Whitney Andrews (Eris) is a Senior BFA Acting Major at the University of Connecticut. Her past roles include Sondra Janaleris in O Beautiful, Mrs. Dickson in Intimate Apparel, Ensemble in His Girl Friday, Dynamite in Hairspray, Vivienne in Legally Blonde, Soledad in Olives and Blood, and Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Gabriel Aprea (Myrmidon/Paris) is a senior BFA acting major at UCONN. Credits at UCONN include Olives and Blood, Be A Good Little Widow, Much Ado About Nothing, His Girl Friday, Romeo and Juliet, and Legally Blonde. Other regional credits include As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Connecticut Free Shakespeare), Chicago and The Curse of an Aching Heart (Hamden High School). Dance credits include 3 years of hip-hop and 1 year of tap. He is also a certified actor combatant of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Gabriel is excited to performing at Shakespeare & Company with this production of Thetis. Love and thanks go out to friends and family and Kristin Wold for the opportunity!
Margarita Blush (Aphrodite) was born and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. She holds a BFA degree in Acting for Puppet Theatre and an MFA degree in Directing for Puppet Theatre from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) in Sofia. Her most recent show, The Crane Wife (2011) won the Boulder International Fringe Festival Encore Award (2013) and will be performed at the National Festival of the Puppeteers of America in Storrs, CT, August 10-16, 2015. In 2013, Margarita joined the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut. www.MargaritaBlush.com
Marie Boyette (Psamathe) MFA, CMA is an Assistant Professor of Movement at the University of Connecticut as well as a resident movement coach and choreographer for CRT. Marie is an actor, dancer, aerialist, nationally ranked gymnast, and movement analyst. Some recent work includes: Mother Courage at Arena Stage (Movement Consultant), Three Musketeers at CRT (Choreographer), Big Love at CRT (Movement Coach/ Choreographer), Godspell at The Prizery (Choreographer), Grease at Theater VCU (Cha-Cha/ Fight Choreographer).
Julia Estrada (Thalia) is a Senior BFA Actor at UConn. Connecticut Repertory Theatre credits include: Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Serena in Legally Blonde, Cissy in Punk Rock, Ensemble in Gypsy, A Chorus Line, and O Beautiful. Other credits include: Peaseblossom (u/s Titania, Hippolyta) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Servant/Verona Citizen in Romeo and Juliet (Connecticut Free Shakespeare).
Maureen Freedman (Costume Design) has designed for text based performance, devised performance, puppetry opera and dance. Among her designs; In the US: Albert Herring (Uconn Opera), Dead Heavy Fantastic, Intimate Apparel (NAPAT Award for Design Excellence, SILV Award for Excellence in Scenic Design) and Hairspray (all for the Connecticut Rep. Theatre) and headdress design for Gianni Schicchi (Wendy Toucher Opera Dance Theatre Company). In England: Wolves at the Window (Arcola Theatre and Britts Off-Broadway at 59 E59 Theatres NYC), Feral (Royal National Theatre Studio and Wimbledon Theatre Studio), Corpse! (Queens Theatre), Medea Triptych and I Hate the Way I Love you (both at the Place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Shaw Theatre) and Dottie Lottie (Jermyn Street Theatre). In Israel: Herzel (Itim Ensemble, Rina Yerushalmi), No Bird Shall Know (Israel Festival), The Boat is Sinking (Tsavta Theatre. Golden Hedgehog Award for Best Costume Design), The House by the Lake (Acco Festival for Alternative Theatre, Best Design Award), Play it Again Sam and Traitor (both for the Be’er Sheva Theatre), Fat Pig, I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (both for the Goodman Theatre Be’er Sheva). Maureen was part of Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company’s Emerging Young Professional’s Program and a Linbury Prize finalist in England. She trained in set and costume design earning a BA (Hons) from the Wimbledon School of Art in London, and gained advanced training in costume design and construction receiving her MFA from the University of Connecticut.
John Hadden (Nereus) makes his living bringing stories to life in theaters, outdoor sites and school gyms. He was a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, cofounder at Counterpoint Theater, artistic director at Hubbard Hall and associate artist with We Players. His writing has been seen in places like LaMaMa ETC, PS 122, EST and The Good Ear Review—the latest was The Long Run, which played last month at the Mount (Wharton Salon). Travels with a Masked Man, a memoir/dialogue with his father, is due out this fall. More at johnlhadden.com. He is happy to be dancing with Kristin Wold & Co.
