Artistic Director, Romeo and Juliet Director. Brian is an actor, director, teacher, and acting coach based in New York City. He directs at the Juilliard School and serves on the acting faculties of the National Theater Institute (NTI) at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Playwrights Horizon’s Theater School at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. He has also taught and/or directed at the NYSF/Public Theater, Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program, Manhattanville College, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Yale University’s Dwight-Edgewood Project. Brian has a BFA from Boston University, an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and training from the British American Drama Academy (B.A.D.A.) at Oxford University. He is a proud member of the Actors Center and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.
Visiting Director, Pericles. Emily Mendelsohn is a Brooklyn-based theater director. Recent collaborators include Virginia Grise, PearlDamour, Kristina Wong, Caridad Svich, and Rachel Jendrzejewski. With artists from East Africa and the U.S., she staged Deborah Asiimwe's Cooking Oil, Erik Ehn's Maria Kizito, and is currently collaborating with Doreen Baingana on Salt, Sugar. She has directed at educational programs around the country including Fordham, Lewis and Clark, Pace, University of New Orleans, NYTW's Dartmouth Residency, and Vassar's Powerhouse Program where she also taught directing. Emily is a recipient of TCG's Global Connection In the Lab program and a Fulbright Fellowship to Uganda. MFA CalArts.
Community & Educational Outreach Director. Kelly is an actor, singer, dancer, and director who graduated in 2016 from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she focused on musical theater and Shakespeare as part of the New Studio on Broadway. Kelly was a member of SA@S’s inaugural ensemble (Outrageous Fortune) and first-ever Alumni Company. Kelly studied Shakespeare in Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She has also worked as a teacher’s assistant for first year voice classes at NYU.
Technical Director & Production Manager. Omri is a lighting and sound designer, technical director, production manager, carpenter, and rigger. Originally from Brooklyn, he studies at Vassar College as a drama and mathematic double major. He has worked with the Theater Department at Brooklyn Technical High School as well as Vassar’s Powerhouse Training Program, Drama Department, and student theater community. In his free time Omri likes to snowboard, sketch, play Xbox and volunteer at his local firehouse as an EMT.
Matthew R. Malone
Costume Designer. A second-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, Matthew's credits include Passion (Yale School of Drama); The Apple Tree (Yale Cabaret); Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Medea, Anna in the Tropics, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Wilderness of Mirrors, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Lizards... (Stella Adler Studios); Anything Goes (Little Theatre on the Square); Anne Boleyn (Calderwood Pavilion); Woyzeck, Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Cold Summer (Boston University); and Gods and Kings (The Other Mirror). Matthew holds a BFA in Costume Design from Boston University and has worked for John Kristiansen New York Inc., Glimmerglass Opera, and Boston Ballet.
Residential Coordinator. Brendan is the cook, maker, tuner and fixer for the Shaksepeare Academy at Stratford. He has been with SA@S for three years, and is excited to return for the 2018 season. He is a graduate of Purchase College, where he studied anthropology with a concentration in ethnomusicology. Besides ensuring things are running smoothly at the Academy, he can be found recording, knitting, bird watching or pursuing music pedagogy.
The Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford is a project of The Mighty Quinn Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to creating educational and theatrical experiences for the next generation of theater artists. To honor Quinn Rooney's passion for learning and love of theater, the Foundation provides creative opportunities for high school and college students. The example of Quinn Rooney's utmost joy, indefatigable generosity, and love for the fellowship of sharing theater with friends is at the heart of the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford's founding values. During the ensemble's time in Stratford, the Foundation provides local housing, social events, community outreach, and other support. It also awards the Quinn Rooney Shakespeare Scholarship, a need-based tuition award that helps students attend SA@S. The Foundation also supports additional artistic programming in Stratford.
Summer 2017 Masterclass Teachers:
Clown. Zachary Fine has taught clown workshops around the country for the Acting Company and for the graduate acting programs at the University of Tennessee and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, as well as in New York with The Studio and with the Scott Freeman Studio. He has also taught at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab Jr. and the 52nd Street Project as well as many festivals and theaters around the country. He was officially “trained and released” by Master Teacher Christopher Bayes. Zachary studied Clown and Commedia and assisted Bayes at Yale School of Drama and the Juilliard School. His solo clown show, Walled In, ran for a month long residency at IRT Theater in the fall of 2011.
Voice and Speech. Andrew Wade was Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) from 1990 - 2003. He is currently on the faculty at Juilliard and Director of Voice and Speech at the Public Theater. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 as Assistant Voice Director to Cicely Berry. He co-directed and devised with Cicely Berry Journey’s, Words, Words, Words, More Words and Lifespan, winning a Bronze Medal at the International Radio Festival in New York in 2000. He has a particular interest in exploring language practically, which he fulfills by working with youngsters, students, teachers, and academics. Andrew has traveled widely, lecturing, teaching, coaching, and working with acting companies and leading master classes around the world. Andrew was Verse Consultant on the film Shakespeare in Love. He also coached Courtney Love for the role of Lady Macbeth, which is currently in the making.
