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.
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.
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.
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 Camelot (Mordred), Romeo & Juliet (Paris), The Three Musketeers... (Aramis), and more. As always, much love to his friends, family, the Great 8, and wonderful wife Sarah for their continuing love and support.
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!