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MIDNIGHT SHAKESPEARE TEACHING ARTISTS
Laura Jane Bailey is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Theatre Bay Area. Bay Area productions include: Equus (Boxcar Theatre); Enchanted April & Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (Bus Barn Theatre); Fat Pig (City Lights); Juan Gillion Dances For The Sun (Crowded Fire); Bad Dates, The Memory Of Water, Smell Of The Kill, Cloud 9, For The Love Of A Pig (Dragon); Nicky Goes Goth (Impact); Snakepit (Theatre Q). Other companies she has worked with include TheatreFirst, The Playwrights Center, A Travelling Jewish Theatre and Theatreworks. Chicago productions include: The Cider House Rules directed by David Cromer, The American Dream, Raised in Captivity, I Am Yours, and Tattoo Girl.  She was the Artistic Director of cobalt ensemble theatre, where they offered a Shakespeare Camp and Greek Theatre Camp for Middle School children. She was also a Meisner technique teacher at The Actors’ Center of Chicago. LJ was nominated for Best Actress at the Midwest Film Festival for the feature film Repetition.
William J. Brown III is thrilled to return to teach for SF Shakes! He's had the privilege of performing several roles in the Shakespeare On Tour production of Twelfth Night. He's also been a regular teaching artist in their Bay Area Shakespeare Camp program/ As a performer he has worked all over the Bay Area, most notably playing the title role in Hamlet twice. He has performed with the California Shakespeare Theater, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Rhinoceros, SF New Theatre Workshop, Calaveras Rep, Festival Theatre Ensemble, California Theatre Center, Bus Barn, and Shady Shakespeare among others. He received his BA in Theatre, Dance, and History from Santa Clara University, and has studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London He performed in Northanger Abbey at Pear Avenue Theatre in Mountain View and in Troilus and Cressida and Comedy of Errors at the Carmel Shakespeare Festival. As a teacher he has taught theatre conservatories and workshops for TheaterFun, California Theatre Centre, Festival Theatre Ensemble, Herbert Hoover Middle School, St. James School, Summit High School, Advanced Acting Academy, and American Musical Theatre-San Jose.
Michael Truman Cavanaugh is an Idaho native. He received his BFA in Stage Management at the University of Utah. He studied Bunraku in Japan with the Tonda Troupe. Then he received his Masters in Puppetry Arts from the University of Connecticut. Afterwards he trained at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.  He is a founding member of the AlulA Ensemble and a Resident Teaching Artist with SF Shakes. Michael is a member of Actors' Equity Association, UNIMA-USA, and the Puppeteers of America,
Livia Demarchi, Midnight Shakespeare teaching artist Livia Demarchi is thrilled to be teaching Midnight Shakespeare! She's also been a teaching artist with Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and a Shakespeare On Tour actor in Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Livia has also performed with several local companies and in her native country of Brazil where she attended the Macunaima Conservatory of Theatre. Shakespeare roles include: Desdemona in Othello with Ninjaz of Drama and Macunaima Theatre in Brazil; Titania/Hyppolita in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tybalt/Lady Cap in Romeo and Juliet; Gertrude/Marcellus in Hamlet and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is proud to be bringing Shakespeare’s timeless works into the lives of children and hopes to inspire them with the words from the bard.
Daveed Diggs is an actor, educator, composer, rap and spoken word artist who graduated with a Theater Arts degree from Brown University in 2004. His California and regional credits include Free Shakespeare in the Park productions of The Comedy of Errors (Duke Solinus and Dr. Pinch) and The Tempest (Caliban and Ferdinand), Pacific Rep Theater’s Troilus and Cressida (Troilus) and A Comedy of Errors (Duke), The SF Playhouse’s Six Degrees of Separation (Paul) and Jesus Hopped the A Train (Angel), SHN’s production of Holes (Sam/Armpit), and Magic Theater’s Moving Right Along (Freddie). He has produced work with the National Hip Hop Collective The Getback. He’s featured on their first release Rafael “A.D.” Casal’s As Good As Your Word. He has been a teacher in residence with the Arts Literacy Program in Providence, Rhode Island and a teaching artist for the national youth spoken word organization Youth Speaks. He’s written several plays in verse including: Sweeter Than, based on the writings of Harlem Renaissance poet Jean Toomer (produced by Rites an Reasons Theater in Rhode Island) and Big Shoes, a solo performance piece. He co-wrote and performed in The One Drop Rule, a play for the Living Word Festival directed by acclaimed artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
Beth Fatum Beth Fatum is a playwright, director, actor, designer and educator who takes "All the world's a stage" to heart, working with theater as a vehicle to bring forward ideas and topics that would otherwise not be seen. She holds a BA in Technical Theater from Bates College(ME). In addition to her extensive production experience she's also been a teaching artist with Bay Area Shakespeare Camp. Some of her local experience includes theater work with Pacifica Spindrift Players(CA): Hamlin School (CA); University of San Francisco (CA): Calvary Theater Group (CA); Capachino High School.
Lauren Hanover completed her Master's Degree at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama in August of 2006. She spent the following three years living in New York City where she performed off-Broadway and in several other small productions, as well as working on a variety of on camera projects.  In July of 2009, she returned to the Bay Area and now lives in San Francisco, pursuing her acting career in the place where she grew up. Lauren appeared as Mary in  Capital Stage's production of Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Michael Stevenson, where she appeared in a staged reading of Believers by Patricia Milton. She also appeared in Monday Night Playground, in Secrets of Gardenias by Katie May.  
