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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Nick Boucher Teaching Artist/Manager

Nicholas is thrilled to be a part of San Francisco Shakespeare! He is no stranger to Shakespeare, having performed in Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew with Silicon Valley Shakespeare. Other recent performances include The Grapes of Wrath at San Jose State & Pride and Prejudice, and Tartuffe with Silicon Valley Shakespeare. A recent graduate from San Jose State University with a degree in Theater, Nicholas also works as a teaching artist for the Audacity Performing Arts Project. He hopes all of the campers are as thrilled to be here as he is!

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Sarah Shoshana David*+ Teaching Artist/Manager

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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Jacquie Duckworth Teaching Artist

Jacquie Duckworth is delighted to return to SF Shakes as a teaching artist. As a performer and educator Jacquie toured schools throughout the state bringing history to life with Live Oakes Educational Theater’s Complete Condensed History of California and Coyote Tales. As a guest lecturer at City College of San Francisco and for Girl’s Evolve, an organization dedicated to building confidence and self esteem in teen girls, she taught improvisational theater, creative thinking, and team collaboration. She currently teaches and directs children’s theater for Town Hall Theater Company, Lamorinda Theater Academy, and Adventure Theater.

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William Edson Teaching Artist

William Edson is proud to be teaching Shakespeare with the same organization that gave him a passion for theatre. An alumnus of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, Will is currently a student in the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program. He is also directing a professional production of Midsummer Night's Dream this summer with his student Summerstock company HearthFire Theatre.

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Sean Robert Garahan Teaching Artist

Sean is an actor and a proud member of the SF Shakes Resident Artist Company. He’s also a teacher, tour manager, house manager, stage technician, occasional director, and all around theatre lover. Acting is his first and truest passion - and he is excited to be back on stage playing Paris in this summer’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Sean has a BA in Theatre from Emerson College and is an EMC member of Actor’s Equity.

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Becca Gilbert Teaching Artist

Becca Gilbert is thrilled to be working with Bay Area Shakespeare Camps! She is a recent graduate from UCSB where she received her B.A. in theater with a concentrations in directing, playwriting and theater and the community. Becca has been teaching playwriting in Isla Vista at the local elementary school and at the teen center for the past two years. She was also part of The Odyssey Project at UCSB, a collaborative theater project between youth from a juvenile detention center and undergraduate students. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting and cooking.

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Christian Haines Manager

Christian Haines is the founding Artistic Director of Amios in NYC and the Producing Artistic Director of ShotzSF in San Francisco. Directing credits include: Boeing Boeing (coming up at RVP), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tides), A Message (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), Heroes and Other Strangers (Best of Fringe NYC), Strictly Convenience (Fourfold Productions), Icarus' Mother (Actors Theatre of San Francisco) and a bunch of Shotz plays. Ensemble creations include: Brundibar (The Actors Center), Aloyisius in New York (Amios), Woyzeck, (Wits End). As an Actor he has been seen in The Elephant Man, Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, King John, Woyzeck, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Trip to Bountiful and dozens more. Mr. Haines holds an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

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Ismael Lara Teaching Artist

Ismael is excited to join the creative community of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as a teaching artist. He graduated from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi where he was awarded a BA in Theatre Education. Ismael has previously taught at schools and summer programs in South Texas and is eager to expand his horizons. His recent directing credits include Waiting For Godot, Julius Caesar and Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play. Ismael hopes to make a positive influence in theatre for youth in the Bay Area.

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Amy Lizardo*+ Teaching 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+ 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, 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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Charlotte Markle Teaching Artist/Manager

Charlotte Markle holds a B.A. in Theatre from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where her credits include Thea in Spring Awakening, Duke Fredrick and Duke Senior in As You Like It and The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. Charlotte has many interests within the world of theatre and has worked as an assistant director and dramaturg for Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble and an assistant teacher for ACT's Youth Conservatory. Charlotte is also a proud alumna of the Bay Area Shakespeare Camps and is thrilled to return and pass on her love of Shakespeare!

