PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource

The PlayShakespeare.com Team

Ron Severdia

Ron Severdia

Starting as a magician when he was nine, he wrote and performed in The Great Escape, a play about the life of Harry Houdini. While studying at American Conservatory Theater, Ron played the title role in the ExitTheatre's controversial reverse-cast production of Othello. In his travels all over Europe, he has performed in Shakespeare festivals and television. He is the recipient of two BATCC Awards, one for his acclaimed solo adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

USA: California

Kurt Daw

Kurt Daw
  • Arts Writer

  • San Francisco, CA

Kurt Daw is a Professor of Theater Arts, and the former Dean of the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. He previously served as Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at SUNY - New Paltz and Founding Chair of Theatre at Kennesaw State University. He was President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the nation’s largest disciplinary organization for professors and departments of theatre, from 2000-03. In 2001-2, he was an American Council on Education fellow, studying with university presidents all over the United States and Great Britain. Daw has twice participated in National Endowment for the Humanities year-long seminars at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., on Shakespeare and performance. He has directed both opera and theatre widely, including Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Midsummer Night's Dream, Tempest, Comedy of Errors, and Macbeth. He is a widely published author, blogger (ShakespearesTribe.com) , and public speaker.

Barry Eitel

Barry Eitel

Barry Eitel has a BA in theatre and philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. He currently works around the Bay Area as an actor, director, and writer. He has had several plays produced around the country and is a published author and poet.

Matthew Henerson

Matthew Henerson
  • Arts Writer

  • Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Henerson is an actor born and based in Los Angeles. He has worked regionally at many theatres including American Citizens Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Antaeus, the Independent Shakespeare Company, International City Theatre, Kingsmen Shakespeare, La Jolla Playhouse, Pacific Repertory, San Diego Repertory, Sierra Repertory, South Coast Repertory as well as at Shakespeare festivals in Arizona, Colorado, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Utah. In over 50 productions of Shakespeare, he has played Macbeth, Leontes, Shylock, Caliban, Sir Toby Belch, Lear’s Fool, and Alcibiades in Timon of Athens. His film and television work includes appearances on The Bernie Mac Show, Hung, Torn Apart (Lifetime), America 101, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms. He holds a B.A. in English from Yale and an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego.

Julian López-Morillas

Julian Lopez-Morillas

Julian López-Morillas is a professional theatre actor, director, and teacher. He has performed at all the major San Francisco Bay Area theatres including ACT, Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Magic Theatre, Aurora, and many others. Beyond the Bay Area, he has performed at the Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, McCarter and Chicago's Court Theatre. He directed for many years with the original Berkeley Shakespeare Festival (now California Shakespeare Theatre), and also at Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Jewish Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the American Players Theatre. He has taught acting, directing, theatre history, and Shakespeare for the University of California at Berkeley, San Jose State University, Mills College, Foothill College, and Solano College. In 2008, Julian fulfilled one of his life goals by performing the role of Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, thus becoming one of the elite individuals to have performed professionally in all 38 of Shakespeare's plays. He is recognized as a leading authority on Shakespeare plays and their performance. Julian was also a two-day winner on Jeopardy!

USA: Pennsylvania

Jennifer Kramer

Jennifer Kramer

Jennifer Kramer graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in English and minor equivalents in Linguistics and Psychology. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and loves to travel, particularly if her itinerary just happens to coincide with performances of Shakespeare. In her free time, Jen enjoys subjecting unsuspecting pop culture to rigorous critical analysis (as well as unsuspecting classical literature to rigorous pop cultural analysis). Re-telling medieval Arthurian literature has always been her passion, but she recently began working on a transformative feminist re-editing of Hamlet, focusing on Ophelia’s struggles with her personal life and the supernatural forces overwhelming Denmark.

USA: Texas

Cynthia Greenwood

Cynthia Greenwood

Cynthia Greenwood is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Shakespeare’s Plays, released in 2008 by Penguin/Alpha Books. While writing the book, she interviewed directors and actors from the U.S., Canada, and China to capture their expert views on staging and performing Shakespeare. Her arts reports and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Playbill, San Francisco Chronicle, Andante, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She served as the Houston Press classical arts reviewer from 1998-2002. For nine years, she taught Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets in her British literature course at Wharton County Junior College. She earned a BA in linguistics and Spanish from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin and an MA in English from UT San Antonio.

Michael Meigs

Michael Meigs

After serving as a United States diplomat in capital cities in Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, Michael Meigs relocated to yet another capital: Austin, Texas. He has worked as a freelance theatre and arts journalist since 2008. He graduated from Vanderbilt University magna cum laude in Spanish literature with a minor in drama and earned a Master’s degree in International Theatre Studies (French, Spanish, German and applied theatre, with a thesis on theatrical adaptations of Don Quijote) from the University of Kansas. In the decades since then he has acquired additional Master’s degrees in International Business, Economics, and National Security Studies, as well as a reading knowledge of Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish. Exploring the “live theatre” world of Austin, better known nationally as a “live music capital,” Michael serves as a reviewer and as an intermediary for news of theatre groups of all types in the greater Austin area. He is a member of the Austin Circle of Theatres and a board member of the Austin Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

USA: Ohio

Yuko Kurahashi

Yuko Kurahashi

Yuko Kurahashi is an associate professor of theatre, Graduate Coordinator, and AOT (Art of the Theatre) supervisor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University. Her areas of specialty include multicultural theatre, community-based theatre, and intercultural theatre. She is the author of Asian American Culture on Stage: The History of the East West Players (Garland, 1999) and Multicultural Theatre (Kendall/Hunt, 2004 & 2006). She has published a number of articles on Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements. Her articles on regional theatres include an article on Terrence Spivey and Karamu House (Cleveland) published in February issue of American Theatre Magazine and Love in Afghanistan for Theatre Journal. She continues to write reviews and articles for scholarly journals and other venues.

