Livermore Shakes Cast

Miriam Ani

Sébastienne – Tempest
LSF debut. Miriam is a past company member of Hedgerow Theatre playing such roles as Ariel in The Tempest across from Robert Lanchester’s Prospero and Rose in A Hotel on Marvin Gardens (dir. Nagle Jackson). Since relocating to the Bay Area, Miriam has appeared as the title role in The Heiress with PAP and Irina in Three Sisters at DMT. Recently honored to originate the lead in the West Coast Premiere of Jim Knable’s Green Man (STAGES Theatre, LA). MFA, CUNY Brooklyn College.  Next up as Lady Macbeth with Half Moon Bay Shakes. www.miriamani.com.

Caitlin Evenson

Mary/Mrs. SmithPersuasion
was recently part of LSF’s ShakesBeer and is delighted to participate in their summer season. Selected Bay Area theatres include California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, the Breadbox, Cutting Ball Theater, and Ragged Wing Ensemble. She holds an honors degree in History and a minor in Theatre and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and is a proud recipient of the TBA TITAN award.

Thomas Gorrebeeck

Mr. Elliot/Capt. Harville – Persuasion
is excited to be returning to LSF having appeared previously as Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.  He has performed locally at SF Playhouse, Aurora Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, CalShakes, CenterRep, Marin Shakespeare Company, City Lights Theatre Company, and regionally at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.  Mr. Gorrebeeck received his BA from New York University and is a proud member of both AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

Lawrence Hecht

Prospero – Tempest
is appearing with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival for the first time in The Tempest. He has just recently returned to the Bay Area after teaching, acting and directing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for 18 years. Prior to Denver, he was a company member at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco for 23 years. He will be joining the teaching faculty at Stanford University in the fall. Hecht is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Brian Herndon

Caliban/Boatswain – Tempest
appeared as Tranio in LSF’s The Taming of the Shrew and is thrilled to be back! With SF Shakes he’s been a Dromio, Launce, Dogberry, Iachimo and Trinculo. He has worked often at Marin Theatre Company and TheatreWorks. He currently teaches theatre at Odyssey Middle School in San Mateo. Brian received his MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and is a proud AEA member.

Patrick Andrew Jones

Capt Benwick/Chas Musgrove – Persuasion
Ferdinand – Tempest
is thrilled to be spending his second summer with Shakespeare’s Associates in Livermore. He is a native North Carolinian and a recent East-Coast transplant. Some favorite recent roles include Macbeth in Macbeth, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, and KJ in The Aliens. Jones is pursuing his MFA at the American Conservatory Theater and is entering his final-year in the program. Thank you to my supportive family.

Patrick Kelly Jones

Wentworth – Persuasion
has appeared in Hamlet, and the Real Thing at Livermore Shakespeare. His most recent credits include The Heir Apparent and Detroit (Aurora Theater), Gem of the Ocean (Marin Theater Company), The Tempest (California Shakespeare Theater), and Sister Play (The Magic). Mr. Jones holds an MFA in acting from the Cleveland Play House/Case Western Reserve University. www.patrickkellyjones.com

Narea Kang

Stephano – Tempest
is thrilled to make her debut with Shakespeare’s Associates in The Tempest. Narea has worked as an actor, teaching artist, and producer in Seattle and San Francisco. She is entering her third year as an MFA candidate at the American Conservatory Theater. Recent conservatory credits include Camila in Cardenio, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Lady Hardy in The Belle’s Stratagem. nareakang.com

Deborah Lagin

Louisa – Persuasion
Goddess/ensemble, Miranda u/s—Tempest
Apprentice Director
is thrilled to be joining Livermore Shakespeare Festival this summer after being a teaching assistant for their education program So Wise So Young. She graduated last year from UC Irvine with a BA in Drama. Favorite credits include Thomasina in Arcadia (UC Irvine), Miranda in The Tempest (UC Irvine), and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare & Company Conservatory). www.DeborahLagin.com

Lucy Littlewood

Ariel — Tempest
Elizabeth Elliot — Persuasion
Lucy is making her Shakespeare’s Associates debut. Her most recent credits include; Mr. Hyde and multiple other roles in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (City Lights Theater Company), Puck in Shakespeare in Hollywood (Silicon Valley Shakespeare) and Alice Ayres in Closer (Northside Theatre). She has also worked with Pear Theatre, Broadway West Theatre Company, and TheatreWorks, among others. She is a graduate of the Foothill Theatre Conservatory.

