"DO NOT try this at home...go over to a friend's house."

Meet the Goofballs of Complete Works (Abridged):

*Denotes Actors' Equity Member   +Denotes Member SDC

Tess Burgler


Managing Director

Tess is a core actor-manager at Ohio Shakes, spending her days as Managing Director. OSF audiences might remember her as: d'Artagnan, Rosalind, Hermione, Ariel, Viola, Juliet, Cordelia, Maid Marian, Imogen, among others.  She has been directing the Greenshows at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens for almost a decade.  She's also begun to direct for the OSF mainstage (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] and the remounted production of Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music).  A few outside credits include Charlotte in The Mystery of Love and Sex (Dobama), Judith (The Devil's Disciple, Coach House Theatre), Cecily (Importance of Being Earnest, Actors' Summit). She is beyond grateful for you, this theatre, Shakespeare, and her Smallville. 

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Zara Deardorff


Zara has always loved theatre and the arts. She graduated from Clarion University with Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007.  She continued her training in theatre and acting while attending the American Music and Drama Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles until 2009. Since 2015, Zara has worked at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio, supporting local art and theatre education in our communities. Whether she is onstage or off, Zara’s love and passion for the theatre cannot be denied. She’s excited to join the OSF crew again!

Geoff Knox*


Geoff could not be more thrilled to reprise this hysterical show with three of his nearest and dearest. This Spring at OSF he’ll also be appearing in the Ohio premiere of Charles III. Previous OSF shows include The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Winters Tale and others. Other area Theaters include Coach House, Dobama, Ensemble, None Too Fragile and Great Lakes Theater. He received his MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. 

Joe Pine


Technical Director

Joe is thrilled to return to Complete Works... to play his most challenging role: himself. Joe is a 9 year company member with Ohio Shakespeare and has spent the last two years not only as an actor but as Technical Director, workshop teacher, school tour actor, and more. This Fall, he premiered his first work as playwright with OSF’s production of his adaptation of The Three Musketeers... Favorite roles with OSF include Athos (Three Musketeers...), Lancelot (Camelot), Feste (Twelfth Night), and Hotspur (Henry IV part 1). Joe has also performed professionally all over Northeast Ohio at such theatres as Dobama, Ensemble, Lakeland Civic, and the Beck Center. All performances forevermore are dedicated to his d’Artagnan, his Lois Lane, his Rey, his best friend: Tess. 

Shane M. Stahl

Stage Manager

Shane is back for round two of Complete Works…, having served backstage on last year's sellout run. Previously at OSF, he house managed for The Three Musketeers... and ran the box office for this past summer's Stan Hywet productions. In April, Shane will stage manage the Ohio premiere of King Charles III, also here at OSF. As an actor, he has appeared onstage at theaters around northeast Ohio, including Coach House (the Cates & Burgler years), Weathervane Playhouse, and Cassidy Theater. By day, Shane is the Digital Specialist for Freedom For All Americans, working to secure non-discrimination protections across the country for all. "It's not about deserve, it's about what you believe...and I believe in love.”

Mark Stoffer

Resident Lighting and Sound Design

A long time member of OSF, Mark has been acting in and designing for productions in Northeast Ohio for many years.  Some of his favorite designs have been for Camelot here at Ohio Shakes, A Long Day’s Journey into Night at Weathervane Playhouse, Moon for the Misbegotten, The Glass Menagerie, and 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks, all at Coach House Theatre, and The Nutcracker at Wayne Center for the Arts.  Regular patrons will also recognize him from his many memorable performances on stage, including most recently Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville at Coach House Theatre, and LeBeau in As You Like It and Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale during OSF’s 2017 outdoor season.  When not working his ‘day-job’ or here at the theatre, he makes his way home to Cuyahoga Falls and his very loving and supportive wife, Sherri.


Emerson Grey Thoenen  


Emerson is new to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival this season. Most recently he fulfilled the role of Assistant Stage Manager for Three Musketeers... and Stage Manager for Camelot here at OSF. He has worked in the performing arts the past decade. His body of work ranges from playwriting, cinematography, to stage design. As a background artist he has been in multiple films such as Captain America the Winter Soldier, The Fate of the Furious, and coming out soon, My Friend Dahmer and Acts of Violence. Emerson has a passion for working with youths in many aspects of the theater. In May of 2018 he will be obtaining his degree in Theatre and English from Kent State University. Emerson is very excited to continue his work at Greystone Hall.  

Kelsey Tomlinson 

Costume Designer

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 The Three Musketeers... and The Winter's Tale here at Ohio Shakes, and 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. 

Ryan zarecki


Resident Fight Director

Ryan loves his job. As resident Fight Director (excelsior/etc.) for the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, he has had the honor to play the lover Orlando in As You Like It, the musketeer Porthos in the Three Musketeers…, the brave knight Sir Lionel in Camelot, the proud Mercutio in OSF's educational tour of Romeo and Juliet; he has also staged violence for the past five years in Akron. He has been training, teaching and choreographing stage violence for over a decade. As a stage combat instructor, he hosts the monthly Fight Night at here Greystone Hall and has worked with the Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute,  the Wayne Center for the Arts,  Cleveland State University and has been the fight choreographer for Dobama theatre's past two seasons of shows, including: Baker St. Irregulars, Hand to God, Peter and the Starcatcher and An Octaroon. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, he has trained in Chicago with such groups as the Babes with Blades and is a proud member of the SAFD. When not avoiding stabbings, he runs his leather shop—The Buckle and Rose on Etsy.com. He lives in Stow with his beautiful and talented choreographer wife Katie Zarecki and their two dogs. 

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"Good night, sweet prince.  And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

Henry Bishop


"He was a man, take him for all and all.  I shall not look upon his like again."

Susan Case


"...from this day to the ending of the world but [she] in it shall be remembered."