Hamlet: Shakespeare On Tour 2015-16

Hamlet event

Alternates substitute for full-time actors at select performances. At some performances, the actors playing Hamlet and Ophelia/Horatio will reverse roles.

Andalis Hamlet

Nathaniel Andalis Hamlet

Nathaniel is excited to join Shakespeare on Tour’s production of Hamlet; a play he proclaims he will work on at least 5 times in his life. He is a recent graduate of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theater) where he was seen on stage as Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher and was an understudy in Hamlet (Ghost / Player King / Priest), Noises Off! (Lloyd) and The San Patricios (Santa Anna / Juan). Fresh off his run at Central Coast Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale and Two Gents, he is ready to join Denmark and tackle the challenge of Hamlet... or Ophelia!

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Luke Brady Claudius/Ghost

Luke Brady is a third year MFA Acting student at the Academy of Art University. His most recent roles in the Bay Area include: Raymond Gosling in The Secret of Life, Tom in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Reverend Alexander Mill in Candida. He has also been in a number of short films produced in the Bay Area and has recently completed filming for the feature length film A Natural Disaster as well as the science fiction short Eris.

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Lauren Hayes Gertrude

Lauren Hayes is thrilled to join the cast of Hamlet! Bay Area theater credits include The Skin of our Teeth at the Douglass Morrison Theatre and U.S. Drag at the Dragon Theatre. Her NYC credits include Quiet Peninsula (NYC Fringe), The Mysteries, #Serials@TheFlea, and These Seven Sicknesses (all at The Flea Theater), One Heart for Two (Winkel & Balktick’s Laboratory), and Stop the Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse). A Bay Area native, she holds a BS in chemistry from Stanford University and was a member of the Flea Theater’s resident acting company for three years in NYC.  www.LaurenHayes.info

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Mary Reagan Ophelia/Horatio

Mary is thrilled to be making her SF Shakespeare Festival debut. She is a recent graduate of PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s professional actor training program, with whom she has explored As You Like It (Rosalind), The Penelopiad (Cloris), Macbeth (First Witch), Hamlet (Ophelia understudy), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena). Born and raised in New York City, Mary’s love of theatre began at a very young age. Her passion for language and its ability to express the depths of the human soul is what drives her to continually discover and examine herself and the world around her.

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John Steele Jr. Polonius/Laertes

John Steele Jr. is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in acting and playwriting. He is a passionate Shakespeare nerd and is so excited to be performing one of his favorite plays. Some of his favorite roles he has performed include Lodovico in Othello, the title role in Macbeth, and John Rugby in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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Alan Coyne Polonius/Laertes (alternate)

Alan last played Polonius nearly 20 years ago, in UC Berkeley’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Since then, he has acted with Town Hall Theatre, Custom Made Theatre, Masquers Playhouse, Douglas Morrisson Theatre, and Benicia Old Town Theatre; sung a cappella with Spot the Octopus; and performed improvisational theatre at Pan Theater. His most recent role was Petruchio in Curtain Theatre’s The Taming of the Shrew, and he can be seen this November as Leo in Role Players Ensemble’s Leading Ladies, and next January as James Watson in Indra’s Net Theater’s The Secret of Life. He would like to thank his wife, Angela, for her love and support, and for not having him poisoned.

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Anne Yumi Kobori+ Ophelia/Horatio (alternate)

Anne is an actor, costume designer, playwright and teaching artist. After costume designing last year’s Shakespeare on Tour production of As You Like It, she is very excited to be both costume designer and performing in Hamlet this year. Previous credits include The Tempest (Ariel) and Othello (Desdemona) with Silicon Valley Shakespeare, A Message (Sochi) with Arabian Shakespeare Festival, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius) with Woman’s Will. She also performs in original comedy shows with ShotzSF. Anne is a Resident Artist and Education Program Manager with SF Shakes, and the Founder/Artistic Director of UTOPIA Theatre Project. BA, Theatre Arts, Santa Clara University.

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Mark Meixell Hamlet (alternate)

Mark is thrilled to be working with SF Shakes again, having played Orlando/Corin/Audrey in last season’s tour of As You Like It. Shakespeare roles from previous shows include Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Guildenstern and the grave digger (Hamlet), as well as Saturninus (Titus Andronicus). He earned a degree in Drama Performance from the University of Washington and looks forward to earning an MFA in acting.

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Gabriel Montoya Claudius/Ghost (alternate)

Gabriel has spent much of his life in theater working as an actor, director and producer but is relatively new to the Bay Area. To date, he has appeared in San Francisco as Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Austin in True West and Mickey in The Speakeasy. Earlier this year, Gabriel made his San Francisco directing debut with the world premiere of Bennett Fisher’s Don’t Be Evil, produced by his wife, Robin Fontaine. Gabriel also works as a writer specializing in the performance-enhancing drug problem in combat sports. His work has been featured or cited by Maxboxing.com, USA Today, ESPN, The New York Times, The L.A. Times and the Guardian, among others. He is the co-host/co-producer of two weekly radio shows, The Next Round and Leave it in the Ring.

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Alison Whismore Gertrude (alternate)

Alison is excited to come aboard the SF Shakes School Tour of Hamlet. A veteran tour actor herself, she has performed extensively in France, Switzerland, Belgium, the UK and North America, directing and performing well over 200 in-house written plays both in French and English in an eclectic range of venues. The eternal road girl, she moved to Northern California in 2010 to seek more adventure and has been seen occasionally in a play here and there (Pride and Prejudice – Sacramento Theatre Company, What I Did Last Summer – Piedmont Oakland Repertory Theatre, The Elephant Man – Circle of Light Theatre, among others), directing short plays for ShotzSF and working as a Teaching Artist for several theatre companies including San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. www.alisonwhismore.com

Stephen Muterspaugh Director

Muterspaugh, who served as SF Shakes' Associate Artistic Director from 2014-2017, has been teaching, acting and directing for the Festival since 2010. As a Resident Artist, he has taught Bay Area Shakespeare Camps, Upstart Crows, Advanced Shakespeare Workshop, and Midnight Shakespeare programs, as well as creating the Shakespeare for All Central Valley Residency Program. As a director he has helmed four seasons of Shakespeare on Tour productions, as well as co-directing the 2014 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. Regional acting credits include: Cyrano and The Country House (TheatreWorks), Last Night of Ballyhoo and Servant of Two Masters (PCPA), Julius Caesar (Utah Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello (Southwest Shakespeare Company), Charley’s Aunt (Creede Repertory Theatre), A Christmas Carol and Meet Me Incognito (Geva Theatre Center), Lend Me a Tenor (Livermore Shakespeare), King John and The Liar (Marin Shakespeare Company), Three Days of Rain and Harper Regan (Jewel Theatre), and The Winter’s Tale and Macbeth (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival). He is a graduate of PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

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Anne Yumi Kobori+ Costume Designer

Anne is an actor, costume designer, playwright and teaching artist. After designing the costumes for Shakespeare on Tour's Hamlet and As You Like It, she is excited to return to an Elizabethan aesthetic for Twelfth Night. Previous acting credits include The Winter's Tale (Archidamus/Dion/Mopsa) and Hamlet (Hamlet/Ophelia alternate) with SF Shakes, The Tempest (Ariel) and Othello (Desdemona) with Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and A Message (Sochi) with Arabian Shakespeare Festival. She also performs in original comedy shows with ShotzSF. Anne is a Resident Artist and Education Program Manager with SF Shakes, and the Founding Artistic Producer of UTOPIA Theatre Project. BA, Theatre Arts, Santa Clara University.