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Emily Jordan as Thaisa in
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Kristin Clippard as Adrianna and Stephen Massott as Antipholus in
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(L to R) Michael Abts as
Sir Toby and Jeremy Vik
as Sir Andrew in the
Shakespeare On Tour production of Twelfth Night

Sofia Ahmad Sofia Ahmad is excited to once again share the love of the Bard with the kids of the Bay! Ths summer she will be managing the June 10 sessions in San Francisco. Previously with SF Shakes: teaching artist/manager for Camps & Midnight Shakes and actor for Shakespeare in the Park (Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors & Hero in Much Ado About Nothing) and Shakespeare on Tour (Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet). She also has served as a teaching artist for Theatreworks, Word for Word, Piedmont Park and Rec and The San Francisco School and as an actor for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Jose Stage, Shotgun Players & Golden Thread. Sofia is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Monica Ammerman is totally jazzed to be spending her summer geeking out on Shakespeare with SF Shakes and the amazing kids of the Bay Area. She's a graduate of UC Davis where she received her BA in Theater and Political Science. In addition to acting, she is a teaching artist and youth director with Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy and Saint Vincent de Paul Grammar School where she has directed and AD'd productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan, Jr., Alice in Wonderland, Jr., and Please Silence Your Cell Phones. Recent acting credits include: The Birthday Party (Dragon Theatre Productions), Antigonick (Scatterstate), The Matchmaker (Role Player's Ensemble). You can see her this August in No Nude Men's production of Pleiades

Jessica Bates - Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Jessica Bates is an actress, singer-songwriter, teacher and choreo-grapher. She has been performing and teaching professionally for twenty years. She trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. While abroad, she performed with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. In America she has worked with esteemed choreographer Martha Clarke and played lead roles in two National Tours in addition to performing with many Regional Theatres across the country. Three years ago, she helped to spearhead a new educational outreach program called Primary Shakespeare in NY, which introduces elementary school students to the wonders of Shakespeare. Since relocating to the Bay Area a year ago, she he has worked as a teaching artist with SFartsED, LEAP and Word for Word and performed with Capital Stage, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.  She is thrilled to be part of the tremendous SF Shakes team and looking forward to the adventures that lay ahead in the coming summer!

Laura Jane Bailey is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Theatre Bay Area. Bay Area productions include: Equus (Boxcar Theatre); Enchanted April & Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (Bus Barn Theatre); Fat Pig (City Lights); Juan Gillion Dances For The Sun (Crowded Fire); Bad Dates, The Memory Of Water, Smell Of The Kill, Cloud 9, For The Love Of A Pig (Dragon); Nicky Goes Goth (Impact); Snakepit (Theatre Q). Other companies she has worked with include TheatreFirst, The Playwrights Center, A Travelling Jewish Theatre and Theatreworks. Chicago productions include: The Cider House Rules directed by David Cromer, The American Dream, Raised in Captivity, I Am Yours, and Tattoo Girl.  She was the Artistic Director of cobalt ensemble theatre, where they offered a Shakespeare Camp and Greek Theatre Camp for Middle School children. She was also a Meisner technique teacher at The Actors’ Center of Chicago. LJ was nominated for Best Actress at the Midwest Film Festival for the feature film Repetition.

Allison Blackwell - Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Allison Blackwell is very happy to be teaching with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival! She is a graduate of Tulane University's BFA Acting program and holds an Associate's degree in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies. Favorite roles include Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Murphys Creek Theatre Company), Guide in Sam I Am: A Processional of Short Plays and Prose by Samuel Beckett (Performers Under Stress),  Hippolita in 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Bigger Than A Breadbox Theatre Company), and Yelena in Uncle Vanya (Powerhouse Theatre, NY). She is a proud member of the Bay Area's all female, all funny sketch comedy troupe Femikaze. Allison is currently obtaining her Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Deaf & Hard of Hearing and is looking forward to bringing the Theatre Arts to kids with special needs!

