Meet the Merry Folk of Sherwood.
Terry Burgler*+ - Friar Tuck, Artistic Director
Terry Burgler 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 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.
Tess Burgler - The Captain
Ohio Shakes audiences might remember Tess as: Hamlet, d’Artagnan, Rosalind, Helen, Kate Middleton, Hermione, Helena (both of them), Ariel, Viola, Juliet, Cordelia, Maid Marian (Robin Hood...), Rosaline, Imogen, among others. She founded the Greenshow company and directs for the Ohio Shakes main stage (The Complete Works …, Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music, and this season's She Kills Monsters). Love to her brother, her captain, her king.
Scott McKenna Campbell - Will Scarlet, Composer, Music Director
Scott returns to Akron for his thirteenth appearance onstage with Ohio Shakes. An EMC actor, music-director and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed regionally with Wisconsin’s Door Shakespeare, New York’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and the Maryland Shakespeare Company. Scott composed full lyrics and score for new works with Door Shakespeare, Ohio Shakes, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ACA, and Mary Baldwin University. He is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at UW-Madison. Find him at ScottMcKennaCampbell.com.
Nancy Cates+ - Director, Artistic Director
Nancy is one of Ohio Shakes’ two founders. Shows she has directed for the company include King Charles III, The Three Musketeers..., Shakespeare in Love, Romeo and Juliet, I Hate Hamlet, Lone Star and 1776. Directing is a passion for Nancy, and she loves it more than anything except the people close to her heart.
Sarah Coon - Playwright
Sarah is thrilled to return for her sixth season. Previous credits include Mina, Benvolio, and Celia. She recently began directing the Greenshows at Stan Hywet. She also has two scripts in production this year: Maid Marion... and Frankenstein (with Joe Pine). Sarah holds an M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and an M.Ed from John Carroll University. She thanks her family and friends for the continued support. All the moods and tenses.
Harold Darkow - The Bishop, Captain's Guard
Harold is very happy to rejoin Ohio Shakes for his second performance. Last spring he played Judge Wilson in 1776. He recently retired after 47 years of teaching and is excited to rekindle his theater career. Harold worked throughout the Akron-Canton area theater community for almost twenty years (40+ productions) until 1988 when he stopped performing to raise two sons with his wife, Buff. In August they welcomed their new grandson.
Geoffrey Darling - Ellen's Father
Geoffrey revels in Ohio Shakes style fun - especially this Family Theatre Adventure with Maid Marion and her merry minstrels. This summer he was gravedigger and Player King in the wonderful Hamlet, and last spring he subbed in 1776, and this winter will not be discontented. That’s just 2019. Previously he’s been in Ohio Shakes productions of Treasure Island..., Scapin, Camelot, Henry V and more yet, with support of this wonderful company and Mrs. Rose Darling.
Brianna DeRosa - Katherine
Brianna is happy to be returning for her second Family Theatre show with Ohio Shakespeare Festival! You may have seen her sailing the high seas last year in Treasure Island: An Adventure, with Music. Other notable credits include Shrek the Musical (Wicked Witch) at Beck Center for the Arts, Fiddler on the Roof (Grandma Tzeitel) at Porthouse Theatre, and Legally Blonde (Serena) at Kent State University. Brianna has also performed professionally for Royal Caribbean and Cedar Point Entertainment. @brishkaa_
Rachel Fichter - Mrs. Hornsby, Captain's Guard
Rachel is thrilled to be back onstage with Ohio Shakes. This past spring she was seen abstaining courteously as Lewis Morris in 1776. Favorite previous roles include Julius Caesar (Ithaca Shakespeare), Miranda in The Tempest (Ithaca Shakespeare), Evelyn Nesbitt in Ragtime (Weathervane Playhouse), and Liza in Peter Pan (Beck Center). When not treading the boards, Rachel is a professional soapmaker and owner of The MacBath Literary Soaps.
Dimitri Georgiadis - David of Doncaster
Dimitri recently performed in both Hamlet and Measure for Measure as part of the Ohio Shakes Summer Season. Dimitri is ready and excited for his first Ohio Shakes production at Greystone Hall! He is a graduate of The University of Akron with a license to teach Social Studies. During high school, Dimitri was The Ohio State Speech & Debate Champion in the Humor category. Dimitri is excited and thrilled to once again be performing with Ohio Shakes.
Geoff Knox* - Sir Stephen
Geoff has been with Ohio Shakespeare for ten seasons. Past roles include Angelo (Measure for Measure), Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Ben Gunn (Treasure Island...), and many more. Other area theaters he has worked at include Dobama, Ensemble, None Too Fragile, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Public Theater and the Beck Center. He is a graduate of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and Kent State University.
Marty LaConte - Costume Designer
Marty enjoys making elaborate costumes (Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare in Love, King Charles III, The Lion in Winter) and not-so-elaborate ones (the Macbeth witches). Marty loves the challenge of creating unusual props (Camelot armor, King Charles III's crown jewels, Tempest creatures, the A Thousand Clowns topless hula girl lamp, the 1776 flag, the Treasure Island... horse, and that infamous Kimberly Akimbo mailbox.) She never expected to be so joyfully busy after retirement as an OB Registered Nurse.
