SYLVESTER: You should listen to me!
SCAPIN: I know. But it's me I'm going to listen to.
Meet the Comedians of scapin:
*Denotes Actors' Equity Member +Denotes Member SDC
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.
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 here.
Geoffrey'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. Here at Greystone, he was Pellinore in the first Ohio Shakes indoor musical: Camelot. 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.
Benjamin Gregorio is excited to make his debut with Ohio Shakespeare Festival! Previously, he has appeared in three consecutive shows at Akron's none too fragile theater over 2016-2017, including Pure Shock Value, The Whipping Man, and most recently in An Impending Rupture of the Belly. Ben would like to thank Terry Burgler, Nancy Cates, and Tess Burgler for this wonderful opportunity. Ben would also like to thank Clyde Simon, Sean Derry, Mitchell Fields, and Amy Fritsche for their support, encouragement, and love.
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!
This is Sydney's second season with OSF and she couldn't be more excited! She has previously been seen as ensemble in The Tempest, Macbeth, As You Like It, and The Winter's Tale, and as the lead musician in The Three Musketeers: An Adventure with Music! She took some time off from performing to work in the light and sound booth and is very excited to return to the stage! Sydney would like to thank her family for always being supportive and driving her to Akron every day!
Jason is thrilled to finally test just how much audiences will deal with him during this full season at Greystone Hall! Jason is a local professional, private instructor, podcast co-host, and five-year company member with OSF who proudly holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State. He has performed in numerous theatres both in Northeast Ohio and in NYC. Most recently, audiences may remember him as Amiens (As You Like It) or Autolycus (The Winter’s Tale) over the summer with OSF, Sgt. Trotter (The Mousetrap) at Coach House, or Lord Aster (Peter and the Starcatcher) at Dobama. As always, much love to his amazing wife Sarah, the Great 8, his Backstage Buddy, and family and friends for their continued love and support.
Joe is in his ninth year as a company member with Ohio Shakes. In addition to acting, Joe is Technical Director of the indoor theatre, performs in touring productions for students, and teaches workshops. This past year he made his debut as a playwright with OSF's production of his adaptation of The Three Musketeers. As an actor he has appeared recently in Complete Works... (abridged), Camelot (Lancelot), The Three Musketeers... (Athos), The Winter's Tale (Clown), As You Like it (Charles), Comedy of Errors (Antipholus), Robin Hood... (David). Other favorite OSF credits include Feste in Twelfth Night and Hotspur in Henry IV, Part 1. He has also performed at Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Lakeland Civic, True North, and The Beck Center. Every performance is dedicated to his wife Tess, of whom he is in awe.
Mark returns for his 8th year with Ohio Shakes. This summer, he played Lebeau and Antigonus in As You Like It and The Winter’s Tale. Last season, he was the Goldsmith in The Comedy of Errors at OSF's Greystone Hall, Major Metcalf in The Mousetrap at Coach House Theatre and 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.
Lighting and Sound Design
Lead 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 Othello, Richard 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.
Emerson Grey Thoenen
Emerson is beyond excited to continue working with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival. His most recent work with OSF was playing around with the wacky cast and crew of Complete Works.... He also was the Stage Manager for Camelot and his first immersion into OSF was fulfilling the role of Assistant Stage Manager for The Three Musketeers.... Emerson’s range in the Performing Arts varies from playwriting, filmmaking, and occasionally background acting. In May of this year, he will be graduating from Kent State University with a degree in Theatre and English. Emery is extremely grateful for all the supportive humans he has in his life. Much love and light, friends.
Resident Costume Designer
Kelsey is ecstatic to be returning to OSF. She was most recently seen as Constance in The Three Musketeers… Other recent roles include the Courtezan 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 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 here, she can be found rock climbing, reading, or trying her hand at music. Much love to family & friends.
A company member for 7 years, his Ohio Shakespeare credits include The Three Musketeers...(Planchet) Richard III (Hastings), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug), Henry IV pt.1 (Owain Glendower), Henry V (Exeter), Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch), Lone Star (Ray), and Robin Hood: an Adventure, with Music (King Richard), as well as many others. Other favorite local credits include Of Mice and Men (Lennie), Spider’s Web (Jeremy), and Philadelphia Story (George) at Coach House Theatre, and Shakespeare in Hollywood (Oberon) and The Lion in Winter (Richard) at Weathervane Playhouse. Derrick is often at home in Northfield planning adventures and training his young shield maiden in combat, poetry, and song. He’d like to thank his wife Justine for letting him play and the best-looking audience around for coming out and supporting local theatre – Enjoy the show!
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 in Comedy of Errors, and as the perpetually grouchy Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap at Coach House. Thanks for letting us entertain you!
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 Heights High School.
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.
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."