Meet the Outdoor summer company of As You like it & The Winter's Tale:

*Denotes Actors' Equity Member   +Denotes Member SSDC


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

Rosalind, Hermione, Greenshow

Tess "likes this place and willing would waste my time in it." OSF audiences might remember her as: Ariel, 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 so excited to play d'Artagnan in our next Family Theatre show this fall: The Three Musketeers, And Adventure, with Music. She is beyond grateful for you, this theatre, Shakespeare, and her Smallville.


Julianna Blischak

Audrey, Greenshow

Julianna is delighted to be performing with Ohio Shakespeare Festival at Stan Hywet for a fourth summer. She was last seen in OSF's New Year’s Eve Greenshow Gala at Greystone Hall. She has also performed locally at Coach House, Porthouse, Weathervane, The University of Akron, and Kent State University, where she recently earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition.


Amelia Britton

Ensemble, Greenshow

Amelia couldn't be happier to return to OSF after a four-year hiatus. She last appeared with OSF as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Amelia graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in May with a degree in Decision Science and minors in Spanish and Public Policy. She is moving to Washington, D.C. this fall to begin work as a federal consultant. 


Trevor Buda

Silvius, Florizel, Greenshow

Set Carpenter

Trevor is thrilled to return for his second summer with OSF.  He was last seen as Adrian in The Tempest and Donalbain in Macbeth.  He is currently studying acting at Baldwin Wallace University, where some of his favorite roles include Palamon in The Two Noble Kinsmen and Valentine Brown in Quality Street. He is blessed and thankful to God, family, friends, and teachers who challenge and endlessly encourage him. 1 John 4:18. 

 


Sarah Coon

Celia

Stage Manager Winter's Tale, Director Greenshow

Sarah is thrilled to be returning to Ohio Shakes! 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."


Dean Coutris 

Oliver, Camillo

Dean is very honored to be company member of The Ohio Shakespeare Festival for the fourth year! He has also performed at various theatres throughout Northeast Ohio, including Coach House Theatre in Akron. He is a co-founding member of the long-form improv troupe, Just Go With It. Dean would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support! 


Andrew Cruse*

Polixenes

Andrew is a familiar face at OSF, having appeared over the past decade in numerous roles on stage at Stan Hwyet including: Hal (Henry IV, Henry V); Iachimo (Cymbeline); Berowne (Loves Labours Lost); Edgar (King Lear); Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew); as well as Romeo and Hamlet. Most recently he was seen as Robin Hood... indoors at Greystone Hall, where he will next appear as King Arthur in Camelot this fall. He is grateful to share the stage with such a talented company of artists, and takes particular pride as he performs along side his son for the first time this summer! Special thanks to his incredible wife Amy for her unfailing support.


Owen Cruse

Mamillius

Owen is making his professional stage debut. A fourth grader at East Woods Elementary School, Owen has performed in the past year at Weathervane Playhouse, McDowell Elementary and First Congregational Church in Hudson. In his spare time Owen enjoys baseball, lacrosse, Minecraft, and generally getting along with his younger sister, Morgan.


Amy Dick

Ensemble, Perdita, Greenshow

Amy is excited to make her Ohio Shakespeare Festival debut. She is an MA student in the English department at Duquesne University, where she earned her BA in English Literature and her BM in music performance. Amy’s past roles include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Jaques in As You Like It, and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. She sends her love to Sean, and hopes this might make up for not mentioning him on the radio.  


Jim fippin

First Lord, Old Shepherd

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.


