Meet the comic lords and ladies of the comedy of errors:
*Denotes Actors' Equity Member +Denotes Member SSDC
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 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. OSF audiences might remember her as: Viola, Juliet, Cordelia, Maid Marian, Rosaline, 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 (abdridged) and the remounted production of Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music). She is beyond grateful for you, this theatre, Shakespeare, and her Smallville.
Minor Cline is joyful to be performing on the OSF stage for the first time. Earlier in this season, Minor stage managed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Upstart Crow. They recently appeared in Dunamis Theater's inaugural production of Hot 'n' Throbbing at the Rialto Theater.
Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah is thrilled to be returning to Greystone! She can often be found haunting the backstage at OSF, having served as the stage manager for the summer Greenshows and both productions of Robin Hood. Sarah also works as a local director; recent credits include The Hollow (Brecksville Little Theatre), Prometheus Rising (Cleveland Public Theatre), and Clybourne Park (East Cleveland). She holds an M.A. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, and is currently working towards her Master's in Education/teaching license at John Carroll University. She sends all her love to her family and the "great 8." To her ever-supportive husband Jason: "I would not wish any companion in the world but you."
This is Brian's fourth show with Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and every single one has been an unforgettable experience. When not acting, Brian is working on his craft as a writer and filmmaker. Other favorite past theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Three Days of Rain. Sharing the Henry C. Bishop Stage with such an incredible group of people is not only an honor, but a blessing.
Jim has been an OSF company member for 11 seasons, appearing in Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, Part One, Cymbeline, Richard III, King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Othello. His resume also includes roles in Four Dogs and a Bone, Uncle Vanya, August: Osage County, Custer, The Real Thing, The Odd Couple, and The Lion in Winter. Jim has directed The Man Who Came to Dinner, Italian American Reconciliation, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Proof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Art, and Betrayal. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Otterbein, where he met his wife, Elaine, and, where their daughter, Emelie, is a freshman.
Diana is ecstatic to be back working with Ohio Shakespeare Festival after recently performing in Robin Hood: An Adventure, With Music last fall. She is a proud graduate of Wright State University’s BFA Acting Program, has participated in The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Summer Professional Training Program for the past two summers, and is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors as an Actor-Combatant. When she isn’t doing Shakespeare, you can usually catch her taking classes at the Houde School for Acting in Cleveland Heights. Other past credits include: Twelfth Night, Pride and Prejudice, Blood Wedding, and The Magic Fire. Love and thanks to her family.
Dromio of Syracuse and Ephesus
Ernie is honored and ecstatic to be a part of OSF’s inaugural season at Greystone. Previous OSF credits include: Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Touchstone in As You Like It, Costard in Love’s Labours’ Lost, Speed in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lancelot in The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, and Rodrigo in Othello. He’s performed in regional theatres across the country; select credits include: La MaMa (off-Broadway), Creative Place Theatre (off-Broadway), The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Second City Chicago (BrownCo.), The Victory Gardens Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, and Odyssey Theatre. Ernie now resides in Los Angeles, CA and has appeared on TV show such as “No Tomorrow” (The CW), “Training Day” (CBS), “American Crime” (ABC), “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC) and on national commercials for Sonic, Rite Aid, Lowes, and Nopalina (which is Mexican fiber….yup). When in doubt, visit AllAboutErnie.com.
Gordon is proud to be joining Ohio Shakespeare Festival for their 2016-2017 season. Starting at CSU in the Fall, Gordon is working towards his Bachelor of Mathematics. You may remember him from Dobama’s The Flick as Avery. Previously, Gordon studied at The Academy in Chagrin Falls where he appeared as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Sung in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Delmount in The Miss Firecracker Content, and George in A Raisin in the Sun. Gordon wishes to thank his family, director, and production staff who made this all possible, as well as Tom Fulton for instilling in him the courage to create. Enjoy the show!
