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Associate Artists

The Associate Artists program of the California Shakespeare Theater was created to offer artists from the Bay Area and around the country a deeper engagement in the life our Theater. As members of our company, Associate Artists participate in the long-term planning of the organization and in addressing the artistic challenges of our day to day operations. They also serve as emissaries to our communities through teaching, advocacy and engagement with our audiences and donors. The Associate Artist program is central to our commitment to making Cal Shakes a true home for artists, one which nurtures their creative growth, and reflects their creative voices.

ryan petersRyan Austin (Writer/Actress)
Ms. Peters is an award-winning artist/activist whose creative work ranges from theater to poetry to music.  The 2007 Bay Area Black Music Award-winner for Spoken Word began her sincere artistic pursuits after graduating from San Diego State University, where she studied Political Science and Sociology and received honors as a scholarship Track & Field athlete.  Shortly after returning to her hometown of Oakland, California, in 2003, Ms. Peters partnered with Cal Shakes, Intersection for the Arts, and internationally renowned playwright, Naomi Izuika to write Hamlet: Blood in the Brain, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet; she also played "O" (Ophelia).  A relative neophyte to the theater, Ms. Peters has also been seen in the Playwrights Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Playwrights Festival, performing in award-winning writer Julie Hebert’s Tree, and most recently, performing as part of the ensemble in Intersection and Campo Santo world-premiere production of Everything Has Been Arranged, adapted from the writing of Denis Johnson. Outside of the theater walls, Ms. Peters, also known as RyanNicole and RYE, continues her tireless endeavors in activism and art, working with her own spoken word and hip-hop productions and Oakland's Youth Movement Records.

Jenny Bacon (Actor)
For Cal Shakes: Portia in The Merchant of Venice (2006) and Imogen in Cymbeline (2001). Off Broadway: Lydia in Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts); Princess/Orphan in Orphan of Zhao (Lincoln Center); Carson in Carson McCullers (Playwrights Horizons); Helene in Race (Classic Stage Company); and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sara in More Stately Mansions (Herald Angel Award), and Mabel in The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, all for New York Theatre Workshop. Regional: Salyer in Last of the Boys (McCarter); Phedre in Phedre and Mary in Mary Stuart (Jeff nomination) for Court Theatre; Ann in All My Sons (Westport Playhouse); Nora in A Doll's House (Backstage West Award) for Seattle Rep; His Soul in Hydriotaphia (Alley Theatre); Molly in Molly Sweeney for Steppenwolf (Jeff nomination) and Arena Stage (Helen Hayes nomination); Kuan Yin in Journey To The West; Sara in A Touch Of The Poet; Masha in Three Sisters; Anna in Baltimore Waltz (Jeff nomination) all for Goodman Theatre. Film: In God’s Hands. TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Fling, The Untouchables.

L. Peter Callender (Actor)
Mr. Callender's numerous productions at Cal Shakes include: An Ideal Husband, King Lear, Man and Superman, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyThe TempestMuch Ado About NothingJulius CaesarThe Winter’s TaleA Midsummer Night’s DreamCymbelineTwelfth NightLove’s Labour’s LostRichard IIIThe Comedy of ErrorsRomeo & Juliet, and Hamlet. At Berkeley Rep: Major BarbaraSpunkGalileoThe Oresteia. At A.C.T.: A Streetcar Named DesireTartuffeInsurrection: Holding History. Aurora Theater: Saint JoanPermanent Collection. On Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss. NY Public Theater: Caucasian Chalk CircleTwelfth Night. Shakespeare Santa Cruz: Taming of the ShrewA Doll’s House. Magic Theatre: A Question of MercyRust. TheaterFIRST: World Music (Bay Area Critics Award) Old Times (BACA nomination). Marin Theater Company: My  Children! My Africa! (BACA nomination). Thick Description: Richard IIIBlade to the Heat. Mr. Callender is the recipient of several Dean Goodman awards, an Elly Award, SF Bay Guardian Goldie Award and the East Bay Express Best of the East Bay Award. Mr. Callender is the current Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company.  Always for my Mom.

