The Cast of The Winter's Tale

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Stephen Muterspaugh Leontes

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, the 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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Carla Pantoja*+ Paulina

Carla is excited to be a part of The Winter's Tale. This marks her third outdoor show with SF Shakes, starting with Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and last year as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. Last seen as Gonzala in The Tempest with Cal Shakes, Carla has also performed with Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire, Playground, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, and the SF Mime Troupe in the Bay Area to name a few. Carla is a certified fight instructor and a founding member of Dueling Arts San Francisco. She is a proud member of Playground and a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

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David Everett Moore*+ Polixenes/Gaoler/Mariner

David is a Bay Area actor and teaching artist. A Resident Artist of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, David has performed in numerous Free Shakespeare in the Park productions as well as the SF Shakes School Tour, and has taught in the Midnight Shakespeare program along with other in-school residencies. As an actor, David has worked with several regional and local theaters, including Crowded Fire Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare Company, Word for Word, Just Theater, and Marin Theatre Company. David also teaches with Tomorrow Youth Repertory, and has worked as a Teaching Artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. David is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley and its Theater and Performance Studies program.

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Maryssa Wanlass*+ Hermione/Dorcas

Maryssa is a Bay Area based actor, director, teaching artist, and SF Shakes Resident Artist. Local performance credits include Macbeth (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), As You Like It, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Livermore Shakespeare Festival), Betrayal (Pear Avenue Theatre), Persuasion (San Jose Stage), Crime and Punishment (San Jose Repertory Theatre), Enchanted April, Witness for the Prosecution (Center REPertory Company), Much Ado About Nothing, Good Person of Szechuan (Woman's Will), How I Learned to Drive, Gaslight (Hapgood Theatre Company), Picture of Dorian Gray, All About Eve (Theatre Rhinoceros). As a teaching artist she can be found empowering young women through the Girls' Leadership Institute, giving maximum security inmates a voice through improv acting workshops with Red Ladder Theatre Company, and helping at-risk young adults in West Oakland discover Shakespeare's stories through SF Shakes' Midnight Shakespeare program. More info: www.maryssa-wanlass.com.

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Phil Lowery+ Antigonus/Old Shepherd

Phil is a director, actor, stage manager, teacher, and a proud member of the SF Shakes Resident Artist company, through which he has taught hundreds of children and teens in our Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and Tailor-Made Residencies since 2007. He has performed with Shakespeare on Tour (Macbeth) and Free Shakespeare in the Park (The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and, this summer, The Winter’s Tale), and with other Bay Area companies, including Shotgun Players, Central Works Ensemble and Lamplighters Music Theatre, where he is on staff. Phil also teaches Middle School Theatre at Children’s Day School in San Francisco, and has directed operas and operettas around the Bay Area for companies such as Berkeley Opera, Pocket Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and Lamplighters.

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Damien Seperi Camillo/Cleomenes

Damien has been a Bay Area actor and theatre-enthusiast for over a decade. He’s absolutely thrilled to be making his first appearance with SF Shakes this summer. His theatrical endeavors have been with such companies like Crowded Fire, Marin Shakespeare, and Cutting Ball. Aside from acting he likes to write and cause general trouble. Many thanks to all supporters of the arts!

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Sarah Shoshana David*+ Emilia/Shepherdess/Bear

Sarah was born to a circus family, trained originally as a dancer, and got her first union card at 22 working throughout North America, Europe and the USSR. As an actor, she played opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Among her leading roles are Ellen in Jewish Roots, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Halie in Shepard’s Buried Child, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Gertude in Hamlet, Prospero in The Tempest, and the Queen in Cymbeline. As a Resident Artist for SF Shakes, she directs, performs, and teaches. Sarah is a loyal member of the Screen Actors' Guild and AFTRA.

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Lizzie Calogero Officer/Musician/Autolycus

Lizzie is delighted to be returning to the Festival after playing numerous wild and feisty characters in The Taming of the Shrew. She most recently appeared as the Fox in Marin Theatre Company's production of The Little Prince. Lizzie has performed at theatres around the Bay Area; San Jose Rep, Aurora Theatre, CenterREP, and San Francisco Playhouse, among others. She is a proud Collective Member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and associate member of Symmetry Theatre, which is dedicated to gender balance on the boards.

