Cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream

"First, good Peter Quince, say what the play treats
on, then read the names of the actors, and so grow
to a point." - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1, Scene 2

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* Member, Actors' Equity Association
+ Resident Artist of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Asberry

Michael J. Asberry* Egeus/Peter Quince

Michael is honored to work with SFShakes again. He most recently appeared in The Whipping Man with the Sacramento Theater Company. Other productions include Landless (AlterTheater); Fences (Marin Theatre Company); Seven Guitars (Artists Repertory Theatre - Portland, OR); San Francisco's Best of PlayGround Festival 16; Day of Absence, Fabulation and King Hedley II (Lorraine Hansberry Theatre); Topdog/Underdog (6th Street Playhouse); Superior Donuts (TheatreWorks); and Satellites (Aurora Theatre). Michael's resumé also has several television, film and voiceover credits.

Austin

Patricia Austin* Hermia/Fairy

Patricia is delighted to return to San Francisco Shakespeare Festival! She is grateful to be making theatre in the Bay Area with other artists of such talent, integrity and heart. She was last seen in Golden Thread’s Autobiography of a Terrorist by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. Other recent credits include: Crowded Fire’s Matchbox Reading Series, A Tale of Autumn, On the Wonderverse (Bay Area Playwrights Foundation), Taming of the Shrew (San Francisco Shakespeare), and Mutt (Impact Theatre). Trish also works at the Aurora Theatre as the Costume Coordinator. Special thanks to Rebecca and Phil for this fabulous opportunity and Tripp for everything else!

Berkeley

Ed Berkeley Demetrius

Ed is a Bay Area based actor originally from the East coast (New England). He’s predominantly a stage actor who has been fortunate enough to have worked with companies such as: San Francisco Playhouse in Colossal, The Custom Made Theatre in In Love and Warcraft, New Conservatory Theatre Center in Warplay, and The Cutting Ball Theatre in Phédre. You can catch him in The Cutting Ball Theatre’s production of Timon Of Athens as Alcibiades (running through April 29th) and on Funny or Die TV in The Gay Husbands of San Francisco as Tanner.

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Livia Gomes Demarchi Titania/Hippolyta

Livia is thrilled to return to the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival after performing in two of their school tours, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, many moons ago. Most recently, she played the Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost at Marin Shakespeare Company, where she also performed in Richard III (Lady Anne) and in As You Like It (Celia). Favorite credits include: Hadia in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at SF Playhouse, Belmira in The River Bride at AlterTheater (Original Production) and Maya in Low Hanging Fruit at 3Girls Theater (BATCC Best Ensemble nomination). She has also worked at Crowded Fire, Shotgun Players, BRAVA, Theater Rhinoceros and Ross Valley Players. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies, where she developed her first bilingual solo piece Quem Eu?. She also trained at A.C.T., Seydways Studios and at Macunaíma School of Theater in her home country of Brazil. Obrigada Lauren, Luciano e Giovanna. Amo vocês!

Julie Douglas

Julie Douglas Snug/Mote

Julie is a Bay Area actor, theatre maker, teacher and clown. She is happy to return to SF Shakes after last being seen in As You Like It (on Tour). Julie has performed locally with Idiot String, We Players, Impact Theatre, Shotgun Players, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and more. Some of her favorite roles include Weird Sister in Macbeth at Fort Point, most of the roles in Comedy of Errors (4 person cast), and Circe in the Odyssey on Angel Island. Julie gets to be silly on a regular basis as a hospital clown with The Medical Clown Project and has performed in various clown cabarets and festivals of devised performance. She holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International and a B.A. in Theatre from University of California at Santa Cruz. Julie has also trained and performed in Italy, Russia, and Bali and is on faculty at A.C.T. and St. Mary’s College. Before moving back to the California, Julie made theatre in Chicago as a company member of The Moving Dock Theatre Company as well as performing with various local companies. She is so excited to be performing in Midsummer (her favorite Shakespeare play!) with SF Shakes.

Garahan

Sean Garahan+ Francis Flute/Mustardseed

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

Akaina Ghosh (Hair Back)

Akaina Ghosh Lysander/Fairy

Akaina is thrilled to be portraying the passionate and poetic lover of Hermia in SF Shakes’ rendition of Shakespeare’s classic. Akaina trained with One Year Lease and New York Stage and Film while attending Vassar College in New York, where they received their BA in Drama. Akaina is a Core member of Ragged Wing Ensemble and performs regularly with various companies around the Bay Area. Recent performances include Rose in A Different Long Stretch of Earth (Ragged Wing Ensemble), Tybalt & Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (SF Shakes), Beatrice in Infernal Motel (Epic Immersive) and Bonnie in How to Be a White Man (FaultLine Theater). Follow Akaina at akainaghosh.com.

Rosemarie Kingfisher

Rosemarie Kingfisher Starveling/Cobweb

After recently graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University’s Acting program, Rose is thrilled to be a part of her first production with SF Shakespeare! Growing up in the San Geronimo Valley of West Marin, Rose has been surrounded by family and teachers that have always supported her passion for theatre and performance since she was very young. Since graduating Rose has been hired as an Assistant Director with Mark Day School elementary and has performed with Bay Area Children’s Theatre. She intends to continue Acting in the Bay Area and eventually would like to apply for Graduate School. For Rose, the pursuit of an Acting career is embedded with the idea that every theatre experience is a learning opportunity for both audience and actor to be given a mask through which they may understand another human experience and perspective that may or may not challenge their own. This experience is needed more than ever and from there we can grow.

