Gordon Adams (Friar Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet; Leonato, Much Ado) is returning for his third season with the Shakespeare Festival; he has previously appeared in Macbeth (Duncan), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Egeus), The Tempest (Gonzalo), and Comedy of Errors (Egeon). In 2016 he played Lear in Shakespeare on the Kennebec’s production of King Lear in Bath; Ray in David Harrower’s Blackbird; Hamm in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, and Polonius in Hamlet, among other roles. He is an Equity Membership Candidate and lives in Brunswick, Maine
Victor Becker (Scenic Design, Romeo and Juliet) has recently designed CSF’s Comedy of Errors and Palm Beach Dramaworks’ The Cripple of Inishmaan, The History Boys, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He has designed at the Guthrie Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the National Theatre of the Deaf, Syracuse Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Atlanta's Alliance Theater, Indiana Rep, Missouri Rep, Portland Center Stage, and many others. Victor has also been a space-planner and an architect-wrangler for new museums and science centers.
Angela Bonacasa (Fight Director, Romeo and Juliet) is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat, and has worked across the country as a fight director and stage combat instructor. Choreography credits include productions of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac, Peter Pan, Macbeth, Mauritius, I Hate Hamlet, and Man of La Mancha, to name a few. She has created fights in theatres across Maine, including Theater at Monmouth, Penobscot Theatre Company, New Surry Theatre Company, and Midcoast Actors' Studio.
Nick Bryant (Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet; Don John, Much Ado) Hailing from Chicago, Nick is extremely excited to be making is Camden Shakespeare Festival debut this summer! Regional credits include Texas Shakespeare Festival, Oil Lamp Theatre, Interrobang Theatre Project, (re)discover theatre, Theatre Wit, Gorilla Tango Theater, Frank Farrell Productions and internationally with the Moscow Art Theatre. Nick holds a BFA from Northern Illinois University and a certificate from the Moscow Art Theatre School. Much love to Mom and Dad.
Anne Collins (Costume Design, Romeo and Juliet) is thrilled to embark on her fourth season for the Festival with Romeo and Juliet. Previously she designed As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest. She recently designed Ninshaba for the Ziggurat Theater and A Christmas Story for The Waterville Opera House. Before coming to Maine Ms. Collins worked for Lili Costumes and the BOCES Arts in Education Program in NY. Favorite design projects were Into the Woods, Yentl, and Our Town.
Al D'Andrea (Capulet, Romeo and Juliet) has spent many years acting in New York (such as Riverside Shakespeare) and Los Angeles (NYPD Blue and others), as well as writing and directing coast-to-coast for the theater. Al lives in Portland, Maine, where he is Artistic Director of Snowlion Repertory Company (www.snowlionrep.org). He teaches acting based on the techniques of the legendary Stella Adler and is a proud union member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. Love to Margit and Rana for the delightful journey!
Andrea Danforth (Stage Manager, Romeo and Juliet) is a senior theatre major with a dance minor at The University of Southern Maine. Her focus is in stage managing. This is her first show with the Camden Shakespeare Festival. A few of her previous shows include Dance USM as a dancer , The Language Archive at USM, The Addams Family at Midcoast Youth Theatre, and Stop Kiss with USM’s student-run group, Student Performing Artists, which she helped run as Secretary this past semester.
Thomas Daniels (Romeo, Romeo and Juliet; Claudio, Much Ado) New York: One Love (premiere); Ripper (premiere); Regional: A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Playhouse on Park) Sherlock Holmes (Lake Dillon Theatre Company), Death of a Salesman (Monomoy Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare by the River). Training: BFA (Marietta College), MFA (Ohio University) www.thomasrdaniels.com
Cora Maple Lindell
Cora Maple Lindell (Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet) is an aspiring young actress. This is her first production with Camden Shakespeare Company and has been in many Shakespeare productions including Midsummer's Night Dream, Comedy of Errors, and The Tempest. She hopes to become a professional actress and go to UC LA for film acting. She has also been involved with many shows at Camden Hills Regional High School over the past two years, her hobbies include running, swimming, theater, and cooking.
Cullan Hamilton (Peter, Romeo and Juliet) is a 16-year-old aspiring thespian. His acting career began years ago, putting on accents to annoy his little sister—a pastime he still enjoys. Since then, he has played numerous roles in local school productions, his favorite of which was Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. This is Cullan’s second year with Camden Shakespeare Festival. When not on stage, he enjoys writing poetry, performing card tricks, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Jake Hammond, (Balthazar, Romeo and Juliet) originally from Waterboro, Maine, is currently studying theatre at the University of Southern Maine. He has worked extensively both backstage and onstage within the Department of Theatre at USM, in such productions as: An Evening With Christopher Durang, As You Like It, The Language Archive, Our Town, Reefer Madness, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Jake most recently starred in the U.S. premiere of Thom Fitzgerald’s Cloudburst at The Footlights Theatre in Falmouth.
