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Meet Our Artistic Company

Joe Atack

Tailor/Joseph/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Joe is excited for his 11th season with LTSF where credits include: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Romeo & Juliet. Other recent credits include Lennox in Macbeth at Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Hedwig in Hedwig & The Angry Inch at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company. Joe trained at The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester, UK. Joe is Director of Education for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Producing Artistic Director at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company in Reno, NV and guitarist for the rock band Weapons of Mass Creation.
*Kathy J. Hughes

Eric Scott Anthony*

Brother Jay, Million Dollar Quartet

LTSF Debut! Broadway: Ring of Fire. National Tour: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (MD/Norm Petty).  Pump Boys & Dinettes (Jackson). Regional:  Ring of Fire- Flat Rock Playhouse, Merry Go Round Playhouse, and the Arrow Rock Lyceum (MD). Million Dollar Quartet– MSMT, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Brother Jay).  Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story- Engeman Theater, (Norm Petty), Flat Rock Playhouse, (Joe Mauldin/MD), and Ogunquit Playhouse (MD). Hank Williams: Lost Highway- Riverside Theatre (Jimmy Burrhead),  Flat Rock and Merry Go Round Playhouse(s) (MD).  My Mother’s Lesbian, Jewish, Wiccan Wedding (MD) at the Merry Go Round Playhouse.
*Amanda & Alex Flangas 

Gabriel Aronson*

Jerry Lee Lewis, Million Dollar Quartet

Gabe Aronson is excited to be making his debut at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. His credits include Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s Casino, Las Vegas, MDQ and Burn the Floor on Norwegian Cruise Lines, MDQ at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Blue Suede Shoes at Florida Studio Theatre, MDQ at Tuacahn Center For The Arts, and Wine Lovers the Musical on Norwegian Cruise Lines. He has played piano since the age of five. He  writes and produces his music and others, too. He performs with his band and tours. You can find Gabe Aronson’s music on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.
*Elyse & Shai Gut

Sean Michael Buckley*

Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet

This is Sean’s first season with LTSF. Favorite credits: Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet with Norwegian Cruise Lines, Bobby in Walk Hard at Metropolitan Playhouse, Joe in 9 to 5 at Forestburgh Playhouse, and D’Artagnan in Three Musketeers. Sean lives in NYC, holds a BFA from Western Michigan University, and is a proud AEA member. Thanks to Hunter, Jeff, Charles and the rest of the team. Love to Gabby and the Buckley boys.
www.seanmbuckley.com
* Cheri & Len Rosenberg

Jonathan Dyrud*

Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew

Four seasons with Lake Tahoe: GLT/Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Banquo in MacBeth, Hamlet in Hamlet, King Ferdinand in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Anthony Marston in And Then There Were None, Nephew Fred/Ensemble in A Christmas Carol, Edmund in King Lear, Tony Wendice in Dial “M” for Murder. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: Antipholus of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors. New York: Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Hip to Hip Theater Company). Regional credits: Froth and Friar Peter in Measure for Measure, Medvedenko in The Seagull (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). TV/film: Verder in Big House. Training: Southern Oregon University. For the Jens!
* Julie & Craig Rauchle

Adam Graber

Curtis/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Adam is ecstatic to make his LTSF debut. Regional credits include: Joshua/Kirby/Funeral Worker in Little Miss Sunshine at Blank Canvas Theater, Felix in The Boy who Stole the Sun at Talespinner Children’s Theatre, John in Anything Goes at Porthouse Theater. Adam recently graduated from Western Michigan University in 2017 with a BFA in Theater Performance. He currently works as an Actor Teacher in Cleveland with Great Lakes Theater and is an Equity Membership Candidate. This show is dedicated with love to his parents, Gary and Leoparda, as well as his Actor Teacher fam in the education department at GLT!
* Patty & John Jansen, The Black Dog Fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation

