LSF Cast Bios 2011

Meet some of the Cast from Macbeth and Lend Me A Tenor

Matt Ballin

Matthew Ballin (Bellhop – Lend Me A Tenor) holds a BFA in Theater from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA in Theater from Ohio State. This is his tenth year as Theater Arts Director at Washington High School in Fremont, where he is currently renovating its old wood-shop into a new theater. One of the original LSF Artistic Associates, Matt has acted in four of its shows, including Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and one of the Dromios in The Comedy of Errors. He was also the fight choreographer for Romeo and Juliet. Last spring, he directed the play at Washington High. He lives in Castro Valley with his beautiful and talented wife Pam, his amazing daughters Emmy and Hannah, and of course, Bing – The Wonder-Spaniel!

Jesse CaldwellJesse Caldwell (Saunders – Lend Me A Tenor) is pleased to make his debut with LSF. He has played Bob Cratchit four times in Center Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol, and he played Paulet in Mark Jackson’s adaptation of Mary Stuart at Shotgun Players. He has performed at TheatreWorks, Sacramento Theatre Company, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, TheatreFirst, Woodminster, 42nd Street Moon and Willows Theatre Co. among other Bay Area theaters. Early in his career he toured the U.S. with the National Shakespeare Co. and worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Jesse is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Monica Cappuccini (Julia - Lend Me A Tenor) has performed at Dragon Productions as Claire in A Delicate Balance and as Natasha in Rough Crossing, and as Lady Bracknell at Broadway West’s The Importance of Being Earnest. She understudied at CalShakes and was an ensemble member of Golden Thread Production’s Fairy Tale Players. Recently, she performed as Tess in Bermuda Avenue Triangle at Hillbarn Theatre, Mrs. Van Dann in The Diary of Ann Frank at Custom Made Theatre, Mrs. Gottlieb in Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Palo Alto Players, Mrs. Anderson in ‘The Play about the Naked Guy’ at Impact Theatre Company, and Hester Salomon in Equus at City Lights. She is delighted to be performing for the first time at Livermore Shakespeare Festival.

Molly Kruse

Molly Kruse (Maria – Lend Me a Tenor/Lady Macduff – Macbeth) is ecstatic to be making her debut at Livermore Shakes! A graduate of Indiana University, Molly has trained with Carnegie Mellon University, NYU CAP 21, Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project, A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory, and Seth Riggs’ Speech Level Singing Institute. In the Bay Area, Molly has worked at The Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, Playwrights’ Center of SF, and Marin Actors’ Studio, among others. Favorite roles include Maria in West Side Story (Miramonte Players), Cinderella in Into the Woods (Diablo Theatre Company), and Mary Subprime Deity in The Lily’s Revenge (The Magic Theatre). Four-time recipient of the Northern CA Kent T. Morrill Scholarship and two-time National Dean’s List finalist, Molly is a distinguished member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key International, and Phi Eta Sigma.

Jennifer LeBlanc Jennifer Le Blanc (Lady Macbeth - Macbeth) is thrilled to be returning to the Livermore Shakespeare Festival where she played Annie in The Real Thing last summer.  Other favorite roles include Grace in Opus at TheatreWorks; Eurydice in Eurydice, Viola in Twelfth Night, and Alithea in The Country Wife at Pacific Rep; Regan in King Lear with TWAS at the National Black Theatre in Harlem; Constance in Three Musketeers, Lady Macduff in Macbeth, and the Princess inLove’s Labour’s Lost at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Kitty in Pride and Prejudice at the Denver Center Theatre Company; and Eurydice in Eurydice at Artists Repertory Theatre.  Jennifer received her MFA at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. She is a member of Actors’ Equity.

Casi MaggioCasi Maggio (Maggie – Lend Me A Tenor) is thrilled to make her Shakespeare’s Associates debut in Lend Me a Tenor. Casi was recently the Bride Deity in Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge at the Magic Theatre. She is a CSUEB and PCPA alumna and performed internationally as Olivia in Twelfth Night at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In the Bay Area: Princess Buggerlas in Ubu for President and The Threepenny Opera (Shotgun Players), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Town Hall Players), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Boxcar Theatre) and Lulu in Cabaret (Center REP – BATCC Best Ensemble). Casi has also worked with 42nd Street Moon, Active Arts, Berkeley Playhouse, Broadway West, Impact Theatre, Ohlone Summerfest, Sonoma County Rep, TheatreWorks, The Rhino and The Willows.

