Livermore Shakes Cast

Matthew Ballin

Rageneau – Cyrano
is the Program Director at the Irvington Conservatory Theater in Fremont. He holds a BFA from UCSB, and an MFA from Ohio State. He has acted and choreographed fights throughout the Bay Area, and is an Associate Artist with The Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Matt lives in Livermore with his wife Pam, and their two daughters, Emmy and Hannah.

Paul Barrois

Puck/Egeus – Midsummer
Le Bret – Cyrano
is overjoyed to return to LSF having previously appeared as Cliton in The Liar and Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew. Paul is now based in Los Angeles where he appeared in the award-winning short film Eerie Anecdotes, and a national promo for Nickelodeon’s The Angry Birds Movie.

Justin Genna

Carbon/Valvert – Cyrano
is from Madison Wisconsin he grew up training in ballet. At the age of Nineteen he was hired into the professional company of Milwaukee Ballet where he worked for seven seasons. After retiring from the company Justin moved to San Francisco to study at A.C.T. and is currently enrolled in his third year of the Masters of Fine Arts program.

Kyle Goldman

Flute – Midsummer
is making his debut with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared throughout the Bay Area with numerous companies, including the Role Players Ensemble in Danville, Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, and the Custom Made Theatre Company in San Francisco. He started and completed his acting training through the Diablo Valley College Theatre program in Pleasant Hill.

Kenneth Heaton

De Guiche – Cyrano
appeared with Hugh Laurie on Hulu’s Chance, as Theseus in Cutting Ball Theater’s production of Phedre, Harold in Boxcar Theatre’s The Speakeasy; and in NYC as Paul in Poetic Theater’s Goliath and as H.F. Sullivan in I Will Go, I Will Go, at Barrow Street Theater.

Peter Ray Juarez

Snout – Midsummer
earned an MA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University where he was the 2014 recipient for the Teatro Award. He also holds a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University at Chico. Selected credits: Betty/Edward in Cloud 9 at The Western Stage, Malcolm in Macbeth at HMB Shakespeare, and Evan in U.S. Drag at Dragon Productions Theatre Company.

Justin Edward Keim

Demetrius – Midsummer
 is excited to be making his LSF debut this summer. This fall he will be entering his third year in the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program. Recent M.F.A. Program credits include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Edmund in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice

Deborah Lagin

Hermia – Midsummer
Production Manager
is ecstatic to be playing one of her dream roles. She is a teaching artist with LSF’s So Wise So Young program. Previous credits include Louisa in Persuasion (LSF), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare & Company Conservatory), Viola in Twelfth Night (SF Shakes Tour), and Thomasina in Arcadia (UC Irvine). Deborah, a Pleasanton native, graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Drama and a minor in Comparative Literature.

Jennifer Le Blanc

Roxanne – Cyrano
roles at Livermore Shakespeare Festival include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Recent productions include Book of Will at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Silent Sky and Sense and Sensibility at TheatreWorks, Fifth of July at Aurora Theatre Company, Disgraced at Capital Stage, King Lear and Twelfth Night at Pacific Rep, and Othello and A Message at Arabian Shakespeare Festival. Jennifer received her MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Russell Marcel

Bottom – Midsummer
(with LSF) Macduff in Macbeth, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Serge in ‘art.’  A Livermore resident with acting and directing credits in NYC and all over the Bay Area, Russ currently directs and teaches Acting and Shakespeare at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose. Training: Santa Clara University and LAMDA’s Classical Acting Program.

Andrea Lea Martzipan

Quince – Midsummer
Lise/Ensemble –Cyrano
is excited for her Livermore Shakespeare Festival premiere. Her most recent Bay Area credits include: Rumors (Chanticleers Theatre), It’s A Wonderful Life (Douglas Morrison Theatre). She also works with The Actors Studio, Only The Source, and Hooligan Dreamers. Andrea received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School NYC, and BA from Alma College, MI.

David Everett Moore

Oberon/Theseus – Midsummer
is making his LSF debut. He has performed with several regional and local Shakespeare theaters, including Colorado Shakespeare Festival, African-American Shakespeare Company and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, where he is a Resident Artist. Recent credits include Safe House (Aurora Theater), Gem of the Ocean (Marin Theatre Company) and the French tour of All Aunt Hagar’s Children (Word For Word). David is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley’s Theatre and Performance Studies program.

Lily Narbonne

Helena – Midsummer
u/s Roxanne-Cyrano
returns to LSF after playing Anne Elliot in Persuasion last summer. She is an MFA Candidate entering her third and final year, at the American Conservatory Theater where her favorite roles include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Queen Mother/Mother Superior in Las Meninas, and Simonetta in Chuck Mee’s Cardenio. Also a singer, Lily workshopped an original musical about Joni Mitchell in ACT’s SkyFestival. BFA Acting, Boston University.

Mary Ann Rodgers

Titania/Hippolyta – Midsummer
Dueña/Mother Superior – Cyrano
is a Bay Area actor and director. She directed last year’s production of LSF’S Persuasion and is delighted and grateful to work again with this talented company as an actor. Mary Ann works frequently with Ross Valley Players where she recently appeared as Grace in their successful production of Bus Stop. Shakespeare roles include Titania, Beatrice, Juliet’s Nurse, Mistress Ford and others.