Andrew Gorell*

Touchstone

Andrew  was last seen at OSF in last summer’s The Tempest. Other recent area productions include The Devil's Disciple (Coachhouse Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Dobama Theatre) and  Little Row Boat (CPH New Ground). National Tour: The Lion King (Zazu). Regional Theatre: Cleveland Playhouse, Charleston Stage, The American Shakespeare Center, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater the Milwaukee Rep. TV: Downward Dog (ABC). Film: My Friend Dahmer, The Bye, Bye Man, and Five Points. As a director and producer with g2h films: Exact Change (with Christine Howey), Technically Marvin (selection, 41st CIFF) and On A Technicality (39th CIFF). Andrew is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

 


Adam Hass-Hill

Page 2, Acrobat, Gentleman, Greenshow

Adam is a junior Musical Theatre Major at Indiana University, and is very excited for his second summer at OSF. Last year, he was in the The Tempest, Macbeth, and Robin Hood... (you may remember his ladylike scream). This past year at Indiana, he was in Jesus Christ Superstar. He's also played Richard III in Richard III, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and Michael in Dancing At Lughnasa at the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy. He would like to thank his parents, siblings, Granny, and you for coming and enjoying the show. For Amelia. 


Reid Henry

William, Dennis, Greenshow

Reid is currently a student at Indiana University studying theatre, and is so pleased to be making his first appearance with Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Most recently he's been seen as Gonzalo in The Tempest, Male Ensemble in The Exonerated, and The Visitor in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Reid is from Fort Wayne Indiana.


Nathan Hoyle

Lord, Greenshow

This is Nathan's fourth summer at OSF, and it's great to be back.  Nathan can usually be seen with a weapon in hand in a fight scene, or trying to convince Terry that the show could use another stunt.  Off stage, Nathan enjoys reading, board games, family bike rides with his wife Kira and step-daughter Liberty, and playing some good 'ol Dungeons and Dragons.  He has his BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Akron.


Sara Katrenich

Jaques de Bois, First Lady, Third Gentleman, Greenshow

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 and as Luce in The Comedy of Errors.  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!    


Sydney Keller 

Ensemble, Greenshow

This is Sydney's second season with OSF and she is so excited to be back. She previously appeared in The Tempest as a spirit and Macbeth as a servant/fighter. She was also one of the Sheriff's Men in the fall production of Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music. She adores the OSF company and is excited to make new memories in the coming years. Huzzah!


GEoff Knox* 

Jaques, Leontes

Geoff could not be more excited to be back with Ohio Shakespeare Festival this summer. A company member since 2003, Geoff has performed in many plays at OSF. Some of his favorites include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Macduff in Macbeth and Caliban in The Tempest. Other Akron/Cleveland Theaters Geoff has performed at include Coach House Theatre, Ensemble, Dobama, and Cleveland Public Theatre. He is a graduate of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida.


Tara Kodosky 

Ensemble, Greenshow

Costume Construction

Tara is excited to be returning for her third season with OSF! She has spent the last two years in Los Angeles grinding, auditioning, and working on various shows and films such as The Circle, The Middle, NCIS: LA, I'm Dying Up Here,  and New Girl, to name a few. Ready for revelry and adventure, she is delighted to share the stage with wonderful and talented friends and family.  Love to you all. Cheers!


Marty LaConte 

Costume Design As You Like It

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.


Lara Mielcarek* 

Phebe, Paulina

Ohio Shakespeare Festival; Much Ado about Nothing, 2006- Ursula, 2015- Beatrice, Macbeth, 2006- First Witch/L.Macduff, 2016- L. Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona- Julia, Hamlet- Ophelia, Comedy of Errors 2007/2013, Adriana, Othello- Emilia, Taming of the Shrew- Kate, Love's Labours Lost- Princess, Richard III- Q. Elizabeth, Midsummer Night's Dream- Titania, Merchant of Venice- Portia, Twelfth Night- Olivia. Cleveland Critics Best Actress award, 2015, Or- Aphra Behn, Dobama Theatre; Cock- W, Becky Shaw- Susannah, The Norwegians- Betty, Marie Antoinette- Polignac. Beck Center; Seminar- Kate, Coach House; Moon for the Misbegotten- Josie. Other theatres include; The Crain, The Director's Co, Red Bull, Gallery Players (NYC), True North, JCC East, Convergence Continuum. MFA Penn State, BFA Kent State, Director and Creator of ARC (Artist's Rehabilitation Coalition) at NERC, Womens' Correctional Facility. 


