Resident Artist Company

The Resident Artists of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival are a core group of actors, designers, directors, and teaching artists who bring their expertise to all of our programs. They uphold SF Shakes' artistic values and serve our mission to provide access to Shakespeare and theatre to everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, financial status, or level of education.

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Amelia Adams+ Resident Artist

Amelia Adams is a Bay area actor, director, and puppeteer. She is a teaching artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Cal Shakes and Circus of Smiles. Favorite credits include Raina Petkoff in Arms and the Man (Spotlighters Theatre), The Mai, and The Lacy Project (Strand Theatre Co). Amelia toured her commedia dell’arte production to both coasts, and premiered her solo production A Mischief of Rats at the SF Fringe Festival. Amelia graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and continues to specialize in ensemble based physical theatre.

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Sean Garahan+ Resident Artist

Sean is an actor, teaching artist, and performing arts everyman. When he’s not acting he’s either tour managing a rock band, teaching theatre to all ages, or working stage crew at a Bay Area theatre. Sean earned a BA in Theatre from Emerson College in 2008, is an EMC member of Actor’s Equity, and is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. You can follow what he’s currently working on at

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Sharon Huff*+ Resident Artist

Sharon Huff has been acting, directing and teaching in the Bay Area since 1987, when she came down to work for California Theatre Center after getting her B.A. in Drama from University of Washington. Since then she has acted all over town for companies such as Woman’s Will, Theatreworks, Cutting Ball Theater, San Jose Stage Company and Marin Shakespeare Company. Along the way she completed the physical ensemble program at the Dell'Arte School.and picked up an M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University. For San Francisco Shakespeare she has performed in the touring productions of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth and Julius Caesar, as well as the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline.

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Amy Lizardo*+ Resident Artist

Amy is a Bay Area actor, singer and teaching artist. Amy is currently a Resident Artist at SF Shakes where she has taught all over the Bay Area and has appeared in both the School Tour (The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Free Shakespeare in the Park (The Taming of the Shrew). Amy has appeared in numerous productions around the Bay including The Unfortunates at ACT, The Tempest at CalShakes, Dogfight at SF Playhouse, Party People at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy with Boxcar Theatre, Hundred Days at Z Space, Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Boxcar Theatre, and numerous others. Amy recently returned from Ashland, Oregon where she spent three months as a teaching artist with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Phil Lowery+ Resident Artist

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 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 has directed musicals, operas and operettas around the Bay Area for companies such as Altarena Playhouse, Berkeley Opera, Pocket Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and Lamplighters. This summer, it is his privilege to Assistant Direct the Free Shakespeare in the Park tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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David Everett Moore*+ Resident Artist

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.


Regina Morones+ Resident Artist

Regina is excited to be making her Bay Area comeback as Benvolio in SF Shakes' Romeo and Juliet. She's a Bay Area native who's happy to be home again after being away getting a B.A. in Theatre Arts at Clark Atlanta University and completing an M.F.A. in Acting at the University of Iowa. Her passion is to continue to create and be a part of theatre that uplifts the marginalized by planting seeds of hope, tolerance, and change to promote healing and unity in her community. Her professional credits include Silo Tree and Four Stories at the Iowa New Play Festival, The Story of Me & You at The Good Works Play Festival in Atlanta, Meet The Past at the Atlanta History Center, More Than Petticoats at the Tabard Theatre, and Poison Places: Teens Living in the Age of AIDS at the Oakland Ensemble Theatre. Special thanks to SF Shakes for welcoming her home with open arms and kind hearts!


Stephen Muterspaugh*+ Resident Artist

Stephen, 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 and directing Hamlet in 2017. 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.


Carla Pantoja*+ Resident Artist

Carla directed our 2017-2018 Shakespeare on Tour production of Romeo and Juliet and Assistant Directed our 2017 Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet. She played Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew in Free Shakespeare in the Park. She’s performed with Cal Shakes, 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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Radhika Rao+ Resident Artist

Radhika is an actor, director, storyteller, improvisor, educator, and proud to be an SF Shakes resident artist. She is a member of Eth-Noh-Tec kinetic storytelling ensemble and the cofounder of Colorized Improv, an improv movement expressing diverse social, cultural, and personal experiences towards creating a more equitable performative space. Some of Radhika's other recent performances were at: Cutting Ball Theatre, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Word for Word, Olympians Festival, Playwrights' Foundation Flash Plays Festival, Douglass Morrison Theatre, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Festival Theatre Ensemble, and New Conservatory Theatre Center. Her favorite performance with SF Shakes has been as Brutus in Julius Caesar. Radhika has an Ed.D in Communities, Culture, and Education from Harvard University. She teaches acting, playwrighting, and lifeskills in schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (with theatres like American Conservatory Theatre, SF Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory, and New Conservatory Theatre). She collaborates regularly with universities (e.g., Stanford, Harvard, Santa Clara, Samuel Merritt, California Western Law School, UC San Diego, CSU San Marcos). She is also available as a coach/trainer for corporations and non-profit organizations that are looking to build diverse leadership, public speaking, and teamwork skills, through the medium of mindful improv. More at

Will Shattuc HS

Will Shattuc+ Resident Artist

Will Shattuc is an Oakland-born and Oakland-based director, playwright, teaching artist, and graphic designer. An SF Shakes legacy, he got his start at a 2001 camp as Marc Antony wearing a pillowcase, and has since gone on to Assistant Direct The Winter's Tale and serve on the 35 Speeches Committee. He started and runs Oakland Classical Theater Co., dedicated to putting on free work with under-30 artists in Oakland; they have since performed Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing. He also does the graphic design for a number of companies, including SF Shakes. Will graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A., focusing on ensemble theater and conservation ecology. He is an alumni of the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford, CT, and studied Viewpoints at Divadlo Archa in Prague. His play Voidmother was workshopped at the New Works Lab in Stratford.

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Lauren Spencer*+ Resident Artist

Lauren is a Bay Area based actor and singer. You may have seen her recently as Juliet in SF Shakes' Romeo and Juliet, in The Mechanics of LoveBlackademics and The Late Wedding at Crowded Fire Theater Company, or in The Rover at Shotgun Players. Other recent credits include: Party People (u/s Berkeley Rep), A Maze (Just Theater), Troilus And Cressida (Impact Theater), Good Goods (Crowded Fire Theater Co.), and Our Practical Heaven (Aurora Theater Co.). She is proud to have also worked with Magic Theater, Cutting Ball, Playwright's Foundation, Boxcar Theater, Playground, Townhall Theater Company, the African American Shakespeare Company, and Marin Theatre Company. Please visit

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Maryssa Wanlass*+ Resident Artist

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:

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Phil Wong+ Resident Artist

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.