Meet the goofballs.
Tess Burgler - Director
Audiences might remember Tess as: Viola de Lessups (Shakespeare in Love) d’Artagnan (The Three Musketeers...), Kate Middleton (King Charles III), Maid Marian (Robin Hood...) Rosalind, Helena, the other Helena, Hermione, Ariel, Viola, Juliet, Cordelia, Rosaline, Imogen, among others. She has been directing the Greenshows at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens for almost a decade, though recently she's stepped away from that role while still serving as overseeing Artistic Director. She's also begun to direct for the main stage. Later this season, she will play Martha Jefferson in 1776. She is beyond grateful for you, this theatre, her beautiful friends.
Zara Deardroff - Crew
Zara is excited to return as backstage crew once again for the run of Complete Works... This is her second season working with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Zara has always loved theatre and the arts. She graduated from Clarion University with Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. She continued her training in theatre and acting while attending the American Music and Drama Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles until
Geoff Knox* - Himself
Geoff is thrilled to have another opportunity to perform in this ridiculously funny play with some of his favorite people. He has been a part of Ohio Shakespeare for many years. Some of his favorite roles include Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing), among others. Other area theatres Geoff has been seen at include Coach House Theatre, None Too Fragile, Dobama, Ensemble and the Beck Center. He received his MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. When he is not on stage he can be found teaching theatre and acting classes at Cuyahoga Community College as well as Yoga classes at Vision Yoga and Wellness in Ohio City.
Marty LaConte - Specialty Props Design
Marty has been a costume designer since her high school theater days, and later when her daughter performed on the stage at Our Lady of the Elms HS. She was then invited to costume shows at the Coach House Theatre in productions including A Lion in Winter, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Custer. Marty joined the Ohio Shakespeare Festival team the summer of 2015 as costume and specialty props designer for Henry V. Since then her creative side was able to run wild while creating the mystical, fantasy creatures in The Tempest and Macbeth, as well as select specialty props for Coach House and Ohio Shakes productions. More recently, she designed the critically acclaimed costumes in last year's Camelot at Ohio Shakes and the speciality costumes and props from the Ohio Premiere of King Charles III. She was recognized with a Superior Achievement Award by the Cleveland Critics Circle for her work on The Tempest. Marty is a retired registered nurse who resides with her husband in the city of Green.
Jason Leupold - Original Music
Jason is ecstatic to be returning for his sixth season with Ohio Shakes! Jason is a local professional performer, instructor, and podcast co-host who holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State who has performed in numerous venues both in Northern Ohio and NYC. As an Actor/Manager with Ohio Shakes, audiences may remember him from The Three Musketeers... (Aramis), Romeo & Juliet (Paris), Shakespeare in Love (Richard Burbage) and more. As always, much love to his friends, family, and wonderful wife Sarah for their continuing love and support.
Joe Pine - Technical Director
Joe has been involved in many of the tremendous new programs offered this year since acquiring the new theatre. Recent Ohio Shakes credits include Will Shakespeare (Shakespeare in Love), Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Prince William (King Charles III) and Lancelot (Camelot). He also made his debut as a playwright last fall with the Ohio Shakes production of his adaptation of The Three Musketeers... Some favorite Ohio Shakes credits include Hotspur (King Henry IV, Part One), Feste (Twelfth Night) and Stephano (Tempest). Other regional credits include Horatio (Hamlet, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company), George (Of Mice and Men, Coach House Theatre), Slank (Peter and the Starcatcher, Dobama), Fersen (Marie Antionette, Dobama) and Billis (South Pacific, E.J. Thomas Hall).
Scott Shriner - Himself
Scott is so pleased to join this year’s cast of Complete Works...! Earlier this season he was seen as Fennyman in Shakespeare in Love and he will next appear in 1776 this spring. Other recent roles with Ohio Shakespeare Festival are Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Prime Minister Evans in King Charles III, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He has performed in many other productions with this group since joining Ohio Shakes in 2004, and he continues to savor both the company of these amazing people, and the challenge and enjoyment of the work.
Shane Stahl - Stage Manager
Shane is stoked to be back for round 3 of Complete Works... Sporadically haunting Ohio Shakes, Shane has previously stage managed King Charles III, house managed for The Three Musketeers, and has helped run the Ohio Shakes box office for the past two outdoor seasons and the occasional indoor production. By day, Shane works in digital media for the non-profit organization Freedom for All Americans, working to pass LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections across the country.
Mark Stoffer - Lighting Design
Mark performed as an actor in his first Ohio Shakes production in 2008 and brought his many talents to the Company as a full member in 2010. As Master Electrician (M.E.), he keeps our technical systems in good working order - even at our outdoor, summer location at Stan Hywet Hall, where the elements can present a unique challenge. As both M.E. and Lighting & Sound Designer, he is regularly to be found at Greystone Hall either working on upcoming events or maintaining the systems we have there. As Music Director for the past several seasons, he has been creating the musical setting for all of our productions of Shakespeare's plays. In keeping with the Original Practice philosophy, he searches out early sources to use as a foundation, and has written many original compositions or new arrangements based on older tunes in order to best suit the musical talents of our actors.
Emerson Thoenen - Crew
Emerson is thrilled to be a part of his second season at Ohio Shakes. Recent credits include Wardrobe Master for Shakespeare in Love and Assistant Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet (Ohio Shakes), as well as Stage Manager for A Little Night Music (Lakeland Community College). Emery also works as Props Master and Scenic Technician at Rubber City Theatre, where he recently worked on props for A Streetcar Named Desire and A Christmas Carol. Emerson’s range in the Performing Arts varies from playwriting, filmmaking, and background acting. He is a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. As a proud trans man, he firmly believes in being authentic and living your truth. Emery is extremely grateful for all the supportive humans he has in his life. Emerson is also Kelsey's favorite person. Love and light to everyone. 143
Kelsey Tomlinson - Costume Design
Kelsey is thrilled to be part of round 3 of Complete Works...! Audiences may remember her most recent role as The Ghost of Princess Diana in King Charles III. Other recent roles include Constance in Three Musketeers... and Sandra in A Thousand Clowns (Coach House Theatre). As an Ohio Shakes Actor-Manager, she enjoys getting to be on stage as well as working behind the scenes as a Resident Costume Designer. Audiences may remember her recent design work for King Charles III, All's Well That Ends Well and the laboratory production of Dracula. Other notable credits include Angels in America, parts 1 and 2 (Ensemble Theatre), A Little Night Music (Lakeland Community College), and Little Women (Western Reserve Playhouse). When not doing theatre, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and trying her hand at music. Much love to family and friends.
Ryan Zarecki - Himself, Fight Director
Ryan Zarecki loves his job. As resident fight director (excelsior) and actor for the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, he has been blessed to play Orlando in As You Like It, Porthos in The Three Musketeers..., Quincy Morris in Dracula and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet. He has also been training, teaching, and choreographing stage violence for over a decade. As a stage combat instructor, alongside his fight partner Tess Burgler, he hosts the monthly FIGHT NIGHT at Greystone hall. His fight production and education company [They Fight] has worked with many area schools and theatres including, but not limited to, The Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute, Cleveland State University, and Dobama Theatre. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, he trained in Chicago with combat groups including the Babes with Blades and is a proud member of the Society of America Fight Directors (SAFD). When not avoiding stabbings he runs his leather shop, The Buckle and Rose, on Etsy.com. He lives in Stow, OH.