Ron Campbell (Actor)
An Associate Artist at the California Shakespeare Theater, Mr. Campbell received The Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement in 2009, training in Greece, Japan and Scotland. At Cal Shakes: Pericles, The Triumph of Love, Restoration Comedy, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry IV. He is currently playing "The King of the Clowns" in Cirque du Soleil's Kooza. After working as a street performer in Europe, Mr. Campbell became a founding member of the Actor's Gang and Artistic Associate of The Los Angeles Theatre Center.  His solo shows include: The Thousandth Night, R.Buckminster Fuller, A Tale of Two Cities, The Bone Man of Benares, Shylock and Beckett’s Eh Joe. He has performed in such theatres as The Habima, The Mark Taper Forum, The American Conservatory Theatre, The Old Globe and the Old Red Lion in London. Awards include the London Fringe One Man Show of the Year and both the Los Angeles and Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards for Lead and Solo Performances, The Helen Hayes Award, a Jeff Award Nomination, and four Backstage West Garland Awards. For more see SoarFeat.org.

Nancy Carlin (Actor and Text/Vocal Coach)
Ms. Carlin has appeared in numerous Cal Shakes productions including Man and Superman, Nicholas Nickleby, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream;and has performed with A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San José Rep, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Aurora Theatre Co., Marin Theatre Co., and SF Playhouse. She has directed productions for Aurora Theatre, Foothill Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Center Rep, B St. Theatre, S.F. Playhouse, A.C.T.’s M.F.A. program, and The Jewish Theatre San Francisco, where she will be directing Lost in Yonkers this winter. Ms. Carlin is the co-author of a new musical, Max Understood, which was developed at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference and presented by the New York Musical Theatre Festival last fall. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from A.C.T.

James Carpenter (Actor)
Mr. Carpenter has just finished his 11th season as an Associate Artist at Cal Shakes, having last appeared  as Duncan, the Porter, and others in Macbeth (2010). A longtime Bay Area resident, this will be roughly his 30th production for CST. Other Bay Area credits include A.C.T., San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre Co., TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. He performed at Berkeley Rep in over 30 productions in his 12 years there as an Associate Artist, is the Honoree of the B. A. T. C. C. 2007 Barbara Bladen Porter Award for consistent excellence in Theater, and was recently awarded a 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship from the Ten Chimneys Foundation. Out-of-town credits include: The Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Arizona Theatre Company, and The Huntington. Television: Nash Bridges. Film: The Rainmaker and Metro. Independents: Singing, Presque Isle, The Sunflower Boy.

Catherine Castellanos (Actor)
Cal Shakes: Much Ado About Nothing, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Triumph of Love, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicholas Nickleby, Othello,  All's Well That Ends Well, Henry IV, The Seagull, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Regional: Magic Theatre, San Jose Rep, and workshops and script development with A.C.T., Arena Stage (DC), Lensic (Santa Fe), Central Works in Berkeley, and Paul Hawkin on Blessed Unrest. Company member of Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts collaborating on world premieres with writers Denis Johnson, Naomi Iizuka, Greg Sarris, Octavio Solis, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Luis Saguar, Jessica Hagedorn, Junot Diaz, Vendela Vida, Dave Eggers, and Cherrie Moraga. Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle and Dean Goodman Dramalogue awards. Teaches acting at Jean Shelton Studios (SF). Praise to my inspiring boys for their generosity in sharing me with the theater. For my angel mom, always.