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Davern Wright* Lord 1/Florizel

Davern, an actor, writer, and director native to the Bay Area, is thrilled to be back at SF Shakes after playing Florizel/Lord 1 in The Winter's Tale last season. Acting credits include Marin Shakespeare Company, 42nd St. Moon, Golden Thread Productions, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Bindlestiff Studio, Douglas Morrison Theatre, and many others. Writing credits include “Cratchit” (Best of Playground SF 2015; Playground SF People’s Choice Award), “Would You Like the Can, Sir?” (Playground SF People’s Choice Award), and co-writing Through the Wall for Ragged Wing Ensemble. He is a Playground SF Resident Playwright and winner of their 2015 Emerging Playwright Award. He has an M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Theatre from Williams College. Many thanks to his family and friends.

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Rosie Hallett Nursemaid/Perdita/Bear

Rosie is delighted to be making her mainstage debut with SFShakes. She previously appeared in the company's tours of The Tempest and Macbeth. Her recent credits include The Country House (TheatreWorks), The Way West (Marin Theatre Company), Top Girls and Harry Thaw Hates Everybody (Shotgun Players), and Stories by Emma Donoghue and Colm Tóibín and You Know When the Men Are Gone with Word for Word Performing Arts Company, where she is an Associate Artist. Rosie is a graduate of Stanford University, a company member of Playground, and a recipient of the Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award. Learn more at www.roselynhallett.com.

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Phil Wong+ Lord 2/Clown

Phil is an actor, musician, and teaching artist born and raised in The City of Oakland. He is thrilled to be back at it with SF Shakes for the first time since his last appearance as Grumio in 2014's The Taming of the Shrew. Some of his favorite Bay Area theatrical endeavors include Civil (Red - Quantum Dragon Theatre), Blood Wedding (Father, Old Woman - The Breadbox), The Rocky Horror Show (Eddie/Dr.Scott - Boxcar Theatre), Candide (Cacambo - Lamplighters), the world premiere of Do the Math by Emily Galvin (Overcast Theater), and Chinglish (Bing/Geming - Palo Alto Players). Phil can be seen next in EXIT Theatre's American Premiere production of Clive Barker's Paradise Street. When he's not theatrimafyzing and making up words, Phil has been known to play his accordion and monkey around at the Athletic Playground. He also frequently attempts to make people giggle at stand-up comedy open mics and showcases around the Bay and is a proud company member of the Oakland-based political theatre collective, The Bonfire Makers.

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Anne Yumi Kobori+ Archidamus/Dion/Mopsa/Bear

Anne is an actor, costume designer, playwright and teaching artist. She is very excited to make her debut on the Free Shakes stage, after performing in Hamlet on Tour this year (Hamlet/Ophelia alternate). 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, Santa Clara University. www.anneyumikobori.com 

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Maya Drooker Mamillius

Maya first encountered Shakespeare at the age of 7 when she played Hippolyta in the SF Shakespeare Festival’s Summer Players Camp production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since then Maya has returned many times to her beloved bard. She is excited to be performing in a professional production for the first time.

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Gwen Herndon Mamillius

Gwen is happy to be joining the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for the first time! She has appeared in A Year With Frog and Toad, Schoolhouse Rock, Live!, and The Jungle Book, all with 42nd Street Moon's summer camp. She has participated in many dance and school recitals. Gwen thanks her family (especially her dog) and friends for supporting her.

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Henry Alper Attendant/Shepherd

Henry is ecstatic to be rejoining SF Shakes for a second season. His previous roles include Philostrate in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Paris's Page in Romeo & Juliet, and Si Crowell in Our Town. He is entering eleventh grade at Henry M. Gunn High School. He would like to thank his family for their constant love and support.

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Sara Madsen Attendant/Shepherdess

Sara first discovered her love of acting as an eight-year-old camper at SF Shakes. Since then, she has performed in over twenty shows and workshops with the Festival, including last summer's production of Romeo and Juliet. Sara is thrilled to act again with the community that she loves.

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Rachel Brunner Lady/Shepherdess

Rachel is excited to be making her California stage debut with SF Shakes's production of The Winter's Tale. Previous credits include: Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) with Moscow Youth Theatre and Satyr (Cyclops; A Satyr Play) with The American Repertory Theatre. She is the co-founder of Sad Girls Club, an all-female production company geared towards producing new and original content from young female filmmakers trying to get their start in the film industry. She is a recent graduate from Emerson College in Boston where she earned her BFA in Acting.