Sara J. Griffin*

Merchant/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Sara is elated to be back at LTSF. Previous credits: Witch, Lady Macduff/Macbeth. Other theaters: Ophelia/Hamlet, Laura/The Glass Menagerie, Hero/Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Anne/Richard III, Gloria/Boeing Boeing (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Alice/You Can’t Take It With You, Mayella Ewell/To Kill a Mockingbird (Resident Ensemble Players); Barbara/Shear Madness (The Kennedy Center); Julia/Two Gentlemen of Verona). Sara earned her MFA from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program (2011), her BFA from UW-Whitewater, and is a proud union member of the Actor’s Equity Association.
*David & Susan Kelley

Casey Leigh Hagwood*

Stage Manager, Taming of the Shrew, Assistant Stage Manager, Million Dollar Quartet.

Casey is thrilled to return to this company for another season! Five seasons with the ISF/LTSF family. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival credits: SM: Comedy of Errors, Forever Plaid, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Macbeth; ASM: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Beehive. At Idaho Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest and King Lear. Casey previous served multiple years as resident production stage manager at both Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. She is currently a resident stage manger at Resident Ensemble Players located on the University of Delaware campus. MFA from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Proud member of AEA. Love to JKS. For mom.

Krista Harmon

Walter/Ensemble/Understudy Katherine, The Taming of the Shrew

First season with Lake Tahoe Shakespeare. Past shows include: Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan), 12 Angry Men (8), Les Misérables (Fantine) and Tarzan (Kala). TV: Netflix’s Mindhunter. Krista is currently a Junior music theater student at Baldwin Wallace University. Grateful for Mom, Dad, Jeremy and Jana. All Glory to God. Phil. 1:6.
*Jim & Mary Jo Marggraff

Jeffrey C. Hawkins*

Gremio/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

10th Consecutive Season!  Favorites include Malcolm in Macbeth, Sir Henry in Hound of the Baskervilles, Puck, Mercutio, Proteus, Mortimer, Feste, and one of the idiots in Complete Works Abridged.  OFF Broadway: Three Wise Guys, Incident at Vichy, Three Men on a Horse, The Memorandum, It Has to Be You, and Beyond Therapy.  Outside NYC includes “Blackstache” in Peter and the Starcatcher, “Robert” in Boeing Boeing , and “Father Flynn” in Doubt.  Jeffrey does some tv you like, some movies you don’t know, and tons of video games your kids love.  Former Associate Artistic Director- TACT. MFA -University of Delaware.
*Steve & Debbie Lenzi

Ethan Albert Hennes

Lucentio/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

This is Ethan’s first season with LTSF. Past credits include Balthazar in Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Green Grocer/Aziz, Arabian Nights; Hanchen, Spring Awakening; Grempkin/Sanchez/Mack/Fighting Prawn, Peter and The Starcatcher (Southern Oregon University); Feste, Twelfth Night (CSU Stanislaus); Rocky, The Rocky Horror Show; Action, West Side Story; D’artagnan, The Three Musketeers (Merced Playhouse)BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University. Ethan would like to thank his obnoxiously supportive parents (Scott and Maggie), his wise older sisters (Megan and Lauren) and his wonderful girlfriend Maeve. Instagram ethan_hennes
*Robert & Linda Pike

Mandie Jenson*

Bianca/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Three seasons with LTSF. Past credits include: Luciana, Comedy of Errors; Maria, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival); Arabella, Animal Crackers; Isabel, Pirates of Penzance; Spring Grace, As You Like It; Kate Keepdown, Measure for Measure (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Sally Brown, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Idaho Repertory Theater), Johanna, Sweeney Todd (Virginia City Players). Mandie was the recipient of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2011 Rex Rabold Fellowship and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Idaho. Love to CB!
*Steven & Katharine Elek

Sarah Kelso*

Stage Manager, Million Dollar Quartet, Assistant Stage Manager, The Taming of the Shrew

Sarah is delighted to return to LTSF for her fourth season. Previous credits include: Stage Manager: Beehive the 60’s Musical. Assistant Stage Manager: Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Forever Plaid, Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks. Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Stage Manager: Beehive the 60’s Musical, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Forever Plaid, The Fantasticks, Steel Magnolias. Sarah is the resident stage manager at Boise Contemporary Theater and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She would like to thank her fiancé Paul for making every day better and brighter, and her family for their heartfelt support, endearing sarcasm and loving shenanigans.

