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Joe Atack

Romeo and Juliet- Gregory/ Old Capulet/ Ensemble

Joe is delighted to return for his 6th season on the Mainstage. Joe trained at the Arden School of Theatre in the UK. Credits at LTSF: Peter Quince and Snout, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Sea Captain, Twelfth Night; Panthino, The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Lord Tyrell, Richard III. Some other theatre credits include: title role, Macbeth; Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing; Mercutio, Romeo & Juliet; Fagin, Oliver!; Johnny the Priest, Anna Christie (NYC); Dr Spinoza, “Cabbages”. Joe is Producing Artistic Director at Good Luck Macbeth theatre in Reno. Joe is also Director of Education at LTSF, overseeing the fantastic education programs including D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program and in-school residency program, InterACT.

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Kate Atack

Romeo and Juliet- Sister John, Ensemble, Lady Montague Understudy

Kate is thrilled to be returning to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival for her third season, having previously performed in the ensemble for Twelfth Night and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Credits include: Shiner, The House of Yes, Evil Dead: The Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wonder of the World, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Much Ado About Nothing, The Fifth Wind, Macbeth, Love Song, The Tempest, Ubu the King, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Charm of Preparedness, Cahoots.  Kate is co-owner of Vaude Villain Entertainment in Reno.

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Mary Bennet

Romeo and Juliet- Lady Montague/Ensemble

Training and performances include The American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, Bay Area Theatre Sports, Dell Arte’ International Theatre Company, New York Stage & Film, B Street Theatre, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Ballet and Kennedy Center training as a teaching artist.  Currently the Producing Artistic Director of Brüka Theatre in Reno and theater artist in residence with Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation. Her Dorothy Parker … Shivering and Sighing won Best of The San Francisco Fringe Festival.  Artistically directs and organizes the Carson City Ghost Walk.  Feeling blessed by family and friends with support and love.

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Pedar Benson Bate*

Romeo and Juliet- Benvolio. The Fantasticks- Matt

Pedar is overjoyed to be here for his first season at LTSF. Recent credits: A Christmas Carol (Northern Stage), Les Misérables (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater), Merry Wives of Windsor (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University. Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Many many thanks to Vicky, Charlie, Greg, Matt, and the beautiful cast, crew, and office staffs. All my love to Meredith and to my loving and supportive friends and family. Last but not least, thanks to you, for supporting live theatre.

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Laura Welsh Berg*

Romeo and Juliet- Nurse

Laura is thrilled to be returning to LTSF, where previous credits include Viola in Twelfth Night, and Speed in Two Gentleman of Verona. Credits with Great Lakes Theater and her sister company Idaho Shakespeare Festival include Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Anne in Richard III, and Mother/Belle in A Christmas Carol. Chicago credits include: Marlene in Mill Fire, and Raina in Arms and the Man. Laura has an MFA from DePaul University, and a BA from Baldwin Wallace University. She is proud to share the stage, and her life with Lynn.

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Lynn Robert Berg*

Romeo and Juliet- Friar Lawrence. The Fantasticks- Hucklebee

Malvolio Twelfth Night, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Other credits: The title role of Richard III, Frank Ford The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Bishop Les Miserables, Dr. Purgeon The Imaginary Invalid, Polixenes The Winter’s Tale, Caliban The Tempest, Bill Walker Major Barbara, Edmund King Lear (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Dr. Parker Bat Boy: The Musical, Hortensio The Taming of the Shrew, Jacob Marley A Christmas Carol (Great Lakes Theater); Macbeth Short Shakespeare! Macbeth (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) All the Great Books, Abridged (Delaware Theatre Company). MFA: University of Delaware PTTP; Proud member of Actors’ Equity. SLL’M

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Michelle Calhoun

Romeo and Juliet- Ensemble/Nurse Understudy

This production marks Michelle’s Mainstage debut with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, although she has performed in the LTSF D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare productions for the past 9 years.  Favorite LTSF Young Shakespeare credits include:  Nurse in Romeo and Juliet; Flute/Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also costumed); Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (also directed); Maria in Twelfth Night.   Michelle is also one of the instructors for InterACT (the LTSF Educational Outreach Program) and a freelance actor, director and costumer for various local theater groups.

