Tim has been with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a performer since 2007 and joined the staff as the associate producing director in 2011 and became Producing Artistic Director in 2013. During his tenure at CSF he has helped found the CSF School of Theatre and CSF’s nationally recognized Shakespeare anti-bullying school tour, he began the original practices series of Shakespeare’s plays and led CSF through several successful capital and endowment campaigns. As an actor he has appeared in 10 productions at CSF and numerous theaters across California. CSF directing credits include I Hate Hamlet, Wittenberg, and several touring productions. He has held lecturer positions in classical acting, voice and musical theater at the University of California at Davis, University of Colorado Boulder, and the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre (CA). He holds degrees in music and arts management from California State University, Sacramento, and an MFA in Theater from the University of California at Davis and was a Fellow with the League of American Orchestras.
Gina Braswell has worked in the world of theater for the past 20 years as an actress, director and dramaturg. She is currently an MA student at CU-Boulder with a focus on experimental Shakespeare. Some of her credits include The Winter's Tale (assistant director), Mind Over Matter (director), Zero Positive (director), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (director), The Winter's Tale (dramaturg) and The Tempest (dramaturg). For CSF, Gina has been a dramaturg for Troilus and Cressida, and taught for the CSF School of Theatre and Camp Shakespeare.
Benaiah Anderson recently performed with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Henry V, Richard III, The Three Musketeers, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, and Treasure Island, as well as Shakespeare à la Carte. He was an actor in the CSF in the Schools touring production of Twelfth Night, which toured Colorado schools in 2011-2012, and frequently teaches for the CSF School of Theatre. An experienced educator, he teaches stage combat at high schools, universities and theatre companies all over the Front Range.
Shirley Carnahan, a life-long bardaholic, is a firm believer in the marriage of studying and performing Shakespeare. She has a PhD in medieval drama, teaches in the Humanities Program at the University of Colorado, and has been involved with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival every year since 1977. She is a charter member of the Boulder Renaissance Consort, a founding member of the Shakespeare Oratorio Society, has been on the Higher Education Advisory Council at the Denver Center Theatre Company since its inception, and is a member of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. An avid fan of collaboration, she has particularly enjoyed organizing the numerous Spring into Shakespeare events, which promote the Colorado Shakespeare Festival by involving faculty from various departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Music. Her publication From Women’s Eyes, a compilation of speeches by Shakespeare’s female characters, is due out this fall.
Satya Chavez is an actress, musician, voice and acting coach with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater Performance from The University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the 2014 national winner of The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Competition and spent time acting with The Kennedy Center, as a part of their New Playwrights Workshops. Currently, she teaches voice and acting with The Colorado Shakespeare Festival and The Dairy Center for the Arts. Additionally she is a part of the acting company with The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Outreach Tour. Satya’s credits include; Bianca in The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s production of Othello, a regional tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), The Ghost of Lote Bravo, and In The Belly of the Whale, with The Kennedy Center, Arabian Nights and Lysistrata Jones: The Musical at the Aurora Fox, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Outreach production of Twelfth Night (Viola), and Judas in The University of Colorado’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Kelsey Didion is a recent transplant to Colorado by way of New York City. She is an actress, teacher, musician and big-time Packers fan. Originally from Wisconsin, she is a graduate of the University of Evansville and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MFA). She is grateful to have acted with many different theaters across NYC and regionally, including PlayMakers Rep, the Chautauqua Theater Company and the New Harmony Project. As a teaching artist, she has worked with the New York Shakespeare Exchange, the Harlem Boys & Girls Harbor and ArtsWestchester, as well as teaching at the University of North Carolina. She is a long-distance teaching apprentice with the Miller Voice Method, a voice studio in NYC, and completed two years of teacher training under faculty in the graduate acting program at NYU-Tisch.
A Massachusetts native, Amanda joined CSF in 2004 as a graduate student, and became a full-time staff member in 2011. She received her MA and PhD in Theatre from the University of Colorado in Theatre History and Criticism, and has taught undergraduate courses at CU-Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado, and Lingnan University. Her book, The Plays of Yasmina Reza on the English and American Stage, was published in 2010. She completed her undergraduate work at Trinity College (Conn.) in Theatre and French, taught in Hong Kong for two years, and has worked with Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Rebel Shakespeare Company, North Shore Music Theatre, and Cleveland Play House. Dr. Giguere's research and work in developing CSF's Shakespeare in the Schools Tour: Shakespeare and Violence Prevention has been nationally recognized.