Lauren Bloom, BASC teaching artist
Lauren Bloom is an Education Program Manager at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, where she manages the Residency and Midnight Shakespeare programs.  She received her MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Lauren has been a teaching artist for several schools and theatre companies throughout the Bay Area, as well as with the Shakespeare Society in New York.  She has performed with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Actor's Company Theatre, Columbia Stages, Just Theater, Capital Stage and TheatreFIRST.  Lauren is chair of the Union Women Actors Coalition, a group dedicated to the support, advocacy and showcasing of female members of Actors Equity.
William J Brown III, BASC teaching artist
William J. Brown is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival, and a proud member of the SF Shakes Resident Teacher Company.  He has performed Shakespeare all over the Bay Area as well internationally. He can next be seen as Valentine in Jewel Theatre Company's production of Arcadia this September and in the English language premier of A Message with the Arabian Shakespeare Festival in October. As a teacher he has taught for Santa Clara University, United Arab Emirates University, San Jose State University, SF Shakes, CalShakes, TheatreWorks, AMT SJ, California Theatre Center, Peninsula Youth Theatre, St. James School, Summitt High School and  Herbert Hoover Middle School.
Mariah Castle, BASC teaching artist
Mariah Castle is proud to be a Resident Teaching Artist with SF Shakes. During the school year she is the drama teacher at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley. She also teaches after school classes with the Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company. Bay Area acting work includes: Shakespeare On Tour productions of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet; Tony n' Tina's Wedding, Where the Sidewalk Ends with Boxcar Theatre Company, The Wedding Singer with the Willows Theatre Company, and a pocket full of commercial work.
Michael Truman Cavanaugh is an Idaho native. Michael received his BFA in Stage Management at the University of Utah. He studied Bunraku in Japan with the Tonda Troupe. Then he received his Masters in Puppetry Arts from the University of Connecticut. Afterwards he trained at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.  He is a founding member of the AlulA Ensemble and a Resident Teaching Artist with SF Shakes.  Michael is a member of Actors' Equity Association, UNIMA-USA, and the Puppeteers of America,
Kristin Clippard  - Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Kristin Clippard has worked as a theatre artist across the U.S. She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Iowa and a BFA in acting from Wright State University. She has trained with Shakespeare & Company, the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the National Conservatory Theatre, foolsFury and the SITI Company. Kristin has toured her original one-person show, developed new plays on both coasts, trained dozens of teaching artists and created theatre with at-risk populations. She has worked for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival in various capacities for nine years!

Sarah Shoshana David, BASC teaching artist

Sarah Shoshana David's work ranges from Shakespeare through contemporary drama to musicals, film and aerial dance. She appeared as a principle opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s major motion picture with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Sarah won critical praise as Tibby in the West Coast premiere of Regrets Only, with New Conservatory Theatre.  Other credits include Halie in Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (Arty nomination for Best Actress), Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Ellen in Jewish Roots by Emmy-winning Ellen Sandler of Everyone Loves Raymond; Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adriana in Comedy of Errors and Charlotte in Durang's Beyond Therapy. Sarah was originally trained as a dancer and worked in the US and abroad in ballet and modern dance productions. She is a voiceover artist and member of the creative staff of Antenna Theater, where she helped to create Magic Bus. Teaching Shakespeare to children is a highlight of the year for Sarah and a source of perennial joy and inspiration!

Livia Demarchi is thrilled to be back teaching Shakespeare summer Camps; this will mark her third year. She has also been a Shakespeare On Tour actor in Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet and understudied several roles in Comedy of Errors. Livia has performed as an actor with several local companies and in her native country of Brazil where she attended the Macunaima Conservatory of Theatre. Shakespeare roles include: Desdemona in Othello with Ninjaz of Drama and Macunaima Theatre in Brazil; Titania/Hyppolita in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tybalt/Lady Cap in Romeo and Juliet; Gertrude/Marcellus in Hamlet and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is proud to be bringing Shakespeare’s timeless works into the lives of children and hopes to inspire them with the words from the bard.