Clay Hawks (Dogberry, Much Ado) has acted in roles in the Midcoast Maine area for the last 15 years. The most recent being Bill Ray in "On Golden Pond" and Mitch in "A Streetcar Named Desire" with the Studio Theater of Bath and as Kent in the Shakespeare on the Kennebec production of "King Lear". He has appeared in scenes from "Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Farnsworth Museum and as Fabian in "Twelfth Night" with the Bath Shakespeare Festival.
Peter Henderson (Montague, Romeo and Juliet) With great excitement (and a small bit of terror), Peter returns to the stage after a break of nearly forty years. His college and community theater credits include roles in Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, so he’s particularly grateful to have this opportunity to wrestle once again with blank verse and a great character. Peter’s enjoying retirement in Tenants Harbor with his wife, Lynna…gardening, grandparenting, lobstering, and little league umpiring.
Morgan Hooper (Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; Don Pedro, Much Ado) Regional: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Long Island Shakespeare Festivals. Off-Broadway/NY: The Pearl Theatre Company, Classics on Tour, Hamlet Isn’t Dead, Fools and Kings, and Monk Parrots. Past roles: Hamlet, Brutus, Leontes, Richard II, Henry VI and King John. www.morganhooper.com
Savannah Irish (Margaret, Much Ado) studies theatre with a music minor at the University of Southern Maine. Previous main stage credits include Instructor in The Language Archive, Mrs. Webb in Our Town, and Cheryl Ann in Catch Me If You Can. Recently performed in a Student Performing Artists’ production of The Beautiful Dark as Dr. Nancy Weller. Last spring she completed a six month internship with The Walt Disney Company as a parades entertainment costumer at Magic Kingdom.
Sophie Jones (Juliet, Romeo and Juliet; Hero, Much Ado) is honored to join the Camden Shakespeare Festival, and thrilled beyond belief to bring to life two beloved classics this summer! Originally from the far-off land of Minnesota, Sophie graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include: Kate McGowan (Titanic), Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins), Antigone (Antigone), and Gretchen (Boeing Boeing). Special thanks to her family for all their support. Check out www.sophie-jones.com for more information.
Tessa Kingsley (Costume Design, Much Ado) has spent many years on the stage with both theater and dance and has enjoyed the opportunity to use her sewing and design skills to create original costumes for local theater. She is pleased to be a part of the Camden Shakespeare Festival and always enjoys the growth and collaboration with such consistently supportive and talented artists.
Dana Wieluns Legawiec
Dana Wieluns Legawiec (Beatrice, Much Ado) is an artist and educator with over two decades’ experience developing original, ensemble-based physical theatre with companies in Maine, Los Angeles and internationally. She is Co-Artistic Director of Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, Artistic Associate of the Bath and Camden Shakespeare Festivals, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine. A graduate of Princeton and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater, this fall she will attend Harvard to pursue a Master of Education, Arts in Education.
Stephen Legawiec (Artistic Director; Director, Romeo and Juliet) In his nearly 30 years as an artistic director, Legawiec has personally supervised over 100 professional productions as well as directing over 50. He has researched performance styles in Europe and Asia and is a member of the International School of Theatre Anthropology. He is the director of Bowdoinham’s Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, which explores the relevance of myth and ritual. In 2003, Legawiec directed Red Thread, the Garland Award winner for Los Angeles Production of the Year. In 2009, Legawiec traveled to Wroclaw, Poland as an artistic participant in the International Grotowski Festival.
River Lombardi (Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet) studied at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, as well as New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Performing as Lucy in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, in Scotland's Edinburgh Festival remains most memorable. Her recent role as Sally Talley in Talleys Follley, proved to be most rewarding. This role as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, will be her first Shakespearean experience. A dream come true!
Kelsey Michaud (Stage Manager, Much Ado) Kelsey is a Senior theatre major at the University of Southern Maine. Her previous stage managing credits at USM include; Bus Stop, An Evening with Christopher Durang, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Under Milk Wood, Dance USM, and most recently Molded by The Flow. Outside of USM she has stage managed the Pride Portland Launch Party and served as a Production Apprentice for Maine State Music Theatre's 2015 season. This is her first time working with the Camden Shakespeare Festival.
Kathleen Nation (Nurse, Romeo and Juliet) has been a member of the Ziggurat ensemble for the past 5 years recently touring Ninshaba in Canada and here in Camden with The Comedy of Errors. She is drama coach at Monmouth Middle School, director of Chizzle Wizzle at Cony High and active member of Mystery for Hire and Theater at Monmouth. She has trained from Maine to England to California and back. Thanks for the memories.