Ms. Gordon is a recent graduate of the MA in Theatre program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has done dramaturgy for three seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She has also worked as a dramaturg for local companies including the Aurora Fox, PHAMALy Theatre Company, and the CU Theatre and Dance Department. Bianca has also interned in the Literary Department at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and with the Associate Artistic Director at Curious Theatre Company.
Katie Horney is a freelance costume designer and technician living in Boulder, CO. She has designed at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and Denver University. Katie has worked previously in the NYC area for Yale Rep, Lincoln Center, Hartford Stage, and various Broadway productions. Katie has also designing for theatres and colleges throughout the Carolinas. In addition to designing she has also taught at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and Francis Marion University. She received her M.F.A at UNCG.
Sarah Johnson is pursuing her PhD in Theatre at The University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on inter-cultural theatre and the influence of Japanese traditional performing arts on American playwriting. Valuing artistic practice as a form of research and scholarly pursuit, she also continues honing her craft as a new play and production dramaturg. Her teaching experience includes work with the Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival, University of Iowa’s ArtShare Camp for young artists, and Portland Stage’s Theatre for Kids initiative. She recently completed her MFA in Dramaturgy at the University of Iowa. Previously, she spent a year in Japan seeing theatre and teaching English to children and was also a Directing and Dramaturgy Intern at Portland Stage. She received her BA in Theatre and Anthropology from The University of Denver.
Hadley recently graduated with her doctorate in theatre from CU Boulder; she also received her BA in drama and Italian from Colorado College and her Master's degree from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. She comes from the Twin Cities, Minn. and returned there to work for the Guthrie Theater before coming to Boulder to pursue her Ph.D. At CSF she has served as the dramaturg and assistant director for several productions, most recently completing the Henriad tetralogy with Henry V and functioning as the prompter for the original practices production of Henry VI part 1. She also teaches 6-9-year-olds in CSF’s Shakespeare's Sprites summer camps.
Brenda King designs costumes throughout the Boulder area, and beyond. Recently, she designed for the CSF Education Department, University of Colorado, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Phamaly, Avenue Theatre and Theatreworks. Prominent designs include the world premiere of Morisot Reclining for BETC, which garnered a Henry award nomination and 2009 Camera Eye Theatre Award for Best Costume Design. She also designed costumes for several theaters on the East Coast, including the Arden Theatre in Philadelphia and George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. Brenda is also the Costume Director for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
Anne Sandoe is an actress, director, and teacher with a passion for Shakespeare and the performance of his works. She taught acting and voice at San Francisco State University, and then at Wright State University, and was Director of the Conservatory Program with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in the Anniston era. Anne has performed with the Oregon, Colorado, Alabama, Virginia and Antioch Shakespeare Festivals and the Shakespeare Oratorio Society.
She has published Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On -- a Shakespeare Collage, and The War of the Roses, a cutting compiled from Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy of plays. Anne received her BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MFA in acting and voice from Florida State University, and an MBA from Duke University.
Heidi Schmidt is a director, dramaturg, and teacher. Dramaturgy: Denver Center Theatre Company (Tribes), Colorado Shakespeare Festival (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Richard III, Inspector General). Directing: CU Boulder (Picnic, Melancholy Play), CSF Education (As You Like It), readings for Curious New Voices, Athena Project, and Paragon Theatre Ensemble. Administrative positions: Repertory Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Women and Theatre Program. As an all-around theatre maker, she had designed props for Curious Theatre, presented pre-show talks at the Arvada Center, served as voice coach for CSF's Camp Shakespeare, and performed in a devised ensemble piece on the National Mall in Washington, DC. She also teaches regularly at CU Boulder, where recently completed her PhD.
Lindsay Weitkamp is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research explores the intersections of theatre, social change, and human rights education. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked with the TRIO educational opportunity program, Upward Bound (UB). As Assistant Director of a program, she supervised the residential and academic-year staff, planned program curriculum, and worked to provide holistic support services to low-income, first-generation college students. She is currently in the midst of an applied theatre residency with a UB program, where she explores utilizing theatre as a tool to build community and bolster retention rates. At CU-Boulder, Lindsay works with the student group, Performers Without Borders, collaborates on the Navajo Women’s Energy Project, and directed the productions of Our Town and The Glass Menagerie. She holds a M.A. in Theatre Education (with an emphasis on Theatre and Community) from Emerson College and a B.A. in Theatre and English from Truman State University.