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Joshua Marx Teaching Artist

Joshua Marx is returning to his native Bay Area for a rest after having travelled the globe’s stages. A graduate of the MFA Acting program at the Mason Gross Conservatory of the Arts at Rutgers University, Josh has led an exciting life acting out the majority of Shakespeare’s leading men Off-Broadway and in the Regional Circuit. Recent credits include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Orlando in As You Like It (Theatre Under the Stars), Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night (Mile Square Theatre) and Stanley in One Man, Two Guvnors (TheatreSquared). Josh is also currently working on projects with Boxcar Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, and Broadway by the Bay. Back home in NY, Josh runs an Immersive Theatre group that workshops experimental interactive productions. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. Find out more at www.j-marx.com.

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Regina Morones+ Teaching Artist/Manager

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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Rem Myers Teaching Artist

Rem Myers is a director, dramaturg, producer and teacher and is excited to be working with the folks at SF Shakes for the first time this summer. He has directed with the Cutting Ball Theater (where he is also an associate artist), PianoFight, FaultLine Theater, Theater Pub, the Young Playwrights Project (TheaterWorks), Those Women Productions, and the Playwrights Foundation. When he is not theatering, he teaches at the Urban School of San Francisco.

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Rainier Pearl-Styles Teaching Artist

Rainier has been involved with SFShakes since she was nine--as a camper, front of house, education, and performance intern, teaching artist, and now literary intern! She is so excited to be working on The Winter's Tale, her favorite Shakespeare play. Rainier is a rising sophomore at Wellesley College, where she plans to major in Theatre Studies and Comparative Literature. She is a proud member of the Wellesley Shakespeare Society and part of the creative team of HearthFire Theatre, a summer theatre company produced entirely by young local actors. She would like to wish Mr. Shakespeare a happy 400th death-iversary and thank him for his beautiful words.

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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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Fenyang Smith Teaching Artist

Fenyang A. Smith is an Actor and Musician from Richmond, CA. He got his start acting in and writing music for plays while he was a student at Marin Academy in San Rafael. At eighteen, he got his first professional position as the Lead Composer and Sound Designer for Phantom Theatre’s summer 2008 production of Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees in Warren, VT. During his time at the University of California: Santa Cruz, he began studying and acting in Japanese language Kyogen and Manzai theatre productions. Fenyang is passionate about the world of the theatre and is incredibly excited to be working as a part of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. 

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Libby Vega Teaching Artist

Libby holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare (emphasis directing) from Exeter University in the U.K., where she studied at the Globe Theater in London and toured productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and Troilus and Cressida. Now a professional drama teacher, math tutor, and director, she has worked around the Bay Area for such organizations as the CalShakes Summer Conservatories, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, the San Francisco Olympians Festival, and the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation. She is also the co-founder of Those Women Productions, an independent theater company based in Berkeley, for which she has directed Just Deserts, When Briseis Met Chryseis, and My Name is Mother.

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Jeremy Vik Teaching Artist

Jeremy Vik has been teaching theatre, Shakespeare, clowning, and circus for over 9 years now. Where did he learn such a skill as teaching children how to be confident while speaking Shakespearean verse? Why with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, of course! Before he taught drama at elementary schools in the North Bay, clowning and improv to home-school kids in the South Bay, acrobatics in Emeryville, and before becoming head coach of Super Novas youth circus program at Circus Center SF, Jeremy learned how to teach from one of his favorite theatre companies: The SF Shakespeare Festival. In addition to teaching, Jeremy performs circus in the Bay Area and can be seen this summer playing Feste in Twelfth Night at Marin Shakespeare Company from July-August. Jeremy has a BFA in Theatre performance from Southern Oregon University and is a graduate of professional Acrobatics and Clown programs at Circus Center.

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Kendra Wilcox Teaching Artist

Kendra Wilcox is currently studying to get her BA/BFA in theatre at Southern Oregon University. She graduated from Dublin High School after serving as vice president of the drama club, performing in eleven shows, and receiving the Ruby Award for dedication to the arts. She has been studying Shakespeare for over a decade, and is ecstatic to have the opportunity to share her love of the Bard with students.

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Phil Wong+ Teaching 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.