Meet The 2019 Company

Gordon Adams

Gordon Adams (Polonius, Hamlet) is in his fifth season with Camden Shakespeare Festival, having played Duncan in Macbeth, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, and Leonato in Much Ado, among other roles. This production of Hamlet is his 13th appearance in a Shakespeare play and his second Polonius. He has played Lear in King Lear (Bath, Maine) and Hamm in Endgame. He studied at Studio Theater Conservatory in Washington, DC and is an Equity Membership Candidate.

Angela Bonacasa

Angela Bonacasa (Fight Director) 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.

Anne Collins

Anne Collins (Costume Design, Taming of the Shrew) is thrilled to be designing her sixth season with the Shakespeare Festival. Prior shows together include; As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet and Othello. She also designed the acclaimed Ninshaba last year with The Ziggurat Theater and The Revolutionists for The Public Theater in Lewiston. She has designed for The Waterville Opera House and in NY was a designer for Lili Costumes and as part of the BOCES, Arts in Education program.

W Joseph Coté

W Joseph Coté (Baptista, Taming of the Shrew; Ghost, Hamlet) is new to the Festival. He enjoyed actor training with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Globe (San Diego), the American Repertory Theater (Boston) and Les Enfants du Paradis (Montreal). Past classic roles include Iago, Malvolio, Richard II, Parolles, Edgar, Don Armado, Jaques, Cyrano, Karenin and Vershinin. Joseph originated the title role in the play WALLENBERG before performing a solo version in Budapest, Krakow and at Auschwitz; the script was later adapted for the Richard Chamberlain film.

Thomas Daniels

Thomas Daniels (Hamlet, Hamlet; Grumio, Taming of the Shrew) is a NYC based actor who has previously been seen at the Camden Shakespeare Festival in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Other credits include The Metropolitan Playhouse and Theater for the New City in NYC, as well as regional credits at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Playhouse on Park, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Shakespeare by the River Festival and Jenny Wiley Theatre, MFA: Ohio University; www.thomasrdaniels.com. www.tantrumeast.com.

Paul Haley

Paul Haley (Claudius, Hamlet) is making his Camden Shakespeare debut. Recent projects include directing The Irish Curse for Good Theater, where he also performs often; interactive theater with Celebration Barn, Theater at Monmouth’s King Lear tour, and Stage Rage’s Waking Nightmare. He has acted with AIRE Theater, Mad Horse Theater Company, Portland Stage Company, Acorn Productions/Shakespeare Ensemble, Fenix Theatre Company and others. He’ll appear in Sense and Sensibility for Theater at Monmouth in September .

Peter Henderson

Peter Henderson (Vincentio), Taming of the Shrew) lives in Tenants Harbor with his wife Lynna. Now retired after a career in television news, he has returned to acting, appearing in CSF's production of Romeo and Juliet as Lord Montague, The Duke in Othello, and recently in a production of The Heartwood Theater Company in Damariscotta. Peter serves on the Harbor Committee in Tenants Harbor, hauls a few lobster traps as a non commercial fisherman, umpires baseball and softball, tends gardens and indulges four grandchildren.

Dana CW Legawiec

Dana Wieluns Legawiec (Director, Taming of the Shrew; Gertrude, Hamlet) 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, She is pursuing a Master of Education, Arts in Education at Harvard.

Stephen Legawiec

Stephen Legawiec (Artistic Director; Director) In his 30 years as an artistic director, Legawiec has personally supervised over 100 professional productions as well as directing over 75. 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 wrote and directed Red Thread, the Garland Award winner for Los Angeles Production of the Year.

Cora Maple Lindell

Cora Maple Lindell (Widow, Taming of the Shrew; Ensemble, Hamlet) is a dedicated actress who continues to thrive with each new production she experiences. Appearing in her fourth and fifth Camden Shakespeare Company productions, she is delighted to spend another summer performing under the stars and learning from her cast mates and Director Legawiec. Cora Maple has turned her focus to college, film school, and a robust career in theater and film. She will be moving to LA in the fall to further pursue her dreams. Above all, she is appreciative of her parents support of her craft, the arts, and creative expression.