Jennifer McGeorge

Ms. Musgrove/Lady Dalrymple – Persuasion
is delighted to be back with the Livermore Shakespeare Festival. She was last seen at the Wente Winery as Mrs. Henry Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. Recent Bay Area credits include Aubergine at Berkeley Rep and An Ideal Husband at Marin Shakespeare Company. She has also worked with Women’s Will, New Conservatory Theatre Company and Shakespeare at Stinson among others. Jennifer holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston.

Lily Narbonne

Anne– Persuasion
is an incoming second year MFA Candidate at the American Conservatory Theater: Chuck Mee’s Cardenio, The Merchant of Venice, Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs; Young Jean Lee’s Church and a workshop of her original musical about Joni Mitchell in the 2016 Sky Festival. New York: Comedy of Errors (Allentown Shakespeare In The Park), Three Musketeers, King Lear, Two Noble Kinsmen (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Also in NYC Lily worked at The Lark Play Development Center, Bushwick Starr, Judson Church, sang in three bands, and taught Shakespeare in the Tri State Area and to the West Point cadets. BFA in Acting, Boston University. More info: lilynarbonne.com

Michael Wayne Rice

Antonio – Tempest
Associate Artist
has appeared in 7 shows with Shakespeare’s Associates, including CymbelineAs You Like It, and The Seagull. He has acted on stages in Missouri, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Michael is a graduate of the University of Missouri @ Kansas City with an M.F.A. in Classical Stage Performance. Michael has taught acting at the University of the Pacific, UMKC and the University of San Francisco.

Malcolm Rodgers

Sir Walter Elliot/Admiral Croft – Persuasion/ Scenic Designer
is thrilled to be making his debut on the LSF stage! Locally, he has performed with Custom Made Theatre, CCCT, Arabian Shakespeare, Napa Valley Shakespeare, and Ross Valley Players. Next up for Malcolm, The Speakeasy, an “immersive theatre experience” in SF. Malcolm studied theater performance and design at SFSU, and received his conservatory training at PCPA.

Lindsey Marie Schmeltzer

Miranda – Tempest
Mrs. Clay – Persuasion
is thrilled to be back at LSF for a third season having previously played Marianne in Sense and Sensibility, and Phoebe in As You Like it. Other local credits include: 42nd Street Moon, Sacramento Theater Company, Monday Night Playground, Shakespeare Napa Valley, and Aurora Theatre Company. Regional credits include: Texas Shakespeare Festival, Summer Repertory Theatre, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Lindsey is a teaching artist with LSF and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Alison Whismore

Lady Russell/Mrs. Croft – Persuasion Queen Allona – Tempest
has performed on 3 continents and in 4 languages. While new to Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Alison’s local credits include Gertrude in Hamlet, Berthe in Boeing Boeing, Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice, and Grace in What I Did Last Summer. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Calshakes, Berkeley Playhouse, and B Street Theatre and the Ecole Francophone Oakland. Alison holds a BA Honors in Drama from Manchester University, UK, trained at Mountview Academy of Theater Arts in London, and is an Equity Membership Candidate. www.alisonwhismore.com

William Wolak

Mr. ShepardPersuasion
Gonzalo – Tempest
Associate Artist
acted for Shakespeare’s Associates Company at the Bothwell Art Center as Robert in Auburn’s Proof, and Robert in Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. Among the roles he played for LSF are Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Polonius in Hamlet, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew, Antonio and Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, and Adam and, Corin in As You Like It. He has performed and/or directed at The Western Stage (Salinas), Sierra Repertory Theatre (Sonora), and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). Dr. Wolak taught theatre at several universities for 43 years. He retired from The University of the Pacific in 2007.