USA: Washington, D.C.

Eric Minton

Eric Minton

Career journalist Eric Minton currently operates the web site Shakespeareances.com. He has served as copy and staff editor on daily newspapers and editor for a national magazine, and as a freelance writer his 1,100-plus articles published in more than 100 magazines and newspapers have covered such topics as the amusement industry, the U.S. military, disability issues, sports, business practices, travel, and entertainment. A Shakespeare fan since his college days at the University of Missouri, Eric has seen live theater productions of every Shakespeare play, plus readings of Venus and Adonis and The Sonnets. All told he has seen 225 Shakespearean productions on stage and 133 non-Shakespeare plays.

USA: New York

Matthew Barbot

Matthew Barbot

Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn, NY who received dual BAs in Theater and Creative writing from Franklin & Marshall College. His plays have been performed in New York, Miami, LA and Pennsylvania. El Coquí Espectácular and the Bottle of Doom has been workshopped as part of IATI Theater's Cimientos Play Development Program, and performed at The Brick's 2014 Comic Book Theater Festival; Matt's play Infallibility was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. Recently, Matt wrote the Pepsi branded digital short The Perfect Play, starring Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. He is currently a member of The Flea Theater's resident acting company, The Bats, with whom he performed in Jeffrey M. Jones' A Letter from Omdurman, as well as the Drama Desk Award nominated and New York Times Critics' pick These Seven Sicknesses. He is also a contributing writer to and former City Editor of online Latino culture and events guide Remezcla. Matt is pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Columbia University.

Diana Carter

Diana Carter

Diana L. Carter is a freelance writer who spent 34 years as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers. She lives in Rochester, NY, USA with her husband and three children and holds degrees in both English Literature and Journalism. Her time in college several decades ago was enlivened by an Oxford-Cambridge traveling production of Comedy of Errors and since then she has enjoyed live productions of Shakespeare’s works on both sides of the Atlantic: Stratford-upon-Avon; Stratford, Ontario; London’s Regents Park; Lenox, Massachusetts; Buffalo, Rochester, and New York, NY; and Sandwich, New Hampshire. When she’s not working or driving her kids around, she can be found haunting local farmers markets looking for locally grown foods, or in fabric shops searching for inspiration for her next sewing or quilting project.

Rob LoAlbo

Rob LoAlbo

Robert M. LoAlbo has been a high school English and Shakespeare teacher for over twenty years, and is currently teaching in Brewster, NY. He holds an English degree from the University of Delaware, with studies in Film, and a Bachelor of the Arts in Secondary English Education from SUNY New Paltz. A lover of travel, Hemingway, and pop-culture, Rob lives with his patient and understanding wife, his remarkably handsome and brilliant son, and their three lovable but odiferous dogs. He also enjoys work as a freelance writer, columnist, playwright, and theater director. In his spare time, Rob enjoys devouring as many independent films as possible and arguing the merits of graphic novels to his unwitting colleagues.

Roseanne Wells

Roseanne Wells

Roseanne started working with Shakespeare in fifth grade when she performed as Puck in an adapted A Midsummer Night's Dream. She attended California Shakespeare Festival's Summer Program and American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory before moving to New York. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, she is a writer, dancer, and amateur Shakespeare scholar in New York City. She looks forward to pursuing a Master's degree in Literature, attempting to find connections between Falstaff, Touchstone, and the Fool from King Lear.

Canada

Jonathon Macfarlane

Jonathon Macfarlane

Currently residing in Canada, J. A. Macfarlane holds a Master’s in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, and is presently co-editing Antony and Cleopatra for the University of Victoria’s Internet Shakespeare Editions. He is also well-versed in a wide field of other interests, being something of an autodidactic polymath. Beyond studying early English drama and reading an inordinate number of books on an almost as inordinate range of topics, he enjoys writing, composing, opera, and delving into deviant personalities and the darker realms of literature and art.

United Kingdom

Claudine Nightingale

Claudine Nightingale

Originally from the Channel Islands, Claudine graduated from the University of Southampton, UK, with BA (Hons) English and Music, and MA English. She currently works in the editorial department of a small London publisher and enjoys writing freelance for several classical music publications. As might be expected, her interest lies especially in Shakespeare and music, which was the focus of her MA dissertation and is something she hopes to continue researching in the near future.

Kazakhstan

James Nikopoulos

James Nikopoulos

James Nikopoulos was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada (and no, not in a casino), after which he studied in Los Angeles and New York. In 2012 he moved to Astana, Kazakhstan to work at Nazarbayev University, where he attempts to teach world literature in the manner of his junior-year high school English teacher, an ex-actor and genius pedagogue who first wooed him towards the arts by teaching him, of all things, Shakespeare.

 

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