Olivia Lodge

Olivia Lodge (Kate, Taming of the Shrew; Player Queen, Hamlet) is so excited to be a part of Camden Shakespeare Festival this summer! Credits include: Big Love, The Spanish Tragedy, Machinal, and her honors thesis That Art Thou for the International Universities Theatre Association in Colombia. BFA in Musical Theatre, Minor in Mathematics from LIU Post 2017. You can also see Olivia on the web series Naked Talk! So much thanks and gratitude for this opportunity. https://olivialodge.com & IG: @olivialodge

John Dalton Logan

John Dalton Logan (Hortensio, Taming of the Shrew; Rosencrantz, Hamlet) is a Maine native and recent graduate from the University of Maine with a Bachelor's Degree in Theater.This is his first time with Camden Shakespeare Festival and he is so grateful to join them! Recent credits: Cheswick in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Portland Players), Lion/Tortoise/Ant in Aesop's Guide to Friendship (TAM), Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher (TAM), Roland in Constellations (UMaine), Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia (Midcoast Actor's Studio).

Alexander MacAlpine

Alexander MacAlpine (Petruchio, Taming of the Shrew; Laertes, Hamlet) has played roles from Shakespeare to Mamet to Williams and more. Along with theatre, he works steadily in music production and composition for short films. He graduated recently from the Nebraska Wesleyan University BFA Actor Training program during which he also studied for a summer in New York City at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. A native of rural Nebraska, he now spends his time travelling the country between jobs and hobbies.

Jared Mongeau

Jared Mongeau (Tranio, Taming of the Shrew; Guildenstern, Hamlet) is a Portland-based actor. Jared is prop master for Good Theater and onstage A Comedy of Tenors, Curious Incident…, Homer Bound, The Irish Curse. Appeared Edmonton/Toronto/Vancouver Fringe with original clown-tragedy In the Trenches. Trained with Circus Smirkus, 500 Clown, former clown with Ringling Bros and Barnum & Baily. Graduate Dell’Arte International M.F.A. program, studied and trained traditional theater in Bali. Original tour Jane Doe in Wonderland. Education Artist with Portland Stage.

Kristina Skillin

Kristina Skillin (Costume Design, Hamlet)is excited to start her first year at the Camden Shakespeare Festival as the Costume Designer for Hamlet. During her 13+ years of theatrical design, her experience in costume includes community theater, off Broadway, feature length films, historic installations, Portland PEER award, and teaching costume concepts to young hopeful designers. Her most recent degree is an MSc from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in Archaeology which has only furthered her interest and love of historic clothing.

Emily Solo

Emily Solo (Bianca, Taming of the Shrew; Ophelia, Hamlet) has performed nationwide from A Christmas Carol at the Tony award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, to creating the role of Tommie in the world premiere of TESLA in Miami Beach. Her versatility as a performer is in demand from opera to musical theatre and plays. Recently: The Friendly Hour, TheatreMidwest (Effie); It’s A Wonderful Life, Iowa Stage (Mary); featured singer with Cirque du Nuit, DSM Fashion Week, and MTH at Crown Center. www.emilysolo.com

Nathan Sylvester

Nathan Sylvester (Gremio, Taming of the Shrew) is very excited to be joining the Camden Shakespeare Festival for their 2019 seasonAfter having played Antonio in Twelfth Night and Lodovico in Othello). Nathan is a recent graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington where he performed in shows like The Cripple of Inishmaan, Tempest, and I Hate Hamlet. Nathan now lives in Standish with his wife Madelyn. In his spare time, he enjoys working on screenplays, film projects, and spending time with his family.

Savannah Thibodeaux

Savannah Thibodeaux (Stage Manager) is originally from Louisiana and fresh off a year-long stint in Memphis as a member of Playhouse on the Square's Associate Company, where she stage-managed the season's shows at their Circuit Playhouse. She's also worked with the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, KY. Savannah is a proud graduate of Northwestern State University where she earned a Bachelor in Theatre with a concentration in Design/Tech. Favorite credits include: 1984 (POTS), Oliver! (JWT), and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (NSU).

Christian Tripp

Christian Tripp: (Lucentio, Taming of the Shrew; Horatio, Hamlet) Christian is making his first appearance with Camden Shakes and couldn’t be more grateful! Christian recently received his B.F.A in Acting from Emory & Henry college and currently is attending the University of Alabama to receive his MFA in theatre with a concentration in acting. Christian's previous credits include the Barter Theatre's summer stock 2017 season and the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival 2018/2019 season. https://www.christiantripp.com/

Steve Urkowitz

Steve Urkowitz (Dramaturg, Hamlet) 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.
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