Oliver Shirley

Lysander – Midsummer
Christian – Cyrano
is making his Livermore Shakespeare Festival debut this summer. Selected past work includes Romeo and Juliet, The Good Woman of Setzuan (A.C.T. MFA), and Eurydice (Ophelia’s Jump Productions). Oliver received his BA from Pomona College and is a member of the American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts acting class of 2018.

Ryan Tasker

Cyrano de Bergerac – Cyrano
is returning to the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, where he has previously appeared in Sense and Sensibility (Col. Brandon), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), and The Real Thing (Max). He has also worked with Marin Theatre Company, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Word for Word Performing Arts Company, Aurora Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, San Jose Repertory, TheatreFIRST, and Just Theater, among others.

Apprentice Company

Luke Bolle

Acting Apprentice
Snug – Midsummer
Ensemble – Cyrano
is a student from the University of the Pacific, recently seen in Drunken Shakespeare as Sir Toby Belch and Caliban, Goodlife Pharmacomm as Peter J. Hoffenhausen, and in Shakespeare in Yosemite in various roles. In 2016 he attended the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio’s Summer Conservatory. This summer he’s falling even more in love with Shakespeare!

Isabella Calabrese

Stage Manager – Cyrano
is very excited to work with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival for the first time! Bella’s recent theater credits include Rimers of Eldritch (Patsy), Love and Information (Ensemble), SubUrbia (Bee-Bee), Eurydice (Stone/Dramaturge), Avenue Q (Kate), and Eukiah (Director) at SJDC. Bella plans to attend UCSD this fall to pursue degrees in Theater and English.

Andrea Fanelli

Costume Apprentice
is excited to be working with LSF for the first time. As a Theater Arts major currently pursuing her degree, Andrea has worked on a handful of school productions and was most recently the Assistant Stage Manager for Las Positas College’s Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Kai Hynes

Acting Apprentice
Starveling – Midsummer
Ensemble – Cyrano
is very excited to be working with LSF for the first time. Having just completed his freshman year at the University of Portland studying Theatre and Organizational Communication, he was last seen in UP’s productions of Mad Forest and Home: A Devised Production. He can next be seen in The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Shaking the Tree Theatre in the fall.

Hannah Keihl

Acting Apprentice
Philostrate – Midsummer
Sister Martha/Ensemble – Cyrano
is thrilled to be a part of LSF for the first time. Recently she has had roles in Twelfth Night and Lysistrata. Last summer she attended Stella Adler’s Art of Acting Studio summer conservatory program. She is a current student at Saint Mary’s College of California studying English and Theater.

Kylara Pankow

Box Office/Front of House Mngr
U/S & Assistant Dramaturg – CdB
is extremely happy to be joining the Livermore Shakes team this season. She recently appeared in California State University East Bay’s Cabaret as Sally Bowles and Cymbeline as Pisanio. She is currently pursuing a degree in Theatre with a Musical Theatre focus at CSUEB and will graduate in 2018.

Samantha Richey

Costume Apprentice
is working with Livermore Shakes for the first time and looks forward to the experience. She is in her third year at Las Positas Community College is will be transferring to a UC in the fall.

Aleah Zimmer

Acting Apprentice
First Fairy – Midsummer
Sister Claire/Ensemble – Cyrano
is thrilled to be joining LSF. She received her BFA at Southern Oregon University where she appeared in The Winters Tale, Metal Children and She Stoops to Conquer. She was student producer at Oregon Center for the Arts FRINGE festival and performed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show. This Fall Aleah will attend NYU’s graduate acting program.

Juliet Weight

Tech Apprentice
Sound Technician
is a student at Mills college, studying electronic music composition. She is an instrumental improviser, composer, and sound technician. Juliet has worked as a live sound technician and a recording engineer’s assistant. She plays violin, piano and sings.

High School Intern Company

Benji Albala

is a junior at Saint Mary’s High School in Stockton, and has appeared in six shows with Saint Mary’s, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Quasimodo, and also has appeared in several Stockton Civic Theatre productions.

Abigail Alexander

has enjoyed playing various roles in school productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It. She currently attends Tri-Valley Classical Christian Academy in Livermore.

Christine Curulla

Christine is thrilled to be working with LSF for the first time! Her theater credits around the Bay Area including Grease (CCMT), The Music Man (PCRT), In the Heights, and Shrek the Musical (TVRT). She is an upcoming senior at Bishop O’Dowd and is very excited to have been cast in 42nd Street with PCRT this fall.

Kyra Munkner

Mustardseed – Midsummer
has been pursuing acting since she was in the fourth grade. She has been in several productions recently including Arsenic and Old Lace where she played Abby Brewster and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown where she played Lucy van Pelt. She is looking forward to the new season with Livermore Shakes.

Natalya Ribovich

utterly adores Shakespeare and is thrilled to be making her debut with LSF. She has acted since she was eight. Favorite roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Essie in You Can’t Take With You, and Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She has trained with ACT and Berkeley Rep and has danced for 11 years. She is a rising senior at Amador Valley High School.

Sally Virgilio

Cobweb – Midsummer
is a high school student and classically trained ballerina who has had a life long love of Shakespeare. She began performing abridged Shakespeare plays at age eight and, since then, has not gone a six months without a performance. She also loves math, music, and technical theatre. In the fall she’ll be attending a charter school so as to focus on her performing arts.