MaryBeth Cavanaugh (Choreographer)
Ms. Cavanaugh has choreographed for California Shakespeare Theater for 15 seasons. Other credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (for five seasons as choreographer and actor), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The New Victory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, La Mama E.T.C., Aurora Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare at Stinson, Mills College Rep, and Summerfest Dance. Directing credits: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, TheatreFIRST; Proof, Town Hall Theatre Company; Twelfth Night, North Bay Shakespeare Company; Measure for Measure and The Red Wheelbarrow, Shakespeare at Stinson; and Peter and the Wolf, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre. Ms. Cavanaugh currently teaches in the MFA program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis and has taught in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance studies at UC Berkeley; California Shakespeare Theater; and at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre where she is the Associate Director. She received her MFA in Dance Composition from Mills College.

Julie Eccles (Actor)
At Cal Shakes: John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband, King Lear, As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Regional credits include: The House of Mirth, Dinner at Eight, and A Christmas Carol (A.C.T.); Our Town, An Ideal Husband, and The Beaux’ Stratagem (Berkeley Rep); Enchanted April, Holiday and Hay Fever (San Jose Rep); Far East, Tally’s Folly and The Heidi Chronicles (TheatreWorks); The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing (SF Shakespeare Festival). She has also worked for Seattle Rep, Huntington Theatre, Geva Theatre and Syracuse Stage. She received her B.A. in Drama from UC Davis, and trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Daniel Fish (Director)
For Cal Shakes: The Merchant of Venice (2006), Measure for Measure (2003), and Cymbeline (2001). Recent work includes Rocket to the Moon (True Love Productions/Bard Summerscape), Hamlet (McCarter Theatre) and the world premiere of Poor Beck for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. Off-Broadway work includes the premiere Charles Mee's True Love (Zipper Theatre), and Ghosts with Amy Irving (Classic Stage Company). He has directed The Black Monk by David Rabe (world premiere, Yale Rep), The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl (Wilma Theatre), Loot, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Learned Ladies (McCarter), Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.), and Romeo and Juliet (Great Lakes Theatre Festival). His work has also been seen at Baltimore Center Stage, Court Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Intiman Theatre and the Juilliard School. Daniel Fish has worked as Associate Director to Sir Peter Hall and Michael Kahn; he is a graduate of Northwestern University's Department of Performance Studies and a Lecturer in Directing at The Yale School of Drama.

Dan Hiatt (Actor)
Mr. Hiatt appeared at Cal Shakes in 2010 as Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, as Mr. Praed in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and as John Whiteside, Jakob Stutz, and others in John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven; in 2009 as Snout/Egeus in Midsummer, Willie in Happy Days,and Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet; and in 2008 as Vanya (Ivan) Voynitsky in Uncle Vanya—for which he received a Bay Area Critics Circle Award—and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Previously as the Duke of Buckingham in Richard III, Touchstone in As You Like It, Newman Noggs in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Dorn in The Seagull, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Sergius in Arms and the Man, and many others. Other Bay Area credits include Round and Round the Garden, The Rivals, and The Cherry Orchard at A.C.T.; Joe Turner's Come and Gone at Berkeley Rep; and This Wonderful Life at San Jose Rep. Regional theater credits include Seattle Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Stage West in Toronto.

Jennifer King (Teaching Artist)
Jennifer King is the Artistic Director of Napa Valley College Repertory Theater and Shakespeare Napa Valley.  Her teaching and directing credits include work for the California Shakespeare Theater (Associate Artist), Dallas Theater Center, Sonoma County Repertory Theater (Artistic Director Emeritus), the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Napa Valley College (Professor of Theater), Richland, Foothill and Solano Colleges, as well as the University of California, Davis. Directing work includes: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, ,I Am My Own Wife, Man of La Mancha, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, American Buffalo, La Cage aux Folles, Moonlight and Magnolias, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Our Country’s Good, Vinegar Tom, Death of a Salesman, Dead Man Walking and The Laramie Project. She is a co-editor of Reflections of Diversity, a scene book for actors; a recipient of a TCG Observership Award; and holds an MFA in Acting from UC Davis and a BA in Theater from University of Southern California.

