Ohio Shakespeare Festival prides itself on the multi-talented resident company. Our artists contribute more than just their acting abilities--often, they've dedicated themselves to many on and off stage aspects of our productions.  Below, you can get a sense of just how many hats our acting company wears.  

Tess Burgler

Managing Director  

Tess was a founding company member with OSF at age 14, playing the unforgettable Shakespearean role of Third-Musician-from-the-Left. Throughout the following 16 years, her love for the company grew into a lifetime passion. Over the years, she designed and managed the box office system, supported customer service operations, managed website and social media content, developed and directed (and sometimes wrote) the Greenshows, and appeared in many roles onstage.  In 2013, she became an Associate Producer, and began her OSF leadership journey under the careful guidance of the Artistic Directors (a.k.a. her parents).  She was instrumental in OSF's addition of Greystone Hall in summer 2016, and her full-time position involves the day-to-day management of the  new, indoor space.  She helps her husband, Joe Pine, coordinate and expand the education programs offered by OSF, and she tours and teaches with the Student Matinee Series.  One of her biggest OSF passion projects is the Fall Family Classics series, wherein OSF brings new adaptations of classic stories to life, set to original music.  So far, that library has included Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music and The Three Musketeers.  These re-tellings of familiar stories are completely original and use the talents of our resident company members (Ohio-based artists) to make classic stories accessible to all ages.  Her outside teaching experience includes 3 years as a full-time Language Arts and Drama guide at Hudson Montessori School.  She believes in the ability of the theatre to celebrate and protect the human story.  Inspiring and uplifting theatre does not always promise a joyful story (though sometimes that's exactly what we need), but it does promise to inspire a community to be its absolute best.  

 

Joe Pine

Associate Producer/Education Coordinator

Joe has been an OSF company member as an actor and carpenter for 8 years. With the move to Greystone, OSF is finally able to make many of the "maybe someday" dreams of its company members a reality. For Joe, that goal was to provide educational outreach in the form of Shakespeare productions and workshops for students. As education coordinator, Joe is responsible for reaching out to educators and schools, letting them know the kinds of programs we offer, and putting together a package that works best for each school's needs. Joe also performs in the student matinees and teaches one of workshops. As associate producer, Joe acts as head carpenter, building sets and props as needed. Apart from the student matinee series of workshops, Joe also teaches some of the resident weekend workshops OSF is now able to offer, most recently a two-day physical comedy workshop. Joe is beyond thrilled to have such an active role in the exciting new programming OSF is now able to produce.


BUDDY TAYLOR

Technical Director

Buddy has been with OSF since 2003, and it continues to give him enjoyment and new challenges. Even though he moved to Texas in 2008, he still returns several times a year to design lights, design sound, build set pieces, or just add his two cents to a conversation. He is eager to find some time in his busy schedule to actually work on a show at the new Greystone Hall facility. Some of his favorite OSF productions (so far) are OthelloRichard III, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Comedy of Errors. Buddy also does design and production services in Texas for some schools and smaller local venues. When he isn't working on shows, Buddy works for ANC Productions as a Lighting Integrator and Outside Sales Associate.


Ryan Zarecki

Resident Fight Director

Ryan is ever-proud to be the Resident Fight Director at The Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Past work with OSF includes Macbeth, Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music, Henry V, and Twelfth Night.  He is one half of the Greenshow fight duo Foilio Puckbottom & Bard Shakesberry.  Every second Monday he runs the monthly Fight Night at Greystone Hall. 
Outside of OSF, he is the stage combat instructor and choreographer with the Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute (Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof), as well as the fight choreographer for the 2016-2017 Dobama Theatre Season ( Mystery of Love and Sex,  Octaroon, Peter and the Starcatcher, Night Alive). He has also worked with Coach House Theatre,  Cleveland State University, Wayne Center for the Arts, True North Theatre and Cleveland School of the Performing Arts.


As an actor combatant with the SAFD, he has well over a decade of experience in stage combat, choreography and fight direction. He continues his studies of weapon systems from smallsword to Aikido. He is blessed to do what he loves and loves what he does. He lives in the Akron area with his incredible choreographer wife, Katie Zarecki, and their two dogs, Calamity and Gypsy. 


