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Did you know that a number of past and present OSF actors/artists are readers for audiobooks produced by Blackstone Audio? Ray Porter and Anthony Heald are particularly prolific, with 72 and 40 titles, respectively. Other readers include Claudia Alick, Kevin Kenerly, Peter Macon, G. Valmont Thomas, Armando Durán, Eddie Lopez, Barry Kraft, Malcolm Hillgartner (95 audiobooks!) and Caroline Shaffer. To search for books by reader, click here and type in the reader's name in the search box on upper left portion of the screen.
Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake, which premiered at OSF in 2012, was recently presented at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, Minneapolis's Guthrie Theatre, and the Wuzhen Festival in China. The productions featured original cast members Richard Howard, Cristofer Jean, Emily Sophia Knapp, Amy Kim Waschke, Tanya Thai McBride, Vin Kridakorn, and Lisa Tejero. A current production of The White Snake with many of these cast members is running at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
Actor Roy Abramsohn (at OSF late 1980s) recently starred in Escape from Tomorrow, a feature film that was an official 2013 Sundance Film Festival Selection, Roger Ebert Film Festival Selection, Stockholm Film Festival, Sitges (Spain) Film Festival, Indie Memphis Festival among others. Roy is a married father of two and works as a tv/film/stage actor in Los Angeles.
Linda Alper (at OSF 24 seasons) appeared in Tribes at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland February 3 - March 1, 2015. She is currently appearing in Arthur Miller's The Price at Artists Rep March 31 - April 26.
Frankie J. Alvarez (at OSF 2011) is starring in Looking on HBO, exploring the highs and lows of life as part of a new generation of gay men in San Francisco. Tanya Saracho (playwright of 2013's The Tenth Muse) writes for this series as well.
Charlie Bachmann (at OSF two seasons) is the Community Arts Coordinator at Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL teaching Theater, Film and Visual Arts to artists with physical, emotional and/or developmental challenges.
Former OSF director (1982, Black Swan) and Education director Paul Barnes recently retired as the artistic director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN, after nine seasons. Paul and 36-year OSF veteran James Edmondson are directing in the company's 2015 season.
Robert Alan Barnett (1986-'88) is in the film Wild with Reese Witherspoon.
Raffi Barsoumian (at OSF 2011-12) is appearing in a major recurring role on The Vampire Diaries on the CW network, and is appearing in Antony and Cleopatra and The Count of Monte Cristo at OSF in 2015.
Stephanie Beatriz (at OSF three seasons) is currently appearing as Rosa Diaz in the comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine on FOX, also starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.
Mark Bedard and John Tufts recently appeared in Ferenc Molnar's Fashions for Men at the Mint Theatre Company in New York City. The director was Davis McCallum, who directed The Belle's Stratagem at OSF in 2005.
Kenajuan Bentley (at OSF four seasons) has been featured on the NBC series Grimm this season.
Aldo Billingslea (at OSF eight seasons) teaches at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA.
Actor Mark Booher (OSF 1991-92) is the artistic director of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts) in Santa Maria and Solvang, CA.
Tom Chapman (at OSF eight seasons) recently directed Bell, Book and Candle at Spreckels Performing Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also a playwright, Spreckels has commissioned Thomas to write a stage adaptation of the film His Girl Friday.
Actor Megan Cole (at OSF 1970s, 80s & 90s, most recently in 1993) continues her work as “Actor In Healthcare” at venues such as the Mayo Clinic and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She received the 2010 McGovern Award from the American Medical Writers Association and has a new website: www.megancole.net. Here is a sample of Megan’s recent work at Cerimon House.
Director Shana Cooper (The Unfortunates and Love's Labor's Lost at OSF) recently directed A Midsummer Night's Dream at Playmakers Repertory in Chapel Hill, NC, and is currently a director in-residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC.
Actor Phyllis Courtney (at OSF 1980s and 2000 season) has recently published a short memoir entitled "Remembered My Way – Act 1", a recounting of her childhood in South Carolina. Phyllis now lives in Jacksonville, OR.
Actor Lesley Schisgall Currier (at OSF 1987) is the founding Managing Director of Marin Shakespeare Company, since 1989.
OSF Resident Costume Design Assistant/Designer Denise Damico (1998–2007) is now the costume shop manager of Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Denver Center Theatre Company's Colorado New Play Summit features the participation of former OSF company members Alejandra Escalante, Vin Kridakorn, Tanya Saracho, Michael Santo, Lise Bruneau and Jerry Ruiz.
Actor Eileen DeSandre (at OSF 16 seasons) recently starred as Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth, a one-woman show, at Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond, VA, and is appearing in OSF's Much Ado about Nothing in 2015.