Michelle Drexler

Michelle Drexler is thrilled to be working as a teaching artist with SF Shakes! Past teaching and directing credits include assistant directing Macbeth and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Lowell High School and teaching various classes in Shakespeare and Musical Theatre for Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival and Alabama Shakespeare Festival's summer camps.  As an actress, Michelle is currently the Alternate for Julius Caesar on the SF Shakes tour of Julius Caesar!  Regionally, she has performed with SF Playhouse, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, 42nd Street Moon and OpenTab Productions.  Coming up, she will be playing Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Berkeley Playhouse and Lucinda in Into the Woods at SF Playhouse. Emerson College: BFA Acting.  Michelle is a proud native of San Francisco.

Leticia Duarte, BASC teaching artist
Leticia Duarte is delighted to be returning to Bay Area Shakespeare Camps this summer! She holds a B.A. from UCLA and an M.A. in Educational Research and a CA multiple subject degree, and was a Titan 2010 finalist for Theatre Bay Area. She performed in the SF Shakes 2009-10 touring production of Hamlet, and their 2010-11 tour of The Tempest. Ms. Duarte has also worked with Teatro Vision, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Woman’s Will, Cuttingball Theatre, Douglas Morrison Little Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre & Willows Theatre Company. She also enjoys acting in the world of commercials, industrials and voice-overs. She gives you her most heartfelt thanks for supporting live theatre!
Jacquie Duckworth - Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Jacquie Duckworth is delighted to teach Shakespeare this summer with SF Shakes. As a performer and educator Jacquie toured schools throughout the state bringing history to life with Live Oakes Educational Theater’s Complete Condensed History of California and Coyote Tales.  As a guest lecturer at City College of San Francisco and for Girl’s Evolve, an organization dedicated to building confidence and self esteem in teen girls, she taught improvisational theater, creative thinking, and team collaboration .She studied Shakespeare at Cal Shakes and Berkeley Rep and most recently performed the role of King Edward in Actor Ensemble’s staged reading of Henry VI, Part III. Jacquie has performed extensively on stage throughout the Bay Area and has appeared in commercials, on television, and in numerous voice-over spots.

Beth Fatum - Shakespeare Camp manager

Elizabeth Fatum is a playwright, director, actor, designer and educator who takes “All the world’s a stage” to heart, working with theater as a vehicle to bring forward ideas and topics that would otherwise not be seen. BA in Technical Theater and Performance from Bates College (ME); Lighting Designer/Stage Manager/Master Electrician and Interim Technical Director; Harwich Junior Theater (MA): Teacher, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Stage Manager. Portland Stage Company (ME); Electrics/Sound Intern. Pacifica Spindrift Players (CA); Lighting Design. Contract Lighting Designer/Technical Theater Teacher for Cappuchino High School for The Crucible You Can’t Take It With You; Director and Designer for The Good Doctor and On the Razzle. Thanks to Bay Area Shakespeare Camp for a fabulous summer and to the amazing Teaching Artists and students she has had the pleasure to work with.

Sean Garahan, Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Sean Garahan is a San Francisco transplant from Boston where he received a BA in Theatre from Emerson College. Working in all aspects of theatre from technical work at Cal Performances in Berkeley, to House Management back in Boston, to his true passions of acting and teaching - he has covered much of the theatre spectrum. With professional credits with companies like the Actor's Shakespeare Project and Centastage, he is thrilled to continue working with the prestigious San Francisco Shakespeare Festival having performed in Free Shakespearea in the Park's Henry V last summer! A theatre lover all his life, Sean feels a particular affinity for Shakespeare, his words, characters, and the magical tales he weaves.

