"Don't let it be forgot that once there was a spot for one brief, shining moment..."

Meet the Knights of the Round Table:

*Denotes Actors' Equity Member   +Denotes Member SDC


Terry Burgler*+

Director

Terry is a professional director, actor, writer and educator with a notable record of achievement over the past forty years.  He has performed professionally on the Globe Theatre stage in London, and has acted and directed at numerous regional theatres across the country, including McCarter Theatre, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Stage/West and TheatreVirgina, where he served for 13 seasons and was as the most successful Artistic Director in that theatre's 50 year history.  For four years he was Artistic Director at Porthouse Theatre here in Northeast Ohio, presiding over record-breaking seasons that garnered significant critical praise as well.  He resigned his position there to be able to pursue his passion for Shakespeare as one of the two founding Artistic Directors of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival.  Read more.


Tess Burgler

Sir Sagramore / Ensemble

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. 


DeLee Cooper

Morgan Le Fay / Ensemble

DeLee is delighted to join OSF again! An Ohio native, she holds a BFA in Acting from Wright State University in Dayton and is currently an Actor Teacher with Great Lakes Theater’s Education Department. Some recent credits include: The Taming of the Shrew (Cleveland Shakespeare Festival), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jekyll & Hyde (French Creek Theater), Heathers and Billy Elliot (Beck Center for the Arts), Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pointillism Jazz Consort).


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Jordan Cooper

Music Director

Jordan is thrilled to be working with his friends at OSF! His career has brought him over twenty years of classical piano training and experience in musical directing all over the east coast. His love of theatre and passion for the arts began at a young age and has flourished into a thriving theatre career. He is an accomplished director, conductor, music director and pianist who has had the pleasure of working at Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Playhouse Square, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Cain Park, and the list goes on. Favorite credits include: Next To Normal, The Light In the Piazza, Violet, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County (Lakeland); Godspell, The Frogs, Toxic Avenger, Rock of Ages (Cain Park); The Little Foxes, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (upcoming) (Cleveland Play House); A Civil War Christmas, Peter & The Starcatcher (DOBAMA). A big thanks goes out to his supportive family and friends.


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Karen Clark-Green

Ensemble

Karen is a singer, actor, choreographer, playwright, author, and director.  Her career began at the age of 9 in the equity production of The King & I, and her opera career began in Vienna, Austria as the lead in the world premiere opera Dream Sequence.  She was one of the original Kenley Players with a 20 year credit of musical theater.  She is remembered for her performance in the concert version of Porgy & Bess (Bess) with the Akron Symphony and has many opera credits.   She is working in TV and Film as well as having written six plays and six books. Her new musical, The Hope, debuted in Ohio December 2016. She will be directing the Opera  Porgy & Bess at Western Reserve in Youngstown in March 2018. She holds an A.A, BFA, and earned her Master of Music from the University of Akron as well as studying in Graz, Austria and Milan, Italy.  


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Andrew Cruse*

King Arthur

Andrew is a familiar face at OSF, having appeared over the past decade in numerous roles on stage at Stan Hywet including: Hal (Henry IV, Henry V); Iachimo (Cymbeline); Berowne (Love's Labour’s Lost); Edgar (King Lear); Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew); as well as Romeo and Hamlet. Last year Andrew appeared as Robin Hood on stage at Greystone Hall.  He has appeared locally at Coach House Theater, Ensemble Theater, Dobama, and Porthouse Theater. He gives special thanks to his incredible wife Amy for her unfailing support.


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GEoffery Darling

Pellinore

Geoffrey Darling’s happy and rewarding association with the OSF company personnel began in Macbeth with Actors’ Summit about ten years ago, when he first met Terry (Duncan, Porter, Doctor at the time). At Stan Hywet he’s been Sly in Taming of the Shrew, a Knight in King Lear and Fluellen in Henry V. He’s been in several of the Agatha Christie mysteries at Coach House, always in law enforcement roles, and has also appeared at Magical Theatre, Barberton. 


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Zara Deardorff

Crew

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 for their first musical production, CAMELOT!