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Matthew Capbarat

Romeo and Juliet- Paris/ Ensemble

Matthew Capbarat is thrilled to make his Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival debut. This fall, Matthew will be entering his final year of his MFA candidacy at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. A.C.T. MFA program credits include Crazy for the Country (Guglielmo), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), The Cherry Orchard (Yasha), Our Lady of 121st Street (Pinky), Hamlet (Barnardo), The Long Goodbye (Silva) and as a part of A.C.T.’s Sky Festival, he co-created a three-person Commedia show entitled Lady and Two Tramps. He holds a BA in Anthropology and Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.

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Liam Callister

Romeo and Juliet- Abram/ Ensemble

Liam is thrilled to be making his LTSF debut. He is a Reno native, graduating from Reno High School in 2008, and spent many summers attending the Festival as an audience member. He completed a BA in Theater and Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2012, with leading roles in The Imaginary Invalid, Abundance, June-in-a-Box, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and won multiple acting awards during his tenure. He has worked professionally in the Bay Area since 2008, and is currently an MFA Acting candidate at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. It’s good to be home.

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Hillary Clemens*

Romeo and Juliet- Juliet

Hillary Clemens (Juliet) is making her LTSF debut. She most recently played Desdemona in Othello (Seattle Shakespeare). Chicago credits include As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare), The Illusion (Court), Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf), Picnic (Writers’ Theatre; Jeff nomination), A Room With a View (Lifeline), and Bethany, Mine, Vigils, Cloud 9, Three Sisters, and Blithe Spirit (The Gift). Regionally, she’s worked with ACT Seattle, Indiana Repertory, Indiana Festival Theatre, Asolo Repertory, American Players Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, The Coterie, and Heart of America Shakespeare. Hillary is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. She’s so lucky to play opposite her incredible husband as Romeo.

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Clare Howes Eisentrout*

Romeo and Juliet- Sampson/ Ensemble. The Fantasticks- Luisa

Clare Howes Eisentrout is returning to the West for her 3rd season at ISF, and her first at LTSF! Previous roles with ISF/GLT include Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Cosette in Les Miserables, and just finished playing Woman 1 in Songs for A New World at Northern Stage in Vermont. Clare holds a BM in Music Theater from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, OH. Member of AEA. Thanks to M+D, R+J, Howes and Eisentrout clans, and the framily.


Jeffrey C. Hawkins*

Romeo and Juliet- Mercutio/ Apothecary. The Fantasticks- Mortimer

LTSF:  As You Like It, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Twelfth Night, CompWrks WmShkspr  Off-Broadway:   Beyond Therapy, Three Men on a Horse, Memorandum, Incident at Vichy NYC: Abingdon, TACT, ArsNova, DramaLeague, Mint, Pecadillo, NYTheatreBallet Regional: Mousetrap (REP) BookClub Play (Cincinnati Playhouse) Doubt (FlatrockPlayhouse) Fall of Heaven (RepTheatre STL) Funny Thing… Forum(Great Lakes) Crucible, (Idaho Shakes) Roads that Lead Here (Guthrie) BoeingBoeing, (Delaware TheatreCo). Other: PowderBurns, Elementary, Taxi:Brooklyn, Masters of Sex, RoyalPains, BlueBloods, Smash, Gifted Man, Big C, Walking with the Enemy, Across the Universe, most titles for Rockstar Games. Training: PCPA, MFA -University of Delaware. COMPANY:TACT.   SAG/AEA/AFTRA  @JeffreyCHawkins

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Gregory Klino

Romeo and Juliet- Balthasar/ Ensemble

Greg is thrilled to be a part of his first LTSF main stage production. He has previously worked with Young Shakespeare and also teaches Shakespeare through the LTSF InterACT program. He has an AFA in Musical Theater and has also danced professionally with the Reno Dance Company. Favorite roles include: Chicago (Fred Casely/Emcee), The 25th …Spelling Bee (Doug Panch), Noises Off (Garry/ Roger).

