Company Bios

Alfred Anderson

Earl of Westmoreland

Alfred Anderson has enjoyed a 45 year professional singing and acting career with a stage repertoire of more than 150 roles. He has performed with such organizations as the New York City Opera, the Glimmerglass Opera, Starlight Musicals, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Diego Opera, the Hong Kong Opera, the New Orleans Opera, and the Royal Opera of Gent, Belgium to name a very few. This summer will mark his thirteenth season with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival.

Henry Bishop

Priest, Second Carrier

Henry C. Bishop is very blah at OSF again. Last year, he blah blah several times, and recently he has blah again. He spent eight years blah, and may do it again. Other appearances have blah and blah: at Weathervane Playhouse, blah blah Chanticleers. Henry has done blah blah than you can imagine. He blah at Tess Burgler's and Joe Pine's blah. His blah include, his wife, Karen L. Wood, also in this blah and their blah, Astrid and Walter, siblings who blah constantly.

Julianna Blischak

Greenshow, Ensemble, Francis

Julianna Blischak is a first year company member and is so grateful to be spending her summer with OSF. She has performed locally at Porthouse, Weathervane, The University of Akron, and Kent State University, where she studies Nutrition and Dietetics.

Amelia Britton

Volunteer

Tess Burgler

Viola, Lady Percy, Greenshow Director

Tess Burgler returns to OSF for her 12th season. Last year’s audiences will remember her from Comedy of Errors (Luciana) and Cymbeline (Imogen). Some other OSF credits include: Juliet, Rosaline, Cordelia, Bianca, the other Bianca, and Witch 2. Tess also writes and directs the Greenshow. By day, she teaches Language Arts at Hudson Montessori Middle School. She loves to share the stage with her husband, Joe Pine, and she haloos his name to the reverberate hills.

Scott Campbell

Bardolph

Scott McKenna Campbell returns for his fourth season with OSF having recently completed his Master of Letters degree in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College. Previous Ohio Shakespeare roles include Grumio (Shrew) and Nathanial (Love’s Labours’ Lost). He has performed professionally with Buffalo’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the Blueridge Summer Theatre Festival, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and Theatre IV of Virginia. Offstage, he composes, arranges, and performs Irish traditional music.

Timothy H. Champion

Northumberland

Timothy Champion, an OSF co-founder, has played: Baptista, Taming of the Shrew; Stephano, The Tempest; Man 2, Oh Coward! and Side By Side By Sondheim; Malvolio, Twelfth Night; Launce, Two Gentlemen Of Verona; Osric, Hamlet; Capulet, Romeo & Juliet; Cornwall, King Lear; King Edward IV, Richard III; Peter Quince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Cymbeline in Cymbeline. This is his eleventh season.

Sarah Coon

Assistant Stage Manager, Greenshow Stage Manager

Sarah Coon is thrilled to be joining the Ohio Shakespeare Festival this summer. Currently getting her Master's Degree at Bowling Green State University, her most recent project was directing Danny and the Deep Blue Sea for Coach House Theatre's Artists' Choice Series. Previous directing credits include Reefer Madness, Agamemnon, and 4.48 Psychosis at Kent State University. Being able to work with her wonderful husband Jason has been a fantastic treat. Love and thanks to her family and B&V.

Dean Coutris

Valentine, Ensemble

Dean Coutris is thrilled to be making his Ohio Shakespeare Festival debut. Recent credits include Bo Decker in Bus Stop at Actors Summit Theater in Akron and Orlando in As You Like It at The University of Akron. Dean is actively involved in the Akron area with a number of performing arts organizations and is one of the co-founders of Just Go With It, an experimental long-form improv group.

Andrew Cruse

Prince Hal

Andrew Cruse returns to OSF for an 8th summer. Previously: Iachimo, Petruchio, Berowne, Romeo, Hamlet, and many others. He is delighted and humbled to share the stage with so many talented friends.

