakespeare Troupe, a leader in campus life, and a director in student theatre.
Ned Alleyn/Ensemble – Shakespeare in Love
Bardolph/Dauphin – Henry V
Neill is celebrating his sixth summer in Central Park with Kentucky Shakespeare. Previous shows with the company include King Lear (Edgar), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), Richard II (King Richard), Titus Andronicus in Butchertown (Saturninus), The Winter’s Tale (Autolycus), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio), and Macbeth (Witch/Young Siward), as well as the spring tours of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Julius Caesar. Neill also played Horatio/Player Queen in Kentucky Shakespeare’s collaboration with StageOne Family Theatre in Hamlet. Other credits include Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Renfield), The Language Archive with Theatre  (Resten), Cabaret with the Professional Company at Commonwealth Theatre Center (Emcee), and the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Pandora Productions. AJ, Always.
Sam/Ensemble – Shakespeare in Love
Gray/Duke of York – Henry V
Tyler is incredibly grateful to be on stage with Kentucky Shakespeare as an acting intern this summer! He is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He has worked with Kincaid Regional Theater, StageRight Musical Theatre, Cincinnati LandMark Productions, and Queen Mab’s Players. Tyler would like to thank his friends and family for their endless support. Keep up with Tyler at TylerRosenblatt.com.
Falstaff’s Page – Henry V
Gregory is excited to return to Kentucky Shakespeare, having played Falstaff’s Page last year in Henry IV, Part II. Greg attends Martha Lane Collins High School in Shelby County. He has completed two summers with Camp Shakespeare, and is very proud of having been declared the King of Insults of Revelers 1 in 2018. He runs track and cross-country and likes hanging out with his brothers, cousins, and dogs.
Viola De Lesseps – Shakespeare in Love
Montjoy – Henry V
This is Angelica’s second season with Kentucky Shakespeare and she couldn’t be more excited. Her previous credits include: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati: Pipeline (Jasmine), Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Wolves (#7), Hype Man (Peep One), Dracula (Vampire Bride), The Electric Harvest (Emma), A Christmas Carol (Belle u/s) and We’ve Come To Believe in the 43rd Humana Festival. The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It (Phebe), Henry IV Part I (Tavern Mistress / Davy), and King Lear (Doctor). She received her B.F.A. in acting from Montclair State University.
Nol/Ensemble – Shakespeare in Love
Earl of Westmoreland – Henry V
Tyler is very appreciative of the opportunity to perform in this year’s summer season at Kentucky Shakespeare! Born in Washington D.C., he moved to Newnan Georgia where he was raised. His interest in theatre began when he auditioned for his high school musical Hairspray and was cast as Seaweed Stubbs. After attaining his B.A. in performing arts, Tyler performed as an ensemble member in Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of Annie. He is currently a graduate acting student in the University of Louisville’s Theatre Arts Department and is excited about his final year in the program and all it will offer.
Pistol – Henry V
Kyle is an actor, educator, artist, and writer, and serves as the Director of Education at Kentucky Shakespeare. Acting credits with the company include: Macbeth, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Titus Andronicus, Henry IV Parts 1 & II, and Much Ado About Nothing. Kyle has directed the Globe Players’ productions of Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, and The Comedy of Errors. 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.
Designers, Summer 2020
Karl Anderson, Set Designer
This is Karl’s second season in Central Park. He has designed many sets for StageOne Family Theatre, most recently Dragons Love Tacos, Hamlet, and James and the Giant Peach. He also designed numerous shows such as Sleep Rock Thy Brain for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Assassins, Tommy, and Sweeney Todd for CenterStage at JCC, and many seasons for Pandora Productions, Theatre , and Bunbury Theatre, as well as Three Decembers for KY Opera. He graduated from UK with a B.F.A. in theatre design and technology. Karl is currently the Technical Director for StageOne Family Theatre. He is married to costumer Allison Anderson with whom he has two wonderful teenage sons.
Casey Clark, Lighting Designer
Casey Clark, M.F.A., has designed for most genres of the performing arts for numerous companies, but considers KSF her artistic home. She thinks this summer will be especially joyous to produce, and is eager to participate. Casey also teaches at Bellarmine and works for Kentucky Performing Arts.