Suzanne Halka, Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Suzanne Halka is excited to share her love of the Bard with youth this summer! Since childhood, she has been on stage as a ballet dancer, actor, or director.  Most recently, she has directed several youth productions (Backstage, Color Me Something, Sam and Licorice, and The Silent Voice) for her hometown of Lynchburg, VA's Parks and Recreation Department. She also co-wrote the latter three as a part of her co-founded DIY Theatre program, which teaches youth to write and perform their own scripts.  She last appeared in Randolph College's production of The Visit, and loves debuting her creative work at No Shame Theatre.

Cark Holvick-Thomas, Bay Area Shakespeare Camp manager

Carl Holvick-Thomas is the Education Director and a Resident Artist with SF Shakes. He played the title role in Shakespeare on Tour's Hamlet and Arviragus in Cymbeline (2011, Free Shakespeare in the Park). Carl has also performed for the Shotgun Players, San Jose Stage, Pacific Repertory, Cutting Ball, Playwright's Foundation, Word for Word, Marin Shakespeare Company, and Impact. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Theater Department.

Anna Ishida is happy to return as a teaching artist to SF Shakes! A Bay Area native, Anna has performed locally with Impact Theatre, The Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre, Woman's Will, Berkeley Play-house, The Lamplighters, and not-so-locally with Pacific Repertory Theatre, PCPA Theatrefest, and the Western Stage. She played Adriana in San Francisco Shakespeare's 2009 Free Shakespeare in the Park of The Comedy of Errors. She has toured regionally and internationally with Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (original premiere 2008 at the Shotgun Players) in NYC, Boston, Montreal, Ireland and Scotland. Anna was born in Tokyo and raised in the "Nickel-Dime" (East Bay, CA). She stars in local filmmaker, HP Mendoza's newest feature I Am a Ghost which is currently touring the independent film circuit. Anna is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Mills College (English BA), and completed the 30th Annual Shakespeare & Company Month-Long Intensive training program in Lenox, MA. She is currently an instructor at the San Francisco Academy of Art University's Motion Picture Television department.
Rachell Jacobs, Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Rachel L. Jacobs is pleased to be returning again to teach with SF Shakes this summer. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Theater then began a tour in Hong Kong as a musical theater actress and voice artist for various TV shows, movies, and animes. Since returning to the Bay Area Rachel has been touring the west coast with California Theatre Center in shows such as Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte), Rumpelstiltskin (Rumpelstiltskin) and Sleeping Beauty (Beauty).  Her first YA audiobook was recently released on iTunes and

Emily Jordan, BASC teaching artist

Emily Jordan is a transplant from Shakespeare’s homeland but she’s been a feature of the San Francisco theatre scene for several years. She is proud to be a resident teaching artist with the company and to be celebrating her eighth year with the camps.  During the school year she teaches at a high-school and also works at a children’s hospital leading drama-as-therapy sessions. Emily played Lady Macbeth in the 2013 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth. She’s also appeared in SF Shakes productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), Pericles (Thaisa/Diana), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Silvia) and Cymbeline (Innogen).

Vivian Kane, a Bay Area native, is very excited to be working with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival again. She played the role of Juliet in their touring production of Romeo & Juliet. Other favorite roles have included Julie/Juliet/Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet(ish) (Nevada Shakespeare Company), Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (SFSU), Adriana in The Comedy of Errors (Harbor Theater), Mary Warren in The Crucible (Hillbarn Theater), and Emily in Our Town (Ross Valley Players). In 2007 she graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Theatre and Women Studies.
Becky Kemper, BASC teaching artist Becky Kemper is an actor, director, scholar and teacher enjoying her 2nd season with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as Director of Training and Outreach.  Prior to moving to the Bay Area, she served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, an equity theater company she founded in 1999.  She holds a BFA from NYU, an MLITT in Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature, and an MFA in Directing from the American Shakespeare Center. She is a classical text teacher at Shakespeare & Co. in Lennox, MA, and has begun training as a Linklater Voice teacher.  She has served as the Artistic Director of the Metawhateverphor Theater in NYC, the Director of Education for Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and the chair of the Artistic Council for the Shakespeare Theater Association.  She has presented her research into Shakespeare’s dramatic use of rhetoric at numerous national conferences and theatrical workshops across the country, as well as having her scholarship published in the online journal, Shakespeare Criticism.  
Anne Yumi Kobori