Michael Cranston

Costumes

Michael is pleased to be returning to Ohio Shakespeare Festival. This past year he has appeared in “Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical” (Mr. Poole and Spider) for Medina County Show Biz Company, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Roy) with Stow Players, Stage managed for “Unexpected Guest” and assisted with special effects for “Sleuth” for Coach House. Favorite roles include (Carter) “Witness for the Prosecution”, (Dub Dubberly) “Christmas Belles”, (Garson) “Norman, Is That You?” and (Doodie) “Grease”. This Wadsworth resident is thrilled and proud to be associated with such a tremendously talented company of performers and crew.

Ron Cuirle

Volunteer Coordinator

Ron Cuirle was last seen on stage as Underling in the Hudson Player's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." You may have also seen him wrangling his troops as George Custer in "Custer" at Coach House, grieving his dead wife as Stu Gellman in "Caroline, or Change" at Karamu, parenting puppets as the father in "A Long Christmas Ride Home" at The Bang and the Clatter, exchanging vows as Michael in "I Do! I Do!" at Weathervane, celebrating Beethoven Day as Schroeder in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" or banishing his daughter as Duke Frederick in "As You Like It" on these very boards. No matter the venue, Ron always returns home to the one he loves, Emily.

Jim Fippin

Richard Vernon

Jim Fippin returns for his 8th summer with OSF. He has appeared on many Northeast Ohio stages and his resume includes roles in Life With Father, Richard III, The Odd Couple, The Lion in Winter, The Real Thing and Twelfth Night. Jim has directed Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Proof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Betrayal, and Chapter Two. He and his wife Elaine live in Wadsworth with their daughter, Emelie, now a junior at Our Lady of the Elms High School.

Benjamin Fortin

Customer Service Manager

Ben is ecstatic to be returning to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival for his 6th season. He has just completed his Freshman year at Kent State University, where he is majoring in Entrepreneurship and Managerial Marketing. He was last seen on the stage for Coachhouse’s production of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery The Unexpected Guest. He is grateful for the opportunity to return to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival’s stage to not only share his love of theater with his fellow actors but to also learn from such gifted individuals.

Lauren Fowkes

Greenshow, Peto

Lauren Fowkes is returning for her third season with OSF. A senior at The University of Akron pursuing her degree in communications and theatre, Lauren has been onstage at The University in roles such as Jaques/ Phebe in the all-female cast of As You Like It and Yvonne in A Flea in her Ear. Lauren is a member of The University of Akron’s speech team, as well as being a national quarterfinalist in the event.

Alex Funk

Greenshow, Gadshill

Alex Funk graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts and returns for his fourth season with OSF. You may have seen him in shows such as The Diviners, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. He currently serves as an artistic associate at The Greater Cleveland Aquarium. This fall, he will be pursuing his Master of Letters and MFA degrees in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin College.

Kevin Glass

Sebastian, John of Lancaster

Kevin Glass is thrilled to be returning for his third summer with Ohio Shakespeare Festival. He was previously seen in Cymbeline, Comedy of Errors, Richard III, and Love's Labours Lost. He also appeared in Coach House productions of Fox on the Fairway and Moon for the Misbegotten. Kevin is a recent graduate of The College of Wooster, appearing in numerous productions there, including Crave and Life is a Dream. Kevin would like to thank his friends and family for all their love and support. 

Nathan Hoyle

Curio, Ensemble

Nathan Hoyle joins OSF for the first time, and he couldn't be more excited. Nathan is currently pursuing a degree in theatre arts at the University of Akron and begins his junior year this fall. Nathan wishes to thank his friends and family for their support, his beautiful fiancée Kira for her patience on the long rehearsal days, and the OSF company for their warm welcome.

Holly Humes

Maria

Holly Humes is recognizable to OSF audiences having played in last summer's Cymbeline (Queen). Holly has been seen on other local stages including Weathervane and CoachHouse. She was last seen at CoachHouse as Gloria in Grace and Glorie. Favorite roles include Becca (Rabbit Hole), Lizzie (The Rainmaker), and Goneril (King Lear). By day, Holly is an office manager and a competitive speech coach. She would like to thank her husband, Scott Custer, for all of his love and support.

