Meet the reckless royals.
Terry Burgler +* - Henry
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 and was 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.
Nancy Cates + - Director, Artistic Director
Nancy Cates is one of the two founding Artistic Directors of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, an Equity company just finishing its fifteenth season producing Shakespeare and other classics at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Nancy has an undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Drama from the University of Virginia, and has been a professional director and producer for all of her adult life. Read more here.
Ashley Collins - Assistant Stage Manager
Ashley is immensely enjoying her second season with Ohio Shakes. Earlier this season she stage managed both Treasure Island: An Adventure, with Music and the single-weekend remount of Three Musketeers: An Adventure, with Music at Stan Hywet, as well as running lights and sound for Shakespeare in Love and the most recent run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised]. When not at the theatre, Ashley can usually be found relaxing at home with her husband and their cats, lurking in the library, or wandering local cemeteries. “Thank you for supporting live local theatre!”
DeLee Cooper - Alais
DeLee is elated to be swashbuckling in her second season with Ohio Shakes! Previous Ohio Shakes credits include: All’s Well That Ends Well (Rinaldo), The Three Musketeers… (Jussac, Innkeeper), and Camelot (Morgan le Fay). A barista and teaching artist by day, she graduated from Wright State University with a BFA in Acting - Magna Cum Laude, and has also performed in the NEO area with Cain Park, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, French Creek Theatre, and Beck Center for the Arts.
Benjamin Gregorio - John
Benjamin is excited to return to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival stage! He was previously seen at Ohio Shakes last season in Scapin as Sylvester. He has worked at many theatre companies in Northeast Ohio, most recently appearing as Gil in none too fragile theatre's production of Freakstorm this past fall. Ben would like to thank Dr. Ed. Simone at St. Bonaventure University for giving him his start. He'd like to thank Clyde Simon and Convergence-Continuum for giving him his first gig. Thanks to Sean Derry, Mitchell Fields, and Amy Fritsche for their support, inspiration, encouragement, and love. Lastly, thanks to Nancy and Terry for this opportunity as well as the entire cast and crew of The Lion in Winter.
Dede Klein - Eleanor
Dede was last seen on the Henry C. Bishop stage as Camilla in King Charles III. She has also performed with Ohio Shakespeare Festival at Stan Hywet, Coach House Theatre, None Too Fragile, Weathervane Playhouse, Beck Center, and CVLT. Some of her memorable performance were Lillian in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Sister Aloyisious in Doubt, and Stevie in The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?. Dede is a retired International Flight Attendant with American Airlines. When not on stage, she enjoys building and remodeling dollhouses.
Geoff Knox* - Geoffrey
Geoff has has been working working with Ohio Shakes since 2003. Some of his favorite roles include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Cloten in Cymbeline. He will be seen later this season at Greystone Hall in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and The Lion in Winter. Other area theatres Geoff has worked at include None Too Fragile, Coach House Theatre, Dobama, Ensemble Theatre, the Beck Center, and Great Lakes Theater. He is a graduate of Kent State and received his MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.
Marty LaConte - Costume Designer
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 The 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 and Romeo & Juliet. Marty is a retired registered nurse who resides with her husband in the city of Green.
Jason Leupold - Phillip
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.
Maya Nicholson - Stage Manager
Maya is a senior at Kent State University majoring in Theatre Production. She's performed in Smokey Joe’s Café, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Shop of Horrors as well as Kent State Stark's Voices from Hurt Street as various characters, one being “Winifred Oprey,” doing a play-off of the Oprah Winfrey Show. She was costume design assistant for I Love You Because and Assistant Stage Manager in Spring Awakening, all at Kent State. Her last two shows for her senior year happened to be two favorites of hers. She directed Ain't Misbehavin' and was cast as Mrs. Dickson in Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel. Her earliest season at Kent State began as she performed as the sassy sister, Libby, in The Maiden’s Prayer and Melanie, the outspoken sister in Lewis Black's One Slight Hitch. She was the Assistant Director and character of Francis in Blur, Ginette, Sandrine and Rhonda in Almost, Maine and Eliza in What We're Up Against. Maya is also directed For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow was Enuf at the Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre in Canton.
Buddy Taylor - Lighting, Sound, and Scenic Design
Buddy has been with Ohio Shakes since 2003, and it continues to give him enjoyment and new challenges. 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. He recently joined the company at the indoor Greystone Hall venue the Sound and Light Design of King Charles III and Treasure Island... Some of his favorite Ohio Shakes productions (so far) are Othello, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Comedy of Errors. Buddy also does design and production services in Texas for some schools and smaller local venues.
Derrick Winger - Richard
Derrick is super stoked to return to this role with this talented cast and insightful director. A company member in his 8th season, his Ohio Shakespeare credits include Richard III (Hastings), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug), Henry IV pt.1 (Owain Glendower), Henry V (Exeter), Twelfth Night (Sir Toby Belch), Lone Star (Ray), Scapin (Leandre), King Charles III (James Reiss), The Three Musketeers: An Adventure, with Music (Planchet), and Robin Hood: An Adventure, with Music (King Richard), as well as many various smaller roles and Greenshow performances. Other favorite local credits include Of Mice and Men (Lennie), Spider’s Web (Jeremy), and The Philadelphia Story (George) at Coach House Theatre, and Shakespeare in Hollywood (Oberon) and The Lion in Winter (Richard) at Weathervane Playhouse. Many thanks to Nancy for the opportunity to play with this character again. And thanks to the audience for supporting live theatre!