SCOTT CAMBELL

Resident Composer/Musician

Scott is a composer, musician and multi-instrumentalist with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, where he composed music and lyrics for last season’s Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music; has written various parodies and settings for Greenshow and mainstage productions, and is currently collaborating on next season’s The Three Musketeers.  Scott earned his Masters degree in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College. He is currently currently pursuing his PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies with a focus on early modern staging practices and modern folk performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  This season sees him collaborating with Chicago movement group The Seldoms, Australia’s Black Hole Theatre, and the Madison Shakespeare Company.  Scott is an Equity Membership Candidate and an active member of the American Society for Theatre Research.


Benjamin Fortin

Event Coordinator/Customer Service Manager

As the Customer Service Manager, Benjamin helps to plan and manage front-of-house operations including Box Office, merchandise sales (Swag), and seating. On performance nights, he can be found greeting patrons at the Box Office as well as delighting our audience members with song and merriment as he drives OSF's courtesy tram for shows at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Throughout the year, Benjamin collaborates on marketing strategies, public relations, and OSF's growing number of special events and programs. Benjamin holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Should you see him as you come out to enjoy a show, be sure to say hello. Benjamin loves to hear from our Patrons and strives to continuously improve your experience.


MARTY LACONTE

Specialty Props & Costume Design

Marty has been a costume designer since her high school theater days, and later when her daughter performed on the stage at Our Lady of the Elms HS.  She was then invited to costume shows at the Coach House Theatre in productions including A Lion in Winter, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Custer.  Marty joined the Ohio Shakespeare Festival team the summer of 2015 as costume and specialty props designer for Henry V. Since then her creative side was able to run wild while creating the mystical, fantasy creatures in The Tempest and Macbeth, as well as select specialty props for Coach House and OSF productions. She was recognized with a Superior Achievement Award by the Cleveland Critics Circlefor her work on The Tempest. Marty is a retired registered nurse who resides with her husband in the city of Green.


JASON LEUPOLD

Greenshow Music Director, Resident Vocal Coach

Jason is beyond proud to be a resident Music Director for OSF! Jason is a local professional performer and private instructor who holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University. He has been strumming guitar since 2010 and singing since long before that. On the OSF stage, you’ll see him leading the Greenshow as “Strummy McMoustache,” but behind the scenes, you’ll find him arranging songs, creating harmonies, recording lesson and backing tracks for rehearsals, and occasionally making up something new! Much love to his OSF family for the continuing opportunity to create and spread art. Huzzah!


John Peters

House Manager

John is honored and humbled to be even just a small cog in the machine that produces such incredible theater. After spending last summer at Stan Hywet doing box office for OSF, John is proud to be included in the operations at the Greystone Hall location. Recreationally, John is a fair-weather actor and amateur writer who one day aspires to appear on the Henry C. Bishop stage as a cast member and in the playbill as a playwright. Elsewhere he can usually be spotted as a part-time security guard at the Akron Art Museum or out-and-about the town as `that guy in the hat’.


Mark Stoffer

Greystone Resident Lighting Designer, Shakespeare Music Director

Mark performed as an actor in his first OSF production in 2008, and brought his many talents to the Company as a full member in 2010.  As Master Electrician (M.E.), he keeps our technical systems in good working order - even at our outdoor, summer location at Stan Hywet Hall, where the elements can present a unique challenge.  As both M.E. and Lighting & Sound designer, he is regularly to be found at Greystone Hall either working on upcoming events or maintaining the systems we have there.  As Music Director for the past several seasons, he has been creating the musical setting for all of our productions of Shakespeare's plays.  In keeping with the Original Practice philosophy, he searches out early sources to use as a foundation, and has written many original compositions or new arrangements based on older tunes in order to best suit the musical talents of our actors.


KELSEY TOMLINSON

Costume Design

Kelsey's costuming career began in college and resurfaced during OSF's 2015 season. Since then, she has worked for two years with the Woodridge High School theatre program, as well as OSF and Coach House Theatre. Audiences may remember her recent design work in Coach House's Six Dance Lessons...A Thousand Clowns and The Mousetrap. She also designed and created the new green Greenshow costumes, which made their debut at OSF's inaugural New Years Eve Gala. Along with costuming, Kelsey acts and sings onstage whenever possible. 


KATIE ZARECKI

Resident Choreographer

Katie choreographs all dance numbers for Ohio Shakespeare Festival.  Her choreography work and dance are featured heavily in our Greenshow performances.