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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Michael Truman Cavanaugh+ Resident Artist

Michael earned an Honors BFA in Stage Management from the University of Utah, a Masters in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut, and completed the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. He is a teaching artist at the Berkeley Playhouse, the Kinetic Arts Center, and Circus of Smiles. Michael also teaches clown classes for adults with his program Everybody Laughs. Michael is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Union International de la Marionette-USA, Puppeteers of America, and the San Francisco Bay Area Puppetry Guild.

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Sarah Shoshana David*+ Resident Artist

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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Rebecca J. Ennals Resident Artist

Rebecca has been on the staff of the Shakespeare Festival since 2002 and Artistic Director since 2012. She has extensive directing, acting, and teaching experience, and holds an MFA in performance from U.C. Davis. She has taught and written curriculum at the elementary through college levels. As an actor and director, she has worked locally with Marin Theatre Company, PlayGround, Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, Pear Theatre, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Los Altos Youth Theatre and Shakespeare At Stinson. Ms. Ennals has directed eight productions for the Festival's Shakespeare On Tour in-school touring program, six productions for the Civic Arts Stage Company program in Pleasanton, and three productions for Free Shakespeare in the Park. She also regularly writes the Festival’s Green Shows and conceived and executed the 2012 pop-up Shakespeare project "30 Days of Free Shakespeare in the Parklet." Her blog can be found at sfshakes.wordpress.com.

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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 seangarahan.com

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Carl Holvick+ Resident Artist

Carl is the Education Director and a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. He has participated in all of the various programs with SF Shakes including performing in Free Shakes and Shakespeare on Tour.  He has served on the faculties of Shakespeare Works when Shakespeare Plays in partnership with UC Davis and Shakespeare's Globe in London. As an actor, Carl has worked with the Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball Theater, San Jose Stage Company, Pacific Repertory Theater, Playwright's Foundation, Marin Shakespeare Company, Impact, Just Theatre, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Playground, and Word for Word. Carl earned a double B.A. degree from UC Berkeley in Theatre and Political Science.

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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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Anne Yumi Kobori+ Resident Artist

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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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, 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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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.

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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!

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Stephen Muterspaugh Resident Artist

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*+ Resident Artist

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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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 www.radhikarao.org

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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, and the African American Shakespeare Company. You can see her this spring in Marin Theatre Company's production of Anne Boleyn. Please visit laurenspencer.weebly.com.

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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: www.maryssa-wanlass.com.

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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.