Dwight D. MahabirDwight D. Mahabir (Duncan/Doctor – Macbeth) is thrilled to be making his debut with LSF. The Native New Yorker began acting at the age of nine studying with Stella Adler and Dino Anagnost. Recent performances include the one man play Looking Over The President’s Shoulder. He has played principal roles in The Full Monty, Phantom, Paint Your Wagon and Ragtime. His next endeavor is the lead role in The King and I, opening in August 2011 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Dwight is a proud member of SAG AFL/CIO.

Russell MarcellRussell Marcel (Macduff - Macbeth) has worked as an actor and director in New York City, London, San Francisco and San Jose.  With Shakespeare’s Associates, Russ has portrayed Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Serge in ‘art’.  He has a BA in Theatre from Santa Clara University and is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts classical acting program. He currently directs plays and teaches acting and Shakespeare at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. An SA Associate Artist, Russ happily lives in Livermore with his wife (Katie), daughter (Zoe), and chocolate lab (Dakota).

Armando McClainArmando McClain (Macbeth - Macbeth) is excited to be working with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Having recently received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, he is pleased to return to the Bay Area where he was born and bred. Some past credits include Antonio – Twelfth Night (African American Shakespeare Company), Prospero – The Tempest (SF Shakespeare Festival), Ahmed – Silken Veils (Chicago Fringe Festival), Amante – The Closet Farthest Away (Havana, Cuba & The Byron Theater Miami), Henrique – The Night is a Child (Pasadena Playhouse), Player King – Hamlet and Cleomenes/Bear – Winter’s Tale (Theater150 Ojai). He will leave promptly for Scotland to perform two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival following this production.

Stephen MuterspaughStephen Muterspaugh (Max – Lend Me A Tenor) is happily making his Livermore Shakespeare Festival debut. New to the Bay Area, Stephen has appeared at Geva Theatre Centre in Rochester, New York, Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah, and Creede Repertory Theater in Creede, Colorado. He recently appeared in Second Wind Production’s world premiere of The Tender King at Phoenix Theater. He is also a Resident Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Stephen is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Daniel RedmondDaniel Redmond (Malcolm, Porter, Murderer - Macbeth) holds a Masters in Theatre and has worked professionally in London in the West-End, Broadway NYC, Edinburgh, Europe and now the Bay Area. Harper Regan (SF Playhouse),Owners (Alter Theatre), Aladdin (The Old Vic), Mother Clap’s Molly House (The Royal National Theatre), The People Next Door (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Broadway and European Tour), Jack And The Beanstalk (The Oxford Playhouse), La Cava (Victoria Palace/Piccadilly Theatre), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Battersea Arts Centre), Brighton Beach Scumbags (Brockely Jack Theatre). On Screen Red Tails (Lucas Films), Face 2 Face (Tom, Dick and Debbie Productions). Daniel can currently be seen in a commercial for Yahoo (Kaboom Productions) and will be seen in The Embassy for Central Works in October.

Miles Gaston VillanuevaMiles Gaston Villanueva (Tito Merelli – Lend Me A Tenor) is thrilled to make his debut with Shakespeare’s Associates.  He recently appeared in San Jose Repertory’s production of Legacy of Light (Jean-François/Lewis), his second show with the company after last season’s Sonia Flew (Zak/José).  Other Bay Area credits are Sunsets and Margaritas (Jojo) at TheatreWorks, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and Julius Caesar (Octavius) with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.  Special mentions include The Heart’s Desire (John Guerrero) at The Western Stage, Trust(Cody) with Duke City Repertory Theatre, and Othello (Iago) with Woodward Shakespeare Festival.  Mr. Villanueva is a graduate of CSU, Fresno.

Kathryn ZdanKathryn Zdan (Diana – Lend Me A Tenor) is happy to return to Livermore Shakespeare Festival after playing Lady Capulet in last summer’s Romeo and Juliet. As an actor, singer and mover she has worked locally with Shotgun Players, The Magic, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Berkeley Playhouse, CenterREP, Crowded Fire, Impact Theater, and Town Hall, among others. Internationally, she toured with the Amsterdam-based group Warner & Consorten. Kathryn holds a B.F.A. from UCSB and an M.F.A. from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.