Domenique Lozano (Actor, Text and Vocal Coach)
Ms. Lozano was last seen at Cal Shakes as Beatrice  in 2010’s Much Ado About Nothing; previous productions include  Pericles, The Triumph of LoveAs You Like It, Nicholas Nickleby, The Importance of Being EarnestArms and the Man, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Much Ado About Nothing. She has also served as vocal coach for Hamlet, Macbeth,  and Othello, among others. Ms. Lozano's translation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle was produced this spring at A.C.T. She has appeared regionally in The House of Mirth, Othello, and The Rose Tattoo (A.C.T.); As You Like It, Othello, The White Devil, Twelfth Night, Mad Forest, Antony & Cleopatra, and The Illusion (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Fuente Ovejuna, Our Country’s Good, and The Illusion (Berkeley Rep); and Enchanted AprilHay Fever, On the Verge, and Mizlansky/Zilinsky (San Jose Rep). She has directed for San Jose Stage Company, Marin Theatre Company, Center Rep, Napa Valley Rep, A Christmas Carol at ACT, as well as numerous productions with their MFA and Young Conservatory Programs.

Andy Murray (Actor)
This was Mr. Murray's tenth season with Cal Shakes; he appeared in 2010 as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing,Sir George Crofts in Mrs. Warren’s Profession,and as TB Allen, Raymond Banks, and others in John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven;and in 2008 as Mikhail Astrov in Uncle Vanya and as Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. He has also acted at Berkeley Rep, A.C.T., San Jose Rep, McCarter, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Seattle Rep, CENTERSTAGE (Baltimore), Kansas City Rep, Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and others.

Meg Neville (Costume Designer)
Recent projects include The Wake at Center Theater Group in Los Angeles and Berkeley Rep; and John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven and Mrs. Warren's Profession for Cal Shakes. Meg has designed costumes for many Cal Shakes productions over the years, including John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Happy Days, An Ideal Husband, and King Lear. She has designed numerous productions at Berkeley Rep including, most recently, Yellowjackets, Tragedy a Tragedy, and Eurydice; and productions at A.C.T., San Jose Repertory, South Coast Repertory, San Francisco Opera Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yale Repertory, Hartford Stage, CENTERSTAGE, the Atlantic Theater Company, Dallas Theater Center, Chicago Opera Theater, and Joe Goode Dance Group. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and resides in San Francisco with her family. 

Lisa Peterson (Director)
For Cal Shakes: King Lear, All's Well That Ends Well, A Winter's Tale, and Love's Labour's Lost. Upcoming projects include The Rainmaker at Arena Stage; Beth Henley's Ridiculous Fraud at McCarter Theatre Center; Water and Power at the Mark Taper Forum; Mother Courage at La Jolla Playhouse; and Major Barbara at the Guthrie. Peterson has also directed at: Huntington Theatre Co., Intar, Prince Music Theatre, Women's Project, Vineyard Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Center Stage, Berkeley Rep, Manhattan Class Company, Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Public Theater, Intiman Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Primary Stages, Classic Stage, East-West Players Williamstown Theatre Festival, the New Century, the Hanger, Trinity Repertory Co., Yale Rep, Sundance, The Playwrights' Center, New Dramatists, New York Stage & Film, Royal Court London and Young Playwrights' Festival. Ms. Peterson is a graduate of Yale College. Currently Resident Director at the Mark Taper Forum, she is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Drama Department.

Jake Rodriguez (Composer/Sound Designer)
Mr. Rodriguez  has carved out sound and music for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, A.C.T., California Shakespeare Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, and Art Street Theatre. Recent sound design credits include world premieres of Passing Strange, The People's Temple, and Fêtes de la Nuit at Berkeley Rep; the West Coast premiere of Blackbird and the world premiere of After the War at A.C.T.; Salome at Aurora, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby at Cal Shakes. Other credits: music and sound for Cal Shakes's 2004 production of A Comedy of Errors; sound for Marin Theatre Company's Lifex3; sound for Ibsen's Ghosts at Berkeley Rep; and sound for Shotgun Players' and Studio Theatre's productions of The Death of Meyerhold. Rodriguez won the 2003 Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Award in sound design for The Death of Meyerhold and a 2004 Princess Grace Award.