Singing. Anne Tofflemire was raised in Northern California, where she starred in the long running San Francisco productions of Side by Side by Sondheim and Rap Master Ronnie; there she was discovered by the Academy Award winning lyricist Sammy Cahn, with whom she toured nationally and internationally in his Sammy Cahn: Words and Music. Her other theatre credits include Peter Pan opposite Cathy Rigby, Maria in West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Mama Rose in Gypsy. A winner of the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, Anne has appeared in New York at Birdland, Firebird Café, Delmonico’s, the Cabaret Convention at Town Hall, and Eighty Eights, at the Plush Room in San Francisco, and at the Gardenia in Los Angeles. Her CD, Let’s Face the Music, was released by Harbinger Records. She teaches at the National Theater Institute, Neighborhood Music School, and Yale School of Drama as well as privately.
Lucid Body. Fay Simpson been the Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theatre since its creation in 1990. Informed by her work in the rehearsal room, the teaching studio and onstage over the last 20 years, Ms. Simpson has developed a unique physical training method for the actor called The Lucid Body. She taught at The Yale School of Drama, the New School’s Eugene Lang, Michael Howard Studios, The Studio/NY, Marymount Manhattan College, and at the Actor’s Center. She currently teaches this technique at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and privately at the Lucid Body House. Fay wrote The Lucid Body: A Guide for the Physical Actor, published in 2008 by Allworth Press. She has a two-year Lucid Body Teacher Training program now in place.
Voice. Ron Carlos is a New York City based voice, speech, and dialect coach and is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and the National Student Leadership Conference. Broadway: It's Only A Play, The Glass Menagerie. Off-Broadway: Sweat, Gently Down The Stream, Plenty, Party People, Privacy (The Public Theater); The Capables (Gym at Judson). Regional: Assassins, Seven Guitars, War (Yale Rep/World Premiere); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Misalliance, Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Glass Menagerie, The Lily's Revenge, The Snow Queen (American Repertory Theater). TV: Orange Is The New Black (Netflix); Madam Secretary (CBS); Power (STARZ); Unforgettable (CBS); Fringe (FOX). Film: Look Away. Ron has his MFA in Voice and Speech Pedagogy from The American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University and a BA in Theater Performance from Marymount Manhattan College.
Alexander Technique. Joan Frost has been involved in the field of movement for over 40 years, having received her B.A. in Theater Arts: Dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975 and subsequently her certification to teach the Alexander Technique from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in New York City in 1983. Joan has been on the faculty of ACA training teachers since 1984 and was Director of Teacher Certification there from 2001-2008. Over the past 30 years, in addition to maintaining a private practice in New York and Connecticut, Joan has taught the Alexander Technique in the Drama and Dance Divisions of The Juilliard School, at The New School, and at Sarah Lawrence College.
Movement (Droznin)/Ensemble Theater. Rachel is the Artistic Director of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neil Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She has been a faculty member at NTI since 1998 and is an alum of the NTI, NTI Advanced Directing, and Moscow Art Theatre Semesters. A 2006 Baryshnikov Fellow, she holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theater Writing Program and is the first American aspirant to Andrei Droznin, master teacher of movement at the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow, Russia. She is one of the few practitioners teaching his method of Russian movement in the U.S. She has been named as "One of 50 to Watch" by Dramatist Magazine, is a lyricist/librettist, and a former company member of the award-winning Stanislavsky Theater Studio and SYNETIC Theater in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she appeared in a short film written by Donna Di Novelli.
Ted van Griethuysen
Shakespeare Scene Study. A member of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s permanent acting company since 1987, Ted has appeared in more than 50 productions. He spent twenty-five years in New York, appearing on Broadway, and was recently seen on the West End in three one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. In 1968, he and his wife Rebecca Thompson founded the Opposites Company, based on the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel. He has taught acting privately in New York and at Columbia University, the University of South Carolina, and Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the recipient of seven Helen Hayes Awards, the Will Award, the Richard Bauer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Washington Theatre and in May 2017, he received the Hayes Tribute presented by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Stage Combat. A master teacher of Tai Chi Chuan, David has been teaching Tai Chi and stage combat at the National Theater Institute (NTI) since 1986. He has also taught at the Hartt School, Yale University, Wesleyan University, University of New Haven, Connecticut College, Gregory Abels Training Ensemble, Intar Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He was a founding member of NYC’s The Studio Company, associate director of Creative Arts In Education at the O’Neill, director of the Yah Ta Hey Native American Arts Festival, director for the Papermoon Productions Summer Workshop, and co-director of the Professional Actors Training Program of the Netherlands. He currently studies directly under Grandmaster Sun Yongtian in Beijing and is pursuing an MA degree in Integrative Health and Healing.