Kentucky Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Directed and Adapted by Crystian Wiltshire


Puck/Egeus/Philostrate: Sasha Cifuentes
Titania/Hermia/Snug: Brandi S. Hill
Moth/Lysander/Flute: Chase Howard
Cobweb/Demetrius/Quince: Barrett Minks
Oberon/Theseus/Snout: Tai Rosenblatt
Hippolyta/Helena/Bottom: Alice Clark Wilkinson

Sound Design by Alex Biscardi
Set Design by Kathy Preher-Reynolds, Bluegrass Production Studio
Costume Design by Donna Lawrence-Downs
Fight Choreography by Justin Jackson
Dance Choreography by Mollie Murk
Intimacy Direction by Hannah Pruitt
Stage Managed by Ryan Bennett
Scenic construction by Patrick Jump and Colton Bachinski
Painting by Kathy Preher Reynolds
Logo Design by Kyle Ware

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Sasha Cifuentes

Sasha Cifuentes, Puck/Egeus/Philostrate

Sasha originally hails from Miami, FL and is thrilled to be joining Kentucky Shakespeare making her spring tour debut! Past credits include Miranda in Rough Magic (Constans Theatre) and Reaper in Who Wants to Love Forever? (Squitieri Studio Theatre). Sasha studied Theatre Performance at the University of Florida, where she earned her BFA. She’d like to thank her partner Greg and their cat Xander for their unconditional love & support! IG @sasha_destiny

Brandi S. Hill

Brandi S. Hill, Titania/Hermia/Snug

Brandi is thrilled to make her spring tour debut performance with Kentucky Shakespeare! Brandi is a native of Louisville KY and a singer/dancer/actress as well as a signed model with Heyman Talent Agency.  Recently, Brandi has appeared in the theatrical productions Sense and Sensibility (Lucy Steele), Dreamgirls (Michelle), Unchained (The Mother), The Buddy Holly Story (Marlena/Snowbirds/Ensemble), and Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in A Play” (Squirrelle #3/Ice Cream Penguin). She has also appeared in multiple feature films, straight-to-streaming films, and local short films, as well as major commercials, magazine features and a plethora of fashion runway shows. Brandi is also a Telly Award-winning voiceover actress for her work in the animated series Triggered.

Chase Howard

Chase Howard, Moth/Lysander/Flute

Chase is a musician, artist, and Louisville native. He attended Jefferson Community and Technical College. Some of his favorite credits are Pigeon in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Derby Dinner Playhouse), Gerald the Elephant in Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play (Derby Dinner Playhouse), and Horatio/Rosencrantz in Hamlet (Kentucky Shakespeare). Chase is represented by Heyman Talent Artists Agency.

Barrett Minx

Barrett Minx, Cobweb/Demetrius/Quince

Originally from Danville, Kentucky, and now based in Louisville, Barrett has made his mark on stages in his home state such as Stephen Foster Drama Association, Pioneer Playhouse, and Old Fort Harrod State Park. He graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2023, and he proudly joins Kentucky Shakespeare for the first time. He would like to thank his family for everything.

Tai Rosenblatt

Tai Rosenblatt, Oberon/Theseus/Snout

Tai is ecstatic to be on tour with KY Shakespeare!  Selected recent credits include Julius Caesar (Kentucky Shakespeare), a world premiere of The Velveteen Rabbit (Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park), Last Stop On Market Street and Number The Stars (StageOne Family Theatre). Tai is an alumnus of Northern Kentucky University (BFA Musical Theatre). He thanks his loved ones for their unwavering support. For Ally Davis, always.

Alice Clark Wilkinson

Alice Clark Wilkinson, Hippolyta/Helena/Bottom

Alice’s recent credits include: Nurse/Sister Laurence in Romeo & Juliet, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, the Fool in Lear at the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Emilia in Othello at Studio Baton Rouge, Marjorie in Hiya, Dolly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and BBC Radio Scotland, and Jessie in Sweat at Swine Palace. BA in Geography and Theatre from Mount Holyoke College. MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University. Training: LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Shakespeare & Company, The Gaiety School of Acting, the Barrow Group, and the Martha Graham School.


Crystian Wiltshire

Crystian Wiltshire, Director and Adapter

Crystian currently serves as the Community Engagement Manager at StageOne Family Theatre. He is also a Facilitator at the Shakespeare Behind Bars program. Crystian has worked both on stage and as a director with Kentucky Shakespeare, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and more around our region.

Alex Biscardi, Sound Designer

Alex is a freelance sound designer and audio producer at Louisville Public Media.

Bluegrass Production Studio, Set Design and Build

BPS is a local studio that brings professional technical theatre and other services to the community. Kathy Preher Reynolds designed the set. CEO and Founder Patrick Jump built it with Colton Bachinski; painting by Kathy Preher Reynolds.