James Lewis

James Lewis Puck/Philostrate

James is a Bay Area actor and teaching artist excited to be returning to SF Shakes, where he last appeared as Joseph in The Taming of the Shrew. His most recent credits include Arthur de Bourgh in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at City Lights Theater Company, and Leo in In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, at the Pear Theatre. Before that, he performed in seven children’s and general audience productions at the California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale. During his very busy year there he taught master classes and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the conservatory, and also played the roles of Mark in Mass Appeal, Jonathan Harker in Dracula, and Crusoe in Robinson Crusoe, among others. James is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with a degree in Theatre & Performance Studies and English.

Marshall

Melanie Marshall Snout/Peaseblossom

Melanie is excited to be making her Free Shakespeare debut, after appearing in the Shakespeare on Tour and Shakespeare For All productions of Julius Caesar as Cassius and Julius Caesar, respectively (2014). Locally, she has worked with Bay Area Children's Theatre (Pippi Longstocking), Arabian Shakespeare Festival (Love Not Touched By Flame), Oasis (Buffy the Vampire Slayer LIVE, Star Trek: Mirror Mirror), ArtistsRepSF (Peer Gynt), Breadbox (Medea), Shotz SF (Cement and Dirt), and Killing My Lobster (Camp KML; Game of Nerds; KML + 826 = BFFs). Melanie can often be found performing around the Bay in drag as her alter-ego, Marshall Flaw. She is a proud company member of Playground Theatre.

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Stephen Muterspaugh*+ Oberon/Theseus

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.

Spencer

Lauren Spencer*+ Helena

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 laurenspencer.weebly.com.

Wisely

Michael Ray Wisely* Nick Bottom

Well known to Bay Area audiences, Michael has performed with SFShakes in three different decades: The Tempest (1991 and 2006), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2003), Henry V (2012) and the title role in Macbeth (2013). Recent credits include: Ray in Blackbird for Pacific Repertory Theatre, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet for Center Repertory Theatre, and Restin in The Language Archive for Symmetry Theatre in San Miguel de Allende, MX. In 2016 he was in New York City with San Francisco Playhouse as Ted in the Off-Broadway premiere of Ideation at 59e59 Theaters. Regional credits include: Aurora Theatre Company Berkeley Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks , Marin Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare, as well as many appearances with San Jose Stage, American Musical Theatre, San Jose Rep, and others. A founding member of AlterTheater, Michael Ray recently directed Million Dollar Quartet for Sierra Repertory Theatre and also has worked in film, television and radio. You can follow him on social media or at michaelraywisely.com.

Hope Gundlah

Hope Gundlah Attendant/Fairy/Green Show performer (intern)

Hope is a second year English and Theatre & Performance Studies double-major at the University of Chicago hoping to pursue acting and playwriting. She spent two years improv acting as a “guide” at 5W!ts, an immersive interactive adventure experience in Massachusetts. She is currently an active member of UChicago’s University Theatre, with whom she has performed in six productions. She is also a member of The Dean’s Men, UChicago’s Shakespeare troupe. For the past year, she has worked as Assistant to the Director of the Youth Ensemble at The Revival in Chicago, where she teaches improv to Chicago elementary schoolers based on the techniques of Viola Spolin. Hope has written several plays and hopes to write more in her free time.

Caitlin Mc Neilage

Caitlin McNeilage Attendant/Fairy/Green Show performer (intern)

Caitlin is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts' New Studio On Broadway program. She was most recently seen in the world premiere productions of Your Brand-New Incurable Disease and Apollo: The Musical. Other credits include: Hedda Gabler (Thea), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), and Shrek: The Musical (Fiona). Many thanks to Mom, Dad, family, friends, the cast, and crew! Enjoy the show! Jer. 29:11 ~ caitlinmcneilage.com.

Abigail Milnor Sweetser

Abigail Milnor-Sweetser Attendant/Fairy/Green Show performer (intern)

Abigail is a classically and contemporary trained actress living in NYC. Her favourite credits include Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, People, Places & Things, and Three Sisters. Along with her training at the Actors Studio Drama School (MFA), she studied at the LAMDA and the BADA in the UK. She’s worked with esteemed actors and directors such as Fiona Shaw, Simon Callow, Brian Cox, James Bundy, Peter Francis James, and UK director Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet, Barbican Centre featuring Benedict Cumberbatch). Additional training includes The National Theatre Institute, the William Esper Studio, and the Robert X. Modica Studio, and a BA in theatre from Smith College. She is also in the feature film, Badpuss: A Popumentary (IndieFlix). She most recently starred as Weetsie in the revival, Off-Broadway production of The Cover of Life by R.T. Robinson (Gene Frankel Theatre). Much gratitude to her family, friends, and acting mentors & heroine(s).

Colleen Scallen

Colleen Scallen Attendant/Fairy/Green Show performer (intern)

Colleen is a rising junior at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota studying theatre arts and psychology. She has been in more than fifteen productions as an actor, choreographer, and producer. She has been dancing since she was three, with training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, Irish, and ballroom styles. She trained with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, participating in a Shakespearean Intensive under Ken Washington. Her favorite Shakespeare quote is "all the world's a stage," and this will be her second production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She is thrilled and honored to be working with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Gina White

Gina White Attendant/Fairy/Green Show performer (intern)

Gina is thrilled to join SF Shakes as a performance intern. She has performed in California Theatre Center’s Summer Conservatories, as well as in two of their professional productions. She is entering eleventh grade at Lynbrook High School Recent productions include Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) (Upstage Theater), The Curious Savage (Lynbrook), and Oedipus the King (CTC).