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Meredith Lark*

Romeo and Juliet- Ensemble. The Fantasticks- Mute

This is Meredith’s first season with LTSF.  Some favorite past credits include: A Christmas Carol (Belle), Within The Law (Mary Turner), Dial ‘M’ For Murder (Margot), TV Time (Laurie Beechman Theater), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Oklahoma! (Laurey). Meredith has a BA in Theater from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the National Theater Institute. She is a proud member of AEA. Thank you so much to Charlie, Vicky and Greg!  Lots of love to Pedar, Mom, Dad, Ariel and the Bate’s!

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Dan Lawrence*

Romeo and Juliet- Tybalt

LTSF debut. Regional credits: Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Mousetrap with Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater. Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Dog in the Manger, and King Lear with The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Dan has worked with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Seacoast Reparatory, and many other classical theaters across the country. AEA/SAG/AFTRA. For Laurie Birmingham: a flower, in faith, a very flower.

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Mic Matarese*

Romoe and Juliet- Capulet

Mic lives in Newark, Delaware with his wife and daughter, where he is a member of the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware, about to start its eighth season.  This is his second season with LTS; appearing previously as Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  Favorite roles played along the road across the country are Stanely Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), The Commandant (Way to Heaven), Jacob Marley (A Christmas Carole), Richard Greatham (Hay Fever), Willie Stark (All the King’s Men), Vanya (Uncle Vanya), Raskolnikov (Crime and Punishment), Shannon (Night of the Iguana), and Mephisto (Faust).  Mic holds an MFA from the University of Delaware.

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Justin Ness*

Romoe and Juliet- Montague/Ensemble. The Fantasticks- Bellomy

Justin is thrilled to be back on the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival stage for his second season. Justin appeared in last season’s As You Like It. Other Regional Credits include: Owen Musser – The Foreigner;  “Daniel” – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare; Priest – The Fisherman and His Soul; Oliver Durney – The Uncanny Valley, Narrator –A Nighttime Survival Guide, Homer Collyer – The Dazzle; Teddy Hodell –Valparaiso, and BabbyBobby – The Cripple of Inishmaan. Justin was a founding Acting Company Member and served as the Managing Director for the award winning Wide Eyed Productions (WEP) in New York City.

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Michael Padgett*

Romeo and Juliet- Prince Escalus/ Ensemble. The Fantasticks- El Gallo

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival debut! Michael is a BroadwayWorld NJ Top 5 nominee for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Jekyll & Hyde (Broadway Theatre of Pitman). Selected Regional: Count Philip (Yeston’s Phantom, Westchester Broadway Theatre), Lancelot (Camelot, Gretna Theatre), Music of the Night: a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, (North Shore Music Theatre). Michael is playing El Gallo concurrently at Idaho Shakespeare Festival! He has played the role in Maryland, Delaware and New York state! Love to Nancy, Bonnie and my lovely Jamie. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Check me out at !

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Erin Partin*

Romeo and Juliet- Lady Capulet

Erin is thrilled to make her LTSF debut. Regional credits: Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey: The Tempest (Ariel), Measure for Measure (Isabella), School for Wives (Agnes), The Crucible (Abigail), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), The Cherry Orchard (Anya), Dangerous Liaisons (Cecil), King Lear (Cordelia), Twelfth Night (Maria); Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Liar (Clarice); Milwaukee Repertory Theater: CyranoDe Bergerac (Roxanne); Resident Ensemble Players: Juno and the Paycock (Mary Boyle), The Servant of Two Masters (Clarice), Hamlet (Ophelia), The Skin of Our Teeth (Gladys), The Imaginary Invalid (Angelique); Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: Measure for Measure (Isabella), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily).