Kathy Preher Reynolds, Set Designer

Kathy is a Bluegrass Production Studio artist who has enjoyed a 30 plus year career in theatre working in many different areas.  Some theatres she has collaborated with include: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare & Company, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, UCF Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and many more local companies.

Donna Lawrence-Downs, Costume Designer

Donna has designed the costumes for Kentucky Shakespeare for the last ten seasons, including the summer festival productions and spring and fall tours as well as the indoor Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Titus Andronicus, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Twelfth Night, The War of the Worlds, and Night of the Living Dead. Donna has designed over 400 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. Donna also taught Costume Design at Bellarmine University in the spring of 2020. One of Donna’s favorite projects is designing costumes for Shakespeare Behind Bars, which she has done for the last 14 years. Donna and her husband also own Life is Sweet Small Batch Treats Bakery.

Justin Jackson, Fight Director

Justin spent the 2022 and 2023 summer seasons acting Kentucky Shakespeare, and those same fall seasons as Jonathan Harker in Actors Theatre’s Dracula. He 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.

Mollie Murk, Dance Choreographer

Mollie (they/she), is a proud Louisville transplant from Illinois, and has worked at Kentucky Shakespeare as an actor, teaching artist, and artistic associate. KSF credits include Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Pride & Prejudice (Lizzy), The Turn of the Screw, Twelfth Night (Viola), Richard III (Queen Elizabeth), and Romeo & Juliet (Juliet). Other regional credits: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Taming of the Shrew (Biondello); Actors Theatre of Louisville’s King John (Robert/Lady Faulconbridge/Melun), The Wolves (#8), Dracula (Mina, U/S Lucy), Dracula: the Radio Play (Mina Harker), and Are You There? in the 2020 Humana Festival; and other productions at Hope Repertory Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Louisville Ballet, Ambo Dance Theatre, and the Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Mollie is an alum of Hope College and Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training, a proud member of the Ring of Keys Network, and is forever grateful for the beautiful, supportive, resilient arts community here in Louisville!


Hannah Pruitt, Intimacy Coordinator

Hannah (she/her) is an Intimacy Director, arts administrator, actor, and arts educator in Louisville, KY. For over 10 years, Hannah has been a part of the Kentucky Shakespeare team and currently serves as the Director of Creative Engagement. With Kentucky Shakespeare, she has served as the Intimacy Director on Shakespeare’s R&J, Twelfth Night, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also recently worked with the University of Louisville’s Theatre Department as the Intimacy Director for She Kills Monsters and the Intimacy Consultant for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Additionally, her favorite projects with KS are leading Camp Shakespeare for youth, teaching Artist Educators, and working with community partners like Down Syndrome Louisville and Dreams with Wings. Hannah is passionate about sharing consent-forward work to her region, especially with young theatre artists, and is eager to explore physical storytelling with her community. 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.

Gregory Maupin, Dramaturg

Gregory is a frequent actor, dramaturg, and all-around artist with Kentucky Shakespeare. He and his wife Abigail are Prohibition ukulele duo Rannygazoo and in 2004 co-founded Louisville’s Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble. He is a charter member of Brooklyn’s Under the Table Ensemble and co-founder of the Church of Grover’s Corners. Kentucky Shakespeare appearances include: Twelfth Night (Feste 2022; Malvolio 2016), Much Ado (Benedick), Pride & Prejudice (Mr. Bennet, Charlotte), Midsummer (Bottom). Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), As You Like It (Touchstone), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern). With Actors Theatre: A Christmas Carol: Ghost Story (solo) 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.

Ryan Bennett, Stage Manager

Ryan is pleased to return for another production with Kentucky Shakespeare after having served as production manager for the past two summers, stage manager of The Woman in Black, Enter Ghost, and the tours of Julius Caesar and Hamlet. He has previously stage managed with Redline Performing Arts and Pandora Productions. His prop work has been seen with Kentucky Shakespeare, Pandora Productions, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Ryan, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, thanks his friends and family for their continuing support.


Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich communities by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain diverse audiences.

To use Shakespeare’s universal truths and the power of the arts to transform lives. Shakespeare belongs to everyone.

Land Acknowledgement
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.

Anti-Racism Statement
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.

Cultural Equity Statement

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.

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
Mollie Murk, Artistic Associate
Elizabeth Chaseley, Artist Educator
Jaime Irvin, Artist Educator
Carter Lishen, Artist Educator
Sydney Lofton, Artist Educator


Shakespeare in the Parks A Midsummer Night’s Dream tour
April 5-May 26, 2024

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park
May 29-August 11, 2024
7 productions/11 weeks – food trucks, bar, free nightly youth
activities, and pre-shows

Untimely Ripp’d
an immersive macabre Macbeth experience

by Diana Grisanti and Steve Moulds
October 2-27, 2024

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
January 11-19, 2025