Maggie Kettering*

Tranio/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

This is Maggie’s first season at LTSF. Previously she has worked with ISF and Great Lakes Theater (Love’s Labour’s Lost, And Then There Were None, Blithe Spirit, Much Ado about Nothing), Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Holmes and Watson), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Henry IV, parts 1 and 2), Peninsula Players (Miss Holmes, Outside Mullingar, Lend Me a Tenor), House Theatre (Season on the Line – Joseph Jefferson Nomination), TimeLine Theatre (My Kind of Town), Northlight Theatre (Season’s Greetings – Jack Springer Award), Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival,  Michigan Shakespeare Festival, among others. Maggie is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
*Brian & Nancy Kennedy

James Ludwig*

Sam Phillips, Million Dollar Quartet

Broadway: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Original Cast), Little Shop of Horrors. Off-Broadway: Two Point OhBlue Man GroupBubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon SkinDe la Guarda and the original cast of john & jen. James has worked at storied regional theatres around the US, most recently playing Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL.  Film/TV: Daylight Raiders (as Jimmy Stewart), “News to Me,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Chappelle’s Show” and Ghost Town. James owns Back40 Films, which produces the wildly popular series “The Happy Hour Guys” (thehappyhourguys.com). B.A. from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), M.F.A. from the University of Washington PATP, proud Actors’ Equity Councilor. Twitter: @JimmyLudwigNYC. Best gigs ever: Husband to KB, and Dad to 20 month-old Jake Matthew.
*George & Nancy Croom

Nate John Mark

Haberdasher/Sugarsop, Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

This is Nate’s first season with LTSF. Past credits include Othello in Othello ( the Acting Company), Sebastian in 12th Night (Shakespeare in Detroit) Featured poet in Party People suite (Universes), Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (ISF education tour), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival education tour) Curtis Taylor Jr. in Dream Girls and Kent in Stick Fly (Face off Theatre). Nate thanks his wife, his Queen, (Asia Mark) for inspiring him to do what he loves, he wouldn’t be here without her. I love you and I am blessed to be in your universe.
*Dave & Katie Cash

Mic Matarese*

Vincentio/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

This is Mic’s fifth season with LTSF where he was last seen as Sir Nathaniel (Love’s Labour’s Lost), and before that: Duke Solinus/Dr. Pinch (Comedy of Errors), Lord Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), and Oberon (A Midsummer’s Night 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), Vanya (Uncle Vanya), Raskolnikov (Crime and Punishment), Shannon (Night of the Iguana), and Mephisto (Faust).  Mic holds an MFA from the University of Delaware, where he is a founding member of the Resident Ensemble Players.
*Mary Ann Peoples

Andy Nagraj*

Biondello/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Debut season. Favorite recent work includes the world premiere of The Doppelgänger at Steppenwolf (starring Rainn Wilson); the world premiere of The Book of Will at the Denver Center; A Year With Frog and Toad at Chicago Children’s Theatre; and Goodman Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Other selected work: Milwaukee Rep; Great Lakes Theater; 10 productions with Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players; and the Utah, Hudson Valley, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia Shakespeare Festivals. TV: Proven Innocent (FOX); Chicago Fire (NBC). MFA: Delaware/PTTP.  Andy’s voice is frequently heard in commercials, and he plays guitar for The Winchesters (thewinchestersband.com).
*Michael & Denise Hurst

Erin Partin*

Widow/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Erin is in her fifth season. Company credits: Lady Macbeth Macbeth, Princess of France Loves Labor’s Lost, Adriana The Comedy of Errors, and Lady Capulet Romeo and Juliet. Regional credits: Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Shakespeare Theatre, Resident Ensemble Players, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Favorite roles include Ophelia Hamlet, Ariel The Tempest, Isabella Measure for Measure, Roxanne Cyrano De Bergerac, Stella A Streetcar Named Desire, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clarice The Liar, and Ilona Szabo The Play’s the Thing. Masters in Classical Theater: University of Delaware, PTTP, 2007.
*Dana & David Loury