Josy is an actor, director and playwright. She is a native of Cleveland, OH who recently relocated from Macon, GA to live in Akron. Josy is the founder of the Chameleon Village Theatre Collective in Macon, a performance art collaboration specializing in improv and new work. Comedy of Errors will be her performance debut here in the Rubber City. Josy has spent the last couple of months being a character actor, performing as Princess Tiana (Princess and the Frog), and is thrilled to be getting an opportunity to be on the stage again.
Sara is excited to work with Ohio Shakespeare Festival again! She appeared in OSF’s Greystone Hall debut Robin Hood: An Adventure with Music as one of the Sheriff’s Guards. She is a graduate from The Ohio State University and is now living in the Greater Cleveland area. She was most recently in Brecksville Little Theatre’s production of The Hollow as Veronica Craye. Favorite past roles include, Sampson in Romeo and Juliet, Patty Simcox in Grease, and Miss Willie in The Curious Savage. Sara also enjoys performing with Eastern European folk dance group, Living Traditions Folk Ensemble. All the love!
Michael is thrilled to be joining the Ohio Shakespeare Festival for the first time in The Comedy of Errors. Most recently Michael appeared as Homer Collins in Floyd Collins at Blank Canvas Theatre and in The Violins of Hope, an educational concert series with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Playhouse revolving around violins played during the holocaust. Other credits include Cabaret (Victor/Max), I Love You Because (Austin), Jekyll & Hyde (Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde), and Assassins (John Wilkes Booth). Michael is currently pursuing his Acting Certification in the Michael Chekhov acting technique with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium and studies acting with Jamie Koeth. Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!
Antipholous of Syracuse and Ephesus
Joe is so happy to be involved in the first Shakespeare play to grace the Henry C. Bishop Stage! This is Joe's 8th season as an actor and his 3rd season as Associate Producer and Educational Coordinator. Joe has been involved in many of the tremendous new programs offered this year since acquiring the new theatre: ShakesBEER, co-writing the script for our upcoming Three Musketeers, the Student Matinee Series production of Macbeth, resident Weekend Workshops, touring classroom workshops, Assistant Technical Direction of Greystone, and finding time to act in recent productions of 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--!.
Mark returns to this role, which is the first he played in an OSF production in 2008. In addition to his OSF staff duties, he has performed many roles and died tragic deaths on our stage, including Arragon in The Merchant of Venice, Fabian in Twelfth Night, and Lord Stanley in Richard III.
Kelsey is very excited to be returning to the Henry C. Bishop stage this spring--her debut being the New Year's Eve Greenshow Gala performance. She was most recently seen as the third witch in Macbeth with Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Other recent roles include Diana in Lend Me a Tenor (Coach House Theatre), Mary in How the Other Half Loves (CHT), 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 Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Audiences may remember her recent costume work from The Mousetrap (CHT), the Greenshow Gala, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], When not doing theatre, she can be found rock climbing, crafting, or trying her hand at music. Much love to family and friends, and thanks always for your support.
Vince is pleased to be working his first run with Ohio Shakespeare! He has diverse background in production ranging from music festivals and theatre to corporate interviews and promotion for Livenation, Cleveland Playhouse, ESPN, HGTV, Cleveland Foundation and Cleveland Public Theatre.
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.
Recently seen in the 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, or building ones for Coach House Theatre up the road, 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!
Karen is delighted to be making her first appearance on OSF's Henry C. Bishop Stage. Karen has been a company member with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival at Stan Hywet for the last 11 summers, playing a variety of male and female roles. Karen recently appeared as Mrs. Boyle in the Coach House Theatre production of The Mousetrap. Favorite roles over the years have included Amalia in She Loves Me, Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Emma in Over the River and Through the Woods. Thanks for supporting live theater!"
Once and Future Company Members:
"Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
"He was a man, take him for all and all. I shall not look upon his like again."
"...from this day to the ending of the world but [she] in it shall be remembered."