The Cast of Hamlet

"The best actors in the world!" - Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5

* Member, Actors' Equity Association

+ Resident Artist of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

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Nathaniel Andalis Hamlet

Nathaniel, Bay Area born and raised, is thrilled to make his Free Shakespeare in the Park debut. He is a graduate of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre). This is his 4th time working on his favorite play, Hamlet. He was seen at Illinois Shakespeare Festival as Guildenstern, understudied Ghost / Player King / Priest at PCPA and was part of the SF Shakes tour of Hamlet as either Hamlet or Ophelia as decided by drawing from a hat. Recent credits include: Death of a Salesman (Ubuntu Theatre Project), Laughing Stock (Role Players Ensemble), Macbeth (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), Peter and the Starcatcher and Twelfth Night (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), A View from the Bridge (Northside Theatre Company) and Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Douglas Morrison Theatre). Achievement progress: 6 of 37 of Shakespeare's canon.

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Rolf Saxon* Claudius

Rolf is very happy to be making his first appearance for the SF Shakespeare Festival. Originally from Oakland, he trained in London and then worked extensively in Film, Television and Theatre - in the West End and regionally throughout the UK including the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court and Theatre Complicite. He has also appeared in the UK/European premieres of works by Donald Margulies (Dinner With Friends), Miguel Pinero (Short Eyes), Neil Simon (Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23d Floor) and Lanford Wilson (Brontosaurus) among others. He now divides his time between the two countries with recent UK work including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre), Mack and Mabel and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (both UK Tours) and recent Bay Area productions including Talley’s Folly (the Aurora), Triangle, (TheatreWorks) and Dance of Death for the Jewel Theatre in Santa Cruz. www.rolfsaxon.com

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Leontyne Mbele-Mbong Gertrude

Leontyne is delighted to make her SF Shakes debut. Recent credits: Lettie in Leaving the Blues (NCTC), City Lawyer in Temple (Aurora). Other Bay Area credits: Cleopatra: Antony & Cleopatra (TBA Award Finalist), Medea: Medea (TBA Award Winner), Beatrice: Much Ado About Nothing, Mistress Ford: Merry Wives of Windsor, Ruth: A Raisin in the Sun (African-American Shakespeare); Rose: Fences (Altarena Playhouse); Andromache: Andromache (Central Works); Buckingham: Richard III, Orsino: Twelfth Night, Lady M: Macbeth (Woman’s Will); Mayme: Intimate Apparel (Solano College); The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry (ACT’s First Look). Upcoming work: Strangle Ladies at Central Works. www.leontynembele-mbong.com

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Sharon Huff*+ Polonius

Sharon has been acting, directing and teaching in the Bay Area since 1987, working all over town for companies such as Ragged Wing, Those Women, Cutting Ball Theater, San Jose Stage Company and Marin Shakespeare Company. She trained in the physical ensemble program at the Dell'Arte School and also has a B.A. in drama from University of Washington, and an M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University. As one of SF Shakes' Resident Artists, 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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Julian Lopez-Morillas* Ghost/Player King/1st Gravedigger

Julian is pleased to return this summer to San Francisco Shakespeare, where in past seasons he has played roles including Prospero, Friar Laurence, King Lear, Sir Toby Belch and Belarius. His career has spanned over forty years in the Bay Area, including appearances with ACT, Berkeley Rep, Theatreworks, San Jose Rep, San Jose Stage and many seasons with the Berkeley (now California) Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared professionally in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays and has been a two-day winner on Jeopardy!

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Kieran Beccia Ophelia

A recent graduate of the M.A. program in performance studies at U.C. Santa Cruz, Kieran is thrilled to be returning to SF Shakes in Hamlet after appearing as Sir Andrew/Feste in the 2017 tour of Twelfth Night. Favorite past roles include Guiliano in Big Love (Porter College Arts), Oliver in As You Like It (Shakespeare-To-Go), and Lois Capps in The Congressladies (U.C. Santa Cruz).