Barbara Cullen, Music Director / Choreographer
Barb joins the company for the seventh season! Barb studied musical theatre at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She has choreographed more than 200 professional productions and concerts across the country. Her talents have been displayed at Kentucky Opera, Derby Dinner Playhouse, The Encore Musical Theatre Co. in Dexter, Mi., Actors Theatre of Louisville and dozens of theatres across the country. Barb teaches dance at Indiana University Southeast and is chair of the musical theatre department at Dancers Center for Training. “Forever grateful and all my love to the DRAGON SLAYER, Jon Huffman.”
Laura Ellis, Sound Designer
Laura is a performer and sound designer who regularly works with Pandora Productions and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. She designed the past five summers for Kentucky Shakespeare, as well as colder-weather productions of Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The War of the Worlds, and Night of the Living Dead. When she’s not in a theater (or a park), she’s often singing 30s & 40s bourbon jazz with Billy Goat Strut Revue. These and other pursuits are underwritten by her day job as Senior Producer at 89.3 WFPL, where she produces Curious Louisville, where listener questions become radio stories and Strange Fruit, a weekly talk show about race, gender and LGBTQ issues. Laura’s been a fan of Kentucky Shakespeare in Central Park since childhood, when her mom used to walk her and her brother down from Germantown to watch a show under the stars.
Eric Frantz, Fight Choreographer
Eric has worked in stage combat as a choreographer and combatant for 17 years. During that time he lead 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 sixth consecutive summer. In 2015, Eric choreographed the fight between Macbeth and Macduff for Kentucky Shakespeare, and it remains one of his favorites.
Donna Lawrence-Downs, Costume Designer
Donna has designed the costumes for Kentucky Shakespeare for the last six seasons, including all the summer festival productions and spring tours, 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 over 375 shows for more than 30 different theatres in her 30-year career, including a stint at KSF in the 1990’s, and StageOne Family Theatre, Music Theatre Louisville, CenterStage, 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.
Creative and Technical Staff, Summer 2020
Hannah Allgeier, Technical Director
Hannah returns to Kentucky Shakespeare for her fourth season. She’s a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in theatre, and is currently a carpenter at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has been the TD at Theatre  and the shop foreman at Infinity Productions. Set design: PTC: The Tens, New Voices Theatre Festival (Actors Theatre of Louisville), River City, The Language Archive and The Comparables (Theatre ), I Bet on the Nag (Bunbury Theatre). In addition, Hannah spent a season as the scenic art apprentice with Actors Theatre of Louisville, served as assistant scenic designer for Gone Astray at Bunbury Theatre, and was a scenic charge for Qualities of Starlight at Theatre .
Ryan Bennett, Props Master
Ryan is excited to make the move from audience member to team member at Kentucky Shakespeare. Ryan just finished his second season as Props Carpenter Artisan with Actors Theatre. Before then, he lived in Wisconsin where he studied at UW Milwaukee and apprenticed with Skylight Music Theatre. Ryan would like to thank his family in Illinois, his old friends from Milwaukee, and his new friends in Louisville for their encouragement and support.
Margo Birdwhistell, First Hand
Margo is thrilled, as Louisville native, to be working for Kentucky Shakespeare this summer! Previously, they have worked as a stitcher for the Utah Shakespeare festival, the Hangar Theatre, and the Huron Playhouse. They received their B.F.A. in Theatrical Technology from Northern Kentucky University and are currently earning their M.F.A. in Costume Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
J. Ariadne Calvano, Intimacy Choreographer
Ariadne Calvano, PhD, is excited to join the creative folks at Kentucky Shakespeare for her first season.Ari explores movement-based performance in the classroom, as a movement coach and director within the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Louisville, and in her Intimacy Direction and professional stage work.She’s a member of the Hadley Creatives 2020-Generation 3 with Community Foundation of Louisville. Her most recent intimacy work was with Actors Theatre of Louisville on Dracula. Her UofL directing credits include Fires in the Mirror, Taming of the Shrew, Eurydice, and in the Fall, she will be directing Hedda Gabler. Her passion is working with dedicated and imaginative creators to make art that challenges norms and expectations.