Actor Dante DiLoreto (at OSF 1985-87) is an executive producer of the hit TV series Glee on the FOX network, as well as "American Horror Story".
Actor Dan Donohue (at OSF 12 seasons) will play Francis in One Man, Two Guvnors at Berkeley Rep later in the spring (May 8 - June 21) and again for South Coast Repertory in the fall. Frequent OSF guest artist David Ivers is directing. See Geffen Theatre listing below for Dan's recent show in Los Angeles. Dan also appeared on a recent episode of "The Mentalist" on CBS.
Actor Christopher DuVal (actor at OSF 1999-09) and guest fight director (at OSF 2010- 2015), is an Assistant Professor teaching in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is teaching Acting, Stage Combat and Voice in their respected BFA program. He continues to act and fight direct regionally, and he recently certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He recently starred in One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company is Salt Lake City.
Actor Michael Elich (at OSF 20 seasons) recently appeared in Good People at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, directed by former OSF guest director Kate Buckley. Michael is currently in Arthur Miller's The Price at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland March 31 - April 26.
The recent Geffen Theatre production of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive featured OSF actors past and present Dan Donohue, Denis Arndt and Paul Vincent O'Connor. The productions ran February 3 - March 15 in Los Angeles.
Actor Bill Geisslinger (at OSF 21 seasons) recently appeared in Berkeley Rep's X's and O's: A Football Love Story through March 1. The cast also included Eddie Ray Jackson (at OSF 2013), and is directed by Tony Taccone.
Actors Anthony Heald (at OSF nine seasons) and Kathryn Meisle (at OSF 2012) are appearing in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, which will also play in London later in the spring/summer.
Actors Malcolm Hillgartner (at OSF six seasons) and Jahnna Beecham (at OSF two seasons), under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm, have published more than 130 books for young adults. Their musicals have been produced by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Barter Theatre and PCPA among many others. The musicals include: Chaps! and Dogpark, the Musical (both published by Samuel French), Holmes and Watson Save the Empire (voted Best Small Cast Musical in Vancouver, BC this past spring); They Came From Way Out There and their new children's musical The Doll People, which was developed at Smith College last fall and produced by Hope Summer Repertory Theatre this summer. They are currently working on a new musical with the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, to be produced in December 2016.
Brenda Hubbard (at OSF 1982-84) has more than 35 years of experience as a professional actor, director , playwright and artistic director, and has worked with some of the leading theatres in the nation including Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, Salem Repertory and San Jose Repertory Theatre. Read more about Brenda here.
Playwright/director Nagle Jackson's (former OSF actor, director and playwright) play Taking Leave has joined the repertory of The National Theater of China in Beijing. Translated into Mandarin, the play deals with the effects - comic and tragic - of Alzheimer's disease on a Shakesperean scholar whose specialty is King Lear. The play will remain in the National Theater indefinitely. Photos and articles available through Google.
Kelly Koehn (OSF costume props artisan from 1986-2006) is now the costume crafts/dyer at ACT in San Francisco, having most recently worked on a production of Vigil with Marco Barricelli. Kelly’s husband Russell Huddleston was the assistant Master Electrician at OSF from 1989-98 and is now working in Oakland as a biologist for CH2mHill.
Actor Gregory Linington (at OSF 2000-11) recently appeared on Grey's Anatomy and the Showtime show Shameless, and is appearing as Cleante in director Dominique Serrand's Tartuffe at South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Gregory also was recently seen in The Tempest at Shakespeare Theatre.
Actor Dee Maaske (at OSF 21 seasons) recently appeared in Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles at Capital Stage Company in Sacramento, CA, and is in the same show at Playmakers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC April 1-19.
Daniel Mayes and Helen Machin-Smith (at OSF 1981-83) began Island Stage Left in the summer of 1999 with The Tempest and have performed “Shakespeare under the Stars” for the past fourteen years, with a spring, fall and winter shoulder season of modern work including Art, Doubt, Rabbit Hole, The Clean House, The Drawer Boy, Trying and many others. Dan and Helen worked many years in Seattle at Intiman, ACT, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Helen has directed the company’s productions and Dan has played everything from Iago to Malvolio, Macbeth to Lady Bracknell, Father Flynn to Shylock. They bring other actors (many Equity) to the island from New York, Chicago, Seattle, etc., and their audience comes from around the country. They have two outdoor venues for the summer shows. Phil Davidson came a few summers ago to play Egeon in A Comedy of Errors.
Actor Armando McClain (at OSF 2014-2015) recently played the title role in Othello for the Arabian Shakespeare Company in San Francisco, and appears in Much Ado about Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra at OSF in 2015.