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Matt Schwader*

Romeo and Juliet- Romeo

2015 marks Matt’s debut with Lake Tahoe. He was a member with American Players Theatre (2007-14), where his work includes Crime & Punishment, As You Like It, Misalliance, and title roles in Henry V and Hamlet. He’s appeared with Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Goodman, and Northlight theaters (Chicago), Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory, Notre Dame and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, internationally at the Royal Shakespeare Co. in the UK, and with Shakespeare Link Canada & Montes Namuli Dance Company in Mozambique. Matt holds an MFA from the University of Delaware and is thrilled to be playing opposite his wife, Hillary Clemens.

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MA Taylor*

Romeo and Juliet- Peter. The Fantasticks- Henry

Mark Anthony (aka M.A.) is pleased to return to Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.  Previously at LTSF he was seen in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) as Actor #3 with Jeffrey C. Hawkins and Lynn Robert Berg III. Among his credits: 20 year Company Member with Idaho Shakespeare Festival; 11 year Company Member with Great Lakes Theater; He holds an MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP). He dedicates these performances to the Loving Memory of Laurie Birmingham: A Force of Nature. An Enduring Talent.

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Nick Wilders

Romeo and Juliet- Ensemble. The Fantasticks-Keyboard

Nick Wilders is a music director, performer, and producer in his first season with LTSF. As Music Director: Inexperienced Love (NYC Fringe), Into the Woods (New London Barn Playhouse) A Chorus Line (Chagrin Valley). As Actor: Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank (Open Stage of Harrisburg), Dexter in Phoebe Sue… (Gretna Theatre). Other professional associations include work with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Artscape Resource Center in Cape Town, South Africa. Recent grad of Baldwin Wallace University. Many thanks to Vicky, the family and Chippy. For more info, check out!


Actors' Equity Association 1913 * Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theater as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.

Our 2015 DESIGN Team:

Romeo and Juliet

Director – Charles Fee
Scenic Designer – Gage Williams
Costume Designer – Star Moxley
Assistant to the Costume Designer – Kristine Davies
Lighting Designer – Rick Martin
Sound Designer – Peter John Still
Fight Choreographer- Ken Merckx
Choreographer – Helene Peterson
Stage Manager – Tim Kinzel*
Assistant Stage Manager- Sarah Kelso*
Fight Captain- Lynn Robert Berg*
Dance Captain- Clare Howes Eisentrout*

The Fantasticks

Director- Victoria Bussert
Choreographer- Gregory Daniels
Musical Director- Matthew Webb
Scenic Designer- Gage Williams
Costume Designer- Esther M. Haberlen
Lighting Designer- Jeff Herrman
Sound Designer- David Gotwald
Musical Director- Matthew Webb
Fight Choreographer- Ken Merckx
Production Stage Manager- Tim Kinzel*
Assistant stage Managers- Sarah Kelso*
Dance Captain- Meredith Lark*

Our 2015 PRODUCTION Team:

Christopher D. Flinchum- Production Manager
Corrie E. Purdum- Assistant Production Manager
Mark Cytron- Technical Director
Amy Essick- Company Manager
Keith Hazen-Diehm Technical Director
Bill Langenhop- Assistant Technical Director
Lindsay Loar- Master Carpenter
Casey Burke-Ruhl- Theater Carpenter / Run Crew
Paul Michael Miller- Lighting Supervisor
Elizabeth Aresti- Master Electrician
Assistant Master Electrician
Electrician / Changeover Crew
Peter John Still- Audio Supervisor
Patrick Kiernan- Sound Engineer
Christopher Marc- Sound Assistant
Leah Parker Loar- Assistant Costume Manager
Keri Fitch- Costume Shop Foreman / First Hand
Katherine England- Draper
Chantell Fuller- Stitcher
Brian Weigel- Wardrobe Supervisor
Laurel Curtis- Wardrobe Crew
Tamara French- Wardrobe Crew
Rachel Lauren Criswell- Production Intern