Faculty

Timothy Orr

Tim has been with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a performer since 2007 and joined the staff as the associate producing director in 2011. During his tenure at CSF he has started the CSF School of Theatre and CSF’s nationally recognized Shakespeare anti-bullying school tour. As an actor he has appeared in 10 productions at CSF and numerous theaters across California. A resident artist with The Foothill Theatre Company, Tim created more than 20 roles onstage, while writing, composing and producing works with artists from all over the world. For three years he was the general manager of The Sacramento Ballet and produced its first international tour to China. He has held lecturer positions in classical acting, voice and musical theater at the University of California at Davis, where he created the UC Davis Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, and at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was a faculty member of the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre (Calif.) for two years. 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.

Benaiah Anderson

Benaiah Anderson recently performed with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Henry VRichard 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

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.

Amanda Giguere

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.

Margaret Jansen

Margaret Jansen, a Linklater Designated Voice Teacher since 1998, most recently served as voice and text coach for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 2012 and 2013 seasons. As a vocal coach, she has worked extensively with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., as well as with actors in New York City. As a voice instructor, she has been on the faculties of New York University- Experimental Theater Wing, The Actor's Studio Drama School, and Shakespeare & Company. Margaret lives in Boulder and is passionate about the freedom of human expression, designing personalized sessions for individuals of all walks of life.

Sarah Johnson

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.

Anne Sandoe

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

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 she is finishing her PhD.

Sean Scrutchins

Sean received his MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and his BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has instructed acting for children for both KidStage and Aurora Fox Theatre Company as well as introductory theatre courses at the collegiate level. Sean’s acting credits include Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing, Dauphin/Scroop in Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbethRichard II (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); 9 Circles, The Whipping Man (Curious Theatre Company); Seminar (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company); Bug (Devils Thumb Productions), and You Can't Take It With You (Theatreworks). For the past two years he has been on tour with CSF's Outreach Program, performing Shakespeare and promoting anti-bullying in schools across the state.