Jeremy Jenkins

Jeremy Jenkins

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

 

Originally from Nashville, TN, I moved to NE Ohio in 2008 after earning my B.A. in English & Theatre from Cumberland University.  Since my move, I have been fortunate enough to perform in over 50 local productions, 10 of those being with OSF.  In 2014, I married the love of my life and best friend, Debbie, another local talent.  It has been a wonderful 2 ½ years.  We relocated to Strongsville in 2015 after finding our dream home.  I just began my student teaching experience at Parma Senior High School in a sophomore English classroom.  I am also the biggest Abe Vigoda & Twilight Zone fan and have personally collected over 1,000 celebrity autographs.

 

DO YOU OWN ABE VIGODA'S AUTOGRAPH?

FDuh!  Fun fact:  In the late 60’s, before he was known as Tessio or Fish, he received great acclaim for playing the titular role in Richard III with the Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park” in NYC.

Ryan Zarecki

Ryan Zarecki

We are pleased to give you another actor spotlight, this time on core company member and Fight Director Ryan Zarecki.  This is his 4th summer with OSF, and he plays our Ferdinand (Tempest), Randall (Robin Hood), and Banquo (Macbeth).  Check out this swashbuckling nerd.

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

I'm the OSF Fight Director, actor, breaker of things, and proud husband to the lovely Katie Zarecki, choreographer extraordinaire. This will be my fourth year with OSF and it has been just amazing being a part of this company.  I received my BAC from Bowling Green State University and trained with the SAFD in stage combat.  I make leather goods that I sell here at the festival and online at my Etsy site The Buckle and Rose. I have taught a number of classes and workshops (one coming up in August!) in historical European longsword,  archery, leatherworks,  theatre and stage combat all over the Cleveland/Akron area. I love what I do and do what I love, so I'm very lucky.

 

 

WHY PLAY WITH US AT OSF?

I have always wanted to be fight director for a Shakespeare company. It was a big dream of mine, and every summer my dream comes true.  What more could you ask for?

Tess Burgler

Tess Burgler

We are pleased to give you another actor spotlight, this time on core company member and Associate Producer Tess Burgler.  This is her 14th summer with OSF, and she will be playing Ariel (Tempest) and Maid Marian (Robin Hood), and assistant directing Macbeth.  She also writes and directs the Greenshows.  

 

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

This is actually harder to answer than I thought it would be!  I started compiling a list of facts (I’m scared of heights, I like to read, Christmas is my favorite day…) but I don’t think that’s very helpful.  I think it’s a hard question to answer because everything important I would tell you about myself is answered already in the next interview question: why OSF?  Most of who I am circles back, in some capacity, to OSF, whether it’s the art, the people, the place, the play.  So I guess I’ll just say you can get a good sense of who I am by looking at what I love, which I explore a little bit below.

 

Jason Leupold

Jason Leupold

We are pleased to give you another actor spotlight, this time on core company member Jason Leupold.  This summer, Jason plays Trinculo (Tempest), Alan-a-Dale (Robin Hood), and Witch 2 (Macbeth).  Jason is also the music director for our Greenshow.

 

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

Oh man, how much do you REALLY want to know?

I'm a born-and-raised Ohioan who's been performing for just about as long as I can remember. This will be my fourth summer with OSF overall and my third as its Greenshow Music Director, which is one of the best gigs around as far as I'm concerned. I also consider myself OSF's resident Hipster (at least when Kevin Glass isn't around), so if you need a good recommendation for some moustache wax, I'm your guy.

 

WHY SPEND YOUR SUMMERS WITH US AT OSF?

Almost too many reasons to count! From a performer's standpoint, it's always nice to know that you're working with a company and a creative team that really knows what they're talking about. But I think my wife Sarah said it best when she called it "Summer Camp for Grown Ups." There's nothing more refreshing than coming together every summer to laugh, play, and create art that we get to share with our friends and family.

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell

We are pleased to give you another actor spotlight, this time on core company member Scott Campbell.  This summer, Scott plays Sebastian (Tempest), Will Scarlet (Robin Hood), and Seyton (Macbeth).  He has long been a resident musician at OSF, and this year, he took on the exciting new task of composing the original music for our first Family Theatre programming--Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music.   

For the hard-core OSF fans, this is the guy behind those Greenshow parody lyricsyou love.  And just to make sure you get a full sense of his well-rounded self, he also spends his days building the sets.

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

Sings; writes; acts when provoked.  I grew up in Buffalo, NY as quiet kid with a supportive family.  Since graduating from the College of Wooster—and joining OSF for the first time in summer 2009— I have roamed the country working as a teacher, musician, actor, and writer.  Somewhere along the line I picked up a master’s degree in Shakespeare, too many musical instruments to fit in my trunk, and the best friends that a guy could want.  These days I study Interdisciplinary Theatre at the University of Wisconsin in the hopes that someone will eventually call me “doctor” non-ironically.

Lara Mielcarek

Lara Mielcarek

We are pleased to give you another actor spotlight, this time on core company member Lara Mielcarek.  You'll remember her as everyone from Julia to Ophelia, to Kate, to Beatrice.  This summer, she's getting ready to play our Lady M.

 

WHY COME PLAY WITH US AT OSF?

This is year ten for me. And many of those years I was bouncing around... bouncing from Grad School (Penn State) back to OSF and then NYC back to OSF... and every time it felt like returning to the Hundred Acre Wood--this totally magical place. It actually was painful to leave OSF and NE Ohio in general those years I had to bounce back to the city or to wherever else. And when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change, you choose the change. (I have incredibly wise things to impart—lol!) But seriously, it took me a little while to stop trying to do and be where I thought I was supposed to do and be, and to let myself live a life I love. And my god, do I love the Festival. And NE Ohio's theatre scene in general. There's some killer stuff going on. But OSF is pure magic. 

 

HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A MAN?

Once with a single LOOK!!!

 

Bernard Bygott

Bernard Bygott

Enjoy this interview with Bernard Bygott, a core company member and this summer's Macbeth.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.

I was born and raised in Center City Philadelphia, the son of a truck driver and opera singer. Sports took up most of my life as a kid (and 8-bit Nintendo, obviously) but I always found time to pursue acting as well. Eventually I went to Amherst College where I graduated with a degree in Theatre and Dance—the dance part was not earned, it was a combined department, but that combination has gotten me a few auditions over the years; let’s keep that secret! After many twists and turns in the biz, I returned to school to get my MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Play House. These days I live in New York City where I mostly appear on TV, usually in situations where I die; it’s great fun for everybody but the blood spatter artist—ask me about it sometime!

I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a classical actor, but I did begin performing Shakespeare in first grade, memorizing monologues and saying them in front of my school in a monthly poetry competition, so the roots are deep. Still, I do fall in love with Shakespeare once a day, so if you’d like to think of me as a “Shakespearean actor,” I’m happy to play along!