Jason Leupold - Alan-a-Dale
Jason is back for his seventh consecutive season with Ohio Shakes! Jason is a local professional performer, instructor, and musician who holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State and has performed in numerous venues both in Northern Ohio and NYC. Ohio Shakes audiences may remember him from Robin Hood... (Alan-a-Dale), 1776 (Edward Rutledge), and more. As always, much love to his family and friends for their support.
David McNees - Sheriff of Nottingham
David, most recently seen as a Ghost in this summer’s Hamlet, has collected many more cherished family members with Ohio Shakes over the last 11 years of productions. Favorite roles have included King Henry IV, Kent in Lear and King of France in last year’s All’s Well that Ends Well, which reminded him of the deeply healing nature of community and theater. 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. He studied Shakespeare at Berkeley, then graduate work at NYU. Television credits include Nash Bridges, and some really cheesy rock videos.
Maya Nicholson - Arthur-a-Bland
Maya joins Ohio Shakes for her second season! Her debut with this company began with Treasure Island... followed by Shakespeare in Love, The Lion in Winter as well as various ShakesBEER events. In the last few years she has directed some of her favorite productions: Ain't Misbehavin', For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, and most recently Sister Act. She will also be directing Fences by August Wilson in April of 2020. She can't wait to see what's in store next!
John Peters - House Manager
John is eternally grateful to work with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival! When not treading the boards, John is also the House Manager for Ohio Shakes. Recent credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Danceny) at Weathervane Playhouse, A Few Good Men (Cpl. Howard) at Hudson Players, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Actor 1), Drop Dead! (Chaz Looney/Drools) at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, The Psychic (Adam Webster) at Stow Players, and Murder on the Nile (Smith) at Coach House Theatre.
Joe Pine - Little John, Technical Director
Joe has been a company member for over ten years. Recent Ohio Shakes roles include: Dickinson (1776), Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Love), Jonathan (Dracula), Prince William (King Charles III), Lancelot (Camelot), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), and Athos (The Three Musketeers...). In addition to acting, Joe has also worked as a playwright with his original adaptations of The Three Musketeers... and Dracula. Joe has also performed with Dobama, Shakespeare at the Castle, and Seven Stages Shakespeare Company.
Kim Simbeck - Light & Sound opK
is ecstatic to join another wonderful OSF production. You may recognize her from the Box Office tent this summer or from buying a shirt at Greystone and you may have even seen her in shows at her Alma Mater Cleveland State University (2017, BA). Come back to Greystone to see her Time Warp in Rocky Horror next year. Much love and thanks to the OSF family and her magical Mom who fights like she’s made from steel.
Shley Snider - Maid Marion
Shley was recently seen as Jaques (As You Like It, French Creek), Henry V (Henry V, Cleveland Shakes), Velma (West Side Story, Akron Symphony), and the White Witch (The Lion… the Wardrobe, Players’ Guild). Future projects include Ensemble Theatre’s The Penelopiad and Kindertransport. Shley is a produced playwright and comedy rapper, performing for the Impractical Jokers Cruise, The PIT NYC, and Lyric Theatre Miami. She’s ecstatic to be making Maid Marion her OSF debut! www.thatswhatshleysaid.com Insta @shleytherapper
Buddy Taylor - Lighting and Sound Designer
Buddy has been with Ohio Shakes since 2003, and 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. Last season, he did Sound and Lighting Design for The Lion in Winter and 1776 here at Greystone Hall, and Lighting Design for Hamlet and Measure for Measure at Stan Hywet. Some of his favorite Ohio Shakes productions (so far) are Othello, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, and King Charles III.
Kelsey Tomlinson - Ellen-a-Dale
Kelsey is thrilled to be in Maid Marion...! A professional costume designer, Kelsey spends much of her time working for Northeast Ohio theatres to make sure no actor goes naked (unless it’s scripted). But as an Actor-Manager at Ohio Shakes, Kelsey often has the pleasure of stepping out from behind her sewing machine and taking the stage. Audiences may remember her as Constance from Musketeers... (Ohio Shakes) and Dorine from Tartuffe (Western Reserve Playhouse). Much love to family and friends.
Evan Wilhelms - Captain's Guard, Musician
Evan's been roaming the earth for a while, but if you recall the previous decade, you might recall him in Fiddler on the Roof at the Beck Center, West Side Story at the Cassidy Theatre, and unclad in The Full Monty at Huntington Playhouse. Those of you with a keen ear or x-ray vision would note his roles in several pit orchestras including Chess at Baldwin-Wallace College, and Evil Dead the Musical at the Beck Center. He's also been in some rock bands including one featuring sock puppets. He teaches at the College of Wooster and regularly writes for SciShow Psych.
Ryan Zarecki - Robin Hood, Fight Director
Ryan loves his job as resident Fight Director (Excelsior) Actor/Manager. He's played Orlando, Porthos, Mercutio, Quincy Morris, The Douglas, Thomas Jefferson, and Roy. His fight production company [They Fight], with partner Tess Burgler, hosts FIGHT NIGHT at Greystone Hall and works to bring safe, awesome, stage violence to Northeast Ohio stages and schools. He is a Bowling Green State University graduate and a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. He loves his pups (and kitteh), and he is ever thankful for his Marian, Tess. Check out his leather shop, The Buckle & Rose on Etsy.com
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Photo credit: Scott Custer, Ohio Shakespeare Festival