Victoria Campbell, Sound Engineer
Victoria is excited for her second season with Kentucky Shakespeare. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in theater technology. She has worked as a sound technician for Actor’s Theater of Louisville and many other great local companies. She has also worked in the past with Utah Shakespeare Festival, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Cumberland County Playhouse. You will find her at the park with her senior dog Lunair all summer.
Rachel K. Carter, Dialect Coach
Rachel K. Carter, M.F.A., is thrilled to work with Kentucky Shakespeare for the first time. Rachel is an Assistant Professor at University of Louisville where she teaches voice, speech, and Alexander Technique. She earned her M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy: Voice and Speech from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has her Alexander Technique teacher certification from The American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Rachel has had the opportunity to voice/dialect coach multiple shows with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre , and Pandora Productions here in Louisville. She is a current member of VASTA, AmSAT, and ATHE.
Celeste Collado, Stitcher
Celeste is excited to be working her first season with Kentucky Shakes in the costume department. She has previously worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Southern Shakespeare Festival, and her alma mater, Florida State University. She is thrilled to be a part of the festival’s 60th season and to help bring theatre to the greater Kentuckiana area at large.
Austin Hendricks, Assistant Master Electrician
Austin is a recent graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Theatre with Concentrations in Technical and Performance and a B.A. in Writing. This will be his first time working with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, though he has previous credits in Colorado, North Carolina, Indiana. In addition to electrical work, Austin has also written plays and been seen on stage a few times. He is incredibly thankful to be working with a wonderful company and for his family for their support as he figures out this thing called “life post-grad.”
Sierra Holbrook, Master Carpenter
Sierra is a recent graduate from Western Kentucky University, with a degree in theatre. This is her first season working with Kentucky Shakespeare and she is very proud to be a part of the crew. Sierra brings professional experience from working at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her dog, reading, and spending time with family.
Brenda Johnson, Gift Shop Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Brenda has been volunteering and working with the Festival for over forty-five years. Brenda’s full time job is with First Impression, Fine Stationery Engraving and Printing. She enjoys spending time with her family which also includes her daughter, Holly and son-in-law Pete and four wonderful friends, Connie, Jeanine, Linda, and Marty. She hopes that you will all come back again and again and volunteer! Help us to keep Douglas Ramey’s vision alive by making your own history under the stars in Central Park!
Lindsay Krupski, Master Electrician
Lindsay is a freelance lighting designer/electrician, and she is so excited for another season with Kentucky Shakespeare! She spent last summer working as the Assistant Master Electrician at the park, and in the meantime, she has designed with The Liminal Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, Pandora Productions, Theatre , and more. Lindsay grew up in Wisconsin and holds a B.F.A. from UW-Milwaukee. Lindsay would like to thank the wonderful theatre community in Louisville for being so welcoming, as well as her family and friends all around the country for always supporting her dreams.
Annie Mayer, Wardrobe Head/Stitcher
Annie is a Louisville native and could not be more excited to be rejoining Kentucky Shakespeare for the summer season. A former production intern, she graduated from Xavier University in 2019 with a B.A. in theatre. While in school, she was seen onstage in shows such as Company and Antigone, assistant directed, choreographed, and worked in the costume shop. Following graduation, she participated in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World, costuming parades at the Magic Kingdom. Enjoy the show!
Hannah Nathan, Stage Manager
Hannah is thrilled to join Kentucky Shakespeare Festival for the first time. Hannah works as a resident Assistant Stage Manager for Virginia Opera. She holds a B.A. in theatre studies from St. Norbert College. Some of her favorite past credits include La Cenerentola, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in Love, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Hannah has also worked with The Juilliard School, Orlando Shakes, and Goodman Theatre.
Rachel Pelgen, Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel is excited to be joining Kentucky Shakespeare for the summer! Most recently she was a production assistant for several productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Previously she was the assistant stage manager for Miss Holmes at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and completed two internship years at Playhouse in the Park. She has also stage managed at Interlochen Center for the Arts Shakespeare Festival and Stage Right Musical Theatre Company.