Stephanie Hedges (Hera) Stephanie’s credits include Shakespeare & Company: The Tempest (Juno) and The Learned Ladies (Ariste). Mixed Company: Indian Blood (Jane) directed by Kristin Wold, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Kate), The Typewriter Plays (Adrianna) written and directed by Joan Ackermann, and Table Manners (Ruth). She is grateful for a lot, including living and working in the Berkshires year-round. Stephanie studied acting at Cornell University.
Erika Johnson (Lighting Design) recently graduated with a BFA in lighting and projection design from the University of Connecticut. She received the Hemsley Lighting Internship, spending the last 6 months working as a lighting design assistant for the Lincoln Center Festival, San Francisco Opera, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey Dance. Previous lighting design work includes Scapin (NYC’s Theatre Row), Big Love (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), As You Like It (Connecticut College). Projection design work includes Legally Blonde (Connecticut Rep), Dead Heavy Fantastic (Connecticut Rep).
John Manning is a senior BFA acting major at the University of Connecticut. Connecticut Repertory Theater productions include: Cloud 9 (Clive/Cathy), Legally Blonde (Elle’s Dad), Much Ado About Nothing (George Seacole), Punk Rock (Chadwick), and Romeo and Juliet (Peter). Other Productions: at the Greater Lowell Music Theater Fiddler on the Roof starring Eddie Mekka (Perchik) and Chicago (M.C.). At the Inman Square Lilly Pad staged reading Tell Me A Beautiful Lie (Oleksander). Voice Over Work: At the Bridge Sound and Stage, Original Cast Recording Tell Me A Beautiful Lie (Oleksander), Rick Beyer Audio Tour (British Soldier).
Josh Aaron McCabe (Peleus) has been a member of Shakespeare & Company since 2006, last seen at S&Co this past summer in Dibble Dance and playing Josh/Various in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other S&Co roles include: Eilif, Mother Courage and Her Children; Sir Nathaniel & Berowne, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Clown in The 39 Steps, Gene in Parasite Drag, Sherlock Holmes (and others!) in The Hound of the Baskervilles; Oliver in As You Like It, Pierson in War of the Worlds; Nicodemus/ Lady Enid in The Mystery of Irma Vep; Birdboot in The Real Inspector Hound; Camillo in The Winters Tale; Catesby in Richard III; Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Host of the Garter in Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth in the New England Tour and Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World. Josh performed Off-Broadway playing the role of Mike in the New York Times critically acclaimed Peep Show at Actor’s Playhouse. Regional theatres include Madison Repertory Theatre, Forward Theater, Milwaukee’s Chamber Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks, including the world premiere of A Thousand Words portraying Walker Evans. He has appeared in national commercials, various daytime serials and Saturday Night Live. He is proud to be a part of S&Co’s Education Dept., directing Shakespeare projects in various schools, Fall Festivals of Shakespeare, Young Company, and Shakespeare in the Courts. Josh received his MFA in Acting from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a member of AEA & SAG- AFTRA
Susannah Millonzi (Thetis) is an actor/dancer/choreographer. New York: Aquila Theatre Co./Classic Stage Co.: Prometheus Bound; Clubbed Thumb/Ohio Theater: Pageant; Aquila Theatre Co.: The Iliad. Regional: Shakespeare & Co.: Romeo and Juliet, King John, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors. Seattle Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night, Electra (Footlight Award: Best Actor); Georgia Shakespeare Festival: Julius Caesar, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, All’s Well That Ends Well; Orlando Shakespeare Theater: As You Like It; Elm Shakespeare Company: As You Like It, The Three Musketeers; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Boston Theatre Works: The Tempest. B.A. in Theatre Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University.
Jim Nutter (Poseidon) Since 1987 Jim has performed in two dozen or more plays, dances and assorted theatrical endeavors with Kristin Wold at StageWest, Shakespeare & Company, DibbleDance and even one radio play (which, oddly enough, did have some dancing in it). He is very happy to be directed by her for the first time and to be taking part in THETIS.