Christine Meyers (OSF costume shop) now lives in Seattle and has designed shows for Seattle Repertory Theatre and other companies.
Christopher Liam Moore (at OSF five seasons) recently directed Blithe Spirit at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR, and directs Long Day's Journey into Night at OSF in 2015.
Joel David Moore (at OSF 2000-01) is currently a lead on the ABC drama “Forever”. He has had a recurring role in the series “Bones” and many other television guest actor roles. He played leading roles in “Dodgeball”, “Grandma’s Boy” and “Avatar”, among many others. His complete resume is on IMDB.
Jamie Newcomb (at OSF 13 seasons) recently starred in Benediction at the Denver Center Theatre Company.
Paige Newmark (assistant director to Andy Traister on his productions of The Threepenny Opera and Strange Snow in 1986) is now artistic director of Shakespeare WA (Western Australia).
Kal Poole (at OSF 2001-03) is now managing director of the Grandstreet Theater in Helena, Montana, where he got his acting start at the age of five. Kal came to OSF in 2001 as the Rex Rabold Fellow, and then earned an MFA in Acting and the Creation of New Work from Ohio State University.
Corliss Preston (at OSF 1994) released a spoken word CD called "I Grant I am a Woman". The piece is a fresh interpretation of the feminine perspective explored through the words of Shakespeare's women. A collision of artistic styles adorned by original music, "I Grant I am a Woman" is smart, funny and emotionally intense - psychologically moving through surprising twists and turns.
Christina Acosta Robinson (at OSF 2013) recently appeared as Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, directed by Joe Dowling.
Margaret (Peggy) Rubin (OSF actor 1957-85, director of Information/Education 1973-85, and director of Public Relations 1986-87) received the following awards for her book To Be and How to Be: Transforming Your Life through Sacred Theatre – two Nautilus Silver Seal awards and a Living Now book award. Read more about Peggy Rubin and Sacred Theatre here.
Aura Sperling (OSF costumes and wardrobe for five seasons) spent two years as a costume designer for theaters in Albuquerque, NM before becoming a union film seamstress and costumer in 2010. Her film/TV credits include Breaking Bad, The Avengers, The Lone Ranger and Last Stand.
Actor and director Randall Stuart (at OSF 1981-82, Daedalus Project 1986-91) is the artistic director of Upon These Boards and Founder and Director of Cerimon House in Portland, Oregon which has featured the collaboration of other OSF grads Megan Cole, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Constance Doolan, Brenda Hubbard and Dawn Lisell. His recent directing assignments include Artists Repertory Theatre, Southern Oregon University and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
Actor Rafael Untalan (at OSF 2005-07 and visiting Education staff) is presently based out of Washington, D.C. He was recently recognized as Best Featured Actor for his work in Theater J’s 2014 production of David Henry Hwang’s Yellowface. This past fall, he appeared as Shag in Equivocation for Virginia Repertory Theatre.
The Utah Shakespeare Festival summer company for 2015 will feature past and present OSF artists Tasso Feldman, John Pribyl, Jamie Newcomb, Tony Amendola, David Ivers and J.R. Sullivan.
Derrick Lee Weeden, G. Valmont Thomas and Ken Robinson recently appeared in The Piano Lesson, directed by Timothy Bond, at Syracuse Stage and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Actor John Wesley (at OSF 1980s) is co-author of a recently released book with actor Robert Guillaume called "Take a Look at Yourself - Secrets and Musings", available via Amazon Kindle. John Wesley was one the first African-American actors hired by OSF, along with James Avery, and appeared in plays such as Sizwe Bansi is Dead and The Island. John has worked steadily since leaving Ashland, appearing in over 120 TV/ feature films, as well as working around the country in theater. He will appear in the upcoming feature film "The Midnighters".
Michael Winters (at OSF many seasons) appeared last summer as Falstaff at Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Henry IV, Parts One and Two, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Michael appeared in All the Way and The Great Society at Seattle Repertory Theatre before returning to OSF to star in Long Day's Journey into Night in 2015.
Julie Wilson, former OSF costume crafts artisan (1985-1998), has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. Her biggest and most enjoyable recent project was working as a lead stitcher for HBO’s seven-part series, “John Adams.” She is currently the costume crafts technician for Cirque du Soleil’s “O” in Las Vegas.
Kurt-Alexander Zeller (Green Show company, 1990, 1991) is Director of Vocal Studies and Opera at Clayton State University in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, and recently (January 2013) directed a program of sacred opera for the National Opera Association. (The cast included former OSF Green Show singer Amanda Kelley.) The second edition of his book, What Every Singer Needs to Know about the Body, has just been released by Plural Publishing of San Diego.