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Sydney Schwindt Laertes

Sydney is thrilled to be spending the summer swinging steel with such a wonderful cast! She is an actor, fight director, visual artist, and teaching artist located in the Bay Area. She has worked with SF Shakes on various levels including in the Shakespeare On Tour productions of Hamlet and As You Like It. Sydney serves as Education Director and Producer for Davis Shakespeare Ensemble. Favorite acting credits include Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sue in Bells Are Ringing, (DSE), Cassandra in Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes (Arabian Shakespeare), and u/sWitch 2, Lady Macduff in Macbeth (Berkeley Rep). Fight Directing Credits include DSE, UCDavis, SF Shakes, Dragon Productions Theatre Company, and Those Women Productions. Sydney has acted all over the country as well as internationally with such companies as Hartford Stage, Hampton Theatre Company, The Historic Jones Theatre, and Mirage Entertainment. She earned her BFA in Acting from The Hartt School and has also trained with the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, Academia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), and the Society of American Fight Directors. Love to her amazingly supportive family and puppies! www.sydney-schwindt.com

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Radhika Rao+ Guildenstern/Barnardo/2nd Gravedigger

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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Melissa Quine* Rosencrantz/Marcellus/Osric

Melissa Quine is honored to be spending her summer with the cast and crew of Hamlet. As an actor and educator based in San Francisco, she has been lucky enough to play with the likes of San Francisco Playhouse (A Behanding in Spokane; Tigers Be Still; Slasher), Aurora Theatre Company (Trouble in Mind), Pear Theatre (Arcadia; Northanger Abbey), California Conservatory Theatre (Tribute), SF Shakes (U/S Twelfth Night), Symmetry Theatre, and Playwrights Foundation among others. She also works with the Standardized Patient Program at Stanford University School of Medicine. Melissa graduated from the University of Vermont where she was a Division I Athlete and Performing Arts Major. Melissa is the recipient of the 2016 Titan Award and is a proud member of Theatre Bay Area, AEA, and SAG-aftra.

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Charlie Lavaroni Cornelius/Player/Attendant

Charlie is a rising Sophomore at UC Davis pursuing a degree in Theater and English. Favorite previous credits include: Lady Macbeth (Macbeth); Brick Pollitt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); and The Baker (Into the Woods). For more information and other credits visit: http://charlielavaroni.weebly.com. Special thanks to his parents, friends, the interns, the crew, and this amazing cast.

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Natalie Ayala Voltemand/Player/Attendant

Natalie Ayala fell in love with Theater in the 8th grade when she performed in Olympus as Athena. She has trained at the A.C.T. She has been featured in shows such as The Mouse Trap (Mollie Ralston); You Can’t Take It With You (Mrs. Kirby), Sweet Charity (Hostess), and Sofa Sin Casa (Corrine). She was featured in San Francisco State University Shakespeare Goes To School Cabaret. She was also involved in SFSU Brown Bag where she was featured in shows such as Trifles (Mrs. Peters), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Trisha), and Immaculate (Gabriel) . She has currently earned her BA in Theater Arts at San Francisco State University and can’t wait for what the future has in store for her.

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Nathaniel Andalis Hamlet

Nathaniel, Bay Area born and raised, is thrilled to make his Free Shakespeare in the Park debut. He is a graduate of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre). This is his 4th time working on his favorite play, Hamlet. He was seen at Illinois Shakespeare Festival as Guildenstern, understudied Ghost / Player King / Priest at PCPA and was part of the SF Shakes tour of Hamlet as either Hamlet or Ophelia as decided by drawing from a hat. Recent credits include: Death of a Salesman (Ubuntu Theatre Project), Laughing Stock (Role Players Ensemble), Macbeth (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), Peter and the Starcatcher and Twelfth Night (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), A View from the Bridge (Northside Theatre Company) and Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Douglas Morrison Theatre). Achievement progress: 6 of 37 of Shakespeare's canon.