Apprentice Company

Brandon English

Trinculo/Sailor – Tempest
Valet – Persuasion
is thrilled to be involved with LSF for the first time. He has performed in several Bay Area productions, including: Songs for a New World and Alamat. A recent Saint Mary’s College of California graduate with a degree in Theatre/Communication, Brandon has acted in several mainstage productions, such as: Spring Awakening, Lysistrata, and Antigone(s). This fall he will be attending Stella Adler’s Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles.

Teagan Fish

Front of House Manager/Dramaturg
is happy to be returning to the Livermore Shakespeare Festival for her second year. Last year, Teagan was the front of house manager for both productions: Sense and Sensibility and As You Like It. Teagan is currently studying for her undergraduate in Honors English Literature and American Indian Studies at California State University Northridge.

Casey Hartman

Stage Manager – Tempest
is returning to Livermore Shakes as an apprentice after completing its high school internship in 2014, where she appeared in Much Ado About Nothing and Pride and Prejudice. Casey is currently working on earning her BFA in theatre performance at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Ceilidh Morrison

Front of House Manager/understudy
is thrilled to be working with Shakespeare’s Associates again this summer. She has performed in both Taming of the Shrew and The Liar, and also spent last season working as concessions manager. Ceilidh currently studies theatre performance at San Francisco State University.

Maya Sritharan

Goddess/ensemble – Tempest
House Servant – Persuasion/ Understudy
is a first time actor with Shakespeare’s Associates. Having just completed her freshman year as a Theatre Arts major at University of the Pacific, Maya has appeared in UOP’s fall production All In The Timing, as well as their spring transmedia project, The New Antigone(s).

Wenona Truong

Goddess/ensemble — Tempest
Henrietta Musgrove – Persuasion/ Understudy
was last seen in Delta Drama’s production, It’s a Wonderful Life as Clarence. This is her first summer at Livermore Shakespeare Festival as an apprentice and is very excited to start her career after graduating as a theatre arts major at the University of the Pacific with a concentration in Acting and a minor in Psychology.

Robert Wyllie

Stage Manager – Persuasion
Box Office Manager
is eager to work for the Livermore Shakespeare Festival for the first time. Some of Robert’s Stage Manager credits include Kiss me, Kate, Much Ado about Nothing, and Rimers of Eldritch. He has recently graduated from San Joaquin Delta College with an AA in technical theatre and will be transferring to CSU Long Beach in the fall to major in stage management and technical theatre. Robert thanks his previous directors/mentors Rich Harlow and Greg Foro for all that they have done for him.

Intern Company

Lamisa Ahmed

House Servant – Persuasion
Sprite – Tempest
is elated to be a new part of LSF. She has previously played Amy March in Little Women at Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory. Lamisa has also partaken in the musical Godspell and the short plays The Unintended Video and Bite Me. She is involved with the International Thespian Troupe and does publicity for LVCP’s Drama Company.

Lena Costello

Sprite – Tempest
was a member of Cantabella Children’s Chorus for five years. She recently graduated from Holy Names High School and will attend Susquehanna University this fall, studying vocal performance. Some of her favorite past roles include Sara Crewe in A Little Princess and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She has also performed with Livermore Valley Opera in their productions of Tosca (shepherd boy),La bohème, and Carmen.

Molly O’Donnell

House Servant – Persuasion
ASM – Tempest
will be having her debut with Livermore Shakespeare Festival, as she is a high school intern with the company. She will also be working as assistant stage manager for The Tempest. She has appeared in past productions at Starstruck Theatre. Molly will be attending Ithaca College this fall as a Theatre Studies major.

Karlie Teruya

ASM
is excited to be interning with Livermore Shakespeare for her second year. She was the assistant stage manager for both Sense and Sensibility and As You Like It last summer and is looking forward to learning from the Livermore Shakespeare cast and crew this season.

Mackenzie Amyx

Singer – Tempest
sang with the SF Girls Chorus for four years and with Cantabella Children’s Chorus for two years. She loves books and started a blog last year writing book reviews and fiction stories as well as documenting her international travel experiences. Her blog can be found on https://medium.com/@MackenzieAmyx