Shakespeare’s Associates Team
Peta grew up in England, but has lived in the Bay Area since graduate school at Berkeley. She has been volunteering with Shakespeare’s Associates for about nine years in a variety of capacities, including serving as props designer for several shows, working in the front of house and producing management reports from the database.
Costume Designer – Cyrano
Barbara is the past Chair and current Costume Designer for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Santa Clara University. Barbara has designed costumes for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre Workshop, Cabrillo Stage, Summer Repertory Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Opera San Jose. She has also worked for Milwaukee Repertory, the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, and the San Francisco Opera. Her most recent costume design for Livermore Shakes was last summer’s Much Ado About Nothing. Barbara is the Director of the Musical Theatre Minor Program at SCU, and the Director for the Children’s Theatre Outreach program. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University, and received her M.F.A. in Theatre Design and Production from Southern Methodist University.
Associate Producer/Deck Manager
Karen joined Shakespeare’s Associates / Livermore Shakespeare Festival in January 2008 as the Technical Director for Proof, has been the production manager on four other shows, and has filled several different technical positions in her six years with the Company. Karen joined the Las Positas College Technical Theater Department as a student in 2005 and continues to participate in productions there, building sets and working in a variety of back stage roles. Karen has been employed at LLNL since 1992 and is currently a supervisor in the Environmental Field.
Michael has been a Stage Technician at Las Positas College for ten years. He previously worked for eleven years with the Oakland and San Francisco Stage Hand Unions, working on opera, ballet, theater and concerts. Michael also runs his own lighting company, Northern Lights, which provides lighting for performing arts, concerts and special events.
Malcolm is the Design Director for Hot Rod Shop, a custom scenic design company in Alameda, where he designs scenery and motion graphics for television, stage, and corporate environments. He has received three Regional Emmy Awards, two for set design, and one for Motion graphics. Some of his more recent set designs for theater include Berlin to Broadway at The Masquers; Persuasion, Enchanted April and Night of the Iguana at The Ross Valley Players; Kiss Me Kate and Meet Me In St. Louis at CCCT. Malcolm studied theater performance at The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and stage design at San Francisco State University.
Gary has been the Technical Director at the University of the Pacific since 2005. He has also worked as an actor and musician. Gary has designed sets, sound and composed music for innumerable dance and stage productions. He has also worked in film, television and radio.
Fight Choreographer – Cyrano
Sydney Schwindt is an actor, fight director, and teaching artist. Fight Director Credits: Romeo & Juliet (Davis Shakespeare Ensemble & UCDavis), Cyrano de Bergerac, Three Musketeers (DSE), Hamlet (SF Shakespeare Festival), Spell Eternity (Quantum Dragon Theatre), Margaret of Anjou (Those Women Productions), and others. Education: BFA Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre, SAFD, DAI, SF Clown Conservatory. www.sydney-schwindt.com
Costume Designer – Midsummer
Jonathan has designed several shows for Livermore Shakespeare Festival over the years including The Tempest, Pride and Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (revised). He has designed and taught at University of the Pacific, is a master tailor, and in addition to designing costumes is an interior designer. His MFA is from University of Minnesota and his BA from CSU Stanislaus.
Dramaturg – MidsummerStage Manager – Cyrano
This is Aubrey’s first season with Livermore Shakespeare and she could not be more excited. Most recently, Aubrey has been an actor, stage manager, and teaching artist for Sweet Wag Shakespeare, a touring company based out of Staunton, Virginia. While in Virginia she had the opportunity to perform at the world-famous Blackfriars Playhouse. She holds an MFA and an MLitt in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College, an MA in Teaching from Chapman University, and a BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz. More info at: www.remembertheporter.com
Playwright – Cyrano
Edmond Rostand was a French poet and dramatist in the 19th century. He is famous for romantic play, Cyrano de Bergerac. The first production in 1897 ran for more than 300 consecutive nights. Another of Rostand’s works, Les Romanesques, was adapted to the musical comedy, The Fantasticks. In 1902, Rostand, 33, became the youngest writer to be elected to the French Academy.
Playwright – Midsummer
Shakespeare is widely recognized as the greatest English-language playwright of all time. By the end of 1592, he was an established actor and playwright in London, eventually becoming part-owner of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and after 1603, the King’s Men. Shakespeare wrote at least the 36 plays published in the First Folio, as well as 154 sonnets and several long poems.