Jason Leupold 

Amiens, Autolycus, Greenshow

Greenshow Music Director

Jason is beyond thrilled to be returning for his fifth season with OSF! 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 Robin Hood... (Alan-a-Dale) at OSF's new indoor stage. 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.


David Mcnees

Duke Senior, Greenshow

David thoroughly cherishes every moment spent with Ohio Shakespeare Festival over the last 9 years in productions such as: As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Witness for the Prosecution, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, The Foreigner, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and Robin Hood. He is a veteran of San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory, and Winedale Shakespeare Festivals out on the West Coast.  He was also a founding member of Pour Boys Productions in the Bay Area, receiving Bay Area Critics' Circle and Los Angeles based Drama-Louge awards for roles in Boys' Life, Hurlyburly, American Buffalo, Don Juan in Chicago and more. Many moons ago he focused on Shakespeare studies at UC Berkeley, then received his MFA in Applied Psychology and Performing Arts from New York University. David has used drama in therapeutic settings as well as in his teaching career. Television credits include Nash Bridges, and some really cheesey rock videos.


Lucy Mcnees

Ensemble, Greenshow

Lucy is so excited to performing with OSF for her fourth season after joining them in Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and the Greenshow! She has a passion for Shakespeare, and loves to write poetry and play cello. Some of her favorite roles include Viola in Hershey Montessori Middle School’s full-length production of Twelfth Night, and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. She would like to extend a thank you to her friends and family for supporting her passion for acting throughout the year!

 


JErimie Newcomb

Corin, Clown

Jerimie.


Joe Pine

Charles, Cleomenes, Greenshow

Lead Carpenter, Associate Producer

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 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--!


Pete Robinson

Adam, Old Mariner, Gaoler

 Pete is a Cleveland-born actor, filmmaker, director, and writer, who was first seen in a professional theater at the age of 12 at the famed Washington D.C. Children's Theater.  Retuning to Cleveland after serving in the U.S. Marines for 8 years, Pete was seen in a Karamu House productions that included Sty of the Blind Pig and The Mirror Man. He has performed at many theaters around the country including the 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, Ceremony 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.  Very excited about the upcoming production.


Mark Stoffer

LeBeau, Antigonus

Lighting Design, Mainstage Music Director

 Mark returns for his 8th summer after a busy year.  This season, he played Angelo the Goldsmith in The Comedy of Errors at OSF's Greystone Hall, Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap at Coach House Theatre, and most recently Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville..., also at CHT.  In addition to these performances, he designed lights and/or sound for nine productions and many more special events in past year.  Although most evenings will find him at a theater, he actually lives in Cuyahoga Falls with his wife, Sherri.


Kelsey Tomlinson

The Hymen, Dorcas, Archidamus, Greenshow

Costume Design Winter's Tale

Kelsey is very excited to be returning to Ohio Shakespeare Festival. She was most recently seen as the Courtesan in Comedy of Errors and 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], and The Comedy of Errors. 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.


Kirsten Vaughn

Second Lord, Second Lady, Dancing Shepherdess, Greenshow

Wardrobe crew

Kerstin is thrilled to be making her debut with OSF. She has just finished her sophomore year at the University of Mount Union where she majors in both theatre and communication studies. Previous credits include Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare at the Castle), Duke Solinas/Dr. Pinch in Comedy of Errors (University of Mount Union), and Silvius in As You Like It (Rubber City Shakespeare Company). To God be the glory.

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Karen Wood

Sir Oliver Martex, Emelia, Greenshow

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!"


Katie zarecki

Duke Frederick, Mopsa, Oracle, Greenshow

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

Orlando, Time, First Lord, acrobat, Greenshow

Resident Fight Director

Recently seen in the The Comedy of Errors, 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!


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."