Michael James

Costumes

Michael is excited to be returning to Ohio Shakespeare Festival for his second year after appearing in last year’s  The History of King Lear. Most recently he was a part of the stage crew on Sleuth, Co-Stage Managed The Unexpected Guest and appeared as a tourist in Lettice and Loveage at The Coach House Theater. His favorite roles have included Jekyll and Hyde (the Musical) (General Lord Glossop, Wig master Assistant Costumer) Big River (Silas /Schoolteacher / Leif) Christmas Belles (Rev. Justin Waverly) Scapino! (Geronte). He has also been seen in productions of Guys and Dolls, Godspell, The Sound of Music, and two productions of A Thurber Carnival. Michael hopes each and every audience members enjoys this production under the stars the way it was intended to be.

Kyra Kelley

Greenshow, Lady Mortimer

Kyra Kelley returns to the OSF stage for her third consecutive season. Audiences may remember her as the Courtesan (Comedy of Errors) and Jessica (Merchant of Venice). Kyra performs throughout the Akron/Cleveland area--most recently she played Clarissa in Spider's Web at Coach House Theatre and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Akron Symphony at EJ Thomas Hall. Kyra send lots of love to Mom and the guys for their support.

Geoff Knox

Malvolio, Poins

Geoff Knox is elated to spend his fifth summer doing Shakespeare under the stars. Previously he was seen in The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and Cymbeline. In the Cleveland area he has also appeared on the stages of Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble and Cleveland Public Theatre. He received his MFA in Acting from the Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida. He is very grateful to Terry and Nancy for this wonderful opportunity.

Lara Knox

Olivia

Lara Knox returns gratefully for her 8th summer with OSF. Favorite past roles include: Julia (Two Gents), Kate (Shrew) and Adriana (Comedy of Errors)- for which she received a Superior Achievement nod from the Cleveland Critics Circle, 2013. Lara was seen on the Coach House stage as Josie Hogan in Moon For The Misbegotten. Other local theatres include Beck Center and Dobama Theatre- where she will return this fall for her next production The Norwegians. Lara is a graduate of the MFA program at Penn State and a thankful member of Actors' Equity.

Tara Kodosky

Ensemble, Greenshow

Tara Kodosky is very excited to be returning to Ohio Shakespeare Festival for her second summer! She was last seen in Comedy of Errors, Cymbeline, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She cannot wait to be a part of Coach House's season next year and wants to thank her amazing friends and family for their support! Enjoy the show!

Jason Leupold

Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Mortimer

Jason Leupold is thrilled to be returning for his second season with OSF. Jason is a local professional who holds his BFA in musical theatre from Kent State. He was seen last summer in Cymbeline and Comedy of Errors. Audiences may also remember his performance as Sir Andrew at Cleveland Playhouse, Tony in West Side Story (True North), John Jasper in Edwin Drood (Weathervane). As always, much love and thanks to his family and his wife, Sarah, for their continued love and support.

David McNees

Antonio, King Henry IV

David McNees is honored to return to OSF where he has been seen in As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and The Merchant of Venice. A veteran of San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory and Winedale Shakespeare festivals out west, he was also a founding member of Pour Boys Productions in SF, and a recipient of numerous Drama-Logue awards for roles in Boys' Life, Hurlyburly and more. He's also done some really bad (but amusing) television in his day.

Lucy McNees

Ensemble, Greenshow

Lucy McNees is very excited and appreciative for her chance to work with, and learn from, all the wonderful people at Ohio Shakespeare Festival. She studies piano, flute and voice, while attending Hershey Montessori elementary school. She is an avid reader, writer of poetry, and enjoys studying Shakespeare's verse. 

Erin Moore

Ensemble, Greenshow

Erin Moore is delighted to be returning for her second season with OSF. She was most recently seen on stage as Mary Skinner in Life with Father at Weathervane Playhouse. Since graduating from Malone University in 2012, she has appeared in Charley’s Aunt and August: Osage County, both at Weathervane. Erin would like to thank God, her family and friends, her teachers and mentors, and everyone involved in this production for all of their love and support. 