Anne Yumi Kobori is an actor, director, costume designer, and playwright. She is thrilled to be returning to SF Shakes as a teaching artist for her fourth year. Anne studied theatre for two years at Sarah Lawrence College in NY, and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Theatre at Santa Clara University. Favorite roles include Queen Anne in The Three Musketeers, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Helga in Cabaret, and Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries. She also performed in Miss Saigon with Palo Alto Players. Her play, Always Eden, premiered at the Fess Parker Studio Theatre in Santa Clara.

Jennifer Le Blanc, Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Jennifer Le Blanc is very pleased to be a Resident Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She's also performed with SF Shakes in Free Shakespeare in the Park. As an actress, she's also worked with the Livermore, Marin, Napa Valley, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festivals and is an associate artist with the Arabian Shakespeare Festival.

Amy Lizardo
Amy Lizardo is a Bay Area actor, singer and teaching artist, her recent acting credits include: Host in Merry Wives of Windsor at African American Shakes, Yitzack in Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Boxcar Theatre, and multiple roles in A Midsummer Nights Dream with both Marin Shakespeare and SF Shakes. Amy received her Masters degree in Theatre from San Jose State University in 2010 and has been working in the Bay Area ever since.  She can be seen as Tranio is SF Shakes Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew this summer.

Rebecca Longworth is a San-Francisco-based director, designer and performer. She's thrilled to return to Shakespeare Camp after a couple years away. Recent directing credits include Buried Child and A Streetcar Named Desire at Boxcar Theatre; Lips Together, Teeth Apart and …And Baby Makes Seven for Theatre Q; Gorgeous for NCTC’s YouthAware! Program; Cuckoo and 4:48 Psychosis for Jump! Theatre, and a scene from Merchant of Venice for SF Shakes’ Shakespeare In The Parklet series. As a performer, she appeared in Hamlet on Alcatraz, The Odyssey performed underway aboard the schooner Alma, and The Odyssey on Angel Island with We Players; and Within The Wheel at Live Oak Park in Berkeley with Ragged Wing Ensemble. Rebecca is also an animator, and has designed video for After Ashley at The Dragon Theatre, Good Goods and Sticky Time with Crowded Fire, Precious Little at Shotgun Players, and many of the shows she has directed. Her days are spent creating animation and motion graphics for Truc Designs, Inc.

Caitlyn Louchard is so excited to return to Shakespeare Camp this summer! A Bay Area native, she has worked with SF Shakes in various capacities over the past four years—as an alternate on the school tour of Romeo and Juliet, and as a teaching artist for both Players Camp and Upstart Crows. She took last summer off from teaching to play Pisanio in Free Shakespeare in the Park's Cymbeline, and is so beyond thrilled to return. As an actor, Caitlyn appeared most recently in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia: Voyage at Shotgun Players, and is currently developing her solo show Mudlark. This fall she will be acting in the Strindberg Cycle at Cutting Ball, where she is an associate artist. Caitlyn also teaches after school theatre in Berkeley Public Schools. She holds a BFA in acting from NYU Tisch / Atlantic Theater Company. See you at camp!!