Elliot Nye (Sampson, Romeo and Juliet) is an actor and theatre artist based out of Portland, Maine and Yonkers, New York. He is currently studying theatre and comparative literature at Sarah Lawrence College. He will be spending next fall studying at the National Theater Institute in Waterbury, Connecticut. Recent credits include: Little Boy, Love Goat (Stage Rage), The Ballad of Daphnis and Chloe (Kerr and Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (Fenix Theatre), and Lady Windermere’s Fan (Downstage Theatre Company).
Jeri Pitcher (Director, Much Ado) is an Adjunct Theater Professor at the University of Maine at Augusta and the Director of the Theater Program at Snow Pond Arts Academy. Jeri moved to Central Maine to work as a company member at The Theater at Monmouth where she worked for 13 years as an actor, director, playwright, education coordinator, and eventually, Associate Artistic Director. Jeri is very happy to be directing for Bath/Camden Shakespeare this summer.
K. Prophett (Assistant Stage Manager, Much Ado) is thrilled to be working with Camden Shakespeare for the first time! Prophett would like to thank everyone involved in the production and for the people who gave their encouragement to continue pursuing the arts into high school, college, and life!
Mary Randall (Ursula, Much Ado) has been acting in southern and central Maine for a couple years after returning from Berlin, where she acted and directed with the Berlin English Drama Society. Notable roles include, Nancy in Oliver! with CLT, Cassius in Julius Caesar with Pie Man Theater Co. and most recently Susan Curtis in The Secretaries with Chimera Theatre Collective. She is pleased to be performing in Much Ado About Nothing with such a fantastic cast of actors.
Lindsey Reilly (Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet) is a 17-year-old rising senior at Camden Hills Regional High School. She is thrilled to be part of her first production with Camden Shakespeare Company. She has done theatre throughout her schooling career and plans to pursue it through college and onward!
Eliza Robinson (Ensemble, Romeo and Juliet) is 18 and is excited to be performing in her third Camden Shakespeare Festival! Eliza has performed with the Camden Shakespeare Company as Mustardsead, in A Midsumer Nights Dream, and as a Spirit in The Tempest! Eliza is an active member of her high school theater department and has especially loved being a part of the anual One Act competitions and the school musicals! Eliza will be attending college this fall and is excited to see what theater opportunities college brings!
Bella Shannon, (Assistant Stage Manager, Romeo and Juliet) started performing theater her own puppet show in the Bucksport Bay Festival in 2013. Since then, Bella has performed in Annie, Wind in the Willows, the Bucksport Children’s Theater Musical Review as well as technical support for the Bowdoinham Community School production.
Abi Sneathen (Prologue/Singer, Romeo and Juliet; Balthazar, Much Ado) is based in Atlanta, where she recently graduated from Aurora Theatre’s 2017 apprentice company. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Reinhardt University and previous credits include: The Bridges of Madison County, A New Brain, Grace For President (Rose), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drood), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), and The 25th…Spelling Bee (Olive). Much love to her family and her SnappCo fam. Enjoy the show! www.abisneathen.com. 2 Corinthians 9:8
David Troup (Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet; Benedick, Much Ado) is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase acting program and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. Among many roles, he performed Nick in Arthur Penn’s NYC revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and has either acted in or directed most of Camden’s Everyman Repertory Theatre’s productions, including the role of Rothko in Red, Vanya in Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike and that of Rick in their recent comedic adaptation of Casablanca.
Steve Urkowitz (Dramaturg) coaches professional and student actors and singers, over many years working on early and modern song lyrics and play texts in Latin, Hebrew, Old French, Middle English, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, several African languages and ancient Sanskrit. Retired from teaching Literature and Drama in New York City, he lives and bikes in Portland and Jefferson, Maine. Coincidentally he is directing Romeo and Juliet in Prague.
Jacob Valleroy (Paris, Romeo and Juliet; Borachio, Much Ado) is an alumnus from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) where he graduated with a Musical Theatre degree. Since then he has worked with Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and numerous Atlanta theaters. You can catch him this fall/winter on the national tour of A Christmas Carol, as Jacob Marley. Favorite roles include Enjolras in Les Mis, Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Clifford in Side Man and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Jessie U. Vander
Jessie Umu Vander, (Seacole. Much Ado) is a fourth year student at The University of Southern Maine. Her primary focus is directing, followed by acting. She has participated in Dance USM, a reading of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was part of the unusable in Molded by the Flow all at The University of Southern Maine. Jessie was adopted from Sierra Leone when she was very young. She grew up shuffling between Maine and Italy where she was exposed to theater since the age of two.
Collin Young (Conrad, Much Ado) is entering his senior year as a Theater Major at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Maine. Other recent roles include USM’s productions of Under Milkwood as a Narrator, Our Town as George, and As You Like It as Touchstone. This is his second appearance in the Camden Shakespeare Festival; his first being Snug the Joiner in 2015’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and he is very excited to be back!