Sean Flemming

Ensemble

Sean is a junior attending Kent State University, pursuing a Theatre Performance major. Trained as a tenor, he has a love for Shakespeare, musical theatre, and ballet. Recent credits include Beast/Prince (Beauty and the Beast, Canton Players Guild), Malcolm (Macbeth, KSU), Rapunzel's Prince (Into the Woods, KSU), Edward Rutledge (1776, Hudson Players). Sean is excited to join the company at Ohio Shakespeare Festival. All the best and no regrets!


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NATALIE GREEN*

Guinevere

Natalie is overjoyed to be onstage for the first time with OSF after having been enchanted as an audience member for many years. She is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Regionally, Natalie has worked with Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, EJ Thomas Hall/University of Akron, Cleveland Play House, Pittsburgh Repertory Company, Mamai Theatre Company, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland JCC/Tri-C East, Lakeland Theatre, Fine Arts Association, Carnation City Players, True North Cultural Arts Center, Fairmount Center and performs as lead singer for The Grand Avenue Band. Professionally, she works as an actor, voice-over artist, singer, writer, manager and producer and is proud to be part of the great artistic work that is happening in the Northeast Ohio area and beyond.


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Christopher Hager

Clarius / Ensemble

Originally from Maryland, Christopher worked at two theaters: Possum Point Players and Salisbury Community Theater, on plays that included Jekyll and Hyde, Snoopy, Ragtime, and Oliver. He decided to pursue more knowledge from Salisbury University, and worked on more shows including Sin that Kills, Freaks on Broadway, and Magic Flute. Moving to Ohio, he transferred to Youngstown State University. Since then, he's had more experience including:  A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Sweeney Todd, Tartuffe, The Producers, Where do the Wild Rabbits Go?, and Out of this Furnace. Camelot is his first show at OSF, and he hopes to make a good impression.


Bevan Michael Haynes

Ensemble

Bevan is excited to join the OSF family and perform an incredible piece of art in this marvelous space. Other favorite credits include Sunday…George (George) at True North, Man of La Mancha (Cervates/Quixote) with Celebration Players, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Scanlon) at Beck Center for the Arts, Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio) at Weathervane, and The Fantasticks (Matt) at Kentwood Playhouse in Los Angeles. 


Jason Leupold

Sir Dinadin / Mordred / Ensemble

Vocal Coach

Jason is a local professional performer who proudly holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State and has performed in many theaters both in the area and in NYC. Most recently, audiences may remember him from The Mousetrap (Sgt. Trotter) at Coach House, Peter and the Starcatcher (Lord Aster) at Dobama, or The Three Musketeers... (Aramis) at OSF. Jason is also the co-host of the podcast Backstage Buddies with OSF-favorite, Joe Pine. As always, much love to his family, friends, the Great 8, and wonderful wife Sarah for their continued love and support.


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Elisha Mueller

Ensemble

Elisha is excited to make her Ohio Shakespeare Festival debut. She has previously appeared in theaters around Northeast Ohio, including Lakeland Civic Theatre, Canton Players Guild, and Hudson Players. Favorite roles include Anna in The King and I, Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, and Meg in Little Women. She would like to thank her family for their love and support.


Joe Pine

Lancelot

Technical Director

Joe has been involved in many of the tremendous new programs offered this year since acquiring the new theatre, still finding time to act in recent productions of The Three Musketeers...,The Winter's Tale, Comedy of Errors, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music. Favorite OSF credits include Hotspur (Henry IV p. 1), Feste (Twelfth Night) and Stephano (Tempest). Other regional credits include George (Of Mice and Men, Coach House Theatre), Slank (Peter and the Starcatcher, Dobama), Fersen (Marie Antionette, Dobama) and Billis (South Pacific, E.J. Thomas Hall). This one's for you, Lo'. Look, up in the sky--!


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Pete Robinson

Merlyn/Ensemble

Pete is a Cleveland-born actor, filmmaker, director, and writer.  Retuning to Cleveland after serving in the U.S. Marines for 8 years, Pete was seen in a Karamu House production that included Sty of the Blind Pig and The Mirror Man. He has performed at many theaters including Peachtree Playhouse in Atlanta Georgia. His film credits include KING, the first film about Martin Luther King, Our Winning Season,  Up Your Alley, Wacko, and G.O.R.P. Since returning to Northeast Ohio, Pete has appeared in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, and Julius Caesar  at the Karamu House. He also appeared in Driving Miss Daisy, Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Pajama Game at the French Creek Theater.  He most recently appeared in Of Mice and Men at the Coach House Theater and You Can’t Take It With You, a Karamu production staged at Tri-C East.  He is very excited about the upcoming production.