Phil Lowery, BASC teaching artist
Phil Lowery has been a teaching artist with Bay Area Shakespeare Camps since 2007, and in the 2011/12 season, he played Macbeth in the SF Shakespeare Festival tour.  This summer he'll be at the Upstart Crows session starting July 8 at San Mateo's Odyssey School. In June every year, he coaches dialogue for the Gilbert & Sullivan scenes program at the SF Conservatory of Music.  During the school year, he teaches Middle School Theatre at Children’s Day School in San Francisco, and at every other available hour he free-lances as a stage director, actor or production manager for companies like Lamplighters Music Theatre.
Rebecca Martin - Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Rebecca Martin is a director, drama instructor and curriculum developer for youth theatre; she performs as a voice over artist and stage actress. Bay Area credits include Marin Theater Company, Magic Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, Fools Fury, West County Reparatory and Sixth St. Playhouse. She is a member of Stars Agency. Rebecca received her MFA from The National Theater Conservatory at the Denver Center and is a proud member of AEA. Favorite roles at The Denver Center include Ethel in The Voysey InheritanceA Prayer for Owen Meany, and the World Premiere of Eventide. She is a graduate of Middlebury College.

Maggie Mason - Shakespeare Camp teaching artist Maggie Mason is delighted to be teaching with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival this summer. She was the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Stanford Shakespeare Society, where she began directing as well as teaching Shakespeare. Favorite shows she directed were Twelfth Night, Richard III, and Romeo and Juliet. As an actor, Maggie performed for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival last summer as Katherine and the Boy in Henry V. Other Bay Area theatres include Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, SF Playhouse, San Jose Stage, Central Works, TheatreFIRST, Center Rep, Pacific Rep, SF Mime Troupe, 3Girls Theatre, and the Pear Avenue Theatre.
Stepehn Massott, BASC teaching artist
Stephen Massott is enjoying his eighth Summer as Resident Teaching Artist for the Festival! He received his MFA in Acting from the Hilberry Repertory Theatre (Detroit), and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre. He has been performing Shakespeare since his career started, and perforrmed in Carmel for Pacific Repertory Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night. Steve thanks the Share-Sapolskys for welcoming him into their home; Rebecca Ennals for everything, and most of all, he shares,  “Thank You to all the students for opening their hearts, taking all the risks, and sharing my great love of the Bard. There is still no better way to spend the summer!”

Stephen Muterspaugh is excited to be returning to Bay Area Shakespeare Camp this Summer. He's been a teaching artist at multiple sessions of the Festivals' Midnight Shakespeare program. He's also worked regionally with such companies as Utah Shakespearean Festival, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Geva Theater Centre. Stephen is thrilled to be a part of introducing and furthering the Shakespeare education of the young people of the Bay Area. He is a graduate of PCPA Theaterfest and a proud member of Actor's Equity. Additionally he is a member of SF Shakes' Resident Teaching Artist Corps.

Olivia Ochoa has taught theatre students ages 7-17 in Seattle and San Antonio and is delighted to join the Bay Area Shakespeare Camps this summer as a teaching artist! Olivia is also spending the summer as the Literary Intern for SF Shakes' Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. She is a rising junior at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) where she studies theatre with an emphasis in directing and dramaturgy. Favorite recent productions include directing Doubt and Speech and Debate and playing Puck in an educational touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Olivia will spend more time with the Bard this fall in London at the British American Drama Academy’s Shakespeare Programme.

Radhika Rao

Radhika Rao is an actor, writer and Theatre teaching artist. She has performed professionally in India, Boston, San Diego and now the San Francisco Bay Area. She was trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on how theatre could be used in fostering youth citizenship and transforming communities. Radhika has over 10 years of experience teaching theatre to hundreds of children, youth and adults at the school, community, and university level. She cherishes the opportunity to integrate theatre in various educational settings, such as the teaching of academic subjects like history, math, or literature; or in peace-building, community building, or corporate training. Radhika believes the teaching of theatre imparts not just the technicalities of dramatic performance to the learner, also and equally, life-skills just as confidence, empathy, cooperation, leadership, imagination, creative and critical thinking. She has loved Shakespeare ever since she saw her first Shakespeare play and is thrilled and deeply honored to join the SF Shakes teaching team.

