Teaching Artists

Bay Area Shakespeare Camps are led by trained theater professionals!

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Amelia Adams+ Teaching 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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Phil Lowery+ Teaching 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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Ayelet Schrek Teaching Artist

Ayelet Schrek is studying English and Theatre at Brandeis University, where she is very active in her theatrical community. She is founder and Artistic Director of The Brandeis Association of Rising Dramatists, Brandeis' only playwriting club. Favorite roles include Mary in The Children's Hour, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Witch in Into the Woods, and Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa. She began directing in high school, and has pursued it in college with Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia? and The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker, as well as directing for her sketch comedy troupe, Boris' Kitchen. An aspiring playwright, she has been produced five times in school and received staged readings from Playground and Young Playwrights Inc. Ayelet began Shakespeare Camp herself at age seven, and is thrilled to be back for her fourth year teaching.

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Maryssa Wanlass*+ Teaching Artist/Manager

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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Alison Whismore Midnight Manager

Alison is excited to come aboard the SF Shakes School Tour of Romeo and Juliet, having previously played the Gertrude Alternate in the SF Shakes Hamlet tour. A veteran tour actor, she has performed extensively in France, Switzerland, Belgium, the UK and North America, 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: The Tempest & Persuasion– Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Pride and Prejudice – Sacramento Theatre Company, Pear Slices 2017 – The Pear Theatre , The Magic Bus SF and working as a Teaching Artist for several theatre companies including San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. www.alisonwhismore.com

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Will Shattuc+ Teaching 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.