Stacy RossStacy Ross
At Cal Shakes: Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, An Ideal Husband, and Arms and the Man. In 2010. Ms. Ross capped a year of offbeat mother roles (Back to Earth at Best of PlayGround Festival, Mrs. Warren's Profession and Macbeth at Cal Shakes) by playing the Other Mother in SF Playhouse's west-coast premiere of Coraline. Less maternal but also enjoyable roles she's played in recent years include Major Barbara and Hannah Arendt (Major Barbara and Hannah and Martin, respectively, at San Jose Rep), Sharla and Hertha (Killer Joe and Spring Storm at Marin Theatre Company), Annie in In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play at Berkeley Rep, Hedda Gabler at Aurora Theatre Company, and Olga in Three Sisters at Baltimore's CenterSTAGE.

andre PluessAndre Pluess (Composer/Sound Designer)
At Cal Shakes: Much Ado About Nothing (2010), Macbeth (2010), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009), Romeo and Juliet (2009), and Twelfth Night (2008). Based in Chicago, credits include numerous productions for Lookingglass Theatre (Artistic Associate), Court Theatre (Resident Artist 1999-2002), Victory Gardens Theater (Resident Designer), About Face Theatre (Artistic Associate), Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and many other Chicago and regional theaters. Broadway credits: Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, 33 Variations and The Clean House (Lincoln Center). Mr. Pluess has received 11 Joseph Jefferson Awards and citations, an L.A. Ovation Award, Barrymore Award, a Drama Critics Circle Award, and Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for composition and sound design. Recent projects include: 33 Variations (Arena Stage/La Jolla Playhouse); After the Quake (Long Wharf, La Jolla, Berkeley Rep); Argonautika (Lookingglass, McCarter, Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company); Lost Boys of the Sudan (Children's Theatre Co., MN); Thyestes (Court Theatre); Kafka on the Shore and Endgame (Steppenwolf Theatre), Arabian Nights (Berkeley Rep, K.C. Rep., Lookingglass), Our Town (Lookingglass), Crime and Punishment (St. Louis Rep.), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Merchant of Venice (OSF).

Mark Rucker (Director)
Mark Rucker directs Private Lives this season at Cal Shakes; he previously directed Twelfth Night in 2008, Richard III in 2007, and Romeo and Juliet in 2001. Other Bay Area credits include The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed at A.C.T., Culture Clash's The Birds at Berkeley Rep, and Luminescence Dating by Carey Perloff at Magic Theatre/A.C.T. Other theaters include Yale Rep (6 productions), La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Indiana Rep, the Taper Too, the Intiman Playhouse, the Old Globe, Syracuse Stage, Asolo Rep and Ford's Theater. Mark was an Associate Artist at South Coast Repertory Theater, where he staged over 20 productions including world premieres by Richard Greenberg, John Glore, Culture Clash, Annie Weisman, and Christopher Shinn. His feature film debut Die Mommie Die! won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Mark is a graduate of UCLA and the Yale School of Drama.