Thea Rodgers

Thea Rodgers is excited to be joining the team at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for her second year of teaching. Having grown up with parents in theater, Thea is thrilled to have a chance to share her first love--Shakespeare--with all of the future artists and theatergoers at the Park Presidio camp! A rising senior, she currently attends Emerson College in Boston with a major in Documentary Theater. 

Sharon Robinson is very pleased to be teaching with SF Shakes! She's performed in Free Shakespeare in the Park's production of Cymbeline and has been also been an alternate with Shakespeare on Tour - Alonso/Stephano in The Tempest, Laertes/Polonius in Hamlet and the Nurse/Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. She's also worked for Cutting Ball Theatre, the Shotgun Players and was Miss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing for BACT. Other companies she’s performed with are Marin Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks, Woman’s Will, Chaucer and Company, and Chameleon Theatre.
Claudia Rosa, Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Claudia Rosa is pleased to be teaching with San Francisco Shakespeare.  She is an AEA actor who has appeared with numerous companies including Teatro Vision, Abingdon Theatre Company, NYC, San Francisco Shakespeare, Pacific Alliance Stage, and Golden Thread Productions.  She is also a dancer with the Afro-Cuban company Grupo Experimental Nago.  As a teaching artist she has worked with Each One Reach One, TheatreWorks, Bay Area Performance, and Mission Learning Center, among others.

Jai Sahai is thrilled to be teaching for SF Shakespeare Festival, where he last appeared as Brutus in Shakespeare On Tour's Julius Caesar. Before that, Jai spent a year abroad in England at Birmingham School of Acting where he received an MA in Acting: The British Tradition a specialized degree that focuses on classical British theatre (such as Shakespeare!) He also has an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from UCLA and a BA in Theatre and Psychology from Pomona College. He has taught theatre at Marin Shakespeare Company, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Children of the Night in LA, The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts and Cal State East Bay.

Ayelet Schrek started at Shakespeare Camp as an actor at age seven, began interning at fourteen, and is delighted to have reached legal adulthood so that she can begin teaching. She is a graduate of JCHS, and is extremely active in its theatre department. She has participated in all twelve possible shows as actor, director, playwright, dramaturg, and techie. Some of her favorite roles include Mary in The Children’s Hour, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Witch in Into the Woods. She plans to continue her involvement with theatre in college, and hopes eventually to become a teacher. 

Will Shattuc is pleased to return to Bay Area Shakespeare Camp as a teaching artist this season. Additionally, his ten years of experience attending or interning at Shakespeare Camps has given him an informed perspective, from, the ground up! While his first role was Mark Antony in a 2001 camp, he's since exploring the technical, dramaturgical, and directorial sides of theater at Hampshire College. He still likes making tin-foil swords.

Anika Solveig is an actor and teaching artist newly transplanted to San Francisco from New York. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine in 2013. She is currently working with Catherine Fitzmaurice towards her Voicework Certification. Teaching credentials include running the New Swan Summer Academy in Orange County and teaching Voice and Speech to undergraduates at UC Irvine. In New York she performed Off-Broadway, at the Public and many other small venues with Barefoot Theater Company, TerraNOVA, amios, and The Internationalists among others. She has worked at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and in Shakespeare Festivals across California. Anika is a proud member of Barefoot Theater Company and Actor's Equity Association.
Lauren Spencer is an actor and teaching artist based in San Francisco.  Most recently she appeared The Last Five Years with Poor Man's Players.  Other recent appearances include Little Shop of Horrors with Boxcar Playhouse, Twelfth Night with African American Shakes as well as work with Magic Theatre, No Nude Men, and Ragged Wind Ensemble. You can see her this summer in the West Coast Premiere of Good Goods with Crowded Fire and in Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Boxcar. More information at

Alicia Stamps is a resident teaching artist for SF Shakes and is thrilled to be returning for her third year in a row with Shakespeare Camp! Last seen in Impact Theatre's As You Like It, she has also worked with Women's Will, Actor's Ensemble of Berkeley and in the Pear Theatre's production of Intimate Apparel as Esther Mills. You've seen her in SF Shakes' Shakespeare On Tour productions of The Tempest and Macbeth. Alicia holds her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. She wants to thank her campers and their families for supporting Bay Area Shakespeare Camps!.