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Peter Shokalook

Ensemble

Peter, a native of Cleveland Ohio, received his bachelors of Arts and Theater from Cleveland State University. He had the privilege of studying acting at the Cleveland Playhouse, musical theater and voice with Joseph Garry, Richard Oberlin, John Price Jr. and Robert Smith. He was an integral performer in many productions with Cleveland State University including many dramatic and musical roles. Peter has also performed in many productions with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival including Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar. Last Season, Peter appeared as Egeus and Peter Quince in Rubber City Shakespeare production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recently he has successfully appeared in Illusion Factory’s touring production of Little Mermaid as King Neptune and Sea Cat (puppet). Along with his extensive theater experience, Peter has recently appeared in many feature and independent films and commercials.


Mark Stoffer

Resident Lighting and Sound Design

Mark is excited to be tackling the technical challenges of our first big musical here at Greystone Hall.  A long time member of OSF, he has been acting in and designing for productions in Northeast Ohio for many years.  Some of his favorite designs have been for 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.


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Emerson Grey Thoenen  

Stage Manager

Emersonis new to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival this season. Most recently he fulfilled the role of Assistant Stage Manager for Three Musketeers... by the 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 

Ensemble

Kelsey is ecstatic to be returning to the Henry C. Bishop stage with OSF this fall. Recent credits include Constance in The Three Musketeers... and Dorcas in The Winter's Tale with OSF. Other recent roles include the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors, Sandra in A Thousand Clowns (Coach House Theatre), and Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner (Weathervane). Beyond acting, she has been Costume Designer for Woodridge High School for two years, and currently serves as the Resident Costume Designer for OSF. Audiences may remember her recent costume work from The Winter's Tale, Comedy of Errors, and The Mousetrap (Coach House Theatre). When not doing theatre, she can be found rock climbing, reading, or trying her hand at music. Much love to family and friends, and thanks always for your support. 


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Andreas Varner Waltz 

SIr Tom of Warwick

Andreas Varner Waltz is ten years old and attends Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts with a focus in drama. He likes reading and has two cats.  He is a fan of musicals, especially those by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He enjoys playing piano, Japanese fencing, and playing soccer for AMFC. He would like to thank the Ohio Shakespeare Festival for giving him this opportunity.


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Karen Wood 

Ensemble

Karen is delighted to return for her twelfth year with OSF.  There is something very special about performing with this great group of people.  Karen was most recently seen as Corin in As You Like It, Emelia in The Winter’s Tale outdoors at Stan Hywet and Abbess Amelia on OSF's Henry C. Bishop Stage at Greystone Hall, and as the perpetually grouchy Mrs. Boyle  in The Mousetrap at Coach House.  Thanks for letting us entertain you!


Katie zarecki

Nimue / Ensemble

Resident Choreographer

Since graduating from Bowling Green State University with a B.M. in vocal performance, Katie has appeared at a variety of venues as actress and/or choreographer.  Some of her favorite past shows are Evil Dead: the Musical, Cabaret with Blank Canvas Theatre, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with Coach House Theatre.  For the past four seasons she has been a part of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival appearing in and choreographing the Greenshows and plays.  In whatever free time she has, Katie teaches dance and voice for Wayne Center for the Arts and Cleveland Hts High School.


Ryan zarecki

Sir Lionel / Ensemble

Resident Fight Director

Recently seen in The Three Musketeers..., As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Lone Star, he can't get enough of the Henry C. Bishop Stage.  When not throwing himself about the set, he choreographs / teaches stage combat all over the Akron/Cleveland area,  runs the monthly Fight Nights for OSF as well as creating custom leather goods in his Etsy shop The Buckle and Rose. He is blessed to do what he loves and loves what he does.  His incredibly talented and beautiful wife Katie keeps his heart beating and his head on straight, and he thanks you for supporting his theatre family here at the Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Huzzah!


Once and Future Company Members:

ALFRED ANDERSON

Jupiter

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


Henry Bishop

Corambis

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


Susan Case

Rosaline

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