Anand Nagraj

Count Orsino

Anand Nagraj is happy to return for his third summer at Stan Hywet, having previously played the title role in Othello, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Laertes/First Player in Hamlet. Since he last played at OSF, he's worked at theatres across the country (including seasons with the Utah and Texas Shakespeare Festivals and the Chautauqua Theatre Company), earned his MFA from the University of Delaware's PTTP, and joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh's Theatre Department.

Joe Pine

Feste, Hotspur, Associate Producer

Joe Pine marks his fifth season with Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Other OSF credits include Bassanio (Merchant of Venice), Tranio (Taming of the Shrew), Edmund (King Lear) and Aviragus (Cymbeline). Joe is also a regular Coach House Theatre company member who was recently seen as Tom in Glass Menagerie and Horace in School for Wives. Much love to the moon of my life Tess.

Ross Rhodes

Ross Rhodes is delighted to make his debut with OSF, having appeared with many area theater companies, including Coach House (Black Coffee); the Players Guild of Canton (God’s Favorite; Tuesdays with Morrie); North Canton Playhouse (August: Osage County); Weathervane Playhouse (Vatican 3G); and the Kathleen Howland Theatre in Canton (Long Day’s Journey; That Fac

Mark Stoffer

Fabian, Sir Walter Blunt

Mark Stoffer has been working in the local theatre community for many years, both as an actor and a lighting and sound designer. This is his fifth season with OSF, where memorable performances include The Merchant of Venice and The Comedy of Errors. Other performances during the past season include Hugo Birch in Spider’s Web at Coach House Theatre and George Milton in Of Mice and Men at Medina Show Biz. Mark lives in Cuyahoga Falls with his wife Sherri.

Buddy Taylor

Lighting Designer, Technical Director

Buddy Taylor is happy to be back with OSF, designing for his twelfth season. Earlier this season, Buddy lit The School for Wives and Spiders Web at Coach House, and did sound for Thoroughly Modern Millie at IWA in Texas. Last season he lit Black Coffee and The Fox on the Fairway at Coach House and The Comedy of Errors and Cymbeline right here with OSF.

Derrick Winger

Sir Toby Belch, Glendower

Derrick Winger is ecstatic to be returning for his fourth season with OSF. Derrick is active in several theatres throughout Northeast Ohio. Some recent roles include Sir Galahad in Spamalot, Jeremy Warrender in Spider’s Web, Maître D’ in She Loves Me, and Scrooge in Broadway Christmas Carol. He would like to thank the cast, crew, and his wife for making this adventure so enjoyable. Thank you for supporting Shakespeare in your community – enjoy the show! 

Justine Winger

Stage Manager

Justine Winger returns to OSF for her third season. An elder law attorney by day, Justine enjoys spending her evenings stage managing for her Coach House Theatre and OSF family. Her recent credits include Comedy of Errors and Cymbeline with OSF, and Grace and Glory, Spider’s Web, the Elder Theatre Series, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at Coach House Theatre. 

Karen Wood

Sea Captain, First Carrier

Karen L. Wood is pleased to return for a ninth season with OSF. This is a wonderful way to spend the summer! Karen was most recently seen as cheerful “Miss Peake” in Spider’s Web at Coach House Theatre. Favorite roles include “Mrs. Tottingham” in The Drowsy Chaperone and “Rosie” in The Wedding Singer. Karen volunteers as a music provider for LifeCare Hospice. Offstage, Karen acts as the wife of Henry C. Bishop.

Katie Zarecki

Greenshow Choreography, Mistress Quickly

Katie Zarecki is so happy to be returning for her second year at OSF. She has been working hard as a choreographer in the Akron area and is happy to tear up the green show stage. Katie thanks her parents for the never ending love and support and thanks Ryan for always being by her side.

Ryan Zarecki

Fight Director, Captain, Douglas

Ryan Zarecki loves coming back to OSF each summer. In his second year as the fight director for both Twelfth Night and Henry IV, Part One, Ryan gets to sling steel all season long. He thanks his Katie for her continued love. You are my everything. Thank you for supporting Ohio Shakespeare Festival.

Bernard Bygott

Once and Future Company Member

Ernie González

Once and Future Company Member