Steve Pickering*

Baptista / Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

An actor, director, and playwright based in Chicago, Steve is a Goodman Theatre Creative Partner, Project Manager for Shanghai Low Theatricals, and a 2016 Lunt-Fontanne/Ten Chimneys Fellow. He has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at the New York Shakespeare Festival, in London’s West End, and at many regional theatres around the country; including Berkeley Rep, the Old Globe, Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Arena Stage, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre in DC, the Alabama, Illinois, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festivals – as well as over 35 productions with the Goodman Theatre since 1987.  shanghailow.org
*Linda & Alvaro Pascotto

Sky Seals*

Johnny Cash, Million Dollar Quartet

This is Sky’s first performance at LTSF, but his 12th Million Dollar Quartet, and 8th with Hunter Foster. Sky was also seen as Berger in Hair at the American Theater Company in Chicago, Dylan in Sessions: The Musical at the Algonquin Theater (Off-Broadway), and King Edward in Henry VI, part 3 at CSC (Off-Broadway). Sky is the composer of Jack and the Soy Beanstalk  (Samuel French) and Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears. Sky appeared in the film The Powwow Highway (1987, Handmade Films, George Harrison Ex. Producer). Sky attended the U. of Minnesota and the U. of Northern Colorado. Dedicated to David Seals and Liz White.
*Preger Family Charity Fund held at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation

Sam Sherwood*

Carl Perkins, Million Dollar Quartet

Sam Sherwood is thrilled to be in Lake Tahoe performing in Million Dollar Quartet. This is his first time performing at LTSF. Sam has performed Off-Broadway in Woody Sez (Irish Rep); and Fancy (West Side Theatre). Other recent credits include the European premiere of Ring of Fire in Vienna, Austria; Once (Ivoryton); Million Dollar Quartet (Geva); Godspell (Ivoryton); … Forum; Lost Highway; Cotton Patch Gospel; Pump Boys (Flat Rock); The Road: My Life with John Denver (People’s Light,); Buddy (NC Theatre, TBTS); Stand By Your Man (Ivoryton) Check out Sam’s band The Playbillies, performing bluegrass covers of Broadway show-tunes. www.sherwoodsounds.com
*Vicki & Roger Kahn

Eric Damon Smith*

Hortensio/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Second season at LTSF. ISF/GLT: Mamma Mia (Harry), Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Collins),  Blithe Spirit​ (Charles), ​Much Ado About Nothing​,​ As You Like It​, ​Sweeney Todd​, and ​Richard III​. Other credits: ​Holmes and Watson (Moriarty/Orderly/Sherlock Holmes) and Bud in ​Gutenberg! The Musical​ at Milwaukee Rep; ​The Merchant of Venice​, ​Pericles​, ​Fair Maid of the West​, and As You Like It ​at Riverside Theatre.  Chicago based actor/director, directing credits include ​Cymbeline​ with Muse of Fire Theatre Co., and ​The Nether​ and ​The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime​ at GLM in Reno, NV. Training: Hofstra University. Proud AEA member.
*Atam & Margo Lalchandani

Dave Sonneborn*

Music Director, Fluke, Million Dollar Quartet

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Debut Million Dollar Quartet (Fluke), Complete First National Tour u/s, Florida Rep (MD), Tuacahn Center for the Arts (MD), New Theatre Restaurant (MD), Westchester Broadway Theatre (MD), Great Lake Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, The Riverside Theatre, Actors’ Playhouse Always, Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels, toured nationally God’s Country, NY Musical Theatre Festival. He studied drums/percussion at CCM, and theater at OSU. Specializing in western swing, David is the drummer for the acclaimed New York City based “Western Caravan”. Special thanks to WS “Fluke” Holland, Love to Becky and Audrey.
*Hank Delavati & Sidne Long