Carl Holvick-Thomas will play the roles of Arviragus and Lord in this summer's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline. He's also played the title role in the 2009-2010 production of Shakespeare On Tour's Hamlet. He also appeared in Marin Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as Octavius Caesar, and in Shotgun Player’s Skylight. Carl holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies. While at Cal, he played Angelo in Measure for Measure, Dionysus in The Bacchae, Max Malone in Suburban Motel, and Professor Trixie in The Cradle Will Rock. Carl has also worked with other Bay Area theaters such as Impact, Cutting Ball, and the Berkeley City Club. He taught drama in Cape Town, South Africa with Dance for All, and has taught theater with kids and teens around the Bay Area.

Becky Kemper began her relationship with SF Shakes as a teaching artist in their Bay Area Shakespeare Camp program. She previously served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, an equity theater company that she founded in 1999. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, a Master of Letters in Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature, and an MFA in Directing from the American Shakespeare Center & Mary Baldwin College. Her acting and directing projects have taken her to such places as Russia, China, and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. She has served as the Artistic Director of the Metawhateverphor Theater in NYC, the Director of Education for Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and the chairman of the Artistic Council for the Shakespeare Theater Association of America. She has presented her research into Shakespeare’s dramatic use of rhetoric at numerous national conferences, and theatrical workshops across the country. She resides in San Francisco where she continues her acting, directing, and research activities while turning disadvantaged kids onto to Shakespeare with SF Shakespeare Festival.

Amy Lizardo toured with Shakespeare on Tour’s 2010-11production of The Tempest, that was staged nearly 200 times all over the state of California! Amy graduated from San Jose State where she received her Masters of Arts in Theatre. At SJSU she appeared in numerous productions including Taming of the Shrew (Curtis), Mummified Deer (Mama Chu), and Lysistrata (Lysistrata). She's also performed with Bus Barn Stage Company in their production Smokey Joe’s Café, (BJ) as well as Coastal Repertory Theatre’s Urinetown (Officer Barrel).
Stephen Muterspaugh is excited to be teaching at Midnight Shakespeare! He's also directing their 2012-13 touring producrtion of A Midsummer Night's Dream and previously taught at Bay Area Shakespeare Camp. He relocated to the Bay Area after working regionally with such companies as Utah Shakespearean Festival, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Geva Theater Centre. Stephen is thrilled to be a part of introducing and furthering the Shakespeare education of the young people of the Bay Area. He is a graduate of PCPA Theaterfest and a proud member of Actor's Equity.
Radhika Rao is an actor, writer and Theatre teaching artist. She has performed professionally in India, Boston, San Diego and now the San Francisco Bay Area. She was trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on how theatre could be used in fostering youth citizenship and transforming communities. Radhika has over 10 years of experience teaching theatre to hundreds of children, youth and adults at the school, community, and university level. She cherishes the opportunity to integrate theatre in various educational settings, such as the teaching of academic subjects like history, math, or literature; or in peace-building, community building, or corporate training. Radhika believes the teaching of theatre imparts not just the technicalities of dramatic performance to the learner, also and equally, life-skills just as confidence, empathy, cooperation, leadership, imagination, creative and critical thinking. She has loved Shakespeare ever since she saw her first Shakespeare play and is thrilled and deeply honored to join the SF Shakes teaching team.
Sharon Robinson is very pleased to be working with Midnight Shakespeare! She is currently an alternate in the Shakespeare On Tour production of The Tempest (Stefano / Alonso / Sycorax). Prior roles wiht the tour include alternate for the roles of Laertes and Polonius in Hamlet and Nurse and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. THis summer she will play the Queen in the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline. Other recent roles include Nadya in Travesties at Marin Shakespeare Festival, and Candida in Rock ‘n’ Roll at San Jose Stage Company. Other companies she’s performed with are Theatreworks, Woman’s Will, Chaucer and Company, Chameleon Theatre and others. She is also a director, teacher and professional voiceover talent.
Lauren Spencer is thrilled to be working with the talented students at Park Middle! She also enjoyed being a teaching artist with Bay Area Shakepseare Camps. A San Francisco based actor and singer, Lauren's Bay Area credits include Much Ado About Nothing with Woman's Will, Twelfth Night with African American Shakespeare Company, Hermes with No Nude Men, and Little Shop of Horrors with Boxcar Theatre.  She received her B.A. from Vassar College.
Maryssa Wanlass made her SF Shakes debut as Lady Macbeth in their 2011-12 touring producion of Macbeth. She appeared in the Best of PlayGround Festival and is a company member of PlayGround SF. Other appearances include Hanging Georgia with TheatreFirst, Desdemona in Othello with Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park and Kara in the world premiere of Imaginary Love by Kait Kerrigan with Hapgood Theatre Company. She has also performed with Center REPertory Company in Enchanted April and Witness for the Prosecution; Woman’s Will in Good Person of Szechuan and Much Ado About Nothing; with Hapgood Theatre in How I Learned to Drive and Gaslight, and with Theatre Rhinoceros in All About Eve, Medea! The Musical, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. She studied at Mills College and the Moscow Art Theatre Stanislavsky Summer School. You can learn more at www.maryssa-wanlass.com
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