Danny Scheie (Actor)
Mr. Scheie was last seen at Cal Shakes as Dogberry and Don John in 2010’s Much Ado About Nothing. In 2009 he played Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which he then performed in New Jersey, where the Star-Ledger awarded him an honorary “New Jersey Tony” for Best Featured Actor. Previous Cal Shakes credits include Feste in Twelfth Night, An Ideal Husband, Pericles, Arlecchino in The Triumph of Love, Foppington in Restoration Comedy (which he also performed at the Old Globe in San Diego), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Dean Goodman Award), The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Nicholas Nickleby.  He just received his sixth Bay Area Critics Circle award for Nero in Amy Freed's You, Nero, performed at South Coast Rep and at Berkeley Rep. He has also acted/directed at Yale Rep, Trinity Rep, the Magic, Aurora, Theater Rhinoceros, Pasadena Playhouse, Campo Santo, Asolo Rep, TheatreWorks, Marin, The Zephyr (L.A.), Seattle Shakespeare, A Noise Within, and, for 13 seasons, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Artistic Director 1992–95). He joined Actors’ Equity as Damis in Tartuffe at the Los Angeles Theater Center and holds a Ph.D. from Cal.

Susannah Schulman (Actor)
At Cal Shakes, Ms. Schulman has appeared as Lady Anne in Richard III, Ann Whitefield/ Doña Ana in Man and Superman, Rosalind in As You Like It, Kate Nickleby in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, Nina in The Seagull, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.  Other credits include productions at Berkeley Rep, Marin Theatre Co., Magic Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Roundabout Theatre, Yale Repertory, Huntington Theatre, Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Hudson Stage Co., the Barbican Theatre and the national tour of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

Lynne Soffer (Voice & Text Coach)
Ms. Soffer has been the dialect/text coach on over 180 productions for theaters including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, San Jose Rep, The Old Globe (San Diego), Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theater Co., Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Aurora Theatre, Word for Word, and PCPA Theaterfest; the world premiere of Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project at the Denver Center, New York, and Berkeley; and for several films. She has both acted with and coached dialects and text for Cal Shakes in the past including Macbeth, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Private Lives, Pericles, An Ideal Husband, Nicholas Nickleby, Restoration Comedy, and Man and Superman.

Octavio Solis (Playwright)
Mr. Solis is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica have been mounted at the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, the New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Thick Description, Campo Santo, the Imua Theatre Company in New York, and Cornerstone Theatre. His collaborative works include Burning Dreams, cowritten with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust for Gibraltar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, a New Dramatists alum and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Stephen Barker Turner (Actor)
For Cal Shakes: Orsino in Twelfth Night (2008), Orlando in As You Like It (2006), Nicholas Nickleby in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2005) and Posthumus in Cymbeline (2001). Off-Broadway: Hastings in Richard III (NYSF), Race (Classic Stage Company), All My Sons (The Roundabout), A Letter From Ethel Kennedy (MCC), and Lips (Primary Stages). Other theater credits: Alden in After Ashley (Humana Festival and the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference), Torvald in Nora (Intiman Theatre), George in Of Mice and Men (Arena Stage), As You Like It and La Ronde (both at Williamstown Theatre Festival), Orestes in Electra (Hartford Stage), The Entertainer (Long Wharf Theatre), The Quick Change Room (Denver Center). Film: Lilly (upcoming), Satellite (2005 Tribeca Film Festival), The Warrior Class, The Disappearance of Andy Waxman, Blair Witch 2, Cosmopolitan (PBS), and Machiavelli Rises. Television: Sex and the City, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order, Hack, Swift Justice, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.

Scott Zielinski (Lighting Designer)
New York:Topdog/Underdog (Broadway), Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Lincoln Center Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, and Theatre for a New Audience, among others. International:  Productions in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Berlin, Edinburgh, Fukuoka, Goteborg, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Linz, London, Luang Prabang, Lyon, Melbourne, Orleans, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Singapore, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius, and Zurich. Dance:  American Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center (all with Twyla Tharp), American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Centre National de la Danse, Houston Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet. Opera:  Arizona Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, English National Opera, Gotham Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nederlandse Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Toronto Opera. Upcoming: The Magic Flute for Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Jan Karski for Festival d’Avignon (France), and Achterbahn, a new Judith Weir opera for Bregenzer Festspiele (Austria) and the Royal Opera House (London). scottzielinski.com