Joe Wegner*

Grumio/Ensemble, The Taming of the Shrew

Regional theater: Archduke (world premiere) (Center Theater Group), The School for Lies (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Guys and DollsA Wrinkle in Time (world premiere), Secret Love in Peach Blossom LandA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Taming of the Shrew, Very Merry Wives of Winsor IowaRomeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Guys and Dolls (Wallis Annenberg Center), In the Blood (Mixed Blood Theater). TV/Film: Tales of the City. He is a BFA graduate from Southern Oregon University, and a proud member of Actors Equity.
*Patricia Engels & Richard Medland

Jessika Williams*

Katherine, The Taming of the Shrew

Jessika is thrilled to be making her LTSF season debut as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. Other Credits: Jaques, As Your Like It, Gertrude, Hamlet, Queen Margaret, Richard III, Morocco, Merchant, Goneril, King Lear and Viola, Twelfth Night, (American Shakespeare Center); Rosalind, As You Like It (California Shakespeare Theater); Rosaline, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Forum).The Bacchae (National Theater of Scotland); St Monica, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida Theater); Faith, Wig Out (Royal Court). TV/Film: Dr. Who, Taggart and The Decent 2. She dedicates her performance to her mother and all the women who can never be tamed.
*Tad & Barbara Danz

Kristen Beth Williams*

Dyanne, Million Dollar Quartet

This is Kristen’s first season with LTSF.  Broadway/West End: Hello DollyTop Hat (Dale Tremont), PippinNice Work…Anything Goes, and Promises, Promises. Some favorite roles include: Fiona (Shrek/Broadway Sacramento), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady/Riverside Theatre) Sibella (Gentleman’s Guide…/1st National Tour), Betty Haynes (White Christmas/Ordway), Hedy LaRue (How to Succeed…/Music Theatre of Wichita). She has been a featured soloist at New York’s Town Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Carnegie Hall.  BFA University of Oklahoma. Proud AEA National Councillor. Favorite roles to date: wife to Jimmy and mom to Jake.
*Sharon & Travis White 


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. www.actorsequity.org.

 Our 2019 DESIGN Team:

The Taming of the Shrew

  • Director – Sara Bruner
  • Scenic Designer….Russell Metheny
  • Costume Designer    Rachel Piehl
  • Lighting Designer …..Rick Martin
  • Sound Designer and Composer……Mathew Webb
  • Movement Director….Jaclyn Miller
  • Dramaturg… Lue Douthit
  • Stage Manager…. Casey Leigh Hagwood*
  • Assistant Stage Manager….. Sarah Kelso*

Million Dollar Quartet

  • Director- Hunter Foster
  • Associate Director- Greg Santos
  • Music Director- Dave Sonneborn
  • Sound Designer- Bart Fasbender
  • Scenic Designer- Adam Koch
  • Costumes Designer- Lauren Roark
  • Costumes Rental- Sun Costumes
  • Lighting Designer- Kirk Bookman
  • Stage Manager- Sarah Kelso*
  • Assistant Stage Manager- Casey Leigh Hagwood*

Our 2019 PRODUCTION Team:

  • Amy Essick, Company Manager
  • Bill Langenhop, Assistant Technical Director
  • Lindsay Loar, Master Carpenter
  • Casey Burke-Ruhl, Theater Carpenter / Run Crew
  • Hannah Gebensleben, Scenic and Changeover Coordinator
  • Mark Fortunato, Master Electrician
  • Joshua Prescott-Smith, Assistant Master Electrician
  • Patrick Kiernan, Audio Supervisor, Lead Engineer
  • Garrett Unterreiner, Assistant Sound Engineer
  • Hannah Werle, Audio / Electrics Intern
  • Leah Parker Loar, Assistant Costume Manager/ Draper
  • Gretchen Halle, Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Jamie Farkas, Wardrobe, Design Assistant, Stitcher