Katherine Thesing, Production Manager
Katherine is excited to return to Kentucky Shakespeare for her 5th Season. At Kentucky Shakespeare, Katherine has been the Stage Manager (Much Ado, Richard II, and Julius Caesar), House Manager/Assistant Production Manager, and an Education Intern. Katherine is a Resident Stage Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville an alumni of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre and Bellarmine University.
Lillie Weber, House Manager
Lillie is so excited to be back for her fourth summer in Central Park! She graduated with her B.F.A. in musical theatre from Lindenwood University. In St. Louis Lillie has recently been seen in Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Quincy/Bart). When not on stage or in the park, Lillie can be found on her YouTube channel. (Hoosier Mama, Who’s Your Girl?)
Bekki Jo Schneider Intern Company 2020
Seth Davis, Sound Intern
Seth is a soon to be sophomore at Indiana university southeast. He is majoring in technical theatre and was recently sound board operator for their last production Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike. This is Seth’s first season with Kentucky Shakespeare. He has previously done a multitude of shows including stage managing Almost, Maine and sound designing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. He is extremely excited to be a part of the Kentucky Shakespeare team this summer and cannot wait to show you what we have in store!
Alyssa Fry, Costumes Intern
Alyssa is a theatre major at IU Southeast. She worked on the IUS production of As You Like It in spring 2019 as a wardrobe crew member and an assistant stage manager. Alyssa was an assistant stage manager in the IUS Fall 2019 production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She stage managed the IUS Fall 2019 production of The Laramie Project. She is now very excited for her costume internship with Kentucky Shakespeare!
Kirsten Gude, Props Intern
Kirsten is ecstatic to be making her debut at Kentucky Shakespeare as the props intern this summer! She is currently attending Kent State University to earn her B.F.A. in theatrical design, production, and technology with concentrations in scenery, props, and stage management. Favorite positions include props master for Newsies (Floyd Central HS), spotlight operator for Hair (KSU), and, most recently, production stage manager for the Student Theatre Festival (KSU). Please send her your favorite joke on Instagram @kirs10gude.
Kristen Karem, Stage Management Intern
Kristen is an upcoming senior at the University of Kentucky with a double major in theater and English. Her primary focuses in theater are stage management and playwrighting. She is from Louisville, Kentucky, and is very excited to be working in her hometown this summer with such an incredible company. Kristen would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support and love.
Rosemary Kent, House Management Intern
Rosemary is a 21-year-old student from Oldham County, Kentucky. She attends Hanover College where she is completing a double major in English and philosophy. In the spring of 2019, Rosemary took part in a month-long study abroad program in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, where she studied at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. At school, she maintains several on-campus jobs, as well as active membership in the Choir and Private Voice programs. Rosemary enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with friends and family.
Rachel Meadors, Administration Intern
Rachel is excited to work with Kentucky Shakespeare for the first time. Rachel moved from Williamsburg, Kentucky, to Louisville to pursue an education in theatre arts at the University of Louisville where she just finished her sophomore year. At UofL: stage manager Fires in the Mirror; assistant stage manager A Piece of My Heart and Six Degrees of Separation; costume shop for the ’19-’20 season. She is thankful to Kentucky Shakespeare for the new learning experience and her friends, family, and professors for encouraging her to pursue her passions.
Chelsea Nevil, Education Intern: Kids' Globe
Chelsea is currently studying theatre education at Ball State University, where she recently assistant directed This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing. Originally from just across the river, she is excited to join Kentucky Shakespeare for her first season! Chelsea’s passion for theatre education grew through assistant directing at Burris Laboratory School and The Indiana Academy. She is grateful for the opportunity to spend her summer teaching young theatre artists!
Hannah Tarr, Electrics Intern
Hannah is a rising sophomore Theatre Studies major at the University of Evansville. An area native from across the river, Hannah has been coming to see shows in the park for years, so the opportunity to intern for Kentucky Shakespeare is a dream come true. She is extremely thankful to her high school directors, college professors, parents, and anyone who has ever seen potential in her and helped her learn so that she can be here today!