Michaela Stewart is a Bay Area native and thrilled to be working with SF Shakes as a teaching artist for a third year! This summer she will be at the Players Camp sessions starting June 17 in Palo Alto and July 15 in Cupertino. Michaela has been involved with the California Theater Center as well as Los Altos Youth Theatre, where she has performed in, assistant directed, and assistant choreographed over 22 productions in the last 10 years. Michaela is a senior at Chapman University in southern California, where she is a member of The Player’s Society and the university’s resident Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Film Production with an emphasis in Directing. 

Matthew Tiemstra is pleased to be working with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for his sixth summer! An alumni of both Upstart Crows and the Advanced Shakespeare Workshop, Matthew can currently be seen in the Green Show, The Taming School, preceding Free Shakespeare in the Park's The Taming of the Shrew. He currently studies theatre performance at Fordham University in New York City.

Jeremy Vik, BASC teaching artist Jeremy Vik is both a circus performer and an actor. You may remember him from previous Shakespeare in the Park shows, The Comedy of Errors and Two Gentlemen of Verona or maybe you saw him in Circus Bella standing on his hands. He's also performed with Shakespeare On Tour. This will be Jeremy's sixth year teaching for BASC and he is excited to return!
Maryssa Wanlass is pleased to be directing Upstart Crows this Fall, having been a returning teaching artist at the summer camps this season! She played Lady Macduff in the 2013 Free Shakespeare in the Park.production of Macbeth. She also played Lady Macbeth for SF Shakes in their Shakespeare On Tour program. Other local credits include TheatreFirst (Hanging Georgia), San Jose Stage (Persuasion), Theatre Rhinoceros (Something Cloudy, Something Clear; Medea, The Musical!; All About Eve), Center REPertory Company (Enchanted April, Witness for the Prosecution), Woman's Will (Much Ado About Nothing, Good Person of Szechuan), and Hapgood Theatre (Imaginary Love, Gaslight, How I Learned to Drive). She studied at Mills College and Moscow Art Theatre's Stanislavsky Summer School. Learn more:
Phil Wong is ecstatic to be teaching Shakespeare Camp this summer! He was recently seen in the Festival's Shakespeare On Tour production of Julius Caesar and will perform in this summer's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he attended Oberlin College, where he majored in Theatrical Direction and Performance. After spending a semester abroad in Tuscany studying Commedia and Mask Performance at the Accademia dell’Arte, he went back to Oberlin to complete a minor in East Asian Studies. Phil is a proud supporter of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition in New York City. He would like to take this opportunity to smother his parents with love for allowing him to pursue his passions and not forcing him into pharmacy school.
Alison Whismore - Shakespeare Camp teaching artist

Alison Whismore, having toured with the same international theatre company in France, Switzerland, Belgium, the UK and North America for 22 years, is pleased to now be living in the Bay Area! The majority of her acting and directing has been "on the road" in an eclectic range of venues: schools, universities, retirement homes, youth camps, half-way houses, prisons, US military bases, forests, hospitals,  psychiatric clinics and châteaux.  Her experience as a teaching artist has largely been leading and performing Character Counts workshops, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) through drama, as well as training teachers and youth counsellors. Having a BA in Drama from Manchester University (UK) and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Alison is excited about finally putting to use her Shakespeare toolkit this summer after all these years! She'll be managing the June 17 Players Camps in San Mateo and Palo Alto, as well as the July 22 Players Camps in San Francisco and Alameda.

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