Tori Rhoades is delighted to be performing for Kristin on this project, and with this terrific group of performers. She recently directed Romeo & Juliet for Shakespeare & Company’s Conservatory Program, and has directed in many different educational settings, as well as an Assistant Director and Movement Director in the professional theatre. Tori is a teacher of Movement and Acting in Shakespeare & Company’s Actor Training Program, and teaches, when time permits, for S&Co’s Education Program, where she first began as a director and teacher in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. She has created performing arts curricula rooted in S&Co’s Education teaching pedagogy, and she continues to develop teaching methodologies based upon her work at Shakespeare & Company integrated with the relational psychology work of Carol Gilligan. Victoria’s work is rooted in the ways our human relationships and creative selves are affected by cultural messages of gender, and their effects on our bodies and voices. She holds a BS in acting from Northwestern University; an MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, specializing in documenting Shakespeare & Company’s teaching methods and their impact on the emotional well-being of adolescent girls. She holds a PhD From NYU’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Victoria originally trained as a ballet dancer many years ago; injuries halted her work as a dancer until she met choreographer and teacher, Susan Dibble, with whom she discovered a way to move with joy, yet without further injury. She has performed for Susan Dibble on multiple occasions. As an actor, Victoria has worked in regional theatre, feature film and television commercials. Favorite roles include: Rosalind in AYLI; The Governess in The Turn of the Screw; Carol in Oleanna; and Charity Royall in Edith Wharton’s Summer with Shakespeare & Company.
THOMAS L. RINDGE (Zeus) Production Manager – 5th season at Shakespeare & Company. Acting – S&Co: PM in Accomplice, Willoughby/Surrey in Richard II, Alonso in The Tempest, Duke of Venice, Othello ; Regional: Berkshire Theater Festival – No Mercy (J. Robert Oppenheimer), The Hasty Heart (Col. Cobwebs); East Lynne Co. – Thomas Jefferson (touring one man). TV: The Guiding Light, CBS (McLaughton). Film: Mass Illusions/Warner Bothers – The Matrix (Proj. Manager and test A.D. for the Oscar winning Bullet-time Effect). Directing: Berkshire Opera (L’Oca Del Cairo, Albert Herring), Opera Classics of NJ (La Boheme). Tom is a direct descendant of the Booth family, the renowned Shakespearians Junius, Edwin and alas John Wilkes.
Alexander Sovronsky (Composer/Sound Designer) – As an actor/musician/composer, Alexander’s credits include the 2007/2008 Broadway production of CYRANO DE BERGERAC starring Kevin Kline, Off-Broadway credits include productions at The Public/NYSF, Theatre For A New Audience, The Atlantic Theater Co, Red Bull Theater Co, and The Classical Theatre Of Harlem. Regional & International credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Actors Shakespeare Project, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Wharton Salon, Teatro Franco Parenti (Milan, Italy), and 6 seasons with Shakespeare & Company. He lives in the Berkshires with his wife and teaches workshops on the dramatic function of sound and music in Shakespeare’s plays. www.AlexanderSovronsky.com
Kristin Wold (Director) was most recently seen acting in Shakespeare & Company’s critically acclaimed shows, Shakespeare’s Will and Julius Caesar last summer. In the one-woman show Shakespeare’s Will, directed by Daniela Varon, she played Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s enigmatic wife. In Julius Caesar, the ‘bare Bard’ production directed by Tina Packer, she played Portia, Calpurnia, Lucius, Metellus Cimber and Pindarus. A long-time resident of the Berkshires, Wold played Ariel in two Shakespeare & Company productions of The Tempest, first with Michael Hammond as Prospero in 2001 and again with Olympia Dukakis as Prospera in 2012. In King Lear she was Regan opposite Dennis Krausnick in 2012 and Cordelia opposite Jonathan Epstein in 2003. Other performances with Shakespeare & Company include The Memory of Water (Teresa), Sea Marks (Timothea), Othello (Emilia), Ice Glen (Sarah), Twelfth Night (Viola), Measure for Measure (Isabella), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Berkeley Square (Helen). Acting roles with Connecticut Repertory Theatre include All in the Timing (Dawn, Edna), Lovers and Executioners (Julie) and Arcadia (Hannah). Wold’s directing credits include Punk Rock, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution, Judevine, Brutality of Fact and Loose Knit (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) and Indian Blood (Mixed Company in Great Barrington, MA). She teaches acting and movement for Shakespeare & Company’s professional actor training programs and in the BFA and MFA Acting programs at the University of Connecticut. Wold studied acting at Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, Florida State University and with Tadashi Suzuki in Japan.